Fred Willard, the actor best known for his roles in “Best in Show,” “Anchorman” and “This is Spinal Tap,” died in his sleep Friday evening at his home in Encino, California.
“He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end,” his daughter Hope Mulbarger said after confirming his death. “We loved him so very much. We will miss him forever.”
As news of Willard’s death spread through the internet, many stars took to social media to share their condolences.
Willard’s former co-star tweeted, “I’m at a loss for words, a state Fred Willard never found himself in,” Michael McKean shared. “My friend for 40+ years, a great comic actor who had no competition because there was only one of him. We were all so lucky. Goodbye, Fred.”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison posted a picture of himself on the late actor.
“We lost an absolute legend today. Fred Willard was so incredibly generous to join us the last few years on #Thebachelor,” Harrison wrote. “He was a kind, gentle, thoughtful, talented, loving man. God bless you Fred. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family #RIP”.
At MUSE, the last time we talked to Fred Willard was in 2016.
At the 10th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting International Myeloma Foundation, we asked about his presentation at the event.
“Yes, tonight I’m doing my impression of what Elvis Presley would have been like if he had chosen to do stand-up comedy,” he joked. “I think it is a tribute to the King.”