Frederick Charles Willard (born September 18, 1939) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He is known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap, the Christopher Guest mockumentary films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Mascots and the Anchorman films. He is an alumnus of The Second City. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2010, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearances on Modern Family. He was also nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his role as host of What's Hot, What's Not.
Willard in April 2011
Frederick Charles Willard
September 18, 1939
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kentucky Military Institute|
Virginia Military Institute
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, writer|
(m. 1968; died 2018)
Willard was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His father, also named Fred Willard, worked at the financial department of a bank. His father died in 1951. He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1951.
Willard's film debut was in the 1967 exploitation film Teenage Mother. Willard reports that the audience at one screening of the film booed when his character interrupted an attempted sexual assault of the female lead character.
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.
Willard achieved wider fame in 1977 and '78 as Martin Mull's sidekick and announcer, "Jerry Hubbard", on the Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman spinoffs 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 series Real People in 1979 and again from 1981 to 1983. He played 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.
Willard hosted the talk show What’s Hot, What’s Not, which aired from 1985 to 1986 and earned him a daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
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. 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 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 voiced travel agent Wally Kogen in the 1999 episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" for The Simpsons. 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 mockumentary The History of White People in America. He played Mayor Deebs in Roxanne, starring Steve Martin.
Willard has appeared in several 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. 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 in American Wedding, and as KVWN news director Ed Harken in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Willard had a recurring role as "Hank MacDougall" on the later seasons of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his 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 the role will be reprised. Willard also voiced "Officer Brown" in King of the Hill and made an appearance on That '70s Show. Willard appeared in 100 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 2006, he voiced 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 MADtv.
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 two episodes 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.
Willard was cast as a sportscaster in the television series Back to You, which premiered on the Fox Network on September 19, 2007. He played Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy 'n' Large Corporation, in the first ever live-action speaking segments by Pixar in the animated film WALL-E.
Willard completed a sold-out run of Fred Willard: Alone At Last!, advertised as a "one-man show" but actually featuring a cast of ten, 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.
On October 5, 2008, he hosted the Nickelodeon Fido Awards.
Willard played Frank Dunphy, father of Phil (Ty Burrell), in several episodes of the show Modern Family. For his performance, he was nominated at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. On September 16, 2011, Willard was honored as Pioneer in Comedy at Burbank International Film Festival.
In 2012, he played Al Kaiser in Rob Reiner's film The Magic of Belle Isle. In 2013, he starred in The Birder alongside Tom Cavanagh, a film centered around a mild-mannered birder that seeks revenge on a younger rival, after losing the highly coveted Head of Ornithology position at the National Park. Willard has appeared in characters on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters presented Willard with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award at their celebrity luncheon on June 19, 2015.
For his considerable, ongoing dedication to charity works with various nonprofits 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." Willard has been known to have worked with Renaldo Major's foundation Safe Prostates, Safe Feelings. He worked with the organziation in order to spread awareness due to how uncomfortable the procedure has made him.
On July 18, 2012, Willard was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a misdemeanor lewd act in an adult theater on Santa Monica Blvd and was brought to the LAPD’s Hollywood Station. However, there was no proof of any misconduct and no charges were filed. Despite this, PBS fired Willard from Market Warriors immediately following his arrest, and Mark L. Walberg replaced him on the show. In an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon shortly thereafter, Willard stated that the incident was "very painful" and "very embarrassing," but that he "did nothing wrong." Willard was subsequently required to take a sex education diversion program.
