Fred Willard

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Shaker Heights, OH
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/18/1939, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor; comedian
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Fred Willard Fast Facts:
  • Childhood ambition was to be a pro baseball player; played in college and in the Army.
  • Is an alum of numerous improv troupes, including Second City and Ace Trucking Company, which he cofounded.
  • Received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his turn as a buffoonish TV commentator in Best in Show (2000).
  • Major comic influences include Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Jonathan Winters.
  • Often works with comic Martin Mull.
  • Has appeared more than 50 times on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
  • Appeared in four of director Christopher Guest's mockumentary films: Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006). The two also appeared in the mother of all mockumentaries, director Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
  • In 2010, appeared on the comedy Web site "Funny or Die," playing a doltish dean welcoming freshmen to college.
  • Is an animal-rights advocate; starred in an animal birth-control public-service announcement for PETA.
  • Fred Willard Relationships:
  • Hope Willard - Daughter
  • Mary Willard - Wife
  • Fred Willard Awards:
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA (BA in English)

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