Fred Willard

Actor, Comedian, TV host
Best known for his buttoned-up professionals with no sense of their own cluelessness, actor Fred Willard emerged from the 1960s improv scene to become a critic's favorite and an admired comedy veteran. After earning an ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1939 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (238)

Modern Family 2009 - 2010, 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Review 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Jesus 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nobody Knows Anything 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Secretary of the Interior (Voice)

Review with Forrest MacNeil 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Madness 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Birder 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Birthday Boys 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

TripTank 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ally McBeal 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

Ed Harken (Actor)

At the Movies 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dealin' With Idiots 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Tree 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ladies Man 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in TV Land 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Step by Step 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Test the Nation 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1982 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Market Warriors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Raising Hope 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rob 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Magic Of Belle Isle 2012 (Movie)

Al Kaiser (Actor)

Trust Us with Your Life 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Accidentally in Love 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Daze 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Expecting Mary 2010 (Movie)

Jerry Zee (Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Mr Ferguson (Actor)

Everybody Hates Chris 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Head Case 2006 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The A-List Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Worldwide Fido Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Wizards of Waverly Place 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Back to You 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Pratt (Actor)

Last Comic Standing 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Boondocks 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Shelby Forthright/BnL CEO (Actor)

Worst Week 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Epic Movie 2007 (Movie)

Aslo (Actor)

Fighting Words 2007 (Movie)

Longfellow (Actor)

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

I'll Believe You 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Fratus (Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Michael Willoughby (Actor)

Lovewrecked 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Re-Animated 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Slacker Cats 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Stargate SG-1 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thank God You're Here 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Wedding Bells 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Campus Ladies 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Autobiography: In their Own Words 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Church Ball 2006 (Movie)

Bishop Linderman (Actor)

Date Movie 2006 (Movie)

Bernie Funkyerdoder (Actor)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Great Things About the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen 2006 (Movie)

Santa Claus/Dog Catcher (Voice)

Killer Diller 2006 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Dad (Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Melvin/Alien Dad (Voice)

Everybody Loves Raymond 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Romance 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Goes to the Mayor 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

World Cup Comedy 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Minute With Stan Hooper 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Ed Harken (Actor)

Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 (Movie)

Dr Willoughby (Actor)

The 2003 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Totally Obsessed 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Host

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Mike LaFontaine (Actor)

American Wedding 2003 (Movie)

Harold Flaherty (Actor)

How to Lose Your Lover 2003 (Movie)

Bucky (Actor)

That '70s Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Year That Trembled 2003 (Movie)

Frank Woods (Actor)

Watching Ellie 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Teamo Supremo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Family Guy 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Inside Schwartz 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe It's Me 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly I'm a Star 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Senator Roger Dickey (Actor)

Undeclared 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

How High 2001 (Movie)

Chancellor Huntley (Actor)

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

Basil St Mosely (Actor)

Totally Outrageous -- Love 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Totally Outrageous -- Vacations 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Turn Ben Stein On 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

You Lie Like a Dog 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Buck Laughlin (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Dropping Out 2000 (Movie)

Paul Blanchard (Actor)

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Mission Commander (Actor)

Can't Stop Dancing 1999 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

Chump Change 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Idle Hands 1999 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prehysteria! 3 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Craig Ziffer (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

TNN Live With Lorrie Morgan 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

steve.oedekerk.com 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to Back: American Yakuza II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Ron Albertson (Actor)

Friends 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mommies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Prehisteria! 3 1994 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Access America 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Louise DuArt: The Secret Life of Barry's Wife 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Real People Reunion Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera... Funny Money 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera... Smile, You're on Vacation! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

High Strung 1990 (Movie)

Insurance Salesman (Actor)

The 14th Annual Circus of the Stars 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Follies 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

Tom Osborne (Actor)

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Mull Live! From North Ridgeville 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

Mayor Deebs (Actor)

This Week Indoors 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Hot, What's Not 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting the Last Laugh 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

Terrence "Doc" Williams (Actor)

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Real People 1978 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicke of the Night 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Lieutenant Hookstratten (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XI 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Pen 'n' Inc. 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

First Family 1980 (Movie)

Presidential Aide Feebleman (Actor)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Vanderhoof (Actor)

America 2-Night 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Gabriel Kaplan Presents the Small Event 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Force 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracking Up 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fernwood 2-Night 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Fun With Dick and Jane 1977 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Sirota's Court 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

Jerry Jarvis (Actor)

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Interrogator (Actor)

Chesty Anderson - U.S. Navy 1974 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Madhouse 90 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Model Shop 1969 (Movie)

Gas Station Attendant (Actor)

A Valentine's Date (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Bogen County (TV Show)

Actor

Lots of Luck (TV Show)

Actor

Mad TV (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

My Future Boyfriend (TV Show)

Actor

Salem's Lot (TV Show)

Actor

Sodbusters (TV Show)

Actor

The Pooch and the Pauper (TV Show)

Actor

When Billie Beat Bobby (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

("Soy Wonder") (Song Performer)