Willard married Mary in 1968. She passed away on July 13, 2018. They have a daughter: Hope (b. 1969) and a grandson Freddie (b. 1997).
|1969||Model Shop||Gas Station Attendant||Uncredited|
|1973||The Harrad Experiment||The Ace Trucking Company employee||Uncredited|
|1974||Harrad Summer||The Ace Trucking Company employee||Uncredited|
|1976||Chesty Anderson, USN||Peter Linden|
|1976||Silver Streak||Jerry Jarvis|
|1977||Fun with Dick and Jane||Bob|
|1980||How to Beat the High Co$t of Living||Robert|
|1980||First Family||Presidential Assistant Feebleman|
|1980||The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter||unknown character|
|1982||National Lampoon's Movie Madness||President Robert Fogerty|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Lt. Bob Hookstratten|
|1985||Moving Violations||Terrence 'Doc' Williams|
|1987||Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall||Tom Osborne||Short film|
|1988||Portrait of a White Marriage||Hal Harrison|
|1991||High Strung||Insurance Salesman|
|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||Elvis is Alive!||Interviewee|
|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||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Las Vegas Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2000||Dropping Out||Paul Blanchard|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||Basil St. Mosely|
|2001||How High||Philip Huntley|
|2002||Teddy Bears' Picnic||Senator Roger Dickey|
|2002||The Year That Trembled||Frank Woods|
|2003||A Mighty Wind||Mike LaFontaine|
|2003||American Wedding||Harold Flaherty|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||Mr. McClintock|
|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||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Chicken Little||Melvin (voice)|
|2006||Date Movie||Bernie Funkyerdoder|
|2006||Church Ball||Bishop Linderman|
|2006||Monster House||Dad (voice)|
|2006||Ira & Abby||Michael Willoughby|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Chuck|
|2007||I'll Believe You||Mr. Fratus|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Marty|
|2008||WALL-E||Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO|
|2010||Youth in Revolt||Mr. Ferguson|
|2010||Expecting Mary||Jerry Zee|
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur||Mr. Hubley (voice)|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Al Kaiser|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Edward "Ed" Harken|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Marty|
|2013||The Birder||Park President|
|2014||The Yank||Peter Murphy|
|2014||All Stars||John Carson|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Secretary of the Interior (voice)|
|2014||The Birder Movie||The Park President||Short film|
|2016||Max Rose||Jim Clark|
|2016||Fifty Shades of Black||Gary|
|2016||Here Comes Rusty||Mak|
|1966||Pistols 'n' Petticoats||Ben||Episode: "Quit Shootin' Folks"|
|1966||Hey, Landlord||Danny Subanski||Episode: "The Big Fumble"|
|1968||Get Smart||Lundy, Agent 198||Episode: "A Tale of Two Tails"|
|1968||Premiere||Bower||Episode: "Operation Greasepaint"|
|1970||Love, American Style||Douglas Wiley / Shelley Noodleman||Segment: "Love and the Nuisance"|
|1973||The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour||Various|
|1975||The Bob Newhart Show||John Emil Tobin||Episode: "Tobin's Back in Town"|
|1975||Karen||Ritter||Episode: "Whistle Blowing"|
|1976||Laverne & Shirley||Charles||Episode: "Dog Day Blind Dates"|
|1976||How to Break Up a Happy Divorce||Lance Colson||Television film|
|1976||Good Heavens||P.J.||Episode: "The Big Break"|
|1976–77||Sirota's Court||D.A. Ted Nugent||13 episodes|
|1977||Fernwood 2 Night||Jerry Hubbard||65 episodes|
|1977||Escape from Bogen County||Pearson||Television film|
|1977||We've Got Each Other||Shop Owner||Episode: "The Collector"|
|1977||Tabitha||Mr. Macho||Episode: "The Arrival of Nancy"|
|1978||America 2-Night||Jerry Hubbard||65 episodes|
|1978||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Fred Willard/Devo"|
|1978||Space Force||Captain Thomas Woods||Television film|
