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Fred Willard – MovieActors.com

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Willard in ANCHORMAN.

About Fred Willard (1939 – )


Fred Willard was born on September 18, 1939, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and raised in Cleveland. His father died when he was only twelve years old.

For his high school years, he was sent to a Military prep school, Kentucky Military Institute, located in Lynden, Kentucky. He did well and graduated. Fred went on to The Virginia Military Institute, called the West Point of the South. After graduating from college, he went into the Army. After his stint in the Army, he began to pursue what he loved; making people laugh.

Fred is known for his improvisational comedic talent, that shine through his acting, his comedic routines, his voice-acting and his writing.

He auditioned and was accepted into Chicago's 2nd City Revue and stayed with this improvistional comic group for one year.

Fred married the love of his live, Mary Lovell in 1968. They had a daughter, Hope.
They now have a grandson too.

A founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company Fred Willard among other comedy actors are members.

With tongue firmly in cheek, Willard became well known in spoofs of talk shows, being Martin Mull's co-host, Jerry Hubbard, on the television shows FERNWOOD 2 NIGHT, FOREVER FERNWOOD, AND AMERICA 2 NIGHT.

In addition, Willard has spun his unique comic charm in in 50 sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

A veteran character actor, Willard has played in numerous films. He was outstanding in the "mocumentary" films: THIS IS SPINAL TAP, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

Fred Willard's one man stage show, ALONE AT LAST! (with a cast of twelve) received two Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards, for Best Comedy and Best Production.

Willard appeared as "Hank MacDougall" on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. For three years running, starting in 2003, Willard was nominated for an Emmy.

Fred Willard's notable movie credits include...

WISH WIZARD (2011)
FRED & VINNIE (2011)
HOLYMAN UNDERCOVER (2010)
STREET POET (2010)
EXPECTING MARY (2010)
YOUTH IN REVOLT (2009)
SCOUT'S HONOR (2009)
SCHOOL GYRLS (2009)
DISASTER MOVIE (2008)
HAROLD (2008)
WALL-E (2008)
I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN (2007)
FIGHTING WORDS (2007)
EPIC MOVIE (2007)
I'LL BELIEVE YOU (2006)
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (2006)
IRA AND ABBY (2006)
MONSTER HOUSE (2006)
CHURCH BALL (2006)
DATE MOVIE (2006)
LOVE WRECKED (2005)
50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER (2004)
AMERICAN WEDDING (2003)
THE WEDDING PLANNER (2001)
ROXANNE (1987)
FIRST FAMILY (1980)
SILVER STREAK (1976)


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Fred Willard in ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY (2004).