Actor Fred Willard has died at 86, reports say

Actor Fred Willard has died at 86, reports say

Actor Fred Willard has died at 86, reports say

"We will miss him forever".

Fred Willard, a beloved actor who has been making audiences laugh out loud for decades, has died. You are now with Mary.

His wife, Mary, who he married in 1968, died in July 2018.

As an actor and comedian, Fred Willard will likely be remembered most for his lighthearted brand of humor and the upbeat, "gee whiz" personality that accompanied many of his roles. Rest In Peace Fred.

"We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits". He was pure joy.

"Fred Willard was the funniest person that I've ever worked with".

Willard played Frank for 14 episodes across all 11 seasons.

Willard's acting career spanned five decades. He cut his teeth on improv, starting with Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, but quickly became a familiar face in comedy films, as well. Willard had appeared on Kimmel's late-night talk show after the death of his wife. It was a reprise role of the 1978 NBC show "Space Force".

Another life-changing career moment came when he started working with Guest, starting with the filmmaker's directorial debut, Waiting for Guffman. It was like a party every day, or a picnic, doing those scenes. "You were just doing it to try and get this story told, get in a joke or two, and when it came out, it did quite well". This was very much apparent in his "Anchorman" performances.

Willard has four Emmy nominations under his belt including three for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and one of "Modern Family". His daughter Hope Mulbarger confirmed Willard's death in a statement sent to NPR by his media representative Glenn Schwartz. He is survived by his daughter, Hope and one grandson.

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