Sitting in the Hollywood movie theater during the premiere of “Runnin’ From My Roots,” musician Jeff Hodge, for the first time in his life, watched the credits of a film.

LOS ANGELES — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included "Cocoon," "The Natural" and "The Firm," has died. He was 85.