Movie Biz: Remembering Fred Willard, who was too original, too spontaneous for shtick

At first I wasn’t going to write about Fred Willard, the comic genius who passed away, age 86, over last weekend. After all, he belonged to television more than the movies, with multiple Emmy nominations and recurring roles on hit shows like “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He regularly dropped by late-night talk shows like “The Tonight Show” and “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” And he made guest appearances on seemingly hundreds of series, ranging from “Family Guy”…

At first I wasn’t going to write about Fred Willard, the comic genius who passed away, age 86, over last weekend. After all, he belonged to television more than the movies, with multiple Emmy nominations and recurring roles on hit shows like “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He regularly dropped by late-night talk shows like “The Tonight Show” and “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” And he made guest appearances on seemingly hundreds of series, ranging from “Family Guy”…

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