How did Fred Willard die? RIP Fred!
- Star actor and “Anchorman” Fred Willard died Friday night in sleep, Rolling Stone reported Saturday for the first time.
- Willard, an Ohio citizen, was 86 years old and debuted in 1966 on television over 50 years ago.
- He was a member of The Second City legendary improvement theatre and made his mark during the course of his career in fictional movies, winning four Emmy nominees.
- Most recently, Willard has been recognized for his repetitive role in the “Modern Family” in which he played Phil Dunphy’s father character.
Rolling Stone reported first in his sleep that actor, writer, and comedian Fred Willard died on Friday night. According to his representative, Glenn Schwartz, Willard was 86 and died from natural causes.
Willard’s daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said in a statement to Rolling Stone, “My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever“.
He has worked extensively with actor and director Christophes Guest and appeared in “A Mighty Wind,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “For Your consideration,” amongst others, and he has also been known for his “Anchorman” work, “Best in show,” and his mochumentary classic, ‘This is Spinal Tap.’
- Willard was born in Ohio and started working in New York at the end of the 1950s.
- Before landing at the Dean Martin Show, He started in stand-up comedy.
- In the late 1970s, when he played Martin Mull’s sidekick, Jerry Hubbard, in Fernwood 2 Night, Forever Fernwood and America 2-Night TV series, he rose to prominence.
- Well, Willard is probably best known for his role as Rob Reiner on This is Spinal Tap and on Christopher Guests’ Waiting for Guffman movies and Best on Show.
- Also in Roxanne, Austin Powers and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Willard also had memorable parts of that.