Fred Willard: “He excelled at playing loudmouths who left audiences howling.”

From the Washington Post and New York Times obits on comic actor Fred Willard:

From Harrison Smith’s obit in the Washington Post:

Fred Willard, a comic actor known for his scene-stealing, heavily improvised work with filmmaker Christopher Guest and his Emmy-nominated appearances on the sitcoms “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died May 15 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. . . .

Mr. Willard was a master at playing ridiculous, slightly smarmy characters prone to rambling monologues. While other performers made a name for themselves as leading men or character actors, he excelled at playing loudmouths — sometimes for just a few minutes in a single scene — who left audiences howling and cast members breaking character.