September 18, 1933 – May 15, 2020
Shaker Heights, Ohio
86 years old

“I’m just gonna drive wherever the wind blows me, which is usually into the next lane.”

— Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy in “Modern Family”

With a unique voice and an even more unique sense of humor, there was no mistaking Fred Willard when you saw or heard him. Probably best known for his role in Christopher Guest’s “Best In Show,” the man had a vast career, capped off with a run on the ever-popular “Modern Family” as Phil Dunphy’s father, Frank. Other highlight performances in his career include roles in “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Youth In Revolt,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” and the only live-action role in the animated feature, “WALL-E.” His wife, Mary Willard, passed away in 2018. Both leave behind daughter Hope Mulbarger.


Buck Laughlin in “Best In Show” (2000)


Frank Dunphy in “Modern Family” (2009-2020)



1967Teenage MotherCoach
1969Model ShopGas Station Attendant (uncredited)
1973The Harrad ExperimentThe Ace Trucking Company (uncredited)
1974Harrad Summer
1976Chesty Anderson U.S. NavyPeter Linden
1976Silver StreakJerry Jarvis
1977Fun with Dick and JaneBob
1977Cracking Up
1979AmericathonVincent Vanderhoff
1980How to Beat the High Cost of LivingRobert
1980First FamilyPresidential Assistant Feebleman
1982Movie MadnessPresident Robert Fogarty
(segment “3-Mile Island People”)
1984This Is Spinal TapColonel On Military Base
1985Moving ViolationsTerrence ‘Doc’ Williams
1987RoxanneMayor Deebs
1988Portrait of a White MarriageHal Harrison
1992High StrungInsurance Salesman
1996Waiting for GuffmanRon Albertson
1998Permanent MidnightCraig Ziffer
1998Elvis Is Alive! I Swear I Saw Him Eating Ding Dongs Outside the Piggly Wiggly’sInterviewee
1999Can’t Stop DancingChester
1999Idle HandsDad Tobias
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeMission Commander
2000Dropping OutPaul Blanchard
2000Chump ChangeSteve’s Manager
2000Best in ShowBuck Laughlin
2001The Wedding PlannerBasil St. Mosely
2001Teddy Bears’ PicnicSenator Roger Dickey
2001How HighPhilip Huntley
2002The Year That Trembledrank Woods
2003A Mighty WindMike LaFontaine
2003American WeddingHarold Flaherty
2003Nobody Knows Anything!Mr. McClintock
2004Killer DillerNed
200450 Ways to Leave Your LoverBucky Brandt
2004Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleDr. Willoughby
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyEd Harken
2005Chicken LittleMelvin – Alien Dad (voice)
2005LovewreckedBen Taylor
2006Date MovieBernie Funkyerdoder
2006Church BallBishop Linderman
2006Monster HouseDad (voice)
2006Ira & AbbyMichael Willoughby
2006For Your ConsiderationChuck
2006I’ll Believe YouMr. Fratus
2007Epic MovieAslo
2007Fighting WordsLongfellow
2007I Could Never Be Your WomanMarty
2008The P.A. (Short)Henry Gardiner
2008WALL-EShelby Forthright
2008HaroldDr. Pratt
2009Versailles (Short)Hoyt
2009Scouts HonorGame Master
2009Youth In RevoltMr. Ferguson
2009School GyrlsMr. Lockwood
2010A Very Mary ChristmasJerry Zee
2010Holyman UndercoverRichard
2011Fred & VinnieMovie Star
2012The Magic of Belle IsleAl Kaiser
2013Max RoseJim Clark
2013Dealin’ with IdiotsMarty
2013The Bird MenPark President
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesEd Harken
2014The YankPeter Murphy
2014Planes: Fire & RescueSecretary Of The Interior (voice)
2014All StarsJohn Carson
2015Russell MadnessTJ
2015BachelorsUncle Ulysses
2016Fifty Shades of BlackGary
2016Here Comes RustyMak
2016MascotsGreg Gammons, Jr.
2018The Bobby Roberts ProjectBen Brinstein


