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The Bold and the Beautiful...and the hilarious? Comedy great Fred Willard has been set for a four-episode guest appearance on the hit CBS soap opera playing John Forrester, younger brother of fashion king Eric Forrester (John McCook). John is also the father of jewelry designer Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer), the show's new Aussie beauty who was recently brought to America by Eric to help out with the family business.

A B&B rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Willard's character is a traveling salesman-inventor and quite the party boy. He contacts Ivy while he's in the states and decides to come visit her in Los Angeles and reconnect with Eric. No word yet if Willard's character is pure comic relief or trouble in disguise!

Willard's many hit films include This is Spinal Tap, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Best in Show and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The Second City alum and multiple Emmy nominee has also had recurring roles on Roseanne, Mad About You, King of the Hill, Everybody Loves Raymond and, currently, Modern Family, where he plays Phil Dunphy's dad, Frank.

Willard begins work at B&B Aug. 27, with his episodes set to air the first week of October.

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