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|Fred Willard as Longfellow|
Fred Willard has been recognized as one of our generation's most gifted comic actors. With these praises, and his continuous work over the last four decades, it is no wonder why Willard is known as a "master a of sketch comedy."
Willard is an alumnus of Chicago's Second City and founding member of the classic improv comedy group, the Ace Trucking Company.
His work on the cult-classic, late night talk show, "Fernwood 2Night," with Martin Mull, was recently celebrated at the Museum of Television & Radio.
In fact, this late night talk show is only one of several projects that have led to Willard's cult following, not to mention his role as Lt. Hookstratten in "This is Spinal Tap," and his fifty appearances in original sketches on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Fred Willard has not only established himself as a first-rate television host ("Candid Camera"), but has been busy doing guest work on popular series throughout the 1990s. Willard has played recurring roles on "Roseanne" (as Martin Mull's gay lover), "Mad About You," "Ally McBeal," and "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Most recently, Fred Willard's most critically acclaimed work has been in Christopher Guest's films, "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," and "A Mighty Wind."
His work in "Guffman" earned him an American Comedy Award
nomination and a Screen Actor's Guild nomination for Funniest Supporting
Actor. His scene-stealing portrayal of the babbling commentator in "Best
in Show" won the actor an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting
Actor in a Motion Picture and a Best Supporting Actor Award from the
Boston Society of Film Critics.