It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of legendary actor and voice actor Fred Willard, who was 86. Willard was known to many as a comic actor, appearing in countless films and television shows over the course of over six decades. Some of his more notable work includes This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and the Anchorman films, but to us Transformers fans, he will always be known as the chrasimatic, conniving con-artist, Swindle in Transformers Animated. While his Transformers career is extremely limited, he brought a wealth of personality to the character and played a major part in popularizing the Combaticon arms dealer for newer fans at the time, ultimately leading to an attention snowball for the five-man militia.
The TFW team sends its condolences to Mr. Willard’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time of mourning, and wish them strength.