Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is the Ohio-born actor who played family patriarch Al Bundy. He is known to younger audiences as Jay Pritchett, the head of a multi-generational, multi-ethnic family in ABC-TV's hit series Modern Family, for which he has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards..[1]


O'Neill is primarily known for his role as Al Bundy in Married... with Children, It was the first primetime television series to air on the Fox Network as a midseason replacement, debuting on April 5, 1987 and concluding June 9, 1997.

After "Married...with Children"Edit

During and following the success of Married... with Children, Ed appeared in several movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, and Dutch. He also had small parts in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, and appeared as Relish the Troll King in The 10th Kingdom. O'Neill made a brief appearance on the comedy variety show In Living Color, playing the "Dirty Dozens" champion who defeats the challenger, played by Jamie Foxx. He also made a cameo on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules where he was the ex-boyfriend of ate S. Hennessy (played by Katey Sagal, who portrayed O'Neill's TV wife Peg Bundy on Married with Children). He also appeared in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane with Andrew Dice Clay and in Cruising' with Al Pacino. During the mid 1990s, he had a long string of appearances in commercials for MCI Communications, 1-800-COLLECT.

Law & Order franchise creator Dick Wolf cast Ed as Sgt. Joe Friday in his 2003 remake of Jack Webb's classic TV crime series Dragnet. The series was canceled by ABC in its second season. O'Neill went on to appear as fictional Governor Eric Baker (D-PA), a recurring character on NBC's The West Wing [political-drama series. Baker, a strong candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, assumed the office of the Vice President of the United States under Matt Santos at the end of the series.

O'Neill also played Bill on HBO's television series John From Cincinnati.

In 2008, O'Neill appeared in an advertisement for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama as "Al the Shoesalesman".[2]

In January 2009, O'Neill reunited with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for two episodes of Faustino's show Star-ving.[3] O'Neill also appeared with the entire cast of Married with Children again when they were honored at the 7th Annual TV Land Award show in 2009, presented by Dr. Phil.

"Modern Family" TV series (2009-present)Edit

Since 2009, O'Neill has played the role of Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that earned him Emmy award nominations in 2011 and 2012.[4][5][6]

Official Account Edit


  1. Romero, Frances (September 16, 2011). "Ed O'Neill: From Al Bundy to Jay Pritchett". Top 10 TV Character Chameleons. Time Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  2. Al the Shoesalesman Gets a Tax Cut, YouTube original video
  3. Star-ving: The Complete First Season, starring David Faustino, published by Sony Pictures, in NTSC format, 2009, ASIN B002HMDSOY, accessed March 15, 2012.
  4. Ed O'Neill. Retrieved on March 15, 2012.
  5. Pond, Steve (July 14, 2011). Snubs, surprises and favorites for Emmy gold. Reuters. Retrieved on March 15, 2012.
  6. O'Neil, Tom (September 14, 2011). Finally, Emmy jackpot for Ed O'Neill?. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on March 15, 2012.

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