1987Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance HallTom OsborneShort
1991Louise Duart: The Secret Life of Barry’s WifeBarry ReynoldsTV Short
1995Prehysteria! 3Thomas MacGregorVideo
1996The Spooktacular New Adventures of CasperWally Winkle (voice)TV Short
2004Sesame Street: Happy Healthy MonstersVoiceVideo
2004The Nutcracker and the MousekingBubble (English version, voice)Video
2004Wake Up, Ron BurgundyEd HarkenVideo
2006My Gym Partner’s a MonkeyBurtTV Short
2006Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t HappenSanta Claus / Dog Catcher (voice)Video
2007The Emperor’s New SchoolVoiceTV Short
2008The P.A.Henry GardinerShort
2008The Adventures of Captain Cross DresserCaptain Cross Dresser (voice)TV Short
2010Hermie and Friends: Antonio Meets His MatchVoiceVideo
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesMayor LockridgeTV Short
2011Scooby-Doo! Legend of the PhantosaurMr. Hubley (voice)Video
2012Flag Day: A History in Flags with Fred WillardShort
2012The Romney Boys Election Eve Special!Mitt RomneyShort
2013Parent News with Fred WillardShort
2013Parent News 2: What Is the Internet?Scott LeachmanShort
2013Parent News with Fred Willard: The Halloween EditionShort
2013The Thanksgivukkah Movie TrailerShort
2013Home StuffShort
2014Wish WizardHope GiverShort
2014I’m Will FerrellWill Ferrell / SelfShort
2015Clint Howard Reboots Pippi Longstocking with Milla Jovovich and Fred WillardHarveyShort
2016Hart of AmericaTV Short
2016Emmett in PeoplelandFred WeirdlyShort
2016-2019The Loud HousePop-Pop (voice)TV Short
2017Oh DamnMysterious ManShort
2017-2018Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up AdventuresMr. Doozy (voice)TV Short
2017-2018Milo Murphy’s LawGrandpa MurphyTV Short
2018Lovesick Fool – Love in the Age of LikeSmitty (voice)Short
2018Skylanders AcademyAnnouncerTV Short


1974ABC Funshine Saturday Sneak PeekPSSST Santa ClausTelevision movie
1976How to Break Up a Happy DivorceLance ColsonTelevision movie
1977Escape from Bogen CountyPearsonTelevision movie
1978Space ForceCaptain Thomas WoodsTelevision movie
1979Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady TruckersJack LaRosaTelevision movie
1980The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of WinterUnknownTelevision movie
1981Pen ‘n’ Inc.RalphTelevision movie
1981The Perfect WomanKing KorgerTelevision movie
1985Lots of LuckA.J. FoleyTelevision movie
1985The History of White People in AmericaHal HarrisonTelevision movie
1986The History of White People in America: Volume IIHal HarrisonTelevision movie
1988Superman 50th AnniversaryFinn HowardTelevision documentary
1988Merrill Markoe’s Guide to Glamorous LivingHusbandTelevision movie
1989I, Martin Short, Goes HollywoodMan #2 at PartyTelevision movie
1992A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-OutLt. Bob HookstrattenTelevision movie
1994Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never DieReginald CobblesTelevision movie
1994SodbustersClarence GentryTelevision movie
1996Back to BackLoan OfficerTelevision movie
1997steve.oedekerk.comContestantTelevision movie
1997Breast MenTalk Show Host (uncredited)Television movie
1998Contempt of CourtNews AnchorTelevision movie
2000The Pooch and the PauperPresidentTelevision movie
2001When Billie Beat BobbyHoward CosellTelevision movie
2003SpellboundTelevision movie
2003Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island AdventureProfessor DoornitzTelevision movie
2004Frasier: Analyzing the LaughterAnalystTelevision movie
2005Wiener ParkDon ParkTelevision movie
2006Re-AnimatedMilt AppledayTelevision movie
2006Play NiceTelevision movie
2007Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey AdventureThe Boogey Man (voice)Television movie
2009Rent ControlUncle WalterTelevision movie
2010Lilly’s LightMoylinTelevision movie
2011A Valentine’s DatePaulTelevision movie
2011Accidentally in LoveDick BroctonTelevision movie
2011My Future BoyfriendBobTelevision movie
201112 Wishes of ChristmasJack ValoraTelevision movie
2012I, Martin Short, Goes HomeMason MacgillivrayTelevision movie
2013Doin’ It YourselfPhil MilgrimTelevision movie
2014Old SoulHectorTelevision movie
2015The Homeless DetectiveFred WeirdlyTelevision movie


