Fred Willard

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Fred Willard
Willard in April 2011
Born Frederick Charles Willard
(1939-09-18) September 18, 1939 (age 79)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Kentucky Military Institute,
Virginia Military Institute
Occupation Actor, comedian, voice actor, writer
Years active 1963–present
Mary Willard (m. 1968)
Children 1
Fred Willard signature.svg

Frederick Charles Willard (born September 18, 1939)[1] is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, 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. In 2010, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in Modern Family.

He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in What's Hot, What's Not. One of his earliest jobs was at The Second City, Chicago, where he shared the stage with Robert Klein and David Steinberg. He was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members 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.

Early life[edit]

Willard was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.[2][3][4] His father, also named Fred Willard,[5] worked at the financial department of a bank.[6] His father died in 1951.[5] He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1951.[7]


Willard in April 2008

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 regional roles 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 has completed a RiffTrax with Michael J. Nelson for the movie Missile to the Moon.[8]

On October 5, 2008, he hosted the Nickelodeon Fido Awards.[9]

Willard played Frank Dunphy, father of Phil (Ty Burrell), in several episodes of the show Modern Family.[10] For his performance, he was nominated at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.[11]

On September 16, 2011, Willard was honored as Pioneer in Comedy at Burbank International Film Festival.[12]

He completed The Birder starring Tom Cavanagh, opening in 2013.[needs update] A mild-mannered birder seeks revenge on a younger rival, after losing the highly coveted Head of Ornithology position at the National Park.[13]

Willard joined Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean for the HBO documentary-style comedy Family Tree from Christopher Guest.[14]

Charity work[edit]

For his considerable, ongoing dedication to charity works with various nonprofits Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Fred and his wife, Mary, were honored in 2010 with the Golden Star Award. Fred was also honored by Actors and Others for Animals with the Man of The Year Award in 2008, and the couple also works with City of Hope, John Wayne Cancer Society, PETA and dozens more, Fred received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigarosa for "outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work helps to further the goal of making the City of Los Angeles a better place."

Personal life[edit]

Willard married Mary in 1968. They have a daughter: Hope (b. 1969) and a grandson Freddie (b. 1997).[15]

On July 18, 2012, Willard was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a misdemeanor lewd act in an adult theater on Santa Monica Blvd and was brought to the LAPD’s Hollywood Station. However, there was no proof of any misconduct and no charges were filed.[16] Despite this, PBS fired Willard from Market Warriors immediately following his arrest, and Mark L. Walberg replaced him on the show.[17] In an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon shortly thereafter, Willard stated that the incident was "very painful" and "very embarrassing," but that he "did nothing wrong." Willard was required to take a $380 sex education diversion program.[18]


Willard and Jack Betts in November 2010
Willard at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City on May 14, 2011
Willard at "Cats for Cats", August 2011


