The Best In Show actor died from natural causes, rep Glenn Schwartz confirmed to Rolling Stone. "We loved him so very much!" his daughter Hope Mulbarger told Fox News in a statement on Saturday.
The former Real People host was best known for his roles in filmmaker Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including For Your Consideration, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman and This is Spinal Tap. "We will miss him forever".
'How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts, ' Curtis tweeted. In a career that ranged from Roseanne to Pixar's Wall-E to recurring as Phil's dad, Frank, on Modern Family, Willard always provided hilarious moments and memorable laughs.
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As an actor and comedian, Fred Willard will likely be remembered most for his lighthearted brand of humor and the upbeat, "gee whiz" personality that accompanied many of his roles.
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"Fred Willard was the funniest person that I've ever worked with".
"It's the last time I'm going to listen to my wife when she says, 'Why don't you go and see a movie?'" Willard said during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's NBC show "Late Night". This was very much apparent in his "Anchorman" performances.
Willard's career started in the New York City comedy scene of the 1950s, where he first made a name for himself as one half of a comedy duo alongside Vic Grecco.
Willard was nominated for four Emmy Awards - three for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Hank MacDougall in Everybody Loves Raymond, and one in the same category for Modern Family. He is survived by his daughter Hope.