Fred Willard - Rotten Tomatoes

Fred Willard

Highest Rated:   96% WALL-E (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
Birthday:  
Birthplace:   Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Born in the Midwest and educated in the military, actor Fred Willard has proven his talent for improvisational comedy on the stage, television, and the big screen. His characters are frequently grinning idiots or exaggerated stereotypes, but Willard's skillful timing has always added a unique spin. An alumni of Second City in Chicago, he's worked with many of the biggest-named comedians of his time. His early TV credits include a regular stint on The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, a supporting part on the sitcom Sirota's Court, and the role of Jerry Hubbard, sidekick of TV talk-show host Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) in the satirical Fernwood 2Night. He went on to appear in subsequent incarnations of Fernwood and continued to work with Mull and his gang for the next few decades. In the early '80s, he hosted the actuality series Real People and co-hosted the talk show Thicke of the Night. Some of his small, yet memorable, performances in feature comedies included President Fogerty in National Lampoon Goes to the Movies; the garage owner in Moving Violations who's mistaken for a doctor; the air force officer in This Is Spinal Tap; and Mayor Deebs in Roxanne. Doing a lot of guest work on television, he was also involved in Martin Mull's The History of White People in America series and was the only human actor amid a cast of puppets on the strange show D.C. Follies. In the '90s, he worked frequently in the various projects of fellow satirists Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and the like. He was travel agent Ron Albertson in Waiting for Guffman, TV announcer Buck Laughlin in Best in Show, and manager Mike LaFontaine in A Mighty Wind. He also appeared in Eugene Levy's Sodbusters, Permanent Midnight with Ben Stiller, and showed up in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. On television, he picked up a regular spots on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Roseanne (as Martin Mull's lover), and Mad About You, along with voice-over work on numerous cartoons. He also received an Emmy nomination for his role as Hank McDougal on Everybody Loves Raymond. Since 2000, he has shown up in quite a few mainstream commercial films, including The Wedding Planner, How High, and American Wedding; but he also played Howard Cosell in the TV movie When Billie Beat Bobby. Projects for 2004 include Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.IHe also joined up with his Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman castmates again in 2006 with For Your Consideration, a satire of Hollywood self importance injected with Willard's trademark clever silliness. The next year he appeared in the spoof Epic Movie, as well as the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman. He was in the Pixar sci-fi film WALL-E, and had a role in the 2009 comedy Youth In Revolt. In 2012 he starred in Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle opposite Morgan Freeman.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
35% Max Rose
  • Jim Clark
$56.9k 2016
7% Fifty Shades of Black
  • Gary
2016
53% Mascots
  • Greg Gammons, Jr.
2016
No Score Yet Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Russell Madness
  • TJ
2015
No Score Yet The Night Before
  • Uncle Ulysses
2015
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Secretary of the Interior
$42.7M 2014
37% Dealing With Idiots
  • Marty
$15.8k 2013
No Score Yet The Birder
  • Park President
2013
30% The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Al Kaiser
$66.9k 2012
No Score Yet Scout's Honor: Badge to the Bone
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Yank
  • Peter Murphy
2012
No Score Yet 12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet My Future Boyfriend
  • Bob
2011
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo!: Legend of the Phantosaur
  • Mr. Hubley
2011
No Score Yet 12 Wishes of Christmas
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Fred & Vinnie
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Accidentally In Love
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Your Love Never Fails
  • Paul
2011
No Score Yet Expecting Mary
  • Jerry Zee
2010
65% Youth in Revolt
  • Mr. Ferguson
$15.2M 2010
No Score Yet Cat Tale
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet imps*
  • Actor
2009
31% Harold
  • Dr. Pratt
2008
96% WALL-E
  • Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO
$223.8M 2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Holyman Undercover
  • Richard
2008
No Score Yet I'll Believe You
  • Mr. Fratus
