- Associated Press - Thursday, July 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Fred Willard, perhaps best known as a dog-show announcer in the movie “Best in Show,” was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing a lewd act at a Hollywood adult theater.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Mark Ro said uniformed vice officers were conducting a routine investigation of the theater shortly before 9 p.m. and saw Mr. Willard engaging in a lewd act.

He said Mr. Willard appeared to be alone.

The 72-year-old actor was booked at the Hollywood police station on suspicion of committing a lewd act in public. Sgt. Ro said Mr. Willard was released after midnight without posting bail.

A call to Mr. Willard’s agent, Mike Eisenstadt, seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned Thursday morning.

Mr. Willard was nominated four times for Emmys for guest roles on TV’s “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In Pixar’s 2008’s hit “WALL-E,” he played Shelby Forthright, the CEO of a ubiquitous big-box chain called Buy’n’Large.

In addition to “Best in Show,” Mr. Willard also has appeared in other Christopher Guest mockumentary films, including “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Waiting for Guffman.”