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Willard achieved wider fame as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Mull Martin Mull]'s sidekick, "Jerry Hubbard," on the television shows ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernwood_2_Night Fernwood 2 Night]'', ''Forever Fernwood'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_2-Night America 2-Night]'', which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day. He was an original cast member of the NBC comedy series [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_people Real People] in 1979 and again from 1981-1983. He plays Tom Osbourne in the 1987 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award Academy Award] winning short film, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray%E2%80%99s_Male_Heterosexual_Dance_Hall Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall]''. From 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Krofft's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.C._Follies D.C. Follies]'', and was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time. In 1990, Willard hosted the cable TV show "Access America" on the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha%21_%28TV_channel%29 Ha!]'' Comedy Network. As part of that show, he appeared September 21, 1990 on Episode #7 of the cult [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-access_television Public-access television] show ''Decoupage'' with Summer Caprice.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup> In 1995, Willard reunited with his ''Fernwood'' co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull's character Leon Carp, on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseanne_%28TV_series%29 Roseanne]''. The couple married in the episode "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_Bride_%28Roseanne%29 December Bride]," and Scott became a recurring character during the series' final two seasons. That same year, Willard had guest-starred in three episodes of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister,_Sister_%28TV_series%29 Sister, Sister]'', starring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia_Mowry Tia] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamera_Mowry Tamera Mowry]; Willard played Carl Mitushka, a teacher at Roosevelt High who often spoke popular teenage slang terms in order to sound cool to his students. Willard guest-voiced a 1999 episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons The Simpsons]'' titled [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday,_Cruddy_Sunday Sunday, Cruddy Sunday] as Wally Kogen, a travel agent. From 2001 to 2002, he played the father of five children on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybe_It%27s_Me_%28TV_series%29 Maybe It's Me]''. He has also guest-starred in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weird_Al_Show The Weird Al Show]''. He and Mull joined up again for ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_White_People_in_America The History of White People in America]''. He played Mayor Deebs in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxanne_%28film%29 Roxanne]'' starring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Martin Steve Martin]. His “I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world.” has been widely quoted. His most recent notable work has been in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Guest Christopher Guest] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film films], such as ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mighty_Wind A Mighty Wind]'', in which he played "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_LaFontaine Mike LaFontaine]," a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_character character] known for his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchphrase catchphrase], "Eh? Wha' happened?"; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_in_Show_%28film%29 Best in Show]'', in which he portrayed "Buck Laughlin," a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conformation_show dog show] announcer who offered up an unending stream of bad [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke jokes] and off-color comments; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Guffman Waiting for Guffman]'', in which he played "Ron Albertson," a travel agent who performs in amateur stage productions with his wife; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Spinal_Tap This Is Spinal Tap]'', in which he played a lieutenant on the military base where [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_Tap_%28band%29 Spinal Tap] play; and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Your_Consideration_%28film%29 For Your Consideration]'' as an obnoxious entertainment television show anchor.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> For his performance in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Guffman Waiting for Guffman]'' he received an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Comedy_Award American Comedy Award] nomination and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_Actors_Guild Screen Actors Guild] nomination for Funniest Supporting Actor. He received the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Film_Critics Boston Film Critics] Award, an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Comedy_Award American Comedy Award], a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Award Sierra Award] and a tribute from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute AFI] for his portrayal as Buck Laughlin in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_in_Show_%28film%29 Best in Show]''. He also appeared as KVWN news director "Ed Harken" in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchorman:_The_Legend_of_Ron_Burgundy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy] and in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Wedding American Wedding].
 
