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Fred Willard now the late Fred Willard.


He was 86. Quite a career.
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RIP, Fred. Quite a career is right! Loved him as the color commentator in Best In Show.

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Also, Amy's dad on Everybody Loves Raymond.

I liked him in everything I saw him in.
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While he had a huge hate club (really?), I was not at all a member of it.

Mr. Hubbard, may you always be ineptly co-hosting local cable UHF variety shows, up there.
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Was very good in a lot of movies.
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First time I saw the guy, he was completely nailing his already-perfected schtick as the Deputy Mayor of Metropolis. Does our city have a lot going for it? Hey, you bet it does! Granted, its got its challenges, too; but let me just say this...

[leans in, like theres an insight he enthusiastically wants to relay]

...its nothing Superman cant handle.

[/Fred Willard, genuinely pleased to have explained that for you]
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Not Lieutenant. Hookstratten!

It's ironic that one of his final TV appearances was the episode of Modern Family where his character dies.
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Me and Guest-starring ID showing our age since I remember him from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Fernwood 2 Night. RIP.
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I loved him on Fernwood/America 2 Night.
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Both Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel gave him a lot of work on their respective late-night shows; Fred must have done a dozen or more appearances on Kimmel in the year before the "at home" versions of the shows started. He was always reliably funny.

His voice will always be in my head whenever likable-dumb-guys come to mind---he was a master at that specialty.
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Me and Guest-starring ID showing our age since I remember him from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Fernwood 2 Night. RIP.
Heh and Terenti

(and kitnap)

I also hope FW's afterlife will have all the wonderful penis reduction therapy he's ever wanted.
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I also hope FW's afterlife will have all the wonderful penis reduction therapy he's ever wanted.
Remember: Leisure suits cause cancer, and the ban on cyclamates is a Communist plot!
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He was the same in everything he did.

Hilarious!
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RIP Mr. Willard; you done good.
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Loved him in the Christopher Guest movies.
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Here's Fred talking about the Kroffts' "D.C. Follies". I see there's also a video of him talking about "Fernwood 2 Nite".

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I see there's also a video of him talking about "Fernwood 2 Nite".
There are clips and full episodes of that on Youtube. Here is the first episode.
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That's my favourite Fred Willard role (A Mighty Wind).

"I've got a very literate reference. I don't know if you're familiar with a book about a pirate captain -- his name is Moby Dick?"
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He played the clueless but confident character perfectly. On his IMDB page he has 312 credits. He didn't get his first one until he was in his 30's.
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Loved him in the Christopher Guest movies.
This. He was the totally clueless color commentator in Best in Show. His comments were ad libbed so the befuddlement of his long suffering co-comentator is not entirely acting.
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This. He was the totally clueless color commentator in Best in Show. His comments were ad libbed so the befuddlement of his long suffering co-comentator is not entirely acting.
The absolute best exchange was when Willard said he wanted to put a deerstalker hat and a pipe on a bloodhound, and the British commentator said "Yes ... I remember when you said that last year." I just freaking died. Those two were perfectly paired.
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I first saw him on Fernwood 2nite, a mid 70's talk show spoof. He co-hosted with Martin Mull. They were wonderfully funny together. And his clueless commentator in Best In Show was genius.

After edit: I just read all the previous comments. Great minds think alike.

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We've been talking about Community a bit lately, so don't forget Alter-Pierce.
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Aww, I haz a very sad right now. He was satisfying in every Guest movie.
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I loved him on Fernwood/America 2 Night.
This was before my time, and I haven't seen it. But, is that where Zach Galafinakis got the idea for the "Between 2 Ferns" show?
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This. He was the totally clueless color commentator in Best in Show. His comments were ad libbed so the befuddlement of his long suffering co-comentator is not entirely acting.
At least we stlll have John Michael Higgins (a.k.a John Smith from Pitch Perfect) to carry on Fred's shtick.

