Fred Willard

Comic Actor Fred Willard of ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Modern Family’ Dies at 86

He was known for playing clueless characters, including in "Fernwood Night" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Fred Willard
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Fred Willard, a comic actor considered by many a master of the mockumentary genre, died Friday at age 86.

Willard was best known for his roles in films such as "Best in Show" and TV series such as "Modern Family."

He was known for playing clueless characters, including in "Fernwood Night" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old," Hope Willard tweeted on Saturday. "He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever."

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