Willard achieved wider fame as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Mull Martin Mull]'s sidekick, "Jerry Hubbard," on the television shows ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernwood_2_Night Fernwood 2 Night]'', ''Forever Fernwood'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_2-Night America 2-Night]'', which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day. He was an original cast member of the NBC comedy series [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_people Real People] in 1979 and again from 1981-1983. He plays Tom Osbourne in the 1987 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award Academy Award] winning short film, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray%E2%80%99s_Male_Heterosexual_Dance_Hall Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall]''. From 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Krofft's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.C._Follies D.C. Follies]'', and was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time. In 1990, Willard hosted the cable TV show "Access America" on the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha%21_%28TV_channel%29 Ha!]'' Comedy Network. As part of that show, he appeared September 21, 1990 on Episode #7 of the cult [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-access_television Public-access television] show ''Decoupage'' with Summer Caprice.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup> In 1995, Willard reunited with his ''Fernwood'' co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull's character Leon Carp, on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseanne_%28TV_series%29 Roseanne]''. The couple married in the episode "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_Bride_%28Roseanne%29 December Bride]," and Scott became a recurring character during the series' final two seasons. That same year, Willard had guest-starred in three episodes of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister,_Sister_%28TV_series%29 Sister, Sister]'', starring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia_Mowry Tia] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamera_Mowry Tamera Mowry]; Willard played Carl Mitushka, a teacher at Roosevelt High who often spoke popular teenage slang terms in order to sound cool to his students. Willard guest-voiced a 1999 episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons The Simpsons]'' titled [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday,_Cruddy_Sunday Sunday, Cruddy Sunday] as Wally Kogen, a travel agent. From 2001 to 2002, he played the father of five children on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybe_It%27s_Me_%28TV_series%29 Maybe It's Me]''. He has also guest-starred in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weird_Al_Show The Weird Al Show]''. He and Mull joined up again for ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_White_People_in_America The History of White People in America]''. He played Mayor Deebs in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxanne_%28film%29 Roxanne]'' starring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Martin Steve Martin]. His “I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world.” has been widely quoted. His most recent notable work has been in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Guest Christopher Guest] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film films], such as ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mighty_Wind A Mighty Wind]'', in which he played "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_LaFontaine Mike LaFontaine]," a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_character character] known for his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchphrase catchphrase], "Eh? Wha' happened?"; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_in_Show_%28film%29 Best in Show]'', in which he portrayed "Buck Laughlin," a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conformation_show dog show] announcer who offered up an unending stream of bad [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke jokes] and off-color comments; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Guffman Waiting for Guffman]'', in which he played "Ron Albertson," a travel agent who performs in amateur stage productions with his wife; ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Spinal_Tap This Is Spinal Tap]'', in which he played a lieutenant on the military base where [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_Tap_%28band%29 Spinal Tap] play; and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Your_Consideration_%28film%29 For Your Consideration]'' as an obnoxious entertainment television show anchor.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> For his performance in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Guffman Waiting for Guffman]'' he received an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Comedy_Award American Comedy Award] nomination and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_Actors_Guild Screen Actors Guild] nomination for Funniest Supporting Actor. He received the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Film_Critics Boston Film Critics] Award, an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Comedy_Award American Comedy Award], a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Award Sierra Award] and a tribute from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute AFI] for his portrayal as Buck Laughlin in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_in_Show_%28film%29 Best in Show]''. He also appeared as KVWN news director "Ed Harken" in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchorman:_The_Legend_of_Ron_Burgundy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy] and in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Wedding American Wedding].
   
Willard had a recurring role as "Hank MacDougall" on the later seasons of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS CBS]' ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Loves_Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond]''. He was nominated for an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Award Emmy Award] for this role in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_in_television 2003], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_in_television 2004], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_in_television 2005]. Willard was also the host of a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VH1 VH1] documentary series called ''Totally Obsessed'' about people obsessed with their hobbies. He appears as "Captain Ribmanman" in Episode 21 of ''Channel Frederator'', a podcast from Kansas. Willard also landed a role on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy Family Guy]'' as Dave Campbell, the father of a nudist family (first appearing in "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Method_to_Madness From Method to Madness]"). It is unclear whether or not the role will be reprised. Willard also voices "Officer Brown" in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Hill King of the Hill]'' and has made an appearance on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_%2770s_Show That '70s Show]''. Willard has appeared in one hundred sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a government official, businessman, or other authority figure named Willard J. Fredericks, who is always drinking. In 2007 he played Dad in the Academy Award nominated, animated film, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_House_%28film%29 Monster House]''. He also hosted ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live Saturday Night Live]'' in 1978 (musical guest: Devo) and appeared twice on SNL's rival show, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MADtv MADtv]''. Two years before this, he made a minor appearance in the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Streak_%28film%29 Silver Streak]'' as a bemused railroad train master.
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Willard had a recurring role as "Hank MacDougall" on the later seasons of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS CBS]' ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Loves_Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond]''. He was nominated for an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Award Emmy Award] for this role in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_in_television 2003], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_in_television 2004], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_in_television 2005]. Willard was also the host of a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VH1 VH1] documentary series called ''Totally Obsessed'' about people obsessed with their hobbies. He appears as "Captain Ribmanman" in Episode 21 of ''Channel Frederator'', a podcast from Kansas. Willard also landed a role on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy Family Guy]'' as Dave Campbell, the father of a nudist family (first appearing in "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Method_to_Madness From Method to Madness]"). It is unclear whether or not he will reprise his role. Willard also voices "Officer Brown" in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Hill King of the Hill]'' and has made an appearance on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_%2770s_Show That '70s Show]''. Willard has appeared in one hundred sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a government official, businessman, or other authority figure named Willard J. Fredericks, who is always drinking. In 2007 he played Dad in the Academy Award nominated, animated film, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_House_%28film%29 Monster House]''. He also hosted ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live Saturday Night Live]'' in 1978 (musical guest: Devo) and appeared twice on SNL's rival show, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MADtv MADtv]''. Two years before this, he made a minor appearance in the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Streak_%28film%29 Silver Streak]'' as a bemused railroad train master.
   