1966Pistols ‘n’ PetticoatsBenEpisode: “Quit Shootin’ Folks”
1966Hey, LandlordDanny SubanskiEpisode: “The Big Fumble”
1968PremiereBowerEpisode: “Operation Greasepaint”
1968Get SmartLundyEpisode: “A Tale of Two Tails”
1970Love, American StyleDouglas Wiley / Shelley NoodlemanEpisode: “Love and the Nuisance”
1971The Barbara McNair ShowThe Ace Trucking CompanyEpisode: “The Five Stairsteps”
1973The Burns and Schreiber Comedy HourRegular
1974The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonProfessor Koffka / Danny2 Episodes
1975The Bob Newhart ShowJohn Emil TobinEpisode: “Tobin’s Back in Town”
1975KarenRitterEpisode: “Whistle Blowing”
1976Good HeavensP.J.Episode: “The Big Break”
1976Laverne & ShirleyMan in Bathroom / Charles2 Episodes
1976-1977Sirota’s CourtH.R. ‘Bud’ Nugent13 Episodes
1977Forever FernwoodJerry HubbardTV Series
1977We’ve Got Each OtherShop OwnerEpisode: “The Collector”
1977TabithaMr. MachoEpisode: “Arrival of Nancy”
1977Fernwood TonightJerry Hubbard44 Episodes
1978America 2-NightJerry Hubbard65 Episodes
1979SweepstakesDonEpisode: “#1.8”
1979Salem’s LotLarry CrockettTV Series
1981-1986The Love BoatNil Logan / Lou / Richard Henderson3 Episodes
1984Mama’s FamilyWillie PottsEpisode: “Mama Buys a Car”
1984SCTV ChannelFred WinstonEpisode: “Stalag SCTV”
1984Trapper John, M.D.K.K. LairdEpisode: “Moonlighting Becomes You”
1984SpencerEpisode: “Unaired Pilot”
1985Faerie Tale TheatrePaulEpisode: “The Three Little Pigs”
1985George Burns Comedy WeekFredEpisode: “Home for Dinner”
1986New Love, American StyleEpisode: “Love and the Lamborghini”
1986Fast TimesGus PantelisEpisode: “Secret Romance”
1987FameCasper WintergreenEpisode: “Ian’s Girl”
1987-1989D.C. FolliesThe Bartender22 Episodes
1988Out of This WorldMilton WylerEpisode: “The Box Is Missing”
1988My Secret IdentityRay BennettEpisode: “For Old Time’s Sake”
1989Not Necessarily the NewsKen2 Episodes
1990Access AmericaHostTV Series
1991Murder, She WroteLt. PhillipsEpisode: “The Taxman Cometh”
1991The Golden GirlsBobEpisode: “Dateline: Miami”
1991Harry and the HendersonsChick FoxEpisode: “Brett Hits Home”
1991NursesCrazy Jim ‘Dr. Robinson’Episode: “Friends and Lovers”
1992Married… with ChildrenStanEpisode: “My Dinner with Anthrax”
1992Dream OnFenton HarleyEpisode: “Up All Night”
1993The Ben Stiller ShowDadEpisode: “At the Beach”
1993The New WKRP in CincinnatiRich BraithwaiteEpisode: “Nancy’s Old Man”
1993The Jackie Thomas ShowHatfield Walker2 Episodes
1994Dave’s WorldBudEpisode: “Just Kidding”
1994-1996Family MattersVice Principal Mallet3 Episodes
1995The MommiesJohnEpisode: “The Dating Pool”
1995Murphy BrownDickEpisode: “Dick and Dottie”
1995-1997RoseanneScott8 Episodes
1996FriendsMr. LipsonEpisode: “The One After the Superbowl: Part 1”
1996Sister, SisterMr. Mitushka3 Episodes
1996CluelessJoe PasadineEpisode: “City Beautification”
1996Saved by the Bell: The New ClassMr. HuffingtonEpisode: “Stealing Screech”
1996-1997Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanPresident Garner3 Episodes
1997Diagnosis MurderHarry FellowsEpisode: “Must Kill TV”
