Fred Willard

  • Born: September 18, 1933
  • Died: May 15, 2020
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Fred Willard

Comic actor who starred in "Best in Show"

Fred Willard was a comic actor beloved for roles in films including "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind," and "This Is Spinal Tap." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP
Thanks for the Memories & Laughter
that you have give to us!!

Posted by Jennifer Baribault - Hamden, CT   October 06, 2021

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May You Rest in Peace, Fred...

Posted by John and Barbara - OH - acquaintance   June 21, 2021

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Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   October 14, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Willard family. May you continue to find comfort from God and fond memories today, tomorrow, and always.

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2020

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one, may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 46 :1)

Posted by - neighbor   June 29, 2020

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered his comedic acts that kept us laughing. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   June 18, 2020

Funny, Funny, Funny & Funny. He brought to his performance great entertainment with joy & Laughter. When you see him on TV, you just know that you will be laughing. What a wonderful man, wonderful talent, wonderful amusement, and just wonderful laughing to come. RIP

Posted by A D Dorsey    May 29, 2020

Such an amazing talent, a great actor that will be truly missed. Deepest condolences to the Willard family. May God be with you to comfort and strengthen you at this most difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2020

To the family.May you find comfort in knowing your loved one is resting safely in our Heavenly Father limitless memory. He counts the number of the stars; He calls all of them by name- psalm 147:4

Posted by Neighbor - PA - friend   May 26, 2020

Deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends and many fans of Fred Willard. He was such a wonderful and talented actor and person. He portrayed so many memorable scenes and characters. He will truly be missed. May the God of all comfort strengthen and sustain his loved ones.

Posted by Mike C    May 23, 2020

I would just like to say thank you for the memories of a person who obviously cane from the old school, meaning you had that special kindness and bravery going through life, the kind people used to have, it comes from somewhere special, and my condolences to your family sir, bless you.!!

Posted by Joseph Guevara - San juan bautista, CA - friend   May 23, 2020

Hi how are you I was writing to you to give my condolences to you and your family etc. RIP he was a nice guy. Funny too. He will be missed. I will.miss him so. Take care bye

Posted by Jody Brachman - Acquaintance   May 22, 2020

Always a funny man I'm glad Jimmy Kimmel had you on RIP

Posted by Ted mojica    May 21, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Willard family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   May 20, 2020

May the God of all comfort and peace be with Fred's family at this time.

Posted by Evette    May 20, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by Sue Hughes - Acquaintance   May 20, 2020

Sincerest Condolences to the Willard Family, what a fantastic contribution to all our lives through your wonderful comedic performances, you will be forever in our hearts, RIP Willard, heaven must be filled with Laughter and joy as you tell your stories up there with Jerry I bet you guys have them rolling in the isles up there tonight, Gone but never forgotten.

Posted by Michael Crismani - LA, CA - Friend   May 20, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best positio to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

Posted by A friend   May 19, 2020

My condolences to the family and friends. Just as Fred could make us smile and laugh. May God and fond memories bring smiles to your heart and mind. And may they bring comfort to you today, tomorrow and always.

Posted by A friend   May 19, 2020

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   May 19, 2020

Cant help but smile, laugh and laugh some mire. We need that so much today. He will be sorely missed. Praying that God heal your sad hearts.

Posted by A friend   May 19, 2020

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Thanks for the laughter.

Posted by Stephanie Schell - Lakewood   May 19, 2020

My condolences go out to the Fred Williams family. He will be missed by the movie industry.

Posted by LeeRoy - TN   May 19, 2020

Rest in peace, dear Fred Willard. We will miss your sweet, mischevious expression - you always looked like you were up to something. It was the signature part of your comic delivery. Condolences to your family.

Posted by A friend   May 19, 2020

Keep on stroking man.

Posted by Paul Roobinz - CA - neighbor   May 19, 2020

I have been a fan since I first saw Fred teamed with Martin Mull on Fernwood Tonight. What a talent the world has lost. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Donna Felice - Grafton, MA   May 18, 2020

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Posted by Kathleen    May 18, 2020

my condolences to his friends and family it was a kind soul I made me laugh when things were not always nice I think him and his family it was a great blessing and I world sincerely David call may he rest in peace

Posted by David Call - Burlington, VT   May 18, 2020

Remember him from several television shows and movies.

