Comedic actor Fred Willard has died. He was 86 years old. The prolific actor had roles in television shows and movies including Everybody Loves Raymond, Best In Show, Anchorman, and others. His agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. Willard's daughter also shared the news of his death to Twitter. She said that Willard died "very peacefully, adding that "He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever," (via PopCulture). Willard's agent, Glenn Schwartz, tells Rolling Stone that he died from natural causes.
Willard has been a fan favorite actor for quite some time thanks to delightful characters in everything from Wizards of Waverly Place to Raymond to Disney's WALL-E, and he was also part of the upcoming Netflix series Space Force, which releases later this year.
Willard's vast resume includes memorable roles in both film and television, though it's hard not to immediately think of his brilliant work in the Christopher Guest series of Mockumentaries, which included films like A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, and For Your Consideration. He would also grace the screen in shows like Modern Family, and would lend his voice to things like Scooby-Doo, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Transformers, WALL-E, Kim Possible, and more.
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end.We loved him so very much!— Hope Willard (@Mulbytime7) May 16, 2020
We will miss him forever.
He would reprise his role as Hank MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond 14 times, and most recently appeared as Fred Naird in Netflix's Space Force.
Our thoughts are with Willard's family and friends at this time.
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