He was the voice of a clueless companion to a lazy robot (Martin Mull) in one episode of the series ''Dexter's Laboratory'' and guest-starred on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_Swim Adult Swim] cartoon ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Goes_to_the_Mayor Tom Goes to the Mayor]''. He acted in the Cartoon Network movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re-Animated Re-Animated]'' and played [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vala_Mal_Doran Vala Mal Doran]'s "father" in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_SG-1 Stargate SG-1]'' in 2007. He appeared in an episode of the Adult Swim program ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_and_Eric_Awesome_Show,_Great_Job%21 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!]''. He has also starred as the "Boogie Man" in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grim_Adventures_of_Billy_and_Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy]'' and reprised his role in the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_%26_Mandy%27s_Big_Boogey_Adventure Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure]''. His final appearance as "Boogey" occurred in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_%26_Mandy:_Wrath_of_the_Spider_Queen Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen]''. In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the children's TV series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_on_Over_%28TV_series%29 Come on Over]''. He has also guest-starred on an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boondocks_%28TV_series%29 The Boondocks]'', providing the voice of "Joe Petto." In 2008, he guest starred on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers_Animated Transformers Animated]'' as the Decepticon arms dealer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swindle_%28Transformers%29 Swindle].
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He was the voice of a clueless companion to a lazy robot (Martin Mull) in one episode of the series ''Dexter's Laboratory'' and guest-starred on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_Swim Adult Swim] cartoon ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Goes_to_the_Mayor Tom Goes to the Mayor]''. He acted in the Cartoon Network movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re-Animated Re-Animated]'' and played [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vala_Mal_Doran Vala Mal Doran]'s "father" in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_SG-1 Stargate SG-1]'' in 2007. He appeared in an episode of the Adult Swim program ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_and_Eric_Awesome_Show,_Great_Job%21 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!]''. He has also starred as the "Boogie Man" in an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grim_Adventures_of_Billy_and_Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy]'' and reprised his role in the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_%26_Mandy%27s_Big_Boogey_Adventure Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure]''. His final appearance as "Boogey" occurred in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_%26_Mandy:_Wrath_of_the_Spider_Queen Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen]''. In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the children's TV series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_on_Over_%28TV_series%29 Come on Over]''. He has also guest-starred on an episode of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boondocks_%28TV_series%29 The Boondocks]'', providing the voice of "Joe Petto." In 2008, he guest starred on ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers_Animated Transformers Animated]'' as the Decepticon arms dealer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swindle_%28Transformers%29 Swindle].
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FredWillardApr08.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FredWillardApr08.jpg ]Willard in April 2008Willard was cast as a sportscaster in the television series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_You_%28TV_series%29 Back to You]'', which premiered on the Fox Network on September 19, 2007. He also made an appearance in the 2007 sci-fi comedy ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ll_Believe_You I'll Believe You]'', and he plays Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy 'n Large Corporation, in live-action segments in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar Pixar] animated film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALL-E WALL-E]''.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FredWillardApr08.jpg][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FredWillardApr08.jpg]Willard in April 2008Willard was cast as a sportscaster in the television series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_You_%28TV_series%29 Back to You]'', which premiered on the Fox Network on September 19, 2007. He also made an appearance in the 2007 sci-fi comedy ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ll_Believe_You I'll Believe You]'', and he plays Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy 'n Large Corporation, in live-action segments in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar Pixar] animated film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALL-E WALL-E]''.
   
