Ed O'Neill

Actor, Bellhop, Steelworker
He became the grumbling, life-worn antithesis to the sanitized TV dads of the 1980s, with his dysfunctional, ribald on-air family the flagship of a fledgling network called Fox. Playing Al Bundy on "Married...with ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1946 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Modern Family 2009 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Dory 2016 (Movie)

Hank (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Entourage 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

E! Special: Modern Family 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Fish Hooks 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

I Am Bruce Lee 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Litwak (Voice)

In Living Color 1993 - 1994, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Hollywood Producer (Actor)

John from Cincinnati 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

Burch (Actor)

Married... with Children Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Nobody's Baby 2000 (Movie)

Norman Pinkney (Actor)

The Bone Collector 1999 (Movie)

Detective Paulie Sellitto (Actor)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

FBI Team Leader (Actor)

Married... With Children 1986 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

Bill Dellenger (Actor)

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

W.E.I.R.D. World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite "Married" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Little Giants 1994 (Movie)

Kevin O'Shea (Actor)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Glen (Actor)

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

Mikita's Manager, Glen (Actor)

A Very Retail Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

Dutch (Actor)

Funny You Should Ask 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Wilbur (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

Lieutenant Amos (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Disorganized Crime 1989 (Movie)

George Denver (Actor)

Gladiator School 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

K-9 1989 (Movie)

Brannigan (Actor)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

Det. Schreiber (Actor)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

A Winner Never Quits (TV Show)

Actor

Braker (TV Show)

Actor

Farrell For the People (TV Show)

Actor

New Moon (Movie)

Lookout (Actor)

Popeye Doyle (TV Show)

Actor

Right to Die (TV Show)

Actor

Tennessee Johnson (Movie)

Abraham Lincoln (Actor)

The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Women Got Even (TV Show)

Actor

The Whereabouts of Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

When Your Lover Leaves (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

He became the grumbling, life-worn antithesis to the sanitized TV dads of the 1980s, with his dysfunctional, ribald on-air family the flagship of a fledgling network called Fox. Playing Al Bundy on "Married...with Children" (Fox, 1987-1997) for 11 seasons, Ed O'Neill made himself perhaps the least likely and least glamorous star in television. Within a few years, "Married... " transformed O'Neill from a New York theater actor with little comedic background into a comic icon of the bleak side of the American Dream. He would remain in demand post-Bundy, often in cop roles such as lead turns on short-lived dramas "Big Apple" (CBS, 2001) and the revised "Dragnet" (ABC, 2003-04). He would make a triumphant return to series television on the single-camera comedy, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ). Though ever imprinted in pop culture as proverbially gruff-but-lovable Al Bundy - he of the hand resting comfortably in his pants - O'Neill would go on to build an impressive body of work as a distinguished, multilayered character actor with an innate capacity to elicit audiences' empathy, no matter the role.

Relationships

Edward O'Neill

Father

Ruth O'Neill

Mother

Claire O'Neill

Daughter

Sophia O'Neill

Daughter

Catherine Rusoff Actor

Wife
Married in 1986 Separated in 1989 Reconciled in 1993

EDUCATION

Ursuline High School

Youngstown , Ohio

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio
Attended on a football scholarship

Youngstown State University

Youngstown , Ohio
Originally attended on a football scholarship; returned after a hiatus and enrolled in a series of acting classes

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

2009

Cast as Jay Pritchett, the patriarch whose second wife is the much younger Gloria (Sofia Vergara) on ABC comedy series "Modern Family"

2007

Cast as retired police officer Bill on HBO's short-lived series "John From Cincinnati"

2005

Made a cameo on sitcom "8 Simple Rules" (ABC), playing a former college boyfriend of Katey Sagal's character

2004

Landed recurring guest role on NBC's "The West Wing" as Eric Baker, the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania

2004

Co-starred in political thriller "Spartan," written and directed by David Mamet

2003

Starred as Sgt. Joe Friday on ABC remake of Jack Webb's classic crime series "L.A. Dragnet"

2001

Returned to series TV on short-lived CBS crime drama "Big Apple"

2000

Played the king of the trolls in NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"

1997

Played assistant coach Bill Dellinger in "Prefontaine," documenting the life of the long-distance athlete Steve Prefontaine

1994

Re-teamed with director William Friedkin to play a sportswriter in "Blue Chips"

1994

Co-starred with Rick Moranis, as brothers coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams in "Little Giants"

1993

Returned for the sequel "Wayne's World 2"

1992

Featured in the comedy film "Wayne's World"

1991

Played title character in the John Hughes produced family comedy "Dutch"

1989

Appeared opposite James Belushi in the comedy "K-9"

1987

Landed breakthrough role playing sad sack shoe salesman Al Bundy on "Married with Children" (Fox); series co-starred Katey Sagal as Peg Bundy

1986

Played title role of "Popeye Doyle," the cop portrayed by Gene Hackman in 1971's "The French Connection"; series never produced, but pilot aired as NBC TV movie

1983

TV-movie debut, "When Your Lover Leaves" (NBC)

1980

Primetime TV debut, the unaired NBC pilot "The Day the Women Got Even"

1980

Appeared as a police detective in William Friedkin's "Cruising"

1979

Cast as understudy for the lead in Broadway production of "Knockout"; took the lead when the original actor abandoned the production

1976

Moved to NYC at age 30

1972

Made feature debut in John Boorman's "Deliverance" as a highway patrolman

1969

Taught social studies at Youngstown's Ursuline High School

1968

Signed by Pittsburgh Steelers as an outside linebacker; released before the start of the regular season

Starred as Randall P. McMurphy in a local production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

Played Lenny in a stage production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge

Began acting in high school plays

Returned to Youngstown State University to take acting classes

Made NY stage debut in off-off Broadway production of Rod Serling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight"

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