|1979||Flatbed Annie and Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers||Jack LaRosa||Television film|
|1979||Salem's Lot||Larry Crockett||2 episodes|
|1978||Sweepstakes||Don||Episode: "Episode 8"|
|1979–84||Real People||Himself (host)|
|1980||The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter||Various roles||Television special|
|1981||Pen 'n' Inc.||Ralph||Television film|
|1981–86||The Love Boat||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1984||Mama's Family||Willie Potts||Episode: "Mama Buys a Car"|
|1984||Trapper John, M.D.||K.K. Laird||Episode: "Moonlighting Becomes You"|
|1985||The History of White People in America||Hal Harrison||Television film|
|1985||Getting the Last Laugh||ABC Special||Television film|
|1985||George Burns Comedy Week||Fred||Episode: "Home for Dinner"|
|1985||Lots of Luck'||A.J. Foley||Television film|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Paul Link||Episode: "The Three Little Pigs"|
|1985–86||What's Hot, What's Not||Himself (host)||Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host|
|1986||Fast Times||Gus Pantelis||Episode: "Secret Romance"|
|1986||The History of White People in America: Volume II||Hal Harrison||Television film|
|1987||Fame||Casper Wintergreen||Episode: "Ian's Girl"|
|1987–1989||D.C. Follies||The Bartender||19 episodes|
|1988||Out of This World||Milton Wiler||Episode: "The Box Is Missing"|
|1988||My Secret Identity||Ray Bennett||Episode: "For Old Time's Sake"|
|1989||I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood||Psychiatrist||Television special|
|1991||The Golden Girls||Bob||Episode: "Dateline:Miami"|
|1991||Nurses||Crazy Jim "Dr. Robinson"||Episode: "Friends and Lovers"|
|1992||Married... with Children||Stan||Episode: "My Dinner with Anthrax"|
|1992||Dream On||Fenton Harley||Episode: "Up All Night"|
|1993||The Ben Stiller Show||Dad||Episode: "At the Beach"|
|1993||The Jackie Thomas Show||Hatfield Walker||2 episodes|
|1994||Sodbusters||Clarence Gentry||Television film|
|1994||Dave's World||Bud||Episode: "Just Kidding"|
|1994||Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die||Reginald Cobbles||Television film|
|1994–96||Family Matters||Vice Principal Mallet||3 episodes|
|1995||The Mommies||John||Episode: "The Dating Pool"|
|1995||Murphy Brown||Dick||Episode: "Dick and Dottie"|
|1996||Back to Back||Loan Officer||Television film|
|1996||Friends||Mr. Lipson||Episode: "The One After the Super Bowl: Part 1"|
|1996||Clueless||Joe Pasadine||Episode: "City Beautification"|
|1996||Sister, Sister||Mr. Mitushka||3 episodes|
|1996||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Wally Winkle (voice)||1 episode|
|1996–1997||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||President Garner||3 episodes|
|1996||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Mr. Huffington||Episode: "Stealing Screech"|
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Harry Fellows||Episode: "Must Kill TV"|
|1997||Step by Step||Bert Lambert||Episode: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"|
|1997||The Weird Al Show||Award Show Host||Episode: "The Competition"|
|1998||The Wayans Bros.||Dick Ferndale||Episode: "All in the Family Feud"|
|1998||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Bobby Calzone||Episode: "Rumor Mill"|
|1998||Oh Baby||Dr. Foster||Episode: "The Vacation"|
|1998||Two Guys and a Girl||Frank Farber||Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Vacation"|
|1998||City Guys||Mr. Brown||Episode: "A Noble Profession"|
|1998–1999||Mad About You||Henry Vincent||5 episodes|
|1998–1999||Hercules||Vic (voice)||4 episodes|
|1999||The Pooch and the Pauper||President||Television film|
|1999||The Simpsons||Wally Kogan (voice)||Episode: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Larry||Episode: "Hostess to Murder"|
|1999||G vs E||Sam Kleinhauser||Episode: "Airplane"|
|1999||Love & Money||Dr. Fielding||Episode: "Make Room for Daddy"|
|1999–2000||Ladies Man||Larry Little||2 episodes|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Pa (voice)||3 episodes|
|2000||The Hughleys||Richard Jacobson / Applegate||2 episodes|
