Fred Willard Dead at 86: Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Carell and More Pay Tribute
By Liz Calvario
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Fred Willard will be missed by his family, friends and fans.
The actor's daughter, Hope Mulbarger, confirmed that the Best In Show star died on Friday at the age of 86. Following the news of his death, many celebrities took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the comedian.
Jamie Lee Curtis, whose husband Christopher Guest worked with Willard on multiple films, posted a photo of the late actor on her Instagram, writing a sweet message.
"A fond farewell to Mr. Fred Willard. How lucky we all are that we got to witness his great gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs. You are now with Mary. Home safe," she captioned the pic.
RIP to the legendary #FredWillard. The first time I worked with him ironically it was a table reading for a Drama/comedy play. I was still in The Groundlings in those days. He looked right in my eyes when we had dialogue. Basic but vital acting tip. Oh and funny as f**k💔
Devastated to learn that the great Fred Willard has died. I was honored to have called him a friend. One of the funniest, nicest, sweetest, purest souls I have ever had the privilege to know. He was my hero from Fernwood Tonight when I was a kid. He was never not funny. RIP Fred.
fred willard was one of the funniest people to ever live and shockingly he was also one of the nicest. i was lucky to get to work with him once and experience both of those things up close. RIP to a true legend, a man who deserves to be on the mount rushmore of comedy.
Such a sad day. We’ve lost #FredWillard and he will be missed. He was in our “Aristocrats” and killed. He’ll always be “Fernwood Tonight” to me, inventing modern comedy with #MartinMull. Fred never winked, he played the comedy pure. Genius. Perfect. pic.twitter.com/AZ0IrIrQyA
My absolute favorite. If there was one actor I’ve been dying to work with my whole life, it’s Fred Willard. I’m totally crushed he’s gone. He should’ve won an Oscar for Waiting For Guffman. 💔 https://t.co/tnt0R1DgIT
Nobody funnier than #FredWillard. And when he happened to be in an audience, nobody laughed harder. Just saw him before quarantine & already miss him. He was my biggest fan and I am his. Fred & Mary were so kind to me. Sending a big virtual hug to his family, friends and fans pic.twitter.com/XAIsVzuwEs
Fred Willard is one of my favorite actors of all time. anytime he would pop up on screen it would make me instantly smile and forget about my problems. Thanks for making me laugh and smile when I needed it most. ❤️ Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/KhBiw6TAzo