2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman
  • Marty
2007
No Score Yet Fighting Words
  • Longfellow
2007
No Score Yet Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure
  • Boogey Man
2007
2% Epic Movie
  • Aslo
$39.7M 2007
No Score Yet Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen
  • Santa Claus
2007
No Score Yet Re-Animated
  • Milt Appleday
2006
51% For Your Consideration
  • Chuck Porter
$5.5M 2006
No Score Yet Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
  • Actor
2006
74% Monster House
  • DJ's Dad
$73.7M 2006
69% Ira and Abby
  • Michael Willoughby
2006
18% Church Ball
  • Bishop Linderman
$0.3M 2006
44% Fired!
  • Actor
2006
7% Date Movie
  • Bernie Funkyerdoder
$48.5M 2006
No Score Yet How to Lose Your Lover
  • Actor
2006
17% Lovewrecked
  • Mr. Riley
2006
36% Chicken Little
  • Melvin, Alien Dad
$135.3M 2005
No Score Yet Nutcracker And The Mouse King
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Happy Healthy Monsters
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Ed Harken
2004
74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Dr. Willoughby
$18.3M 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Ed Harken
$84.2M 2004
No Score Yet How to Lose Your Lover
  • Bucky
2004
40% Killer Diller
  • Ned
2004
60% 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure
  • Professor Doornitz
2003
54% American Wedding
  • Harold Flaherty
$104.4M 2003
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Mike LaFontaine
$17.5M 2003
No Score Yet Fighting Words
  • Actor
2003
0% Teddy Bears' Picnic
  • Senato Roger Dickey
2002
27% How High
  • Huntley
$31.2M 2001
No Score Yet Elvis Is Alive
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet When Billie Beat Bobby
  • Howard Cosell
2001
16% The Wedding Planner
  • Basil St. Mosely
$60.0M 2001
95% Best in Show
  • Buck
$16.6M 2000
No Score Yet Chump Change
  • Manager No. 3
2000
No Score Yet Pooch and the Pauper
  • Caldwell
2000
No Score Yet The Year That Trembled
  • Frank Woods
1999
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Mission Commander
1999
16% Idle Hands
  • Dad
1999
58% Permanent Midnight
  • Craig Ziffer
1998
No Score Yet Back to Back
  • Loan Officer
1996
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Ron Albertson
1996
No Score Yet Prehysteria 3
  • Thomas MacGregor
1995
No Score Yet Sodbusters
  • Clarence
1994
No Score Yet High Strung
  • Insurance Salesman
1991
No Score Yet Portrait of a White Marriage
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Martin Mull Live from North Ridgeville, Ohio
  • Actor
1988
89% Roxanne
  • Mayor Deebs
1987
No Score Yet Moving Violations
  • Terrence 'Doc' Williams
1985
No Score Yet Lots of Luck
  • A.J. Foley
1985
No Score Yet Big City Comedy Show
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The History of White People in America
  • Actor
1985
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Lt. Hookstratten
1984
No Score Yet Second City Insanity
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Actor
1980
17% First Family
  • Presidential Assistant Feebleman
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Robert
1980
85% Salem's Lot
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers
  • Jack LaRosa
1979
No Score Yet Americathon
  • Vincent Vanderhoff
1979
60% Fun with Dick and Jane
  • Bob
1977
83% Silver Streak
  • Jerry Jarvis
1976
No Score Yet How to Break Up a Happy Divorce
  • Lance
1976
67% Hustle
  • Interrogator
1975
No Score Yet The Harrad Experiment
  • The Ace Trucking Company
1973
No Score Yet Dynamite Chicken
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy
  • FBI Agent
1970
No Score Yet Jenny
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Model Shop
  • Gas Station Attendant
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% New Girl
2011
  • Beezus
  • 2017
100% Review
2014
  • Jack
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Frank Dunphy
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Fred Langford
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Cap'n Andy
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
76% Family Tree
2013
  • Mike
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Dr. Thomas Hill
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Mr. Swift
  • 2012
11% Rob
2012
  • George
  • 2012
No Score Yet Trust Us With Your Life
2012
  • Host
  • 2012
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Santa Jack
  • 2011
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Hank McPhee
  • 2010
84% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Craig Turner
  • 2010
15% Glory Daze
2010-2011
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Dr. Harold Madison
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1978

Quotes from Fred Willard's Characters