|2000||Bette||Jasper Perkins||Episode: "Big Business"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Dr. Harold Madison||2 episodes|
|2001||When Billie Beat Bobby||Howard Cosell||Television film|
|2001||Undeclared||Professor Duggan||2 episodes|
|2001||Girlfriends||Dr. Percy Bales||2 episodes|
|2001||Inside Schwartz||Dick Newton||Episode: "The Pinch Hitter"|
|2001||The Downer Channel||Mr. McVoid (voice)||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001–02||Maybe It's Me||Jerry Stage||22 episodes|
|2001–08||King of the Hill||Office Brown / Various voices||7 episodes|
|2002||Hey Arnold!||Sammy Redmond (voice)||Episode: "Harold vs. Patty/Rich Guy"|
|2002||Dexter's Laboratory||F.R.E.D. (voice)||Episode: "Lab on the Run"|
|2002||Family Guy||Dave Campbell (voice)||2 episodes|
|2002–2004||Teamo Supremo||Mr. Paulson (voice)||4 episodes|
|2003||National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure||Professor Doornitz||Television film|
|2003||That '70s Show||Charlie Miller||Episode: "The Battle of Evermore"|
|2003–04||A Minute with Stan Hooper||Fred Hawkins||13 episodes|
|2003–05||Everybody Loves Raymond||Hank MacDougall||13 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2003, 05||Mad TV||Duke Flickman / Gene St. John||2 episodes|
|2003–07||Kim Possible||Jack Hench (voice)||3 episodes|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Fred Tuttle||Episode: "Arrivederci, Italy"|
|2004–05||Saturday Night Live||'Bear City' Narrator (voice)||Uncredited|
|2004, 2005||The Batman||Speedway Announcer / Ross Darren (voice)||2 episodes|
|2004, 2007||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Boogie Man (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Garry Friendly (voice)||Episode: "Vice Mayor"|
|2005||Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Dad Howler (voice)||Episode: "The Howler Bunny"|
|2006||Campus Ladies||Doctor||Episode: "Spring Break"|
|2006||Re-Animated||Milt Appleday (voice)||Television film|
|2006||Handy Manny||Mr. Dwayne Bouffant (voice)||Episode: "Valentine's Day/Mr. Lopart Moves In"|
|2006||Come On Over||Dr. Fred Silliness||Episode: "Brain Freeze"|
|2006||My Gym Partner's a Monkey||Burt (voice)||2 episodes|
|2007||Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure||The Boogey Man (voice)||Television film|
|2007||Stargate SG-1||Jacek||Episode: "Family Ties"|
|2007||Odd Job Jack||Norm||Episode: "Norm and the Magic Pencil"|
|2007, 2009||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Tragg / Mancierge||2 episodes|
|2007–08||Back to You||Marsh McGinley||17 episodes|
|2007–10||Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures||Bus Driver Bob (voice)||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 (voice)||2 episodes|
|2008||Worst Week||Paul||2 episodes|
|2008||The Boondocks||Mr. Joe Petto (voice)||Episode: "The S Word"|
|2008, 2009||Free Radio||Dale Knutson||2 episodes|
|2009||Everybody Hates Chris||Cop||Episode: "Everybody Hates the Car"|
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place||Mr. Stuffleby||2 episodes|
|2009–18||Modern Family||Frank Dunphy||12 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2010)
|2010||Castle||Hank McPhee||Episode: "The Late Shaft"|
|2010||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Scientist||Episode: "Money"|
|2010||Chuck||Craig Turner||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"|
|2010, 2011||Glory Daze||Dr. Reynolds||2 episodes|
|2010–11||Funny or Die Presents||Professor / Jeff Baker||3 episodes|
|2010–14||Waves Sea||Donal Wilkins|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Mayor (voice)||Episode: "Fire Fight"|
|2011||My Future Boyfriend||Bob||Television film|
|2011||The Closer||Santa Jack||Episode: "You Have The Right To Remain Jolly"|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Wallace Clayton||Episode: "She Came Upstairs to Kill Me"|
|2011||Accidentally in Love||Dick Brocton||Television film|
|2011||Retired at 35||Peter Dixon||2 episodes|
|2011–12||Easy to Assemble||Sigvard Thorsten||3 episodes|
|2012||Raising Hope||Mr. Swift||Episode: "Mrs. Smartypants"|
|2012||Trust Us With Your Life||Host||Season 1, 8 episodes|
