Fred Willard died of natural causes on Friday, May 15, at 86.
He was nominated for Emmys for his roles on “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
Was a frequent and memorable collaborator with the director Christopher Guest.
Was confirmed the death by Mike Eisenstadt, Fred Willard’s agent.
The news was first shared by Jamie Lee Curtis, on Twitter.
Jamie is wife of Christopher Guest, and Mr. Willard has worked with Christopher Guest on all of his movies.
Including “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” and “A Mighty Wind.”
How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard. Best in Show (7/11) Movie CLIP – Judging the Hounds (2000) HD https://t.co/wPrbk9VjWI via @YouTube— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) May 16, 2020
“My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end.”Willard’s daughter Hope said to E! News.
“We loved him so very much. We will miss him forever.”
Fred Willard played in over 300 movies and TV shows.
Since his first network television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, until his participation in netflix’s ‘Space Force’, that releases on May 29th.
In 2018, Fred lost your wife, Mary Willard after 50 years marriage, they had a daughter, Hope Willard.
Mr. Fred Willard and your family and friends is in our thoughts and prayers.