"His comic delivery is so natural that I don't think he can prevent it. If Fred Willard was a doctor, it would take him 15 tries to convince you he wasn't kidding about your bone cancer."Frederick Charles Willard (September 18, 1933 May 15, 2020) was an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He sadly passed away in his sleep from natural causes on May 15, 2020 at the age of 86.
—Seanbaby on Fred Willard
- National Lampoon's Movie Madness: President Robert Fogerty
- This is Spın̈al Tap: Lt. Bob Hookstratten
- Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall: Tom
- Waiting for Guffman: Rob Albertson
- Best in Show: Buck Laughlin
- A Mighty Wind: Mike LaFontaine
- Everybody Loves Raymond: Hank MacDougall
- Kim Possible: Jack Hench (voice)
- Killer Diller: Ned
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ed Harken
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: The Boogey Man (voice)
- For Your Consideration: Chuck
- Re-Animated: Milt Appleday (voice)
- Transformers: Animated: Swindle (voice)
- WALLE: Shelby Forthright, Buy 'N Large CEO (to date, the only live-action performance in a Pixar film)
- The Boondocks: Joe Petto (voice)
- Modern Family: Frank Dunphy
- Mascots: Greg Gammons
- The Loud House: Pop Pop (voice)
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers : Mr. Doozy (voice)
- Gargoyles : Ralph (voice)
- 'Salem's Lot: Larry Crockett
Tropes that apply to his works include:
- Cloudcuckoolander: He was well-known for playing characters with a perpetual spaciness to them. His quavering voice certainly helped him in this regard.
- The Comically Serious: His signature was spouting off inane nonsense with enough straight-faced sincerity to make his characters seem like genuine eccentrics you could actually encounter in real life rather than affected performances by an actor.
- Cuckoolander Commentator: He commonly played inept and unqualified event announcers in Christopher Guest's works.
- Improv: Was known to have been an excellent improviser. According to Christopher Guest, several of Willard's parts in his films were completely improvised; the scripts didn't even include rough outlines for his characters.
- Pigeonholed Actor: His career consisted almost entirely of playing men who were either pompous idiots, Cloudcuckoolanders, or some combination of the two.
- Production Posse: A regular of Christopher Guest's films.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Several of his characters were excessively proud has-beens or never-weres.