|2012||The Life & Times of Tim||Judd (voice)||Episode: "Action Packed Heist/Fall Foliage"|
|2012||Market Warriors||Host||Season 1|
|2012||Rob||George||Episode: "Dad Comes to Visit"|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||Dr. Hill||Episode: "A Box Full of Puppies"|
|2012||I, Martin Short, Goes Home||Mason Macgillivray||Television special|
|2012||Breaking In||Marty Mann||Episode: "The Legend of Hurley's Gold"|
|2012||The Cleveland Show||Gary (voice)||Episode: "Menace II Secret Society"|
|2013||Community||Alternate Pierce Hawthorne||Episode: "History 101"|
|2013||Family Tree||Mike Morton||3 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Deep Throat||Episode: "Washington D.C."|
|2013||Good Luck Charlie||Herb Pickler||Episode: "All Fall Down"|
|2014||Black Jesus||Mr. Jimmy Maxwell (voice)||Episode: "Love Thy Enemy Part 2"|
|2014||The Birthday Boys||Archbishop||Episode: "Getting Preachy"|
|2014–2015||Review||Jack Walthall||4 episodes|
|2014–2015||The Bold and the Beautiful||John Forrester||7 episodes|
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series
(Tied with Donna Mills and Ray Wise)
|2014, 2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various roles||2 episodes|
|2014–16||TripTank||Various roles (voice)||5 episodes|
|2015||Hell's Kitchen||Himself (Blue Kitchen VIP guest)||Episode: "11 Chefs Compete"|
|2015||Kevin from Work||Roger Trousdale||Episode: "Roommates from Work"|
|2016-18||The Loud House||Pop-Pop (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself (Celebrity Guest)||Episode: "Fred Willard vs. Yvette Nicole Brown"|
|2016||The Odd Couple||Fred Langford||2 episodes|
|2017||SuperMansion||Champston employee (voice)||Episode: "School Me Once"|
|2017||New Girl||Beezus||Episode: "Five Stars for Beezus"|
|2017||Mickey and the Roadster Racers||Mr. Doozy (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories||Dan||Episode: "The Demotion"|
|2017||9JKL||Dick||Episode: "It Happened One Night"|
|2018||The 5th Quarter||Jerry Hymowitz||Episode: "Farewell"|
|2018||Corporate||Bill Hathaway||Episode: "The Long Meeting"|
A Mighty Wind is a 2003 American mockumentary comedy film about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. The film was co-written (with Eugene Levy), directed and composed by Christopher Guest. The film is widely acknowledged to reference the 2003 tribute concert to folk music producer Harold Leventhal that reunited several of the folk groups that Leventhal had managed. More broadly, the film is a parody of the American folk music revival of the early 1960s and its personalities.
Guest co-stars and reunites many of his company of actors from This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show for this film. They include Eugene Levy (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Parker Posey.Ace Trucking Co.
Ace Trucking Co. is a comedy science fiction series that featured in the comic 2000 AD from 1981 to 1986. Created by writers John Wagner and Alan Grant and artist Massimo Belardinelli, it followed the misadventures of a space trucking company headed by Ace Garp, a pointy-headed alien who spoke in a kind of futuristic CB radio slang. The title was lifted from a 1970s improvisational comedy group whose membership had included Fred Willard, Patti Deutsch, Michael Mislove, George Memmoli, and Bill Saluga.America 2-Night
America 2-Night is the continuation of the talk-show parody series Fernwood 2 Night. It ran from April to July 1978. As in Fernwood, Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) was the host and Fred Willard appeared as Jerry Hubbard, his co-host and sidekick. Frank De Vol also returned as bandleader Happy Kyne.Americathon
Americathon (also known as Americathon 1998) is a 1979 American comedy film starring John Ritter, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Harvey Korman, and Nancy Morgan, with narration by George Carlin, based on a play by Firesign Theatre alumni Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman. The film also includes appearances by Jay Leno, Meat Loaf, Tommy Lasorda, and Chief Dan George, with a musical performance by Elvis Costello.
