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Cheers & Jeers: The Closer's Fred Claus

Cheers to Fred Willard for bringing joy to the world of The Closer.

Bruce Fretts

Cheers to Fred Willard for bringing joy to the world of The Closer.
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The always-merry comic actor (Best in Show, Everybody Loves Raymond) brightened TNT's often-grim crime drama as "Santa Jack," an eggnog-spiking Christmas-village owner suspected of murdering a rival St. Nick by sabotaging a zipline. Turned out Jack was the actual target — "Is this part of the war on Christmas?" he wondered — and the culprit was his greedy niece (True Blood's Lauren Bowles).
Willard has been a welcome presence on TV ever since his breakout role as dim-bulb sidekick Jerry Hubbard on the '70s talk-show spoof Fernwood Tonight. Now all we want for Christmas is for Willard to make a return visit to his Emmy-nominated role as Phil Dunphy's dork-tastic dad on Modern Family.
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