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Ed O'Neill

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Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill1 born April 12, 1946 is an American actor and comedian He is best known for playing Al Bundy on the Fox Network sitcom Married with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes; and playing patriarch Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won four Screen Actors Guild Awards2


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 41 Film
    • 42 Television
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early lifeedit

O'Neill was born into a Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio34 His mother, Ruth Ann née Quinlan, was a homemaker and social worker, and his father, Edward Phillip O'Neill, was a steel mill worker and truck driver5 O'Neill attended Ursuline High School and won a football scholarship to Ohio University, where he majored in history, also having joined the Mu chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity6 O'Neill left Ohio after his sophomore year; he spent more time playing sports and partying than studying6 and also feuded with his coach

He transferred to Youngstown State University YSU, where he was a defensive lineman While an undergraduate, O'Neill pledged Delta Sigma Phi and was initiated into the Delta Sigma chapter there Rumors abound that he was an avid partier5 O'Neill was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 but was cut in training camp457 Later, on Married with Children, O'Neill played a former high-school football star who had failed to make it big and constantly reminisced about his "glory days" at Polk High "I once scored four touchdowns in a single game" As part of this theme, former Pittsburgh Steelers great and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw also made two guest appearances on the show O'Neill was also a substitute social studies teacher at Ursuline High School before becoming an actor5


O'Neill re-enrolled at YSU after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was one of the first students at the school's then new theater program He played Lennie in a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts In 1979, he played a boxer opposite Danny Aiello in the Broadway play Knockout In 1985, O'Neill appeared alongside Jeff Kinsland in a Red Lobster commercial8 and made a brief guest appearance in The Equalizer In 1986, he was cast as the character of NYPD Police Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle for the planned television series Popeye Doyle The Popeye Doyle character originally appeared in the motion picture The French Connection played by Gene Hackman The two-hour made-for-television movie/pilot was filmed and shown on network television O'Neill received good reviews for his performance, and the pilot received good ratings, but the series was not picked up for production

In 1986, O'Neill landed the lead role of Al Bundy in Fox's Married with Children, an American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago5 It was the series that led off the first night of Fox's primetime lineup on April 5, 1987, concluding after 11 seasons on June 9, 1997

During and following the success of Married with Children, O'Neill 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 as the ex-boyfriend of Cate S Hennessy played by Katey Sagal, who portrayed O'Neill's TV wife Peg Bundy on Married with Children He 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 1-800-COLLECT

Law & Order franchise creator Dick Wolf cast O'Neill 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 Governor Eric Baker, a recurring character on NBC's The West Wing 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"9

In January 2009, O'Neill reunited with David Faustino Bud Bundy from Married with Children for two episodes of Faustino's show Star-ving10 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

Since 2009, O'Neill has played the role of Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that earned him three Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013111213 Since 2012, O'Neill has done voice-overs in TV advertisements for the over-the-counter form of Zyrtec,14 along with Walmart's store-branded mobile phone service, Straight Talk

In 2016, O'Neill starred as Hank the Octopus in the highly successful Pixar animated film Finding Dory According to O'Neill, he didn't realize at first that he had a starring role in the film As his voice recording sessions continued and most of his interactions turned out to be with Dory, he finally began to suspect that Hank was a major character in the film15

Personal lifeedit

Since 1986, O'Neill has been married to actress Catherine Rusoff, who appeared in two episodes of Married with Children In 1989, the couple separated but reconciled in 1993 They have two daughters: Sophia, born in 1999, and Claire, born in 1996 The couple currently lives in Los Angeles16

After being introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his friend writer/director John Milius, O'Neill has trained in the martial art for 22 years under the mentoring of Rorion Gracie In December 2007, O'Neill received his black belt1718 In the 2012 TV documentary I Am Bruce Lee, O'Neill states that he considers getting his black belt "the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children"19



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Cruising Detective Schreiber
1980 The Dogs of War Terry
1980 The Day the Women Got Even Ed
1982 Farrell for the People Detective Jay Brennan
1983 When Your Lover Leaves Mack Sher
1986 A Winner Never Quits Whitey Wyshner
1986 The Three Little Pigs Elvis Presley
1987 Right to Die
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School Sergeant Stanley Bivens
1990 A Very Retail Christmas Max Crandall
1989 Disorganized Crime George Denver
1989 K-9 Sergeant Brannigan
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Lieutenant Amos
1990 Sibling Rivalry Wilbur Meany
1991 Dutch Dutch Dooley
1991 The Whereabouts of Jenny Jimmy O'Meara
1992 Wayne's World Glen
1993 Wayne's World 2 Glen
1993 Nick's Game Ron Hawthorne
1994 Blue Chips Ed
1994 Little Giants Kevin O'Shea
1995 WEIRD World Dr Monochian
1997 Prefontaine Bill Dellinger
1997 The Spanish Prisoner FBI team leader
1999 The Bone Collector Detective Paulie Sellitto
2000 Lucky Numbers Dick Simmons
2001 Nobody's Baby Norman Pinkney
2004 Spartan Burch
2005 Steel Valley Congressman Cardone Short film
2008 Redbelt Hollywood producer
2010 Lost Masterpieces of Pornography Chief Justice Renato Corona Short film
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Mr Litwak Voice only
2015 Entourage Himself Cameo
2016 Finding Dory Hank Voice only


