One of the funniest personalities in showbiz has to be comedic actor Fred Willard. Unfortunately, not everyone got to bask in his glory as he passed away on Friday. Long time fans of Willard were saddened by the news but were taken aback when they knew they’ll get to enjoy the legendary actor one last time on television. Willard’s agent revealed that he will be appearing in Netflix’s Space Force––making it Willard’s first posthumous role.
“Fred was one of the busiest comedic actors in a career which lasted over 50 years. He had recently completed his Emmy nominated recurring role on Modern Family and can be seen later this month in his recurring role as Steve Carell’s dad in the Netflix series Space Force,” Willard’s agent Michael Eisenstadt said in an email. “Jimmy Kimmel had Fred recur on his show on an average of every two weeks doing comedic sketches until the stay at home order began. Fred truly enjoyed each role and gave each performance his own special spin. He was truly a comedic genius.”
Scheduled to release on the 29th of May, Space Force gives the Netflix audience a fun time amidst the quarantine period. The series will boast of stars like Steve Carell who will be making his return to TV since the legendary series that is The Office. Alongside Carell are Liza Kudrow, John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow, and Don Lake.
The streaming giant has recently released the very first trailer for the 10-episode series, giving us a pretty good hint of the plot and how it’s going to be delivered. What made it even more special now than it was before is that Willard was shown in a bathrobe, having a conversation with someone on the phone over the Beach Boys’ Kokomo––the soundtrack of the trailer.
Rest in power, Willard! Your legacy will live one.