Modern Family actor, Fred Willard has died at 86

Modern Family actor, Fred Willard has died at 86

The comedian and actor, Fred Willard (Frederick Charles Willard) has died at the age of 86. He was known for his best role in “Modern Family,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Best in Show” and “This Is Spinal Tap.”

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Fred Willard actor died
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The comedian died peacefully on Friday, his daughter, Hope Mulbarger, confirmed this news to CNN. She said that at the age of 86, he had kept moving, working, and making everyone happy until he died. She had loved him very much and would miss him forever.  

His wife, Mary Willard, died in 2018, and after two years of his wife’s death, the actor died. The couple spent 50 years together. She was 71 years old.  

Died: May 15, 2020, Los Angeles, California, United States 

Date of Birth: September 18, 1939

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

Height: 1.87 m

Spouse: Mary Willard (m. 1968–2018)

He was born in Ohio, and his career began in the late 1950s when he moved to New York. Willard’s work included comedies like ”Waiting for Guffman,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Little Murders,” “Arf and the Great Airplane Snatch,” and “Elvis and Juliet.”

In an interview with New Yorker Magazine in 2006, Willard said that if he controlled the death, nothing would ever change, no one would ever die. But on the other hand, then no babies could ever be born because it would get too crowded. 

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Fred Willard actor
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Comment on his death

KevinSmith said that one of his favorite lines in a movie ever Fred Willard in Best in Show had delivered after a naughty dog went after the judge: he had gone after her like she had been made of ham. This brilliant man had died. RIP, Funny Man!

Jimmy Kimmel said that there had been no man sweeter or funnier. He had been then lucky to know Fred Willard and would miss his many visits.

Steve Carell said that Fred Willard had been the funniest person that he had ever worked with. He had been a wonderful man and sweet. 

Michael McKean said that he was at a loss for words. Fred had been his friend for 40+ years. He was a great comic actor and only one of him, and he had been all lucky. Goodbye, Fred.

What happened to Fred Willard?

According to “Radar Online,” the health of Fred Willard has been decreasing physically and mentally since the loss of his wife, Mary, who had died in July 2018.

His health had been falling for the last seven years, but Mary, his wife, was everything for him. Her death had broken him. 

Is Fred Willard dead in real life?

Fred Willard was born on September 18, 1939. He was an actor, writer, and comedian who had died on Friday, May 15, 2020.

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