Actor-comedian Fred Willard, best known for his performance in Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family, passed away at the age of 86 on Friday at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes.
“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.” his daughter Hope Willard posted on Twitter.
Willard, who was known for his deadpan cameos, was nominated four times for Emmy Awards — three of them (in 2003, 2004 and 2005) for playing Hank on Everybody Loves Raymond and the fourth in 2010 for his recurring role as Frank Dunphy, the father of Ty Burrell’s Phil Dunphy, on Modern Family.
“There was no man sweeter or funnier. We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits,” Jimmy Kimmel tweeted. And Steve Carell wrote, “Fred Willard was the funniest person that I’ve ever worked with. He was a sweet, wonderful man.”