Fred Willard, Legendary Comedian and Star of ‘A Mighty Wind’, Has Died at 86

Following the passing of Jerry Stiller this past week, the world has unfortunately lost another brilliant comedic talent. Fred Willard, a longtime comedy star with entertainment roots going all the way back to 1960 and best known for his roles in Christopher Guest mockumentary movies such as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For […] The post Fred Willard, Legendary Comedian and Star of ‘A Mighty Wind’, Has Died at 86 appeared first on /Film.

Fred Willard, Legendary Comedian and Star of ‘A Mighty Wind’, Has Died at 86

Following the passing of Jerry Stiller this past week, the world has unfortunately lost another brilliant comedic talent.

Fred Willard, a longtime comedy star with entertainment roots going all the way back to 1960 and best known for his roles in Christopher Guest mockumentary movies such as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For Your Consideration, has passed away at 86 years old.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to director Christopher Guest, was first to announce news of Fred Willard dead:

Curis and Guest must have been among the first to learn of his passing, because followed up to confirm with Fred Willard’s representative that the actor had indeed passed away of natural causes, less than two years after his wife Mary died.

After being born and raised in Ohio, Fred Willard graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute and served in the US Army in Germany before he got his start in comedy with fellow comedian Vic Grecco. The two performed as the aptly named duo Willard & Grecco in New York and found a good amount of success touring the country. They even made appearances on The Dean Martin Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and The Tonight Show. But the duo disbanded in 1968.

Fred Willard found comedy success again with another comedy group after performing at Second City in Chicago. Along with with George Memmoli, Michael Mislove, Bill Saluga, and Patti Deutsch, Willard founded the Ace Trucking Company, a sketch and improvisational comedy troupe that performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson over 50 times, as well as The Ed Sullivan Show, This Is Tom Jones, and The Mike Douglas Show.

Throughout his career, which spans over 60 years, Willard appeared in shows such as Get Smart, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, Sirota’s Court, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, The Golden Girls, Married…with Children, The Ben Stiller Show, Friends, Family Matters, Roseanne, Step by Step, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You, Ally McBeal, Family Guy, That 70s Show, MadTV, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of the Hill, Pushing Daisies, Community, Comedy Bang! Bang!, New Girl, Modern Family, and countless more.

On film, Willard also enjoyed quite a career, not only did he appear in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary movies, but he also had supporting roles in Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), Roxanne, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Wedding Planner, American Wedding, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Monster House, WALL-E, where he played Pixar’s first live-action character, and of course, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Willard seemed to be in good health in his 80s, and he even has a recurring role in Netflix’s upcoming comedy series Space Force, where he’ll be playing Steve Carell’s father. Funnily enough, Willard previously starred in a failed TV movie called Space Force, which became the premise of a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live after Donald Trump announced the creation of a real Space Force sanctioned by the American government. Since then, Willard made frequent appearances as various misguided characters inspired by the week’s headlines.

Throughout his career in film and television, Willard was often called upon to play bumbling television commentators, military officers, and wacky fathers and grandfathers. A master of improv comedy, he was always a fun presence in whatever project he was working on. This is truly a loss to the entertainment world, and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this time. Rest in peace.

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Movie theaters will probably be back open by September…right? IFC Films sure thinks so, which is why they’ve just set a September 18 theatrical release date for The Nest, a drama starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon. IFC is no stranger to releasing titles to VOD, so the fact that they’re aiming for this theatrical release means that they have a lot of faith in the film. And that they also have a lot of faith in movie theaters being up and running again soon.

“We’re looking forward to releasing The Nest in theaters this fall as [director] Sean Durkin continues to prove what a masterful filmmaker he is, delivering career-best performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon,” said Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films. Most movie theaters remain closed at the moment, but pretty much everyone is hoping they’ll be back in business by the summer. And if that doesn’t happen, maybe the fall will be the next best bet.

In The Nest “charismatic entrepreneur Rory (Jude Law), relocates his wife Allison (Carrie Coon) and their children Sam and Ben from suburban America to his native England with ambitious dreams of profiting from booming 1980’s London. While Rory thrives chasing lofty deals in the city, Allison and the kids struggle to adapt. Once a businesswoman in her own right, Allison finds herself idle and resuming the role of housewife in a run-down mansion they can’t afford to furnish. As the eerie isolation of their new home drives the family further apart, and the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, Rory and Allison have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.”

Our own Ben Pearson caught The Nest at Sundance, and was impressed with what he saw, calling it a “smoldering drama,” writing:

“The Nest is a searing, smoldering exploration of ambition, how entitlement can eat you alive from the inside, and the emptiness of life as a capitalist first and a human being second. Though I’m not fully sold on the film’s ending, I still found it to be a mesmerizing parable about the dangers of obsession, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t take Sean Durkin nine more years to make another movie.”

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