Actor and Comedian Fred Willard Has Passed Away at 86

Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more pay tribute.

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Actor, comedian, and writer, Fred Willard, known for his roles in This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and the Anchorman films, has passed away.

The star died on Friday “at the fantastic age of 86 years old,” his daughter Hope Mulbarger confirmed to CNN. “He kept moving, work and making us happy until the very end.”

Willard, whose wife of 50 years passed away nearly two years previous, was known for his roles in Christopher Guest’s films — light-hearted comedies that featured entirely-improved dialogue from the actor.

Alongside his various movie roles, Fred also starred in many hit TV series. He had won three Emmy nominations for his role as Hank on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, scoring his fourth for his role as Phil Dunphy’s father on ABC sitcom Modern Family. Later this month, Willard will appear as Steve Carell’s father in the upcoming Netflix series Space Force. Guest’s wife, Jamie Lee Curtis, was one of the first Hollywood figures to pay tribute to Willard, sharing an unforgettable scene from Best in Show, where he played commentator Buck Laughlin.

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