‘Modern Family’ dad passes away

Fred Willard, a legendary actor, writer, and comedian, has passed away on Friday at the age of 86.

As of recent, Willard is popular with audiences for playing Phil’s dad, Frank, on Modern Family. However, he has a long history in Hollywood, including a lengthy and creatively productive relationship with mockumentary master Christopher Guest.

His film and TV career captured an unimaginably wide cross-section of entertainment from the past 60 years.

Willard played diverse roled including the first Austin Powers, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, and Anchorman. He even loaned his voice to WALL-E. 

On TV, he was on The Bob Newhart ShowLaverne & ShirleyMarried… With ChildrenFamily MattersRoseanneMurphy BrownMad About YouThe Simpsons, and Modern Family (among many others).

Up until the end, Willard was doing what he loved – acting. He will next appear in a recurring role on Netflix’s upcoming series Space Force, from Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (of The Office and Parks and Recreation fame).

Upon his death being confirmed, a large community of friends, fans, and colleagues stepped up swiftly to pay tribute to Willard on social media.

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