 
Willard completed a sold-out run of his "one-man show" ''Fred Willard: Alone At Last!'', advertised as a one-man show but actually featuring a cast of 10, and received Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards for Best Comedy and Best Production. Willard has several stage roles to his credit, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-Broadway Off-Broadway] performances in “Little Murders,” directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Arkin Alan Arkin], and “Arf,” directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Benjamin Richard Benjamin]. His regional roles include “[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Madam Call Me Madam]” in Chicago and the musicals “Promises, Promises,” with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Alexander Jason Alexander], and “Anything Goes” with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_York Rachel York], both in Los Angeles. He starred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Wasserstein Wendy Wasserstein]'s “Isn't It Romantic” and off Broadway in “Elvis and Juliet”. He has completed a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RiffTrax RiffTrax] with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_J._Nelson Michael J. Nelson] for the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_to_the_Moon Missile to the Moon]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-RiffTrax_4-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-RiffTrax-4 [5]]</sup>
 
Willard completed a sold-out run of his "one-man show" ''Fred Willard: Alone At Last!'', advertised as a one-man show but actually featuring a cast of 10, and received Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards for Best Comedy and Best Production. Willard has several stage roles to his credit, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-Broadway Off-Broadway] performances in “Little Murders,” directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Arkin Alan Arkin], and “Arf,” directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Benjamin Richard Benjamin]. His regional roles include “[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Madam Call Me Madam]” in Chicago and the musicals “Promises, Promises,” with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Alexander Jason Alexander], and “Anything Goes” with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_York Rachel York], both in Los Angeles. He starred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Wasserstein Wendy Wasserstein]'s “Isn't It Romantic” and off Broadway in “Elvis and Juliet”. He has completed a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RiffTrax RiffTrax] with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_J._Nelson Michael J. Nelson] for the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_to_the_Moon Missile to the Moon]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-RiffTrax_4-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Willard#cite_note-RiffTrax-4 [5]]</sup>
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For his considerable, ongoing dedication to charity works with various non-profits [http://www.bbbsla.org Big Brothers / Big Sisters], Fred and his wife Mary were honored in 2010 with the Golden Star Award. Fred was also honored by Actors and Others for Animals with the Man of The Year Award in 2008, and the couple also works with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Hope_National_Medical_Center City of Hope], John Wayne Cancer Society, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PETA PETA] and dozens more, Fred received a commendation from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Los_Angeles City of Los Angeles] and Mayor Antonio Villaraigarosa for “outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work helps to further the goal of making the City of Los Angeles a better place.”
 
For his considerable, ongoing dedication to charity works with various non-profits [http://www.bbbsla.org Big Brothers / Big Sisters], Fred and his wife Mary were honored in 2010 with the Golden Star Award. Fred was also honored by Actors and Others for Animals with the Man of The Year Award in 2008, and the couple also works with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Hope_National_Medical_Center City of Hope], John Wayne Cancer Society, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PETA PETA] and dozens more, Fred received a commendation from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Los_Angeles City of Los Angeles] and Mayor Antonio Villaraigarosa for “outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work helps to further the goal of making the City of Los Angeles a better place.”
 
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Fred Willard (born September 18, 1939) is an American actor who plays Frank Dunphy on Modern Family.

He is known for his roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentary films This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. He is an alumnus of The Second City. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert Barone's father-in-law, Hank MacDougall. In 2010, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series Modern Family as Phil Dunphy's father, Frank Dunphy.

He also received a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host for What’s Hot, What’s Not. One of his earliest jobs was at The Second City, Chicago, where he shared the stage with Robert Klein, and David Steinberg. He was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Michael Mislove and Bill Saluga. They performed sketches on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson over fifty times and appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones.

Early life

Willard's birth year has been erroneously reported as 1933. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His father, also named Fred Willard,[1] worked at the financial department of a bank.[2] His father died in 1951.[1] Willard is a former U.S. soldier, having graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute. He also graduated college from the Virginia Military Institute. After his tour in the Army, Willard auditioned alongside Robert Klein for The Second City, which consisted of a nightclub manager and his employee. The audition helped the two secure the job. He is an alumnus of The Second City. He starred off Broadway Jules Pfeiffer's "Little Murders", directed by Alan Arkin. He was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Bill Saluga and Patti Deutsch, among others. They appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones.