Posted by Stephanie Schell    May 18, 2020

Willard Family, Like so many of us out there I am only a person who loved to watch your Father on television throughout my 58 years.
Your fathers craft brought so much pleasure to so many of us . I hope during these difficult times you can find peace in the pleasure your Dad brought to so many of thousands of people throughout his career. More important Take pleasure in the things he instilled in all of all of you throughout your life time. I lost my Mother in December...its never easy....but be proud !!!! Sending you lots of love . Brian

Posted by Brian Rash - Toronto, ON   May 18, 2020

My husband, who passed away five years ago, was in one of the first improv groups with Fred along with Robert Klein, and David Steinberg. I had the pleasure of seeing Fred at Second City reunions and at his home in CA. What a gentle soul and a gracious and funny man. We have followed his career and enjoyed every moment. His talent was so understated. What a gift he had! Sincere condolences to his family. May he RIP.

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Posted by Susan Canaan - Smithtown, NY   May 18, 2020

I send deepest condolences to the family. Fred Willard gave us many laughs and will be missed. At this difficult t8me, know that the god of tender mercies will comfort you.

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2020

Fred was a graduate of the country's oldest private military preparatory school, the Kentucky Military Institute, Class of 1951. He found time to attend a couple of our reunions and special events.

Posted by Leon Hirsh - Pensacola, FL   May 18, 2020

I remember Fred Willard played a role in an episode of Stargate SG-1. He played a sort of Galactic con man and the father of one of the characters in the series. It was an extremely funny and memorable episode. My condolences to his family over his loss. He may be gone but his memory will live forever in his many talented performances.

Posted by Edward Sullivan    May 18, 2020

Fred Willard was a comic actor beloved for roles in films including Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and This Is Spinal Tap. During his long career he also appeared in several TV shows including, Fernwood 2 Night, Real People, Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Modern Family. His final recurring role was as Steve Carells father in the upcoming Netflix series Space Force.

Posted by Grady Youngblood - Fort Lauderdale, FL   May 18, 2020

Thank you for your clean form of comedy. May your family be at peace and comforted in the days to come.

Posted by Don    May 18, 2020

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Wonderful man and actor. R.I.P. Fred.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   May 18, 2020

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He will be sadly miss prayersareyou

Posted by Georgia Velasquez - Denver, CO - friend   May 17, 2020

He was very entertaining on TV and movies. He will be missed.

Posted by Michelle Miller    May 17, 2020

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Sincerest Condolences to Fred Willard's Family & Friends
May God Comfort you in your time of Sorrow!
Fred Willard was a Comedic Genius!
Thank You for all of the Laughter and Wonderful moments on television!
You will be Missed Greatly & Fondly Remembered Always!

Posted by Joseph & Carmela Gombosa - Hamilton, ON   May 17, 2020

Dear Family: I offer my sincere condolences and I have truly enjoyed him in my lifetime and on these shows. He is a man of "special mightiness." My thoughts and prayers are with you, at this time.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2020

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Dear Willard Family Rory and I sincerely would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Fred Willard.he'll surely be missed very very much.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - acquaintance   May 17, 2020

I felt compelled to mentioned "The Magic of Belle Isle". The Magic of Fred Willard!

Posted by Augie - NY   May 17, 2020

From Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, to Modern Family, to the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Fred Willard made us laugh like no other. A great loss. His humor will live on.

Posted by Dana    May 17, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Willard Family, May the God of Comfort mend your grieving hearts with tenderness and loving kindness as you lean on Gods strong arm of support to help cope during this very difficult time.

Posted by BRY    May 17, 2020

thank you mr. willard for all the fun laughs! oh the memories! you will surely be missed.

Posted by mark martinez - albuq., NM   May 17, 2020

Rest in peace, Mr. Willard. Your job was well done. God bless you.

Posted by Angela Smith - New Bern, NC   May 17, 2020

Loved this guy! My condolences to the Willard family. God Bless.

Posted by Steve    May 17, 2020

He was so great. I feel so sad. As the father-in- law of Brad Garrett in "Raymond" or the hundred other roles, he was always hysterical. 86 isn't really that old these days. In my opinion he went way too soon. He'll be missed tremendously. A fan!

Posted by Jonathan Palmer - Newport Beach, CA   May 17, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Willard family. truly sorry for your loss, he will be missed be so many. May God be with you during your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2020

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thanks 4 the laughter!

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2020

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Fred Willard was a wonderful actor! Condolences to his family.

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2020

I don't know if this will get to his family, but I join millions of others in saying that Mr Willard was a wonderful talent and brilliant man in his comedic talent/ I loved his humor and he always made my experience a better one in this life/ so sorry for your loss; but grateful for our great gain...what a funny kind generous man!

