He played an Air Force colonel in This Is Spinal Tap, travel agent/amateur actor Ron Albertson in Waiting for Guffman, announcer Buck Laughlin in Best in Show, and the dyed-blonde music manager Mike LaFontaine in A Mighty Wind.
"He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end", Mulbarger said.
Over an acting career that spanned over 50 years, Willard popped up in a variety of settings- from sitcoms like "Modern Family" to reality TV shows slike "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette", game shows, commercials and even on the soap opera "The Bold and the lovely".
Fred Willard's began his stage career while working in NY in the '50s.
'How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts, ' Curtis tweeted.
Beloved actor Fred Willard has died at the age of 86. Credit Shutterstock
She added, "We loved him so very much". "We will miss him forever", Mulbarger said. In a career that ranged from Roseanne to Pixar's Wall-E to recurring as Phil's dad, Frank, on Modern Family, Willard always provided hilarious moments and memorable laughs.
Shortly after the news broke, Willard's industry pals took to their social media accounts to pay tribute to the actor.
He was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for three consecutive years from 2003-2005 for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing Hank MacDougall.
"There was no man sweeter or funnier".
"Just learned of Fred Willard's passing". Willard had appeared on Kimmel's late-night talk show after the death of his wife.
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