Fred Willard

Who is Fred Willard?

Fred Willard is a big name in the American entertainment industry. Fred had established his name in Hollywood from his incredible acting. He is well-known as an actor, comedian, as well as a writer. Though Fred sadly left us on May 15, 2020, he is all in our hearts. He has left his presence playing different characters in the mockumentary movies, like, “This is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “For Your Consideration,” among several others. The actor had been active in the industry since 1959 and gave his full dedication to his career for over four decades. His improvisational comedy skills made his one of the most excellent star.

Quick Info 
Celebrated NameFred Willard
ProfessionActor, Comedian
Birth DateSeptember 18, 1993
Birth PlaceCleveland, Ohio, US
Death DateMay 15, 2020
Death PlaceLos Angeles, California, US
Full NameFrederick Charles Willard
Star SignVirgo
ParentsFather: Fred Willard
Mother: Ruth Willard
Height6 feet 1 inch
Weight85 kg
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorGrey
WifeMary Lovell
Net Worth$10 million

Fred Willard


Fred Willard was born on September 18, 1993, as the name Frederick Charles Willard, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. He was born to his mother, Ruth Willard, and his father Fred Willard, with the star sign of Virgo. However, his father had died when he was twelve years old.

Regarding his education, he joined the Kentucky Military Institute, located in Lyndon, Kentucky. After being certified from the high school in  1951, Fred enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute. He certified by the college in 1955.

Nationality and Physical Stats of Fred Willard

Fred Willard held an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belonged to White. He was Christian by religion. The actor stood at a height of 6 feet 1 inch and weighed about 85 kg. Additionally, his black eye color and grey hair color reflected his fantastic personality.


Fred started his career relocating to New York in the late 1950s. Initially, he worked at a production of Desperate Hours, at the local YMCA, alongside, Vic Grecco. The duo then became like a partner and presented as Willard and Grecco, in the Greenwich Village area. Meanwhile, the pair became loved, and started featuring on “The DearMartin Show,” “The Smothers Brother Comedy Hours,” and “The Tonight Show.” Moreover, Fred and Vic got to play in the T.V. series, “Get Smart,” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” They separated their ways in 1968.

In 1967, Fred appeared in the film “Teenage Mother,” which was his first film. Also, he founded the comedy group named, “Ace Trucking Company,” along with Michael Mislove, and Bill Saluga. The group frequently appeared on the Tv series, “This is Tom Jones.”

Furthermore, the actor rose into fame in 1977 and 78. He worked as an accompaniment of Martin Mull and Jerry Hubbard, in the soap opera-like, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Fernwood 2 Night,” and its other seasons. Eventually, in 1979, the actor became an original cast member of the reality T.V. series, “Real People.” Also, he appeared in the short film, “Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall,” which even won an Academy Award.

Fred Willard

From about a year from 1985, Fred hosted the show, “Access America,” and “What’s Hot, What’s Not.”  The actor also had a guest appearance in the Television sitcom, “Sister, Sister,” “Fame,” “Fast Times,” “Out of This World,” and “My Secret Identity.” Besides, from 1987 to 1989, he featured in a syndicated sitcom, “D.C. Follies.” Fred’s voiceover as a travel agent, in the episode an episode of the series, “The Simpsons.”

More about Career

Subsequently, Fred appeared in the series, “Maybe It’s Me,” as a father of five children. Moreover, Fred then starred in several comedy films of Christopher Guest like “A Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Spinal Tap,” and “For Your Consideration.” Additionally, for his character in “For Your Consideration,” he received nominations, also won Boston Film Critic Award and American Comedy Award.

Fred Willard appeared in the series, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” in later seasons. He hosted “Totally Obsessed.” Also, he hosted a hit comedy show, Saturday Night Live in 1978. Besides, the actor has also appeared as a guest in the Cartoon Network films, “Re-Animated,” “Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure,” and it’s a sequel. Likewise, the actor also played in the series, “Back to You,” which was produced by Christopher Llyod and Steven Levitan.

Nevertheless, the actor has many stage roles like “Little Murders,” “Call Me Madam,” “Promises Promises,” and “Anything Goes.” Fred also had an appearance in “Modern Family.” Additionally, he became honored as a Pioneer in Comedy. In 2012, he acted in the film, “The Magic of Belle Isle,” and in “The Birder,” in 2013. Also, he starred in “Family Tree.”

Fred’s guest appeared in the late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” promoting his role in “Space Force.” The role was about the declaration from President Donald Trump for forging a space force for the military. On October 23, 2019, there came confirmed news that he will appear in the Netflix comedy series, “Space Force,” as Fred Naird. The actor was working for the series.

Personal Life of Fred Willard

Fred Willard tied a knot with Mary Lovell in 1968. His wife died before two years of his death on July 13, 2018. Mary was a fantastic playwright as well as a T.V. writer. The couple also had a daughter together, Hope, born in 1969. Furthermore, he had a grandson, Freddie, born in 1997.

Fred Willard

Net Worth

Fred Willard earned massive popularity from his professional career. Likewise, along with gaining name and fame, he had also made a handsome amount of money. Fred’s net worth had been expected to be about $10 million.


On May 15, 2020, Fred’s daughter announced the death of her father. The actor died at the age of 86 in his house, with a natural cause, in his home, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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