Fred Willard

Biography

Date of Birth 18 September 1939, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Fred Willard is an American comedian and character actor, known for his improvisational comedy skills. Early life Willard was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, an only child. His father died unexpectedly when Willard was 11, and his new stepfather was unsympathetic towards Fred. By mutual consent, Willard was sent to military school because of discipline and fighting issues, and later attended the Virginia Military Institute, graduating with a B.A. in English. His childhood ambition was to be a professional baseball player, and he played the sport both in college and the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. After the Army, he enrolled in acting school in New York, and in due time started a comedy team with a classmate, Vic Grecco. [edit] Career 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. A veteran of sketch comedy, Fred is heralded for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. His eighty appearances in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno are indicative of his ability to transform any character into a unique comic portrayal. Fred recently completed a sold-out run of Fred Willard: Alone At Last!, advertised as a one-man show but actually featuring a cast of 10, and received two Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards, for Best Comedy and Best Production. He is an alumnus of The Second City and currently heads a sketch comedy workshop, The MoHo Group. He got his start performing in a comedy duo and was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Bill Saluga, Patti Deutsch among others. He achieved wider fame as Martin Mull's impossibly dense sidekick, Jerry Hubbard, on the television shows Fernwood 2Nite, Forever Fernwood, and America 2-Night that parodied the night-time talk shows of the day. Willard also had a short role on Roseanne as Leon's husband. His most recent notable work has been in Christopher Guest films, such as A Mighty Wind, where he played Mike LaFontaine, a character known for his catch phrase "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 where he plays Ron Albertson, a travel agent who performs in amateur stage productions with his wife, This is Spinal Tap in which he played the Colonel on the military base where Spinal Tap play, and For Your Consideration as an obnoxious entertainment television show anchor. He also appeared as KVWN news director Ed Harken in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Willard also 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 Captin Ribmanman in episode 21 of Channel Frederator, a podcast from Kansas. 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 also played in the cartoon network movie, Re-Animated and is going to play Vala Mal Doran's father in an upcoming episode of Stargate: SG-1 in 2007. On a 2006 appearance as a guest critic on Ebert & Roeper, he credited the 1956 movie The Court Jester as inspiring him to become a comedic actor. [edit] Personal life Willard has been married for 35 years and has a 33-year-old daughter and 9-year-old grandson. He is friends with actor Richard Steven Horvitz, and along with Richard is a member of the Fred Willard Players. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 80 different times. (This bio came from Wikipedia.com)

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Church Ball

Bishop Linderman

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My Future Boyfriend

Bob

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Holidaze

Santa Claus (voice)

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Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Third Season

Charles / ... (2 episodes, 1976)

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The Bird Men

Park President

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Killer Diller

Ned

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12 Wishes of Christmas

Jack Valora

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Americathon

Vincent Vanderhoff

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Holyman Undercover

Richard

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High Strung

Insurance Salesman

Starring In
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Live at Mister Kelly's

Self

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Time Warp Vol 3: Comedy & Camp

Self

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Lilly's Light: The Movie

Moylin

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Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

The 'Just Hang On!' Man

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Here Comes Rusty

Mak

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Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg

Self

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Fifty Shades of Black

Gary

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Mascots

Greg Gammons, Jr.

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Batchelors

Uncle Ulysses

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Russell Madness

TJ

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Planes: Fire & Rescue

Secretary Of The Interior (voice)

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The Yank

Peter Murphy

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ed Harken

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The Bird Men

Park President

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The Magic of Belle Isle

Al Kaiser

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Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur

Mr. Hubley (voice)

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A Valentine's Date

Paul

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12 Wishes of Christmas

Jack Valora

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My Future Boyfriend

Bob

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Accidentally in Love

Dick Brocton

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Holyman Undercover

Richard

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Youth In Revolt

Mr. Ferguson

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Wall·E

Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO

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Imps*

Dad (segment "3-Mile Island People")

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Forever Plaid

Himself

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Harold

Dr. Pratt

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One Piece: Abenteuer in Alabasta - Die Wüstenprinzessin

Bernie Fockyerdoder

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I Could Never Be Your Woman

Marty

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Epic Movie

Aslo

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Fighting Words

Longfellow

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Heckler

Himself

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Back to You - Season 1

Marsh McGinley (17 episodes, 2007-2008)

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Lovewrecked

Ben Taylor

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Holidaze

Santa Claus (voice)

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Monster House

Dad (voice)

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Date Movie

Bernie Funkyerdoder

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For Your Consideration

Chuck

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Church Ball

Bishop Linderman

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Ira & Abby

Michael Willoughby

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Fired!

Himself

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Comic Relief 2006

Self

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The Aristocrats

Self

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Chicken Little

Melvin - Alien Dad (voice)

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Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgundy

Ed Harken

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Ed Harken

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Dr. Willoughby

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Killer Diller

Ned

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How to Lose Your Lover

Bucky Brandt

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El Príncipe Cascanueces

Bubble (voice)

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure

Professor Doornitz

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American Wedding

Harold Flaherty

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A Mighty Wind

Mike LaFontaine

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Nobody Knows Anything

Mr. McClintock

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Dinner for Five - Season 1

Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2005)

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How High

Philip Huntley

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The Wedding Planner

Basil St. Mosely

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When Billie Beat Bobby

Howard Cosell

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Best in Show

Buck Laughlin

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Girlfriends - The Third Season

Dr. Bales (2 episodes, 2001)

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Chump Change

Steve's Manager

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Mission Commander

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Idle Hands

Dad Tobias

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The Harrad Experiment (Edited Version)

The Ace Trucking Company (uncredited)

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Permanent Midnight

Craig Ziffer

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Elvis Is Alive! I Swear I Saw Him Eating Ding Dongs Outside the Piggly Wiggly's

Interviewee

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The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series

Himself

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Waiting for Guffman

Ron Albertson

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American Yakuza 2

Loan Officer

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Prehysteria! 3

Thomas MacGregor

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Hart aber herzlich: Alte Freunde sterben nie

Reginald Cobbles

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Sodbusters

Clarence Gentry

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The Return Of Spinal Tap

Lt. Bob Hookstratten

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High Strung

Insurance Salesman

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Roxanne

Mayor Deebs

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Moving Violations

Terrence 'Doc' Williams

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Lots of Luck

A.J. Foley

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This Is Spinal Tap

Colonel On Military Base

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National Lampoon's Movie Madness

President Robert Fogerty - 'Success Wanters'

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Faerie Tale Theatre - The Three Little Pigs

Paul Pig

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How to Beat the High Cost of Living

Robert

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First Family

Presidential Assistant Feebleman

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Salem's Lot

Larry Crockett

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Americathon

Vincent Vanderhoff

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Fun With Dick & Jane

Bob

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Silver Streak

Jerry Jarvis

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Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Third Season

Charles / ... (2 episodes, 1976)

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Hustle

Interrogator

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Jenny

Executive

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Model Shop

Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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