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Fred Willard to join 'Modern Family' as guest star

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Fred Willard will join ABC’s Modern Family as a guest star, according to Fancast. The 70-year-old actor, best known for his roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, will play the father of the goofy Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) in a holiday-themed episode airing Dec. 9. Willard is the latest among a series of guest stars for the comedy series, including Shelley Long, Edward Norton, Elizabeth Banks, Benjamin Bratt, and Minnie Driver.

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