Career

Willard achieved wider fame as Martin Mull's sidekick, "Jerry Hubbard," on the television shows Fernwood 2 Night, Forever Fernwood, and America 2-Night, which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day. He was an original cast member of the NBC comedy series Real People in 1979 and again from 1981-1983. He plays Tom Osbourne in the 1987 Academy Award winning short film, Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. From 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Krofft's D.C. Follies, and was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time. In 1990, Willard hosted the cable TV show "Access America" on the Ha! Comedy Network. As part of that show, he appeared September 21, 1990 on Episode #7 of the cult Public-access television show Decoupage with Summer Caprice.[3] In 1995, Willard reunited with his Fernwood co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull's character Leon Carp, on Roseanne. The couple married in the episode "December Bride," and Scott became a recurring character during the series' final two seasons. That same year, Willard had guest-starred in three episodes of Sister, Sister, starring Tia and Tamera Mowry; Willard played Carl Mitushka, a teacher at Roosevelt High who often spoke popular teenage slang terms in order to sound cool to his students. Willard guest-voiced a 1999 episode of The Simpsons titled Sunday, Cruddy Sunday as Wally Kogen, a travel agent. From 2001 to 2002, he played the father of five children on Maybe It's Me. He has also guest-starred in an episode of The Weird Al Show. He and Mull joined up again for The History of White People in America. He played Mayor Deebs in Roxanne starring Steve Martin. His “I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world.” has been widely quoted. His most recent notable work has been in Christopher Guest films, such as A Mighty Wind, in which he played "Mike LaFontaine," a character known for his catchphrase, "Eh? Wha' happened?"; Best in Show, in which he portrayed "Buck Laughlin," a dog show announcer who offered up an unending stream of bad jokes and off-color comments; Waiting for Guffman, in which he played "Ron Albertson," a travel agent who performs in amateur stage productions with his wife; This Is Spinal Tap, in which he played a lieutenant on the military base where Spinal Tap play; and For Your Consideration as an obnoxious entertainment television show anchor.[4] For his performance in Waiting for Guffman he received an American Comedy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Funniest Supporting Actor. He received the Boston Film Critics Award, an American Comedy Award, a Sierra Award and a tribute from AFI for his portrayal as Buck Laughlin in Best in Show. He also appeared as KVWN news director "Ed Harken" in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and in American Wedding.

Willard had a recurring role as "Hank MacDougall" on the later seasons of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Willard was also the host of a VH1 documentary series called Totally Obsessed about people obsessed with their hobbies. He appears as "Captain Ribmanman" in Episode 21 of Channel Frederator, a podcast from Kansas. Willard also landed a role on Family Guy as Dave Campbell, the father of a nudist family (first appearing in "From Method to Madness"). It is unclear whether or not he will reprise his role. Willard also voices "Officer Brown" in King of the Hill and has made an appearance on That '70s Show. Willard has appeared in one hundred sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a government official, businessman, or other authority figure named Willard J. Fredericks, who is always drinking. In 2007 he played Dad in the Academy Award nominated, animated film, Monster House. He also hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978 (musical guest: Devo) and appeared twice on SNL's rival show, MADtv. Two years before this, he made a minor appearance in the movie Silver Streak as a bemused railroad train master.

He was the voice of a clueless companion to a lazy robot (Martin Mull) in one episode of the series Dexter's Laboratory and guest-starred on the Adult Swim cartoon Tom Goes to the Mayor. He acted in the Cartoon Network movie Re-Animated and played Vala Mal Doran's "father" in an episode of Stargate SG-1 in 2007. He appeared in an episode of the Adult Swim program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He has also starred as the "Boogie Man" in an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and reprised his role in the movie Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure. His final appearance as "Boogey" occurred in Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen. In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the children's TV series Come on Over. He has also guest-starred on an episode of The Boondocks, providing the voice of "Joe Petto." In 2008, he guest starred on Transformers Animated as the Decepticon arms dealer Swindle. [1][2]Willard in April 2008Willard was cast as a sportscaster in the television series Back to You, which premiered on the Fox Network on September 19, 2007. He also made an appearance in the 2007 sci-fi comedy I'll Believe You, and he plays Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy 'n Large Corporation, in live-action segments in the Pixar animated film WALL-E.

