The beloved comedy legend Fred Willard has passed away. A representative of the actor confirmed that he died of natural causes at the age of 86 years. A master of the fake documentary – Willard starred in a series of films directed by Christopher Guest like Best In Show, For Your Consideration, Waiting For Guffman, and A Mighty Wind – he will be remembered for his mark of comic dismay.
Willard’s death comes two years after his wife Mary, who died at the age of 71. The couple married in 1968 and had a daughter, Hope Mulbarger.Fred Willard, Beloved Comedy Legend, Passes Away At 86 From Natural Causes
RIP, Fred. You have always been my comic hero. I was delighted to work with you at Roxanne. https://t.co/IjSxCMESzt
– Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 16, 2020
“My father died very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the end, “Mulbarger told People magazine. “We loved him so much!”
The Emmy-nominated quadruple was born in Ohio on September 18, 1933 and began his acting career in the 1950s. Willard worked for Second City in 1965, was a founding member of the sketch and improvisation group Ace Trucking Company, and was also part of the comedy duo Willard & Grecco, with Vic Grecco.