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"Darn it all, we're gonna have to cancel Operation Recolonize. So uh, just stay the course, um... Rather than try and fix this problem, it'll just be easier for everyone to remain in space."

- as Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO from WALL·E (2008)

FRED WILLARD

Fred Willard appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno over 80 times, as both a guest and a participant in a skit.

Fred Willard (born September 18th, 1939) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy and for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap, and the films of Christopher Guest. He is an alumnus of The Second City.

Willard grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and one of his earliest jobs was at The Second City, Chicago, where he shared the stage with Robert Klein and David Steinberg. He was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. They performed sketches on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson over 50 times and appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones.

Willard's film debut was in the 1967 exploitation film Teenage Mother. He also appered on TV in an episodes of Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966) and Get Smart (1968 - pictured below with Don Adams).

Willard achieved wider fame as Martin Mull's sidekick, Jerry Hubbard, on the television shows Fernwood 2 Night, Forever Fernwood, and America 2-Night, which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day (pictured below).

In 1995 Willard reunited with his Fernwood co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull's character Leon Carp, on Roseanne. The couple married in the episode "December Bride," and Scott became a recurring character during the series' final two seasons.

Other TV work includes hundreds of sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, That '70s Show, Real People, Saturday Night Live (as host), Stargate SG-1, Everybody Hates Chris, Castle, Chuck, The Closer, Raising Hope, Trust Us With Your Life, Hot in Cleveland, Drunk History, Married... with Children, Maybe It's Me, The Weird Al Show, The History of White People (again teamed with Martin Mull), and Community. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert Barone's father-in-law, Hank MacDougall. In 2010, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series Modern Family as Phil Dunphy's father, Frank Dunphy.

Willard has made notable apperances in a number of Christopher Guest films, such as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, This Is Spinal Tap and For Your Consideration. For his performance in Waiting for Guffman he received an American Comedy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Funniest Supporting Actor. He received the Boston Film Critics Award, an American Comedy Award, a Sierra Award and a tribute from AFI for his portrayal as Buck Laughlin in Best in Show. He also appeared in American Wedding, and as KVWN news director Ed Harken in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, WALL-E and the film Roxanne starring Steve Martin. He played Tom Osbourne in the 1987 Academy Award–winning short film, Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall.

Willard has also done voice work for Family Guy, King of the Hill, Dexter's Laboratory (with Martin Mull), Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Simpsons, Kim Possible, The Boondocks, Chicken Little, Transformers Animated and Planes: Fire & Rescue amoung others. In 2007 he played Dad in the Academy Award nominated, animated film Monster House.

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