Birth Name: Fred Willard
Birth Place: Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Born on Sept. 18, 1938 in Shaker Heights, OH, Willard was an athletic teen who groomed himself for a career in the military, spending most of his high school years at the Kentucky Military Institute, before going on to graduate in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute. After two years of service in the U.S. Army, Willard was ready for a lifestyle change, so began pursuing a career as a comic actor. He moved to New York City to study acting and while there, formed a comedy team with actor Vic Greco. The duo achieved enough positive word-of-mouth that they were booked on the famed "Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971) and Steve Allen's syndicated talk show...
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