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Actor Fred Willard arrested for lewd act at adult theater

12:02 PM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
Actor Fred Willard arrives at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's 'The Last 70mm Film Festival' Screening Of 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES -- Actor Fred Willard was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act at an adult theater, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Uniformed officers arrested Willard Wednesday night at the Tiki Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, police told the newspaper. The actor was booked and released on his own recognizance, police Sgt. Chuck Slater told the paper.

While the Los Angeles Times reports Willard's age as 72, TMZ.com says he is 78. A website for his high school, the Kentucky Military Institute, would seem to indicate that 78 is accurate, as it lists Willard as a member of the class of 1951.

According to TMZ, the theater was showing three movies, "Follow Me 2," a XXX parody of "The Client List," and "Step Dad No. 2."

Willard received three Emmy nominations for his role as Ray's brother's father-in-law on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and one for his role on "Modern Family." He is also known for his roles in Christopher Guest films, including "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind."

Willard currently hosts a comedy improv and talk show on ABC, "Trust Us With Your Life."

Internet punsters have been merrily pointing out that Willard is reportedly scheduled to star in a small film ironically titled "The Yank," a romantic comedy set in Ireland.

Comedian Paul Reubens, creator of Pee-wee Herman, was famously arrested in 1991 in an adult theater. CBS stopped airing Reubens' show after the arrest and ensuing controversy, but public sympathy fell heavily with the comic, who received a standing ovation for poking fun at the arrest at that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

(NBC News)

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