1997Step by StepBert LambertEpisode: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
1997The Weird Al ShowAward Show HostEpisode: “The Competition”
1998The Wayans Bros.Dick FerndaleEpisode: “All in the Family Feud”
1998Sabrina the Teenage WitchBobby CalzoneEpisode: “Rumor Mill”
1998Oh, BabyDr. FosterEpisode: “The Vacation”
1998Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza PlaceFrank FarberEpisode: “Two Guys, a Girl and a Vacation”
1998City GuysMr. BrownEpisode: “A Noble Profession”
1998-1999HerculesVic (Voice)4 Episodes
1998-1999Mad About YouHenry Vincent5 Episodes
1999The SimpsonsWally Kogen (Voice)Episode: “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday”
1999Just Shoot Me!LarryEpisode: “Hostess to Murder”
1999Good vs EvilSam KleinhauseEpisode: “Airplane”
1999Love & MoneyDr. FieldingEpisode: “Make Room for Daddy”
1999-2000Ladies ManLarry Little2 Episodes
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandPa (Voice)3 Episodes
2000The HughleysRichard Jacobson / Applegate2 Episodes
2001BetteJasper PerkinsEpisode: “Big Business”
2001Ally McBealDr. Harold Madison2 Episodes
2001The Fighting FitzgeraldsCutchEpisode: “Blood, Sweat & Fitz”
2001The Downer ChannelMr. McVoid (Voice)Episode: “Pilot”
2001GirlfriendsDr. Percy Bales2 Episodes
2001The Legend of TarzanBaruti (voice)2 Episodes
2001Inside SchwartzDick NewtonEpisode: “The Pinch Hitter”
2001-2002UndeclaredProfessor Duggan2 Episodes
2001-2002Maybe It’s MeJerry Stage22 Episodes
2001-2008King of the HillVarious Characters7 Episodes
2002Dexter’s LaboratoryF.R.E.D. (voice)Episode: “Boy Named Sue/Lab on the Run”
2002Hey Arnold!Sammy Redmond (voice)Episode: “Harold vs. Patty/Rich Guy”
2002Family GuyDave Campbell (voice)2 Episodes
2002Teamo SupremoMr. Paulsen (voice)4 Episodes
2003That ’70s ShowCharlieEpisode: “The Battle of Evermore”
2003Watching EllieFred2 Episodes
2003-2004A Minute with Stan HooperFred Hawkins13 Episodes
2003-2005Everybody Loves RaymondHank MacDougall14 Episodes
2003-2005MADtvDuke Flickman / Gene St. John2 Episodes
2003-2007Kim PossibleJack Hench (voice)3 Episodes
2004The Drew Carey ShowFred TuttleEpisode: “Arrivederci, Italy”
2004-2005The BatmanSpeedway Announcer / Ross Darren (voice)2 Episodes
2004-2005Saturday Night Live‘Bear City’ Narrator (voice, uncredited)5 Episodes
2004-2007The Grim Adventures of Billy & MandyBoogey / Boogie Man (voice)2 Episodes
2005Brandy & Mr. WhiskersDad Howler (voice)Episode: “The Howler Bunny”
2005Tom Goes to the MayorGarry Friendly (voice)Episode: “Vice Mayor”
2006Campus LadiesDoctorEpisode: “Spring Break”
2006Come on OverDr. Fred SillinessEpisode: “Brain Freeze”
2006Fred Willard’s American FestivalsTV Series
2007The Tonight Show with Jay LenoVarious CharactersEpisode: “15.21”
2007Stargate SG-1JacekEpisode: “Family Ties”
2007Slacker CatsNews AnchorEpisode: “Buckley and Eddie Deceased”
2007Odd Job JackNormEpisode: “Jack and the Magic Pencil”
2007-2008Back to YouMarsh McGinley17 Episodes
2007-2009Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Mancierge / Tragg2 Episodes
2007-2010Betsy’s Kindergarten AdventuresBus Driver Bob17 Episodes