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2020

Oh , so sorry to hear of your passing...We Love You Fred...the world has definitely lost one of its' finest comedic actors...truly a gem , a master of his craft...Fred was wonderful in everything that he acted in , thank you for making us laugh...."Best In Show" is one of the funniest movies ever...you truly shined in that movie....R.I.P. Fred...your legacy lives on...Forever in our hearts....prayers for your family.

Posted by Kathy & Buddy & Our Cat Family - Newport, TN   May 16, 2020

Was just enjoying Fred's sketch on Jimmy Kimmel and now reading this. RIP Fred Willard. You were an original and will be missed by all your fans.

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2020

Fred, RIP , flying unto the palm of God , which does hold All mourning, this total legend for eternity, right now, this does begin now , Amen!
All love, and fandom of Loved One, Actor, Fred Willard for Always! His Acting was the sweetest!

Posted by Jennifer Frenkil - Hanover, PA - acquaintance   May 16, 2020

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In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Elena C - Middle Village, NY   May 16, 2020

e made me laugh and I will never forget that. He is among the greatest funny men of all times and they are making God laugh. To the family I feel your sorrow for we all lost a laugh. Blessed Be.

Posted by Lisa Donohue    May 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of Freds passing. Condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Maura Farrell Miller - Jupiter, FL - friend   May 16, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's...

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2020

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Rest in peace Mr Fred Willard. Thoughts and prayers to Hope and family.

Posted by Alyson Lee - VT   May 16, 2020

James Willard side offering condolences, We loved all the Arts of Entertainment.

Posted by Sharon Korte - Family   May 16, 2020

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a truly recognizable face and talent ... always enjoyed his TV roles ... so sorry for his passing in this life .. May The Good LORD Bless Fred.. family and friends .. eternally - AMEN - ALLELUIA!

Posted by Jack Lancellotta - W. Warwick, RI - acquaintance   May 16, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Fred Willard passing. He brought so much laughter and joy into our lives. We heard of his wife passing also and we are so sorry. Fred and his wife are now with the LORD. They are in heaven with no more pain and with the angels of heaven. RIP Fred.

Posted by Terri and Jim Zezza - Exeter, PA - friend   May 16, 2020

Prayers to all.

Posted by Sharon korte - Friend   May 16, 2020

I truly Enjoyed Fred. We are Willards also. Do not think I missed much of him. He enjoyed making persons laugh.

Posted by Sharon korte - Friend   May 16, 2020

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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Camella Ford - Houston, TX   May 16, 2020

You were an amazing actor, so funny! You will truly be missed

Posted by Raechel Bundy - Wilmington, DE   May 16, 2020

Sending my prayers and condolences too the family. I enjoyed seeing his face on t.v, he will be deeply missed.

Posted by Twanna Lucas - Elk Grove, CA - friend   May 16, 2020

Blessings...

Posted by - IL   May 16, 2020

My favorite part that you played was as Amy's dad on "Everyone Loves Raymond". Of course, you were funny in all the roles you held but something about this one really tickled me. God bless and keep you. Thank you for entertaining us for so long.

Posted by Linda Peterman - Wesley Chapel, FL - friend   May 16, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by - OH   May 16, 2020

I remember Mr. Willard from so many programs. I especially remember him playing Amy's Father on Everybody Loves Raymond. I am so sorry and send my condolences to his family. May Jehovah comfort them!

Posted by Alfreda Valentine - Helena-West Helena, AR   May 16, 2020

Ohh He Was A REAL Funny DUDE RIP He Was A Regular Guest On The Jimmy Kimmel Show, So I Know Most DEFINITELY Jimmy Kimmel IS Going To Express His Emotions And Feelings About This Guy Come Monday, What I Remember About HIM Was In The "How High" With Method Man And Redman, He Was Crazy Silly IN THAT Movie, I Couldn't Stop Crying Laughing Plus On Jimmy Kimmel Show RIP Old Man

Posted by Stephanie Lucas - Brooklyn, NY   May 16, 2020

I loved you in Everybody lives Raymond!!!!Thank you for the laughs!!!!

Posted by Margaret Kinlaw - Gastonia, NC   May 16, 2020

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Fred was Vice Principal Mallet in Family Matters sitcom will be long missed with MY THOUGHTS AND SYMPATHY ARE WITH HIS FAMILY

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2020

Fred will be missed ! He was a very funny comic actor ! Prayers to his Family and Friends ! We lost another great man! So sorry for you loss! May God give you comfort in this time of need!

Posted by DONNA HARPER - Quakertown, PA - friend   May 16, 2020

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Godspeed Fred, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, the wonderful film and TV memories, and the wonderful and innumerable laughs.

Rest Fred, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army.

Posted by Harold Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   May 16, 2020


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