Being set 20 years into the future, the film contains many prophetic elements, such as: predicting the demise of the Soviet Union, the prevalence of reality television, and the sale of public assets to the private sector (a trend starting shortly after the film's release). Also, The Beach Boys are shown still together and recording in 1998.D.C. Follies
D.C. Follies is a syndicated sitcom which aired from 1987–1989 and was set in a Washington, D.C. bar, where bartender Fred Willard would welcome puppet caricatures of politicians and popular culture figures. The show was satirical, and frequently commented on politicians and the political process. Although Willard was the only live actor appearing regularly, each episode brought a celebrity guest into the bar, such as Martin Mull, Robin Leach, Bob Uecker, and Betty White. In one episode, Robert Englund showed up as his Freddy Krueger character, and in a special Christmas episode an un-billed actor played Santa Claus. Another episode had Mike Tyson confront his own puppet character.
The show's use of puppets that mimicked popular culture and political figures was similar to the British series Spitting Image; it was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, well-known puppeteers in the United States who were responsible for popular children's television shows including H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. The show was originally funded and syndicated nationally by New York-based Syndicast Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian-based Network Media Limited.Date Movie
Date Movie is a 2006 American romantic comedy parody film directed by Aaron Seltzer. Much of the story line is based on that of the romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Meet the Fockers. It stars Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk, Tony Cox, Jennifer Coolidge, Meera Simhan, Eddie Griffin, and Fred Willard.
The film was panned by film critics and has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, the film was a box office success.Easy to Assemble
Easy to Assemble is a web series created by and starring Illeana Douglas, and sponsored by furniture store IKEA.Douglas plays a fictional version of herself trying to quit acting and work a "real job" at the IKEA store in Burbank, California. She soon finds she cannot leave Hollywood behind when fellow actress Justine Bateman starts an internet talk show called "40 and Bitter" on the floor of IKEA.
The series has had several notable guest stars, including Jeff Goldblum, Keanu Reeves, Jane Lynch, Justine Bateman, Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri, Tom Arnold, Ed Begley Jr., Kevin Pollak, Fred Willard, Daryl Sabara, Wilson Cleveland, Ricki Lake, David Henrie, Patricia Heaton, and Eric Lange.First Family (film)
First Family is a 1980 American comedy film starring Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Harvey Korman, Rip Torn, Austin Pendleton, Fred Willard, and Richard Benjamin. It was written and directed by Buck Henry.For Your Consideration (film)
For Your Consideration is a 2006 comedy film directed by Christopher Guest. It was co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy, and both also star in the film. The film's title is a phrase used in trade advertisements to promote films for honors such as the Academy Awards. The plot revolves around a group of three actors (played by Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Harry Shearer) who learn that their performances in the fictional film they have not even completed yet, Home for Purim, a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are supposedly generating a great deal of award-season buzz.
Many of the cast return from Guest's other mockumentary films This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, including Levy, O'Hara, Posey, Shearer, Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Larry Miller, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins and Jim Piddock.
Ricky Gervais, the co-creator of the British television series The Office, also appears, while John Krasinski, Richard Kind, Scott Adsit, and Sandra Oh make brief cameos. Though the dialogue is largely improvised by the actors as in Guest's earlier films, the format is a departure from the mockumentary style.
The film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2006. It was produced by Warner Independent Pictures in association with Castle Rock Entertainment and Shangri-La Entertainment.From Method to Madness
"From Method to Madness" is the 18th episode of the third season of the American television show Family Guy. It is 22 minutes long and rated as TV-14.It features the guest performances of Chris Cox, Ralph Garman, Mike Henry, Jane Lynch, Rachael MacFarlane, Denis Martell, Mark Peredes, and Fred Willard.Mascots (2016 film)
Mascots is a 2016 mockumentary from Christopher Guest that premiered on Netflix on October 13, 2016, featuring Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Zach Woods, Chris O'Dowd, Bob Balaban, and Jennifer Coolidge.