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Teenage Mother Coach
1969 Model Shop Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1970 Jenny Unnamed character
1973 The Harrad Experiment The Ace Trucking Company employee Uncredited
1974 Harrad Summer The Ace Trucking Company employee Uncredited
1975 Hustle Interrogator
1976 Chesty Anderson, USN Peter Linden
1976 Silver Streak Jerry Jarvis
1977 Cracking Up[19] Various
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Bob
1979 Americathon Vincent Vanderhoff
1980 How to Beat the High Co$t of Living Robert
1980 First Family Presidential Assistant Feebleman
1980 The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter unknown character
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness President Robert Fogerty
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Lt. Bob Hookstratten
1985 Moving Violations Terrence 'Doc' Williams
1987 Roxanne Mayor Deebs
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Tom Osborne Short film
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Hal Harrison
1991 High Strung Insurance Salesman
1995 Prehysteria! 3 Thomas MacGregor
1996 Waiting for Guffman Ron Albertson
1997 Breast Men Talk Show Host Uncredited
1998 Permanent Midnight Craig Ziffer
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Chester
1999 Elvis is Alive! Interviewee
1999 Idle Hands Dad Tobias
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mission Commander
2000 Chump Change Steve's Manager
2000 Best in Show Buck Laughlin Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Las Vegas Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
2000 Dropping Out Paul Blanchard
2001 The Wedding Planner Basil St. Mosely
2001 How High Philip Huntley
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic Senator Roger Dickey
2002 The Year That Trembled Frank Woods
2003 A Mighty Wind Mike LaFontaine
2003 American Wedding Harold Flaherty
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Mr. McClintock
2004 Killer Diller Ned
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Bucky Brandt
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Dr. Willoughby
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Ed Harken
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Ed Harken Direct-to-video
2005 Chicken Little Melvin (voice)
2006 Date Movie Bernie Funkyerdoder
2006 Church Ball Bishop Linderman
2006 Monster House Dad (voice)
2006 Ira & Abby Michael Willoughby
2006 For Your Consideration Chuck
2007 I'll Believe You Mr. Fratus
2007 Epic Movie Aslo
2007 Fighting Words Longfellow
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Marty
2008 Harold Dr. Pratt
2008 WALL-E Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO
2010 Holyman Undercover Richard
2010 Youth in Revolt Mr. Ferguson
2010 Expecting Mary Jerry Zee
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Mr. Hubley (voice)
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Al Kaiser
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Edward "Ed" Harken
2013 Dealin' with Idiots Marty
2013 The Birder Park President
2014 The Yank Peter Murphy
2014 All Stars John Carson
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Secretary of the Interior (voice)
2014 The Birder Movie The Park President Short film
2015 Russell Madness TJ
2016 Max Rose Jim Clark
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Gary
2016 Mascots Greg Gammons
2016 Here Comes Rusty Mak


