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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
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
Best in Show
A Mighty Wind
For Your Consideration
(2006). The two also appeared in the mother of all mockumentaries, director Rob Reiner's
This Is Spinal Tap
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:
Mary Willard - Wife
Hope Willard - Daughter
Fred Willard Awards:
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
2005 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
2003 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA (BA in English)
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