Fred was awesome. He had the best line in Roxanne: "I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world!"
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This. He was the totally clueless color commentator in Best in Show. His comments were ad libbed so the befuddlement of his long suffering co-comentator is not entirely acting.
My wife an I watched this Saturday night. I thought it was great as usual. My wife thought it was stupid. She has been watching too much Hallmark channel dreck.
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A lovely tribute via Jimmy Kimmel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLFGvxGk1jM
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Turns out that Jimmy Kimmel has a few tributes out there for Mr. Willard. This one is more personal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG65zhfZZ5E
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Kimmel's entire show, Monday night, was devoted to Fred. The YouTube videos show parts of it. (Kimmel's show is only 30 minutes, since the pandemic began.) The clips from Fred's appearances on the show were about half of it, and the tributes from people who'd worked with him---from recent sit-com recurring roles, back to Fernwood 2Night, were the other half.

Ty Burrell seemed particularly broken up. They really were a good physical match (as father and son on Modern Family), as well as a great comedy team.
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I think I last saw him in "Family Tree," a TV comedy series on HBO starring Chris O'Dowd. It's basically a Christopher Guest movie in series form. It's freaking hilarious but I don't know very many people who saw it. It includes Guest regulars Bob Balaban and Michael McKean.
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I totally forgot that I watched "The History of White People in America" just a few weeks ago (apropos of the "Do white people love mayonnaise?" thread). Very funny stuff!
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I think I last saw him in "Family Tree," a TV comedy series on HBO starring Chris O'Dowd. It's basically a Christopher Guest movie in series form. It's freaking hilarious but I don't know very many people who saw it. It includes Guest regulars Bob Balaban and Michael McKean.
I watched that. The O'Dowd character's sister was played by a ventriloquist who in real life works with the puppet she uses in the show. (I may not have explained that well.)

Impressive cast, and it was produced and written by Christopher Guest (along with Jim Piddock). Only 8 episodes. I was very disappointed when it wasn't renewed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Tree_(TV_series)

Of course Willard was great in it.
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I watched that. The O'Dowd character's sister was played by a ventriloquist who in real life works with the puppet she uses in the show. (I may not have explained that well.)

Impressive cast, and it was produced and written by Christopher Guest (along with Jim Piddock). Only 8 episodes. I was very disappointed when it wasn't renewed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Tree_(TV_series)

Of course Willard was great in it.
I still chuckle to myself when I recall ODowds reaction to his country relativesIm not sure Im cut out to be a farmer. They seem awfully posh.
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I still chuckle to myself when I recall ODowds reaction to his country relativesIm not sure Im cut out to be a farmer. They seem awfully posh.
I had to look it up. The line is "I don't think I want to be a farmer now actually. They seem to be either too posh or too angry."
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I had to look it up. The line is "I don't think I want to be a farmer now actually. They seem to be either too posh or too angry."
Yeah, the show was sharply written. (Dang HBO for not giving it more of a chance!)


NOTE: the Jimmy Kimmel show that was a tribute to Fred is being re-run tonight. Well worth the 30-minutes investment.
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Yeah, the show was sharply written. (Dang HBO for not giving it more of a chance!)


NOTE: the Jimmy Kimmel show that was a tribute to Fred is being re-run tonight. Well worth the 30-minutes investment.
I think they also cancelled "Hello Ladies" at the same time, also only after one season. I liked both those shows.
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I think they also cancelled "Hello Ladies" at the same time, also only after one season. I liked both those shows.
I never watched that one, despite liking Stephen Merchant for his appearance in my beloved Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. (And of course his connection to The Office.)

Makes you wonder if some top exec at HBO who liked British-flavoured entertainment, may have left the company around 2013-14....


Back on Fred: NBC has listed at 10pm tonight, a 1978 episode of SNL hosted by him, with musical guest Devo. Sounds pretty good!
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In his last credit, the just-released Space Force on Netflix, he plays Steve Carell's father in three episodes.

He gets a dedication in the first episode, "Launch."
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In his last credit, the just-released Space Force on Netflix, he plays Steve Carell's father in three episodes.

He gets a dedication in the first episode, "Launch."
Of course Fred had been one of the stars of the 1978 TV pilot of the same name. He'd appeared on Kimmel's show after Trump announced his own Space Force, in a parody of the 1978 project.

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