Guest has a small role as "Corky St. Clair", a role he first played in Waiting For Guffman. Posey, Willard, Lake, and Balaban also appeared in Guffman, but play different roles in this film.Monster House (film)
Monster House is a 2006 American 3D computer-animated supernatural horror comedy film directed by Gil Kenan in his directorial debut from a screenplay by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler about a neighborhood being terrorized by a demonic haunted house. Starring the voices of Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Jason Lee, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Kathleen Turner, the film features human characters animated using live-action motion capture animation.
Produced by Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the film was released theatrically by Columbia Pictures on July 21, 2006 to critical and commercial success, grossing $140 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.Moving Violations
Moving Violations is a 1985 comedy film starring John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, Sally Kellerman, Nedra Volz, Clara Peller, Wendie Jo Sperber and Fred Willard. It was directed by Neal Israel and was the film debut of Don Cheadle.Real People
Real People is a reality television series that aired Wednesdays from 8 pm to 9 pm, and it ran from 1979 to 1984. Its initial episodes aired live in the Eastern and Central time zones. Real People featured "real people" (as opposed to celebrities) with unique occupations or hobbies.The Help (Modern Family)
"The Help" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 102nd overall. It aired on October 23, 2013. The episode was written by Danny Zuker and directed by Jim Hensz.
The episode features the fourth guest appearance of Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman and the fifth of Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy. It also guests Adam DeVine, Peri Gilpin and Christian Barillas.The Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle is a 2012 drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Guy Thomas. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson, Nicolette Pierini, Kevin Pollak and Fred Willard. The film was released on July 6, 2012, by Magnolia Pictures. Its title in the UK is Once More.The One After the Superbowl
"The One After the Superbowl" [sic] is a double-length episode of the American television sitcom Friends' second season. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the United States on January 28, 1996, immediately after NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XXX. The network's decision to air the episode directly after the Super Bowl was made in hopes of making it the "highest-grossing ad-revenue day in television history." Guest stars in the episode are Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Fred Willard, and Dan Castellaneta. They were cast to draw more viewers and further increase the advertising revenue.
The main plot of the episode sees Ross searching for his former pet monkey, Marcel, and discovering that he is working on a film set in New York. The first part of the episode was written by Mike Sokowitz and Jeffrey Astrof and the second by Michael Borkow. Both parts were directed by Michael Lembeck. The episode drew 52.9 million viewers. Since airing, "The One After the Superbowl" has received mixed reviews from television critics.Travels with Scout
"Travels with Scout" is the twenty-first episode of Modern Family and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. It originally aired on April 28, 2010 on ABC. The episode was written by Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh and directed by Seth Gordon.
In the episode, Phil's father visits unexpected bringing a dog, named Scout, with him. Claire is angry with him because he is planning to leave the dog with them but when he finally leaves and takes Scout with him, Claire is upset because she has bonded with him. Jay takes Manny with him to the movies to watch a movie that an old friend of Mitchell is playing in, but he does not know that is a horror movie, leading Manny to be scared causing troubles at home. Cameron joins Dylan's band as a drummer, since the drummer has to move to Portland, Oregon.
The episode also makes references to 21 Jump Street. "Travels with Scout" was viewed by slightly more than 10 million viewers and was the highest rated episode of the series for two weeks. It received positive reviews from critics.Waiting for Guffman
Waiting for Guffman is a 1996 American mockumentary comedy film written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, and directed by Guest. The film's ensemble cast (who improvised their dialogue based on Guest and Levy's story) includes Guest, Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, and Parker Posey.
The film's title is a reference to Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. As in the other mockumentary films created by Guest, the majority of the dialogue is improvised. Because the film is about the production of a stage musical, it contains several original musical numbers written by Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film's score was composed by William Ross.