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats Ben Episode: "Quit Shootin' Folks"
1966 Hey, Landlord Danny Subanski Episode: "The Big Fumble"
1968 Get Smart Lundy, Agent 198 Episode: "A Tale of Two Tails"
1968 Premiere Bower Episode: "Operation Greasepaint"
1970 Love, American Style Douglas Wiley / Shelley Noodleman Segment: "Love and the Nuisance"
1973 The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour Various
1975 The Bob Newhart Show John Emil Tobin Episode: "Tobin's Back in Town"
1975 Karen Ritter Episode: "Whistle Blowing"
1976 Laverne & Shirley Charles Episode: "Dog Day Blind Dates"
1976 How to Break Up a Happy Divorce Lance Colson Television film
1976 Good Heavens P.J. Episode: "The Big Break"
1976–77 Sirota's Court D.A. Ted Nugent 13 episodes
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Jerry Hubbard 65 episodes
1977 Escape from Bogen County Pearson Television film
1977 We've Got Each Other Shop Owner Episode: "The Collector"
1977 Tabitha Mr. Macho Episode: "The Arrival of Nancy"
1978 America 2-Night Jerry Hubbard 65 episodes
1978 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Fred Willard/Devo"
1978 Space Force Captain Thomas Woods Television film
1979 Flatbed Annie and Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Jack LaRosa Television film
1979 Salem's Lot Larry Crockett 2 episodes
1978 Sweepstakes Don Episode: "Episode 8"
1979–84 Real People Himself (host)
1980 The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter Various roles Television special
1981 Pen 'n' Inc. Ralph Television film
1981–86 The Love Boat Various roles 3 episodes
1984 Mama's Family Willie Potts Episode: "Mama Buys a Car"
1984 Trapper John, M.D. K.K. Laird Episode: "Moonlighting Becomes You"
1985 The History of White People in America Hal Harrison Television film
1985 Getting the Last Laugh ABC Special Television film
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Fred Episode: "Home for Dinner"
1985 Lots of Luck' A.J. Foley Television film
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre Paul Link Episode: "The Three Little Pigs"
1985–86 What's Hot, What's Not Himself (host) Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
1986 Fast Times Gus Pantelis Episode: "Secret Romance"
1986 The History of White People in America: Volume II Hal Harrison Television film
1987 Fame Casper Wintergreen Episode: "Ian's Girl"
1987–1989 D.C. Follies The Bartender 19 episodes
1988 Out of This World Milton Wiler Episode: "The Box Is Missing"
1988 My Secret Identity Jay Bennett Episode: "For Old Time's Sake"
1989 I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood Psychiatrist Television special
1991 The Golden Girls Bob Episode: "Dateline:Miami"
1991 Nurses Crazy Jim "Dr. Robinson" Episode: "Friends and Lovers"
1992 Married... with Children Stan Episode: "My Dinner with Anthrax"
1992 Dream On Fenton Harley Episode: "Up All Night"
1993 The Ben Stiller Show Dad Episode: "At the Beach"
1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Hatfield Walker 2 episodes
1994 Sodbusters Clarence Gentry Television film
1994 Dave's World Bud Episode: "Just Kidding"
1994 Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Reginald Cobbles Television film
1994–96 Family Matters Vice Principal Mallet 3 episodes
1995 The Mommies John Episode: "The Dating Pool"
1995 Murphy Brown Dick Episode: "Dick and Dottie"
1995–97 Roseanne Scott 8 episodes
1996 Back to Back Loan Officer Television film
1996 Friends Mr. Lipson Episode: "The One After the Super Bowl: Part 1"
1996 Clueless Joe Pasadine Episode: "City Beautification"
1996 Sister, Sister Mr. Mitushka 3 episodes
1996 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Wally Winkle (voice) 1 episode
1996–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman President Garner 3 episodes
1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Mr. Huffington Episode: "Stealing Screech"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Harry Fellows Episode: "Must Kill TV"
1997 Step by Step Bert Lambert Episode: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
1997 The Weird Al Show Award Show Host Episode: "The Competition"
1998 The Wayans Bros. Dick Ferndale Episode: "All in the Family Feud"
1998 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Bobby Calzone Episode: "Rumor Mill"
1998 Oh Baby Dr. Foster Episode: "The Vacation"
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Frank Farber Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Vacation"
1998 City Guys Mr. Brown Episode: "A Noble Profession"
1998–1999 Mad About You Henry Vincent 5 episodes
1998–1999 Hercules Vic (voice) 4 episodes
1999 The Pooch and the Pauper President Television film
1999 The Simpsons Wally Kogan (voice) Episode: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Larry Episode: "Hostess to Murder"
1999 G vs E Sam Kleinhauser Episode: "Airplane"
1999 Love & Money Dr. Fielding Episode: "Make Room for Daddy"
1999–2000 Ladies Man Larry Little 2 episodes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Pa (voice) 3 episodes
2000 The Hughleys Richard Jacobson / Applegate 2 episodes
2000 Bette Jasper Perkins Episode: "Big Business"
2001 Ally McBeal Dr. Harold Madison 2 episodes
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Howard Cosell Television film
2001 Undeclared Professor Duggan 2 episodes
2001 Girlfriends Dr. Percy Bales 2 episodes
2001 Inside Schwartz Dick Newton Episode: "The Pinch Hitter"
2001 The Downer Channel Mr. McVoid (voice) Episode: "Pilot"
2001–02 Maybe It's Me Jerry Stage 22 episodes
2001–08 King of the Hill Office Brown / Various voices 7 episodes
