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Fred Willard Biography
Fred Willard is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his improvisational comedy.
He is known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film. This Is Spinal Tap, the Christopher Guest mockumentary films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Mascots and the Anchorman films. He is an alumnus of The Second City. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond.
He was nominated in 2010, for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearances on Modern Family. He was also nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his role as host of What’s Hot, What’s Not.
Fred Willard Age
Born on September 18, 1939, the actor is aged 79 years as of 2018.
Fred Willard Net Worth
Fred Willard the American comedian and actor has a net worth of $10 million.
Fred Willard Wife/Kids
In 1968, Willard married Mary Lovell. She died on July 13, 2018. They have a daughter: Hope born in 1969 and a grandson Freddie born in 1997.Fred Willard Photo
Fred Willard Career/Movies
In the 1967 was Willard’s film debut exploitation film Teenage Mother. The audience at one screening of the film booed when his character interrupted an attempted sexual assault of the female lead character.
At The Second City, Chicago, where he shared the stage with Robert Klein and David Steinberg was one of his earliest jobs. He founded the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. His partners of Ace included Michael Mislove and Bill Saluga.
They performed sketches on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson over fifty times and appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones. Willard achieved wider fame in 1977 and 1978 as Martin Mull’s sidekick and announcer, “Jerry Hubbard”, on the Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman spinoffs Fernwood 2 Night, Forever Fernwood and America 2-Night, which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day. He was an original cast member of the NBC series Real People in 1979 and again from 1981 to 1983.
He played Tom Osbourne in the 1987 Academy Award–winning short film, Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. From 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Krofft’s D.C. Follies, and was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time. Willard hosted the talk show What’s Hot, What’s Not, which aired from 1985 to 1986 and earned him a daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
In 1990, Willard hosted the cable TV show Access America on the Ha! Comedy Network. As part of that show, he appeared September 21, 1990, on Episode #7 of the cult public-access television show Decoupage with Summer Caprice. In 1995, Willard reunited with his Fernwood co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull’s character Leon Carp, on Roseanne. The couple married in the episode “December Bride,” and Scott became a recurring character during the series’ final two seasons.
That same year, Willard guest-starred in three episodes of Sister, Sister, starring Tia and Tamera Mowry; Willard played Carl Mitushka, a teacher at Roosevelt High who often spoke popular teenage slang terms in order to sound cool to his students. Willard voiced travel agent Wally Kogen in the 1999 episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” for The Simpsons. He played the father of five children on Maybe It’s Me from 2001 to 2002. In an episode of The Weird Al Show he guest-starred.
He and Mull joined up again for the mockumentary The History of White People in America. He was cast as Mayor Deebs in Roxanne, starring Steve Martin. On the later seasons of CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond Willard had a recurring role as “Hank MacDougall”. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role. Willard hosted a VH1 documentary series called Totally Obsessed about people obsessed with their hobbies. In Episode 21 of Channel Frederator, a podcast from Kansas he appears as “Captain Ribmanman”.
Willard also landed a role on Family Guy as Dave Campbell, the father of a nudist family (first appearing in “From Method to Madness”). It is unclear whether the role will be reprised. He was the voice of officer Brown in King of the Hill and made an appearance on That ’70s Show. Willard appeared in 100 sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a government official, businessman or other authority figure named Willard J. Fredericks, who is always drinking.
He voiced Dad in the Academy Award-nominated animated film Monster House in 2006. He also hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978 (musical guest: Devo) and appeared twice on MADtv. He was the voice of a clueless companion to a lazy robot (Martin Mull) in one episode of the series Dexter’s Laboratory and guest-starred on the Adult Swim cartoon Tom Goes to the Mayor. He acted in the Cartoon Network movie Re-Animated and played Vala Mal Doran’s “father” in an episode of Stargate SG-1 in 2007.
He was cast in two episodes of the Adult Swim program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He has also starred as the “Boogie Man” in an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and reprised his role in the movie Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure. His appearance as Boogey was his final and occurred in Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen. He made a guest appearance on the children’s TV series Come on Over in 2007. He has also guest-starred on an episode of The Boondocks, providing the voice of “Joe Petto.”
He guest starred on Transformers Animated as the Decepticon arms dealer Swindle in 2008. Willard appeared as a sportscaster in the television series Back to You, which premiered on the Fox Network on September 19, 2007. He played Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy ‘n’ Large Corporation, in the first ever live-action speaking segments by Pixar in the animated film WALL-E. Willard completed a sold-out run of Fred Willard: Alone At Last!, advertised as a “one-man show” but actually featuring a cast of ten and received Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards for Best Comedy and Best Production.
Willard has several stage roles to his credit, including Off-Broadway performances in Little Murders, directed by Alan Arkin, and Arf, directed by Richard Benjamin. His roles regionally include Call Me Madam in Chicago and the musicals Promises, Promises, with Jason Alexander, and Anything Goes with Rachel York, both in Los Angeles. He starred in Wendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic and off Broadway in Elvis and Juliet. He hosted the Nickelodeon Fido Awards on October 5, 2008.
Willard played Frank Dunphy, father of Phil (Ty Burrell), in several episodes of the show Modern Family. For his performance, he was nominated at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. On September 16, 2011, Willard was honored as Pioneer in Comedy at Burbank International Film Festival.
He played Al Kaiser in Rob Reiner’s film The Magic of Belle Isle in 2012. He starred in The Birder alongside Tom Cavanagh, a film centered around a mild-mannered birder that seeks revenge on a younger rival in 2013.
He has showed up in characters on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He received Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their celebrity luncheon on June 19, 2015. Willard joined Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean for the HBO documentary-style comedy Family Tree from Christopher Guest.