Fred Willard

American actor and comedian (1933-2020)

Frederick Charles "Fred" Willard (September 18, 1933 – May 15, 2020) was an American actor, comedian and writer.

Fred Willard
Willard in April 2008
Frederick Charles Willard

(1933-09-18)September 18, 1933
DiedMay 15, 2020(2020-05-15) (aged 86)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest caused by myelodysplastic syndrome
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, U.S.
Alma materKentucky Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1959–2020
Mary Willard
(m. 1968; died 2018)

He starred in movies, including This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Waiting for Guffman (1997), American Wedding (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), WALL-E (2008), Youth in Revolt (2009), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). He also appeared in television series such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons and Modern Family. In 2020, his last role was as Fred Naird in the Netflix comedy Space Force.

Willard was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His wife, Mary Lovell, died in July 2018. They had a daughter together, Hope.

In July 2012, he was arrested for masturbation in an adult movie theater.[1] However, no charges were filed because the police had no evidence.[2]

Willard died at his home in Los Angeles on May 15, 2020 of cardiac arrest caused by myelodysplastic syndrome, aged 86.[3][4]


  1. "Actor Fred Willard insists he did nothing wrong in lewd conduct arrest". Fox News. Fox Broadcasting Company. July 27, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  2. Pelisek, Christine (July 19, 2012). "The Tale Behind Fred Willard's Arrest in an Adult Film Theater". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 7, 2018 – via
  3. Kreps, Daniel (May 17, 2020). "Fred Willard, 'Best in Show' and 'A Mighty Wind' Actor, Dead at 86". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  4. "Fred Willard's cause of death revealed". Fox News. 3 June 2020.

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