2002 Hey Arnold! Sammy Redmond (voice) Episode: "Harold vs. Patty/Rich Guy"
2002 Dexter's Laboratory F.R.E.D. (voice) Episode: "Lab on the Run"
2002 Family Guy Dave Campbell (voice) 2 episodes
2002–2004 Teamo Supremo Mr. Paulson (voice) 4 episodes
2003 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Professor Doornitz Television film
2003 That '70s Show Charlie Miller Episode: "The Battle of Evermore"
2003–04 A Minute with Stan Hooper Fred Hawkins 13 episodes
2003–05 Everybody Loves Raymond Hank MacDougall 13 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2003, 05 Mad TV Duke Flickman / Gene St. John 2 episodes
2003–07 Kim Possible Jack Hench (voice) 3 episodes
2004 The Drew Carey Show Fred Tuttle Episode: "Arrivederci, Italy"
2004–05 Saturday Night Live 'Bear City' Narrator (voice) Uncredited
2004, 2005 The Batman Speedway Announcer / Ross Darren (voice) 2 episodes
2004, 2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Boogie Man (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Tom Goes to the Mayor Garry Friendly (voice) Episode: "Vice Mayor"
2005 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Dad Howler (voice) Episode: "The Howler Bunny"
2006 Campus Ladies Doctor Episode: "Spring Break"
2006 Re-Animated Milt Appleday (voice) Television film
2006 Handy Manny Mr. Dwayne Bouffant (voice) Episode: "Valentine's Day/Mr. Lopart Moves In"
2006 Come On Over Dr. Fred Silliness Episode: "Brain Freeze"
2006 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Burt (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure The Boogey Man (voice) Television film
2007 Stargate SG-1 Jacek Episode: "Family Ties"
2007 Odd Job Jack Norm Episode: "Norm and the Magic Pencil"
2007, 2009 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tragg / Mancierge 2 episodes
2007–08 Back to You Marsh McGinley 17 episodes
2007–10 Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Bus Driver Bob (voice) 17 episodes
2008 Pushing Daisies The Great Hermann Episode: "Oh Oh Oh It's Magic"
2008 Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza Various roles Television film
2008 Transformers Animated Swindle (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Worst Week Paul 2 episodes
2008 The Boondocks Mr. Joe Petto (voice) Episode: "The S Word"
2008, 2009 Free Radio Dale Knutson 2 episodes
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Cop Episode: "Everybody Hates the Car"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Mr. Stuffleby 2 episodes
2009–18 Modern Family Frank Dunphy 12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2010)
2010 Castle Hank McPhee Episode: "The Late Shaft"
2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin Scientist Episode: "Money"
2010 Chuck Craig Turner Episode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2010, 2011 Glory Daze Dr. Reynolds 2 episodes
2010–11 Funny or Die Presents Professor / Jeff Baker 3 episodes
2010–14 Waves Sea Donal Wilkins
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Mayor (voice) Episode: "Fire Fight"
2011 My Future Boyfriend Bob Television film
2011 The Closer Santa Jack Episode: "You Have The Right To Remain Jolly"
2011 Franklin & Bash Wallace Clayton Episode: "She Came Upstairs to Kill Me"
2011 Accidentally in Love Dick Brocton Television film
2011 Retired at 35 Peter Dixon 2 episodes
2011–12 Easy to Assemble Sigvard Thorsten 3 episodes
2012 Raising Hope Mr. Swift Episode: "Mrs. Smartypants"
2012 Trust Us With Your Life Host Season 1, 8 episodes
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Judd (voice) Episode: "Action Packed Heist/Fall Foliage"
2012 Market Warriors Host Season 1
2012 Rob George Episode: "Dad Comes to Visit"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Dr. Hill Episode: "A Box Full of Puppies"
2012 I, Martin Short, Goes Home Mason Macgillivray Television special
2012 Breaking In Marty Mann Episode: "The Legend of Hurley's Gold"
2012 The Cleveland Show Gary (voice) Episode: "Menace II Secret Society"
2013 Community Alternate Pierce Hawthorne Episode: "History 101"
2013 Family Tree Mike Morton 3 episodes
2013 Drunk History Deep Throat Episode: "Washington D.C."
2013 Good Luck Charlie Herb Pickler Episode: "All Fall Down"
2014 Black Jesus Mr. Jimmy Maxwell (voice) Episode: "Love Thy Enemy Part 2"
2014 The Birthday Boys Archbishop Episode: "Getting Preachy"
2014–2015 Review Jack Walthall 4 episodes
2014–2015 The Bold and the Beautiful John Forrester 7 episodes
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series
(Tied with Donna Mills and Ray Wise)
2014, 2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various roles 2 episodes
2014–16 TripTank Various roles (voice) 5 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Himself (Blue Kitchen VIP guest) Episode: "11 Chefs Compete"
2015 Kevin from Work Roger Trousdale Episode: "Roommates from Work"
2016 Harvey Beaks Melvin Voice
2016-18 The Loud House Pop-Pop (voice) 5 episodes
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself (Celebrity Guest) Episode: "Fred Willard vs. Yvette Nicole Brown"
2016 The Odd Couple Fred Langford 2 episodes
2017 SuperMansion Champston employee (voice) Episode: "School Me Once"
2017 New Girl Beezus Episode: "Five Stars for Beezus"
2017 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Mr. Doozy (voice) 2 episodes
2017 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Dan Episode: "The Demotion"
2017 9JKL Dick Episode: "It Happened One Night"
2018 The 5th Quarter Jerry Hymowitz Episode: "Farewell"
2018 Corporate Bill Hathaway Episode: "The Long Meeting"


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