Fred Willard, an American Actor, Comedian, Dies at 86

We will Miss you Fred Willard

Fred Willard, who just passed away at the fantastic age of 86 years old, from natural causes, was one of the most prolific scene stealers in the film industry.

After a long journey of roughly half a century in working and making us happy with various mockumentaries and a comic role, he appeared in various films and television shows that everyone loved.

Fred has been on TV and in movies and entertained and delighted audiences everywhere. His career time was from 1959-2020.

Fred Willard Biography

1. Who was Fred Willard?

– Fred Willard was an American Actor, Comedian and Writer.

2. What was the full name of Fred Willard?

– The Full name was ‘Frederick Charles Willard’.

3. When was Fred Willard Born?

– Fred Willard was born on September-18, 1939, in Ohio, United States

4. How old was Fred Willard when he dies?

– Fred Willard was of 86.

5. When was Fred Willard died?

– Fred Willard died on 15-May, 2020, Los Angeles, California, United States

6. How many movies & TV shows are played by Fred Willard?

– He played 71 Movies and 180 Television shows

7. About Fred Willard Family?

– Mary Willard (Former Spouse) and Hope Willard (Daughter)

Top 5 Most Popular American Movie by Fred Willard

1. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/11
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Role: Lt. Bob Hookstratten

This is Spinal Tap (1984) – Official Trailer

2. Best in Show (2000)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Director: Cristopher Guest
  • Role: Buck Laughlin

Best in Show (2000) – Official Trailer

3. A mighty wind (2003)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Director: Christopher Guest
  • Role: Mike LaFontaine

A mighty wind (2003) – Official Trailer

4. Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundi (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Role: Ed Harken

Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundi (2004) – Official Trailer

5. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Danny Leiner
  • Role: Dr. Willoughby

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) – Official Trailer

After hosting for the late-night folk show “Mary Hartman” (1976-1977), which was a news program style show that focused on real people doing interesting and unique things. Fred caught up the attention from yep a little movie called “This is spinal tap“.

It wouldn’t surprise us, if Willard’s small role in “This Is Spinal Tap” movie led to bigger opportunities with Christopher guest’s down the road, in movies like ‘Best in Show‘.

Willard helped guests further develop and refine the mockumentary film genre with this film, and other collaborations like waiting for Guff man, a mighty wind, etc. Willard can make funny and charming in a movie that was not all that funny or charming.

We have enjoyed Fred’s work on the television program “Modern Family” as well, where he played Phil Dunphy’s father Frank. What an absolute joy it was to watch Fred in that role he was so good. I guess it’s not surprising that Fred was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role. Well we wouldn’t be surprised if his appearances in movies and TV programs numbered in the hundreds.

The Modern Family role was special and really in our mind some of his very best work. It was just so much warmth and heart in his portrayal of Frank. With his passing there have been lots of tributes via Twitter over the course of the past few hours.

In his “Modern Family” co-stars as well as those that he worked with closely in films, I think it hits the nail on the head from Steve Martin, a comedy legend in his own right. And he says you were my comic hero amen.

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‘Modern Family’ actor Fred Willard died at 86

While we focused on a few of Fred’s roles in the world of entertainment. I think it’s important, very important to point out that Fred really tried to do good in this world. He donated a great deal of his time to charitable work with groups like Big Brothers and Big Sisters City of Hope and actors and others for animals.

In fact, Fred was so heavily involved in giving of himself that he received recognition from the city of Los Angeles for his outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work.

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