Willard completed a sold-out run of his "one-man show" Fred Willard: Alone At Last!, advertised as a one-man show but actually featuring a cast of 10, and received Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards for Best Comedy and Best Production. Willard has several stage roles to his credit, including Off-Broadway performances in “Little Murders,” directed by Alan Arkin, and “Arf,” directed by Richard Benjamin. His regional roles include “Call Me Madam” in Chicago and the musicals “Promises, Promises,” with Jason Alexander, and “Anything Goes” with Rachel York, both in Los Angeles. He starred in Wendy Wasserstein's “Isn't It Romantic” and off Broadway in “Elvis and Juliet”. He has completed a RiffTrax with Michael J. Nelson for the movie Missile to the Moon.[5]

He was seen roasting William Shatner in the Comedy Central special The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner on August 12, 2006. Also at the roast was George Takei, with whom Willard performed in the improv show Thank God You're Here.

Willard is the voice of the character "Ed Warmer" in the PlayStation Portable game Hot Brain.

In 2007, Willard took the role of "Aslo" in Epic Movie.

Willard was part of the one-night celebrity-performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical Dreamstuff. The musical was reimagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles's Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series, directed by Ugly Betty's Michael Urie. Willard starred in the show alongside Eden Espinosa, Vicki Lewis, David Blue (actor), and Luke Macfarlane.

On October 5, 2008, he hosted the Nickelodeon Fido Awards.[6]

In 2009 he played Mr Ferguson in Youth In Revolt starring Michael Cera.

Willard played Frank Dunphy, father of Phil (Ty Burrell), in several episodes of the show Modern Family.[7] For his performance, he was nominated at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.[8]

On September 16, 2011, Willard was honored as Pioneer in Comedy at Burbank International Film Festival.[9] Willard was also hired as the LaQuinta spokesperson for a series of commercials airing in 2012.

In 2012 he played Al Kaiser in the Rob Reiner film, The Magic of Belle Isle starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen.

In July 2012, Willard served as host for the PBS series Market Warriors. The show is described as a nationwide treasure hunt along the lines of American Pickers. After PBS suddenly dropped Willard immediately following his arrest, from which he has been exonerated, with the charge being dropped, it was also reported that Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg would take over the role of Willard on the show.

Recently he has completed The Birder starring Tom Cavanagh opening in 2013. A mild mannered birder seeks revenge on a younger rival, after losing the highly coveted Head of Ornithology position at the National Park. [10]

Willard will join Ed Begley,Jr and Michael McKean for the upcoming HBO documentary style comedy, Family Tree from Christopher Guest.[11]

Charity Work

For his considerable, ongoing dedication to charity works with various non-profits Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Fred and his wife Mary were honored in 2010 with the Golden Star Award. Fred was also honored by Actors and Others for Animals with the Man of The Year Award in 2008, and the couple also works with City of Hope, John Wayne Cancer Society, PETA and dozens more, Fred received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigarosa for “outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic work helps to further the goal of making the City of Los Angeles a better place.”

Filmography

[3][4]Willard with Jack Betts in November 2010[5][6]Willard in April 2011[7][8]Willard at "Cats for Cats", August 2011File:Fred Willard at Farm Sanctuary Gala.jpgFred Willard at Farm Sanctuary Gala, NY===Film===

Year Film Role Notes
1967 Teenage Mother Coach
1975 Hustle Interrogator
1976 Chesty Anderson, USN Peter Linden
1976 Silver Streak Jerry Jarvis
1977 Fun With Dick and Jane Bob
1979 Americathon Vincent Vanderhoff
1980 How to Beat the High Co$t of Living Robert
1980 First Family Presidential Assistant Feebleman
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness President Robert Fogerty
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Colonel on Military Base
1985 Moving Violations Terrence 'Doc' Williams
1987 Roxanne Mayor Deebs
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Tom Osborne Short film
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Hal Harrison
1991 High Strung Insurance Salesman
1992 Married... with Children Condo salesman, Stan Mendelson
1995 Prehysteria! 3 Thomas MacGregor
1996 Waiting for Guffman Ron Albertson
1997 Breast Men Talk Show Host Uncredited
1998 Permanent Midnight Craig Ziffer
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Chester
1999 Idle Hands Dad Tobias
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mission Commander
2000 Chump Change Steve's Manager
2000 Best in Show Buck Laughlin
2001 The Wedding Planner Basil St. Mosely
2001 How High Philip Huntley
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic Senator Roger Dickey
2003 A Mighty Wind Mike LaFontaine
2003 American Wedding Harold Flaherty
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Mr. McClintock
2004 Killer Diller Ned
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Bucky Brandt
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Dr. Willoughby
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Ed Harken
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Ed Harken
2005 Chicken Little Melvin - Alien Dad Voice only
2006 Date Movie Bernie Funkyerdoder
2006 Church Ball Bishop Linderman
2006 Monster House Dad Voice only
2006 Ira & Abby Michael Willoughby
2006 For Your Consideration Chuck
2007 I'll Believe You Mr. Fratus
2007 Epic Movie Aslo
2007 Fighting Words Longfellow
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Marty
2008 Harold Dr. Pratt
2008 WALL-E Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO
2010 Holyman Undercover Richard
2010 Youth in Revolt Mr. Ferguson
2010 Expecting Mary Jerry Zee
2013 Anchorman: The Legend Continues Ed Harken

