Fred Willard Death, Bio, Wiki, Wife, Net Worth, Modern Family, Best in Show, and Health

Fred Willard Biography and Wiki

Fred Willard (Frederick Charles Willard) was an American actor, comedian, and writer who was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States. His daughter Hope Mulbarger confirmed to CNN that he died peacefully on May 15, 2020. Fred was best known for This Is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary film, Best in Show, TV sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond,  and Modern Family, among many others.

His stage career began in the late 1950s when he moved to New York. Some of Fred’s early works include a production of Desperate Hours where he worked with future comedy partner Vic Grecco at a local YMCA.

Fred Willard Death | Fred Willard Age, at Death

Fred was born on September 18, 1933, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States. He died on May 15, 2020, at the age of 86 years. Tributes from notable stars and fans keep flowing.

Fred Willard's photo
Fred’s photo

Fred Willard Wife

Until July 2018, Fred was married to Mary Lovell. The couple tied the knot in 1968 and remained together for five decades. Mary died on July 13, 2018, aged 71. Together, they had a daughter: Hope Mulbarger who was born in 1969. Through his daughter, Fred was also a grandpa to Freddie who was born in 1997.

Fred Willard Daughter

Fred had only one child, a daughter named Hope Mulbarger (b. 1969) through whom he was also a grandfather. Throughout his life, the father-daughter bond remained strong. In fact, it was Hope Mulbarger who confirmed her father’s death to CNN saying that he died “at the fantastic age of 86 years old.”

Fred Willard Modern Family

Fred played Frank Dunphy on ABC’s television mockumentary family sitcom Modern Family which was created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. In the sitcom, Fred was the father of Phil (Ty Burrell) in several of its episodes. His performance saw him nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Fred Willard Best In Show

Fred appeared in the 2000 American mockumentary comedy film, Best in Show. He played the role of a dog show announcer Buck Laughlin, who offered up an unending stream of bad jokes and somewhat indecent comments. Best in Show was co-written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy with Guest directing.

Fred Willard Health and illness

Prior to his death on May 15, 2020, Fred’s health had been on the decline for the last seven years of his life. His ill health received a further blow in July 2018 when his wife of 50 years, Mary, died at 71. Fred’s illness remained undisclosed even though some sources cited Parkinson’s disease.

Fred Willard Young

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A young Fred

Is Fred Willard Sick

Fred had been ailing for several years before his death. However, he is said to have died of natural causes.

How Old Is Fred Willard

As at the time of death on May 15, 2020, Fred was 86 years old. He was born on September 18, 1933, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States.

Fred Willard Parkinson’s

Fred is said to have died of natural causes at the age of 81 years. Previously, there had been speculation that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Fred Willard Net Worth

Fred enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned well over 50 years. He started out in the late 50s and remained active until 2020 shortly before his death. According to Celebrity Networth, Fred was worth an estimated $5 million at the time of his death.

Fred Willard Movies And Tv Shows

Some of Fred’s most notable movies and Tv shows:

1980  How to Beat the High Co$t of Living
            First Family
1984  This Is Spinal Tap
2000  Chump Change
            Best in Show

Tv Shows

1994–96  Family Matters
2003–05  Everybody Loves Raymond
2009   Everybody Hates Chris
             Wizards of Waverly Place
2009–20   Modern Family