Year Title Role Notes
1970 All My Children Unknown episodes
1984 Miami Vice Arthur Lawson / Artie Rollins Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
1985 Moonlighting Taxi driver Episode: "Pilot"
1985 Hunter Dan Colson Episode: "The Garbage Man"
1985 Braker Danny Buckner
1985 The Equalizer Doctor Episode: "The Children's Song"
1985 Spenser: For Hire Buddy Almeida Episode: "Widow's Walk"
1986 Popeye Doyle James "Popeye" Doyle TV Pilot film
1987–1997 Married with Children Al Bundy 259 Episodes
1988 Midnight Caller Hank Episode: "Twelve Gauge"
1990 Saturday Night Live Guest host January 13, 1990
1990 The Earth Day Special Al Bundy
1991 Top of the Heap Al Bundy Episode: "Top of the Heap"
1994 In Living Color Himself Episode: "The Dirty Dozens Tournament of Champions"
2000 The 10th Kingdom Relish the Troll King
2001 Big Apple Detective Michael Mooney 8 episodes
2003–2004 LA Dragnet Lieutenant Joe Friday 22 episodes
2004 In the Game Buzz TV pilot
2004–2005 The West Wing Governor Eric Baker 4 episodes
2005 8 Simple Rules Al Bundy Episode: "Old Flame
2005 In the Game Buzz
2006 Inseparable Alan
2006 Twenty Good Years Brock Manley Episode: "Between Brock and a Hard Place"
2006 The Unit William Partch Episode: "Silver Star"
2007 John from Cincinnati Bill Jacks 10 episodes
2009 WordGirl Panicking Man Uncredited Episode: "The Wrong Side the Law"
2009–present Modern Family Jay Pritchett Main Role
2011 Handy Manny Mayor Thompson Episode: "Great Garage Rescue"
2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Grandpa Episode: "Truth or Daredevil"
2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Hunter's father Episode: "Operation: Antarctica"
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Episode: "Thicke and Tired"
2015 Family Guy Bud Swanson Episode: "Papa Has a Rollin' Son"

Awards and nominationsedit

O'Neill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 30, 20112021

Year Award Category Title Result
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical Married with Children Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical Married with Children Nominated
2009 TV Land Award Innovator Award Married with Children Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Won
2011 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated

See alsoedit

  • List of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners


  1. ^ Ed O'Neill April 3, 2013 Ed O'Neill Interview Part 1 of 3 - EMMYTVLEGENDSORG Interview Beverly Hills, CA: Archive of American Television 
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ Pallante, Sally; Scotty Hanahan; Jim Dunn; Paul Miller; Martin Pallante; Terry Dunn 2004 Irish in Youngstown and the Greater Mahoning Valley Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing p 105 ISBN 0738532185 Retrieved October 7, 2007 
  4. ^ a b "Ed O'Neill: Biography" TV Guide Retrieved January 21, 2011 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Ed O'Neill - Biography" Biographycom A&E Television Networks Retrieved January 21, 2011 
  6. ^ a b Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
  7. ^ "It's Evening in America" Vanity Fair May 2012 Page 156
  8. ^ "Red Lobster Commercial with Ed O'Neil" Retrieved 16 December 2013 
  9. ^ Al the Shoesalesman Gets a Tax Cut on YouTube
  10. ^ Faustino, David 2009 Star-ving: The Complete First Season NTSC Sony Pictures ASIN B002HMDSOY Retrieved March 15, 2012 
  11. ^ "Ed O'Neill" Emmyscom Retrieved March 15, 2012 
  12. ^ Pond, Steve July 14, 2011 "Snubs, surprises and favorites for Emmy gold" Reuters Retrieved March 15, 2012 
  13. ^ O'Neil, Tom September 14, 2011 "Finally, Emmy jackpot for Ed O'Neill" Los Angeles Times Retrieved March 15, 2012 
  14. ^ Other works for Ed O'Neill I imdbcom
  15. ^ Snetiker, Mark 17 June 2016 "Finding Dory: Ed O’Neill didn’t know he was a lead" Retrieved 5 August 2016 
  16. ^ Biographycom
  17. ^ Al Bundy Gets Black Belt on YouTube
  18. ^ "Ed O’Neill Practices Jiu-Jitsu With Billy Bush!" Access Hollywood Retrieved March 15, 2012 
  19. ^ "13 celebrities who fight fat with martial arts" Men's Fitness the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children 
  20. ^ Nededog, Jethro August 30, 2011 "'Modern Family's' Ed O'Neill Gets Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved March 16, 2012 
  21. ^ Oldenburg, Ann August 30, 2011 "Ed O'Neill gets Walk of Fame star" USA Today Retrieved March 16, 2012 

External linksedit

  • Ed O'Neill on Internet Movie Database
  • Ed O'Neill interview video at the Archive of American Television

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