Television

Year Television show Role Notes
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats Ben Episode "Quit Shootin' Folks"
1968 Get Smart Lundy, Agent 198 Episode "A Tale of Two Tails"
1975 The Bob Newhart Show John Emil Tobin Episode "Tobin's Back in Town"
1976 How to Break Up a Happy Divorce Lance Colson Television film
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Jerry Hubbard Series, 65 Episodes - starring role
1977 Escape from Bogen County Pearson Television film
1978 America 2-Night Jerry Hubbard Series, 65 Episodes - starring role
1979 Flatbed Annie and Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Jack LaRosa Television film
1979 Salem's Lot Larry Crockett Mini-series
1981 Pen 'n' Inc. Ralph Television film
1981–86 The Love Boat Various roles Three episodes
1984 Mama's Family Willie Potts (a.k.a. "Willie the Weasel") Episode "Mama Buys a Car"
1985 The History of White People in America Hal Harrison Television film
1985 Lots of Luck A.J. Foley Television film
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre Paul Link (second little pig) Episode "The Three Little Pigs"
1986 The History of White People in America: Volume II Hal Harrison Television film
1988–89 D.C. Follies The Bartender 19 episodes
1989 My Secret Identity Jay Bennett Episode "For Old Time's Sake"
1991 The Golden Girls Bob Episode "Dateline:Miami"
1994–96 Family Matters Vice Principal Mallet Three episodes
1995–97 Roseanne Scott 8 episodes
1996 Back to Back Loan Officer Television film
1996 Friends Mr. Lipson Episode "The One After the Super Bowl: Part 1"
1996 Sister, Sister Mr. Mitushka 3 episodes
1996–97 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman President Garner 3 episodes
1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Guest
1998–99 Mad About You Henry Vincent 5 episodes
1999 The Pooch and the Pauper President Television film
1999 The Simpsons Wally Kogan Episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
2001–02 Maybe It's Me Jerry Stage 22 episodes
2001–08 King of the Hill Various roles Seven episodes; voice only
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Howard Cosell Television film
2002 Family Guy Dave Campbell Two episodes; voice only
2003 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Professor Doornitz Television film
2003 That '70s Show Charlie Miller 1 episode
2003–04 A Minute with Stan Hooper Fred Hawkins 13 episodes
2003–05 Everybody Loves Raymond Hank MacDougall 13 episodes
2003–07 Kim Possible Jack Hench Three episodes; voice only
2004–05 Saturday Night Live 'Bear City' Narrator Voice only; uncredited
2006 Re-Animated Milt Appleday Television film
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure The Boogey Man Television film
2007 Stargate SG-1 Jacek Episode "Family Ties"
2007–08 Back to You Marsh McGinley 17 episodes
2008 Pushing Daisies The Great Hermann Episode "Oh Oh Oh It's Magic"
2008 Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza Various roles Television film
2008 Transformers Animated Swindle Two episodes
2008 The Boondocks (TV series) Mr G. Petto S02.E11 The S word
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Cop Episode "Everybody Hates the Car"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Mr. Stuffleby Two episodes
2009 Modern Family Frank Dunphy Two episodes
2010 Castle Hank McPhee Episode: "The Late Shaft"
2010 Chuck Craig Turner Episode "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Mayor Episode: "Fire Fight"
2011 The Closer Santa Jack Episode: "You Have The Right To Remain Jolly"
2012 Raising Hope Mr. Swift Season 2, Episode: "Mrs. Smartypants"
2012 Trust Us With Your Life Host Season 1, 8 Episodes
2012 Market Warriors Host Season 1
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