Comic actor Fred Willard has died at age 86.
The beloved star, with an extended checklist performing credit — together with “Best in Show,” “This is Spinal Tap” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” — died of pure causes, his daughter confirmed to Fox Information.
“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!” his daughter Hope Mulbarger advised Fox Information in an announcement on Saturday. “We will miss him forever.”
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Willard’s performing profession spanned 5 a long time. He acquired his begin in Chicago’s famend Second Metropolis sketch comedy troupe earlier than turning into a well-recognized face on the small display — showing on “Get Smart,” “Love, American Style,” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” amongst others.
He later landed a task on “Fernwood 2 Night,” a parody speak present that was a derivative from the Norman Lear-created collection, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”
He not too long ago accomplished his Emmy-nominated recurring function on “Modern Family” and may be seen later this month in his recurring function as Steve Carrell’s dad within the Netflix collection “Space Force.”
The funnyman was additionally a gift drive on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” showing in comedy sketches bi-weekly up till stay-at-home orders have been put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
His different tv credit embrace roles on “Roseanne,” of which he was nominated for an Emmy, and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which earned him two Emmy nominations. Willard additionally appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” greater than 90 occasions.
Willard is finest identified for his work in comedies “Best in Show,” “For Your Consideration” and “A Mighty Wind,” along with “This is Spinal Tap,” “Austin Powers,” “Anchorman” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.”
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Shortly after the information broke, Willard’s trade buddies took to their social media accounts to pay tribute to the actor.
“Fred was such a master of his craft,” Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” wrote on Twitter, retweeting a scene that includes Willard.
“A fond farewell to Mr. Fred Willard. How lucky we all are that we got to witness his great gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs. You are now with Mary. Home safe,” Jamie Lee Curtis wrote on Instagram.
Fellow comic Jack Black commented on Curtis’ put up with a blue coronary heart emoji.
Actor Eric Stonestreet praised Willard for his comedy chops.
“It was a privilege to have the great Fred Willard know my name. Rest In Peace Fred. You were funny in your bones,” Stonestreet tweeted.
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Jim Smart mirrored on the “few occasions” he set to work with Willard, writing on Twitter: “Every time, the entire time, I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe I’m working with Fred Willard!'”
Author and producer Larry Karaszewski additionally tweeted that he remembers Willard as a “very funny man” whereas filmmaker Adam Finest mentioned the actor “always had us laughing so hard it hurt.”