Fred Willard, comedy legend from 'Best in Show' and 'A Mighty Wind,' is dead at 86

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Fred Willard, comedy legend from 'Best in Show' and 'A Mighty Wind,' is dead at 86

Legendary actor, writer, and comedian Fred Willard died on Friday at the age of 86.

He may be best known to 2020 audiences for his role on Modern Family, where he played Phil's dad Frank. But Willard has a long history in Hollywood, including a lengthy and creatively productive relationship with mockumentary master Christopher Guest.

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. He later performed with Second City in Chicago and co-founded the improv comedy troupe, Ace Trucking Company, which logged numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Read more...

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