By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, KTLA remembers Fred Willard.
Fred Willard has died at age 86. Willard was an Emmy Award nominated comic actor. He was best known for his scene-stealing performances in Christopher Guest’s improv ensemble films such as “Best In Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.” He was also known for his appearances in shows such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Modern Family” citing The Hindustan Times. This was reported by The New York Times on May 16. Mr. Willard died on Friday.
The Hindustan Times remembers Willard from works such as This Is Spinal Tap and Anchorman. Willard’s comedic timing and improvisation made him legendary.
Willard’s daughter, Hope Mulbarger, released a statement on Saturday that her father had passed away peacefully on Friday night.
“He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever,” said Mulbarger, as quoted by The Hindustan Times.
Also citing The Hindustan Times, Willard was a four-time Emmy nominee for his roles in “What’s Hot, What’s Not,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Modern Family,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He also did voice roles in films such as Disney’s Pixar’s WALL-E.
Jamie Lee Curtis spoke highly of Mr. Willard when she learned of his passing.
“How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr Willard,” said Curtis via Twitter, as quoted by The Hindustan Times. Curtis is married to Christopher Guest. Guest directed the mockumentary films “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” that made Willard’s name endure in fame.
NBC News also reported Willard’s passing. NBC noted that Willard was famous for his dry humor. He brought laughs in goofy and subtle ways. Many considered Mr. Willard the master of the mockumentary genre. NBC also pointed out Willard’s role in “A Mighty Wind,” as one of the most memorable Christopher Guest films that the late actor appeared in.
Many other famous names have since weighed-in on the beloved late actor.
“It was a privilege to have the great Fred Willard know my name. Rest In Peace Fred. You were funny in your bones,” said Eric Stonestreet via Twitter. Stonestreet is known for his role on Modern Family.
“Rest In Peace sweet @Fred_Willard. You will always be a true original and I am so honored that our lives intersected. No one will ever come close to replacing your genius,” said Jesse Tyler Ferguson via Twitter.
Fred Willard also had some parting words for the world. Fred Willard was yet so full of life when he learned of the passing of Little Richard and of Jerry Stiller.
“A bad time! Just getting over the loss of Little Richard, and now I learn my old friend Jerry Stiller has passed away. He was a good friend and a very funny man,” said Willard on May 11 via his Twitter. It was his final tweet before he joined his friends in eternal rest.