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Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill
Birth name Edward O'Neill
Born April 12, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Notable Roles Al Bundy in Married... with Children
Jay Pritchett in Modern Family
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Married... with Children Al Bundy 1987–1997 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Big Apple Michael Mooney 2001 1
Dragnet Joe Friday 2003–2004 1 2
John from Cincinnati Bill Jacks 2007 1
Modern Family Jay Pritchett 2009–2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Miami Vice FBI Agent Arthur Lawson (aka Artie Rollins) 1x03 - Heart of Darkness September 28, 1984
Hunter Dan Colson 1x12 - The Garbage Man January 11, 1985
The Equalizer Doctor 1x07 - The Children's Song October 30, 1985
Spenser: For Hire Buddy Almeida 2x02 - Widow's Walk October 4, 1986
Saturday Night Live Himself/Host 15x10 - Ed O'Neill/Harry Connick, Jr. January 13, 1990
Top of the Heap Al Bundy 1x01 - Top of the Heap April 7, 1991
The West Wing Governor Eric Baker 6x07 - A Change Is Gonna Come December 1, 2004
The West Wing Governor Eric Baker 6x08 - In the Room December 8, 2004
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter Matt 3x15 - Old Flame January 14, 2005
The West Wing Governor Eric Baker 6x21 - Things Fall Apart March 30, 2005
The West Wing Governor Eric Baker 6x22 - 2162 Votes April 6, 2005

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Day the Women Got Even Ed December 4, 1980 NBC Thursday Night at the Movies
Farrell for the People Detective Jay Brennan October 18, 1982 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
When Your Lover Leaves Mack Sher October 31, 1983 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Braker Danny Buckner April 28, 1985 The ABC Sunday Night Movie
A Winner Never Quits Whitey Wyshner April 14, 1986 The ABC Monday Night Movie
Popeye Doyle Popeye Doyle September 7, 1986 NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
Right to Die October 12, 1987 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Police Story: Gladiator School Sgt. Stanley Bivens November 5, 1988 Police Story
A Very Retail Christmas Max Crandall December 24, 1990 NBC Special
The Whereabouts of Jenny Jimmy O'Meara January 14, 1991 ABC Monday Night Movie
Nick's Game Ron Hawthorne December 27, 1993
W.E.I.R.D. World Dr. Monochian September 26, 1995 The Fox Tuesday Night Movie

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Oprah Winfrey Show September 29, 2010

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011, 2012, 2013)
Modern Family


  • His father, Edward was a steel mill worker and a truck driver and his mother, Ruth Ann was a homemaker and a social worker
  • Is of Irish descent
  • Attended and graduated from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio
  • In 1969, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker, but was released from the team before the start of the 1969 regular season
  • Attended Ohio University on a football scholarship and transferred to Youngstown State University in his sophomore year
  • Was a social studies teacher at Ursuline High School before fully committing to acting
  • He was a member of the company at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Was almost cast as Sam Malone on Cheers, but the role ended up going to Ted Danson instead
  • Married to actress Catherine Rusoff since 1986; they have two daughters, Claire and Sophia