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Comic Genius, B&B Guest Star & Daytime Emmy Winner, Fred Willard Dead At 86

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Sad news to report this Saturday.  Fred Willard, the comedic actor who was so adept at improv and playing clueless characters has died at the age of 86.

Willard passed away Friday night of natural causes, according to his agent.  The comic’s daughter, Hope said of his passing, that Willard died, “Very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

From his work on Fernwood 2 Night, (the Normal Lear talk-show spin-off of the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) Everybody Loves Raymond. Modern Family, and as a member of the acting ensemble in all the great Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including “Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Spinal Tap”, Willard left behind a huge body of work.

Having appeared in numerous TV series and film’s over his colorful career, he also landed a recurring guest-star role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful as John McCook’s (Eric Forrester) on-screen brother, John Forrester.

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Willard first appeared in 2014 and last appeared on the series at the end of June 2015, and we learned that John was the father of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). John took a liking to Pam (Alley Mills) and set up a dog show for her to pick a new dog, but Pam couldn’t choose one, in a nod to “Best in Show”.

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In 2015, Willard won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series having tied with GH’s Donna Mills (Ex-Madeline) and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ex-Ian).

In a tweet on the news of Willard’s passing, John McCook shared: “Fred Willard was a brother to Eric Forrester on B&B.. I should have been so blessed. RIP.”

Share your remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard via the comment section; but first watch our interview with Fred, immediately after he won his Daytime Emmy below.

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I still watch Raymond…now all three sets of in-laws on that show are deceased…just lost Jerry Stiller who played the in-law on Raymond spinoff King Of Queens…also seen Fred on Mary Hartman and many other shows…

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I thought he was especially funny on the old Rosanne show. Also too many others to count. A very special man. R.I.P

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Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

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The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The online virtual reunion will happen next Thursday, August 13th at 2 pm. EST/11 am PST.

Joining Alan will be: Alice Barrett Mitchell (Frankie Frame / Anne O’Donnell), Kale Brown (Michael Hudson), Alicia Coppola (Lorna Devon), Anna Stuart (Donna Love)  and Christine Tucci (Amanda Cory Harrison).

To log on see the live event click here.

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The women will all be part of a special Guiding Light reunion on Wednesday, August 12th beginning at 3:00PM EST/12 PM PST

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