OK, it may be totally gross, but I felt a wave of sympathy for Fred Willard with this story. You may recognize Willard as one the dudes in all of those comedy films, or as “Ty Burrell’s dad on Modern Family” or as one of many talented comedic actors who consistently show up in Christopher Guest’s films. Here’s Fred Willard’s IMDB page – he’s a beloved character actor who shows up in tons of films and television shows. He’s also 72 YEARS OLD. So, with all of that in mind, don’t you think the dude should be able to jerk it in a p0rn0 theater without being hassled by the fuzz? (Note: TMZ originally identified Fred as “78″ years old, but he’s really 72.)
Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater … TMZ has learned.
According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 72 [sic]-year-old “Anchorman” star watching last night’s feature … with his penis exposed and in his hand — aka, pulling a Pee-wee Herman.
We’re told Willard was arrested around 8:45PM and booked for lewd conduct.
It was a quick release — we’re told he was out of police custody a short while later.
Willard is best known for his memorable roles in “Best in Show”, “For Your Consideration”, “American Wedding” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
According to IMDB, Fred is “rumored” to be in pre-production for a movie entitled … “The Yank.”
“It was a quick release” – GROSS. Seriously, though – it’s not like this guy was exposing himself to children or something. He was in an adult-movie theater – I didn’t even know those things still exist. CB wondered why Fred doesn’t just watch p0rn at home, on the computer, like everyone else. I don’t have an answer… maybe he doesn’t know how to watch p0rn on the internet? Or maybe this is all some kind of misunderstanding and he really was doing research for a film? Whatever it was, I feel bad for the old guy. He should be able to yank it in peace. Oh, and I doubt this will be a PeeWee Herman situation, where Willard’s career will be damaged by this incident. For one thing, everyone loves Fred Willard and if Christopher Guest will still work him, so will everyone else. Plus… he’s 72 YEARS OLD.
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