Tributes pour in for Fred Willard


Rob Reiner, Steve Carell, and Ben Stiller are among the old friends and colleagues to salute Fred Willard online following the comedy icon’s death on Friday (May 15, 2020).

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to the veteran funnyman’s longtime collaborator, director Christopher Guest, shared the news of his passing on Twitter on Saturday, as she led the tributes to the 86 year old.

His This Is Spinal Tap filmmaker Reiner posted,

while his co-stars Michael McKean and Harry Shearer also mourned his death with fans.

 tweeted McKean, as Shearer added,

Meanwhile, Willard’s Modern Family castmate Eric Stonestreet wrote,

and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared,

Ben Stiller, who lost his dad, actor Jerry Stiller on May 11 (2020), remembered his The Ben Stiller Show guest as a “brilliant comic actor and improviser”, as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy producer Judd Apatow declared, “Fred Willard could not have been funnier. He was pure joy. And the sweetest person you could ever meet.”

And Steve Carell, co-creator and star of Willard’s final project, the upcoming Netflix comedy Space Force, noted, “Fred Willard was the funniest person that I’ve ever worked with. He was a sweet, wonderful man.”

Other early tributes also poured in from the likes of Kathy Griffin, Paul Feig, Christina Applegate, and Jimmy Kimmel.