2008The BoondocksMr. Joe Petto (voice)Episode: “The S-Word”
2008Handy MannyDwayne Bouffant (voice)Episode: “Valentine’s Day/Mr. Lopart Moves In”
2008Pushing DaisiesThe Great HerrmannEpisode: “Oh Oh Oh… It’s Magic”
2008Worst WeekPaul2 Episodes
2008-2009Transformers: AnimatedSwindle (voice)2 Episodes
2008-2009Free RadioDale Knutson2 Episodes
2009Everybody Hates ChrisPolice OfficerEpisode: “Everybody Hates the Car”
2009Wizards of Waverly PlaceMr. Stuffleby2 Episodes
2009-2010The Midnight ShowDoctor J. Marcus3 Episodes
2009-2020Modern FamilyFrank Dunphy14 Episodes
2010ChuckCraig TurnerEpisode: “Chuck Versus the Role Models”
2010-2011Glory DazeDoctor2 Episodes
2010-2011Funny or Die Presents…Professor / Jeff Baker3 Episodes
2010-2019Jimmy Kimmel Live!Various Characters9 Episodes
2011Retired at 35Peter Dixon2 Episodes
2011Franklin & BashWallace ClaytonEpisode: “She Came Upstairs to Kill Me”
2011VersaillesHoyt7 Episodes
2011The CloserSanta JackEpisode: “You Have the Right to Remain Jolly”
2011In Gayle We TrustPeteEpisode: “Gayle and the Shadow”
2011-2012Easy to AssembleSigvard Thorsten3 Episodes
2012Raising HopeMr. SwiftEpisode: “Mrs. Smartypants”
2012The Life & Times of TimJudd (voice)Episode: “Action Packed Heist/Fall Foliage”
2012RobGeorgeEpisode: “Dad Comes to Visit”
2012Breaking InMarty MannEpisode: “The Legend of Hurley’s Gold”
2012The Cleveland ShowGary (voice)Episode: “Menace II Secret Society”
2012Hot in ClevelandDoctor HillEpisode: “A Box Full of Puppies”
2013Good Luck CharlieHerb PicklerEpisode: “All Fall Down”
2013CommunityAlter-PierceEpisode: “History 101”
2013Family TreeMike Morton3 Episodes
2013Drunk HistoryDeep ThroatEpisode: “Washington D.C.”
2013Horneytown, U.S.A.NarratorEpisode: “Intercourse with Hooker”
2013Good Morning TodayDaniel StutzmanEpisode: “#1.4”
2014You’ll Be FineMark MatthewsEpisode: “The Matthews”
2014Black JesusMr. Jimmy Maxwell, LandlordEpisode: “Love Thy Enemy Part 2”
2014The Birthday BoysArchbishopEpisode: “Getting Preachy”
2014Christmastown USAVoiceTV Series
2014More Christmastown USAVoiceTV Series
2014-2015The Bold and the BeautifulJohn Forrester7 Episodes
2014-2015ReviewJack T. Walthall5 Episodes
2014-2016Comedy Bang! Bang!Merlin / Johnny Truckdaughter2 Episodes
2014-2016TripTankVarious Characters (voice)5 Episodes
2015Kevin from WorkRoger TrousdaleEpisode: “Roommates from Work”
2015Live from Lincoln CenterCap’n Andy HawksEpisode: “Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat”
2016Hungrytown U.S.A.NarratorTV Series
2016The 5th QuarterJerry HymowitzEpisode: “The Farewell”
2016The Odd CoupleFred Langford2 Episodes
2017SuperMansionDean Worthers / Mascot Tryout Judge (voice)Episode: “School Me Once”
2017New GirlBeezusEpisode: “Five Stars for Beezus”
2017Tim and Eric’s Bedtime StoriesDanEpisode: “The Demotion”
2018CorporateBill HathawayEpisode: “The Long Meeting”
2019I Think You Should Leave with Tim RobinsonNew JoeEpisode: “It’s the Cigars You Smoke That Are Going to Give You Cancer”
2019Historical RoastsGodEpisode: “Anne Frank”
2020Space ForceFred Naird10 Episodes

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