Fred Willard Collaborator Jennifer Coolidge Remembers Late ‘Comic Genius’

Jennifer Coolidge, who appeared opposite Fred Willard in the revered mockumentary films Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, remembers the late actor as a “comic genius” with a rare gift for improvisation and extreme commitment to his craft. “He had such an innate sense of what funny was, and he was so in tune he could just blindside you,” 

Fred Willard, comedian, writer and actor, dies at 86

Willard’s daughter Hope announced his death in a statement, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”