Biography

Best known for his buttoned-up professionals with no sense of their own cluelessness, actor Fred Willard emerged from the 1960s improv scene to become a critic's favorite and an admired comedy veteran. After earning an initial cult following as the dimwitted sidekick of talk show host Martin Mull in the cutting-edge parody "Fernwood 2-Night" (syndicated, 1977-78), Willard fans generally caught glimpses of the actor in character roles as self-assured and wildly incorrect authority figures in unremarkable film and television comedies. But his supporting roles in the "mockumentary" style films of Christopher Guest, beginning with "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), truly showcased Willard's unique gifts for creating memorable middle America characters largely through on-camera improvisation. Among his most beloved Guest-directed performances were that of a dog show sports commentator unschooled in the sport in "Best in Show" (2000) and as an overbearing entertainment news host in "For Your Consideration" (2006). Willard also received acclaim for guest-starring stints on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005) and "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), which, to the delight of pop culture historians, allowed him to work again with Fernwood's Martin Mull. Because of his gift for improvisational comedy, Willard remained a frequent late night guest while continuing to work steadily well into the next millennium.

Relationships

Mary Willard

Wife
Married in 1972

Hope Willard Assistant

Daughter
Born in 1974 mother, Mary Willard

EDUCATION

Kentucky Military Institute

Lyndon , Kentucky 1951
Attended military school after his father's death

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington , Virginia 1955

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Michael Cera and Jean Smart in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt"

2009

Guest starred on ABC's "Modern Family"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

2008

Voiced the president of the Buynlarge Corporation in the Pixar animated film "WALL-E"

2007

Cast as sportscaster, Marsh McGinley on the Fox series "Back to You"

2007

Once again teamed with Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer for the spoof/parody film "Epic Movie"

2006

Teamed with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer for the comedy spoof "Date Movie"

2005

Featured in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched"

2004

Cast opposite Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in "Anchorman"

2003

Had a small part in Christopher Guest's "A Mighty Wind"

2003

Had a recurring role as Hank McDougal on the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond"; received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for 2003, 2004 and 2005

2001

Cast in the WB's "Maybe It's Me"

2001

Portrayed sportscaster Howard Cosell in the ABC TV-movie "When Billie Beat Bobby"

2001

Had a memorable cameo as a flamboyant dance teacher in "The Wedding Planner"

2000

Reteamed with Guest for the comedy "Best in Show" playing the announcer at a dog show

1999

Featured in the quirky independent comedy "Can't Stop Dancing"

1999

Was a recurring player on the CBS sitcom "Ladies Man"

1999

Played the Dad in the horror comedy "Idle Hands"

1998

Had a supporting role in the biopic "Permanent Midnight"

1998

Featured in the mockumentary "Elvis is Alive, I Swear, I Just Saw Him Eating a Ding-Dong Outside the Piggly Wiggly"

1998

Guested on several episodes of NBC's "Mad About You"

1996

Returned to feature film work in Christopher Guest's "Waiting for Guffman"

1995

Made first of several appearances as President Garner on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC)

1995

Played Martin Mull's gay mate in "Roseanne" (ABC)

1994

Had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters"

1994

Co-starred with Mull in the Comedy Central special "Subaru Presents Fair Enough: Martin Mull at the Iowa State Fair"

1990

Co-hosted revived "Candid Camera" (CBS)

1988

Co-starred in first movie made for Cinemax, "Martin Mull in 'Portrait of a White Marriage'"

1987

Was regular on "D.C. Follies" (syndicated)

1987

Featured in the HBO special "Martin Mull Live! From North Ridgeville"

1987

Appeared in the Oscar-winning short "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall"

1985

Co-hosted the syndicated "What's Hot, What's Not"

1984

Had memorable role in Rob Reiner's mock documentary "This Is Spinal Tap"; reunited onscreen with Guest

1983

Was sidekick to Alan Thicke on "Thicke of the Night" (syndicated)

1981

Returned as one of the hosts of "Real People"

1979

Was one of the hosts of "Real People" (NBC)

1978

With Mull, co-hosted "America 2-Night", a short-lived syndicated follow-up to "Fernwood 2-Night"

1977

Tapped by Norman Lear to co-host (with Martin Mull) the syndicated "Fernwood 2-Night"

1976

TV-movie debut, "How to Break Up a Happy Divorce" (NBC)

1976

Was regular on the NBC sitcom "Sirota's Court"

1973

Was regular on "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour" (ABC)

1968

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show" (NBC) as member of the Ace Trucking Company improv troupe

1968

Off-Broadway debut, "Little Murders"; appeared alongside Christopher Guest

1968

Feature film debut, "The Model Shop"

1964

Made TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)

1962

Started a comedy team with friend and classmate Vic Grecco

Became a regular member of Chicago's Second City

Stayed busy throughout the 1990s with extensive television guest work

Appeared with the Los Angeles' improv troupe The Committee

Bonus Trivia

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On working improvisationally in the Christopher Guest films "Waiting for Guffman" (1996) and "Best in Show" (2000): "It is quite scary. you have to do your homework and you have to come prepared. It's not just free-form improvisation like you'd see in a comedy club. You know exactly who your character is and you know exactly where the scene is going to begin and end. And Chris knows exactly what he wants. I never heard him say, 'Oh no, you're on the wrong track.'" – from the Daily News, Sept. 24, 2000

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Willard was arrested on July 18, 2012. The actor was allegedly engaged in a lewd act while at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood, CA.

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