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Fred Willard radiated a unique charm that established him as one of the industry’s most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull’s smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (1977). A master of sketch comedy, he was most heralded for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. His 50 appearances in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) were indicative of his ability to transform any character into a unique comic portrayal. Fred starred in an oft sold-out one-man show, “Fred Willard: Alone At Last!” (actually with a cast of 12) that received two Los Angeles Artistic Director Awards, for Best Comedy and Best Production. He was also an alumnus of The Second City and headed a sketch comedy workshop, The MoHo Group.
Interesting Facts about Fred Willard
- He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollwood Hills, California.
- He was from the same area in Ohio as Paul Newman.
- He was a lifelong Democrat.
- Fred was the son of Ruth Beatrice (Weinman) and Frederick Charles “Fred” Willard, who worked in a bank. He was of German, Scottish, English, and distant French, descent. The surname Willard was spelled Vieillard generations back.
- Hosted the 1st Annual Carney Awards in 2015.
- He was the spokesman for La Quinta Inns and Suites.
- As of late 2006, he has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) over 80 times, as both a guest and a participant in a skit.
- He got his start performing in a comedy duo with Vic Greco and spent a year at Chicago’s famed Second City. He was also a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company.
- Was fired by PBS after he was arrested for alleged lewd conduct at an adult movie theater [July 19, 2012].
- Fellow members of Ace included Bill Saluga and Patti Deutsch, among others.
- Has one daughter Hope (b. 1969) and one grandson (b. 1998).
Personal Quotes by Fred Willard
There’s this whole underground world of amateur television production.- Fred Willard
I saw the ‘Wizard of Oz’ recently and realized that, all my life, I thought they were real monkeys with wings. That’s how scary that movie was for me.- Fred Willard
I love San Francisco!- Fred Willard
I don’t know why my lines that were cut from the film didn’t make it onto the DVD. I have offered to go into the editing room with Christopher and work shoulder to shoulder with him to fit all my lines in. I think he thinks I’m kidding. I’m only trying to help.- Fred Willard
The ‘Tim And Eric’ experience was very strange.- Fred Willard