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COCOON and The Thing actor Wilford Brimley has died aged of 85 in hospital.

His manager Lynda Bensky said the star died on Saturday morning and described him as having a "tender heart."

4Wilford Brimley has died aged 85Credit: Kobal Collection - Rex Features 4He passed away on Saturday morning in a Utah hospitalCredit: Kobal Collection - Rex Features 4He has a vast array of film credits but is most famous for his roles in 'Cocoon' and 'The Thing'Credit: Rex Features Who was Wilford Brimley?

Born in Utah on September 27 1934, Brimley was an American actor and singer.

His father was a real estate broker and before embarking on his acting career, Brimley dropped out of school to serve in the marines.

He also worked as a bodyguard, a blacksmith, a cowboy and a wrangler before heading for the red carpet.

He had four sons with his first wife Lynne Bagly, who he married on July 6 1956 and stayed with until her death in 2000.

Their sons were James Charles, John Michael, William Carmen, and Lawrence Dean.

Seven years later in October 2007 he married Beverley Berry and together they founded ounded nonprofit organization Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) in the Big Horn Basin.

The American Diabetes Association honoured him in 2008 for his lifetime service to raising awareness after being diagnosed with the condition in 1979.

Actor Barbara Hershey, who starred with Brimley in several films, described him on Twitter as a wonderful man and actor who “always made me laugh”.

His manager said: “Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust.

“He said what he meant and he meant what he said.

"He had a tough exterior and a tender heart.

"I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

What films did he star in?

Wilford Brimley has 77 film and TV credits according to IMDb, working his way up from a movie stunt rider to a character actor.

Although he was never nominated for an Oscar or an Emmy, he certainly made a name for himself in the industry with his vast array of roles.

He took on successively larger roles in his 40s and 50s which brought him fame playing sometimes gruff but lovable moustachioed seniors.

In 1982 he won fame from his role in science-fiction horror film The Thing, playing a character called Blair.

But Brimley is best known for his roles in the Oscar-winning movie “Cocoon” and “The Firm".

In Ron Howard’s 1985 Sci-Fi feature “Cocoon”, Brimley played a man in his 70s who together with the other residents of a Florida retirement home, discovers an alien energy source that rejuvenates them.

Brimley also starred in “Cocoon: The Return,” a 1988 sequel.

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In his memorable role alongside Tom Cruise in the 1993 legal thriller The Firm Brimley played a sinister security official for a legal company.

How did he die?

Brimley had been ill with a kidney condition for two months, his manager said.

He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments and passed away in a Utah hospital.

4The actor had had a kidney condition for two monthsCredit: Rex Features

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NYPD officers surround BLM protesters apartment in standoff

Police in New York surrounded a Black Lives Matter organizer's apartment Friday morning for an imminent arrest before a protest group showed up in his defense, leading to a standoff and causing law enforcement to leave the scene.

Derrick Ingram, 28, began a livestream on Instagram as police in riot gear, police dogs, a helicopter and dozens of vehicles surrounded his apartment, alerting protest groups to come to his defense in Hell's Kitchen, The New York Times reported.

"What did I do? What did I do?" he said on a livestream posted on Instagram. "I was born Black. That's what I did."

A New York Police Department (NYPD) spokeswoman Jessica McRorie told Buzzfeed the NYPD was "attempting to make an apprehension for an assault on a police officer," declining to offer more details, as the investigation is "active and ongoing."

The standoff lasted for several hours as Ingram used Zoom and Instagram to speak with lawyers and communicate with those outside his home.

Derrick Ingram, organizer of a group leading New York’s BLM protests, had a 5 hour stand off with police earlier today. Helicopter and dozens of officers, some in riot gear, were deployed for an arrest at his Manhattan apartment, they withdrew after protesters arrived. #protests

— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) August 8, 2020

At one point, Ingram accused law enforcement of intercepting his phone calls, although the claim is unverified.

Atusa Mozaffari, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society who was present at the scene, was not part of Ingram's counsel but said, "This is very clearly a political decision by the NYPD to harass peaceful protesters without a legal means to do so."

"This is exactly what everyone in New York City should be worried about," Mozaffari added.

Ingram is a founder of Warriors in the Garden, a group that has led rallies and events around the city since its formation in June.

"This was an attempt to silence our movement. This militarized police response endangers the safety of residents in Hell's Kitchen and across NYC," Ingram said in a statement on Friday evening.

"Officers used threats and intimidation tactics on a young man with no criminal history," the statement added.

He said the officers who came to his door Friday did not produce a warrant. A member of Ingram's group, Kiara Williams, said the police claimed to have a warrant initially but backtracked and said they were working on authorization when pressed about it.

On 8th ave, Derrick Ingram from Warriors in the Garden and 100 protesters in solidarity are walking to the 18th precinct. Ingram planning to turn himself in #nycprotests

— Juliana 현혜 Kim (@julianahyekim) August 8, 2020

On Saturday, a crowd of protesters with Warriors in the Garden marched with Ingram as he was allegedly on his way to the 18th Precinct to turn himself in to authorities.

The NYPD confirmed to The Hill that Ingram turned himself in at the Midtown North Precinct on Saturday morning with his lawyer present at the scene.

Ingram is facing felony charges of second degree assault, according to a statement.

Authorities were seeking Ingram for an open complaint report on an alleged assault of an officer on June 14, when Ingram reportedly took a megaphone to an officer's ear, "activated the megaphone and yelled, causing pain and protracted impairment of hearing," a spokesperson for the department said.

Updated: 11:36 a.m.

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