Fred Willard

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Date of Birth: September 18th 1939

 

merican comedian and character actor, known for his improvisational comedy skills.

In a 2006 appearance as a guest critic on the television show Ebert & Roeper, he credited the 1956 movie The Court Jester as inspiring him to become a comedic actor.

Willard achieved wider fame as Martin Mull's impossibly dense sidekick, Jerry Hubbard, on the television shows Fernwood 2Nite, Forever Fernwood, and America 2-Night that parodied the night-time talk shows of the day. Willard also had a short role on Roseanne as Leon (Martin Mull)'s husband. From 2001 to 2002, he played the father of five children on Maybe It's Me.

Willard frequently appears in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, typically as a government official, businessman, or other authority figure named Willard J. Fredericks who is always drinking. He also hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978 (musical guest: Devo) and appeared twice on SNL's rival show MADtv. Two years prior to this, he made a minor appearance in the movie Silver Streak, as a bemused railway station worker.

He was the voice of a clueless companion to a lazy robot (Martin Mull) in one episode of the series Dexter’s Laboratory, and guest-starred on the Adult Swim cartoon, Tom Goes to the Mayor. He acted in the cartoon network movie Re-Animated and played Vala Mal Doran's father in an episode of Stargate SG-1 in 2007. He appeared in an episode of the Adult Swim program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He has also starred as the Boogie Man in an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and reprised his role in the movie Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure And his final appearance of Boogey appeared in Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen. In 2007 he made a guest appearance on the children's TV series Come on Over.

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