Legendary comedic cctor Fred Willard, who starred in ‘Anchorman’ ‘Best In Show’ and more recently’Modern Family, passed away on Friday, at the age of 86, his daughter Hope Willard confirmed the news of her father’s passing on Saturday on Twitter.
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!
We will miss him forever.
— Hope Willard (@Mulbytime7) May 16, 2020
#BREAKINGNEWS – Comedian Fred Willard died in his sleep last night at 86.
The sketch comedy master spent 50+ years in show biz.
Among his many movie credits: “Best In Show,” “Anchorman” & “WALL-E.”
On TV, “Fernwood Tonight,” “Modern Family” & “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
May he R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/kInSrM8llY
— George Pennacchio (@abc7george) May 16, 2020
People took to Twitter to mourn Willard’s death.
Fred Willard automatically made every scene he was in funnier, which is true of like 20 people on the planet.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) May 16, 2020
fred willard was one of the funniest people to ever live and shockingly he was also one of the nicest. i was lucky to get to work with him once and experience both of those things up close. RIP to a true legend, a man who deserves to be on the mount rushmore of comedy.
— josh androsky (@ShutUpAndrosky) May 16, 2020
Fred Willard was a genius at playing straight-faced lunacy—at playing characters whose sunny, otherwise normal exteriors masked a deep reservoir of either blithe stupidity or full-blown insanity. He always brought a tinge of weirdness to even the most strait-laced role.
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) May 16, 2020