Fred Willard, 'Best in Show' comic actor, dead at 86

Fred Willard, 'Best in Show' comic actor, dead at 86

"We loved him so very much!" his daughter Hope Mulbarger told Fox News in a statement on Saturday. "We will miss him forever". His "Modern Family" character Frank Dunphy, the father of Ty Burrel's Phil Dunphy, earned him a nod in 2010.

He was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for three consecutive years from 2003-2005 for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing Hank MacDougall.

In Pixar's 2008 hit "WALL-E", he voiced the character of Shelby Forthright, the CEO of a ubiquitous big-box chain called Buy'n'Large.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to Fred's good friend and collaborator Christopher Guest, tweeting, "How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts".

Fred Willard, a beloved actor who has been making audiences laugh out loud for decades, has died.

The actor was known for his comedic roles in numerous movies, such as "Best in Show", the "Anchorman" films and "A Mighty Wind", as well as TV shows, like "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Modern Family" and "Roseanne". The following summer, he also repressed his role playing talk show sidekick Jerry Hubbard in America 2-Night.

With over 300 credits to his name, what was your favorite Fred Willard role?

In 2012, Willard had a brush with the law.

"That started to change everything", Willard told The Hollywood Reporter previous year.

His agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Willard died on Friday night in Los Angeles of natural causes.

Fellow comedians, such as Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel, Henry Winkler and many more, posted tributes across social media.

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