His job as a blacksmith actually lead to his acting career. After shoeing horses for TV and film productions, he then progressed into roles as a riding extra in old westerns. The rest is history.
Regarding the commitment and events of 9/11, Brimley said “The world changed more in those two days than it did the entire decade before.”
This praise was lavished on him by Joel Leach, the director of the Cal State University Northridge jazz band, who probably knows a thing or two about voices.