Ed O'Neill

Mostly Credited As: Ed O'Neill
Sometimes Credited As: Edward O'Neill
Edward O'Neil

Birth Name: Edward O'Neill
Date Of Birth: April 12, 1946 (Age 69)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Youngstown, Ohio
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill is an American actor, and was born on April 12, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio. In a precursor to his most famous acting role, O'Neill played college football at both Ohio University and Youngstown State University. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, but was sadly cut in training camp. Undeterred, O'Neill returned to school, and started down a different road as an actor. He worked in various theater productions before landing his first film role in 1980's 'Cruising.' In the mid-80's, O'Neill booked guest roles on such shows as 'Miami Vice', 'Hunter', 'The Equalizer', and 'Spenser: For Hire.' In 1986, O'Neill played the lead in a TV movie pilot based on the film 'The French' Connection. While his performance earned raves, the show was not picked up to series.

In 1987, O'Neill was cast in what would turn out to be his career defining role. 'Married with Children' was unlike any sitcom ever before seen on television, and the character of Al Bundy was truly a TV dad for the modern age. Al hated his job, he hated his wife's laziness, and he hated his kids' selfish greed. Despite his exaggerated nature, Al Bundy finally gave the common, blue-collar man someone they could relate to on TV. 'Married with Children' became the first hit ever for the fledgling FOX network, and would go on to run for 11 successful seasons.

Unfortunately, O'Neill's type casting as Bundy led to a dry period for his career after 'Married's cancellation. He landed the lead in a 2003 revival of 'Dragnet', but the show didn't take off and was canceled after a single season. He was also a regular on the short-lived HBO series 'John From Cincinnati.' Finally, in 2009, Ed O'Neill hit upon his next great role. He was cast as Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom 'Modern Family', which quickly became one of the most popular shows on television. Still going strong today, 'Family' enters its fifth season this fall.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Modern Family (2009)As: Jay Pritchett
Inseparable (2007)As: Alan
John From Cincinnati (2007)As: Bill Jacks
L.A. Dragnet (2003)As: Lieutenant Joe Friday
Big Apple (2001)As: Det. Mike Mooney
The 10th Kingdom (2000)As: Relish the Troll King
Married ... with Children (1987)As: Al Bundy
Episode Cast Credits 

Tavis Smiley (2004) 
  Nell Bernstein, Ed O'Neill 11x111: (May/27/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Ed O'Neill, Alma Deutscher 11x38: (Oct/30/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Circle (2010) 
  Season 3, Episode 46 03x46: (Mar/20/2012) As Himself, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Penguins of Madagascar (2008) 
  Operation: Antarctica 02x62: (Jan/16/2012) Voiced  Hunter's Dad 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Cast of "Modern Family" 17x05: (Jun/07/2011) As Himself 

Oprah (1986) 
  The Mom Who "Fathered" Her Own Children, Plus the Emmy-Winning Cast of "Modern Family" 25x13: (Sep/29/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Unit (2006) (2006) 
  Silver Star 02x11: (Dec/12/2006) As William Partch 

The West Wing (1999) 
  2162 Votes 06x22: (Apr/06/2005) As Eric Baker, [Special Guest Stars]
  Things Fall Apart 06x21: (Mar/30/2005) As Eric Baker 
  In the Room 06x08: (Dec/08/2004) As Eric Baker 
  A Change Is Gonna Come 06x07: (Dec/01/2004) As Eric Baker 

8 Simple Rules (2002) 
  Old Flame 03x15: (Jan/14/2005) As Matt 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Married With Children 05x36: (Aug/26/2001) As Himself 

In Living Color (1990) 
  Dirty Dozens Tournament of Champions 05x19: (Feb/24/1994) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Late Night With David Letterman (1982) 
  Show #1502 10x74: (Jul/10/1991) As Himself 

Top of the Heap (1991) 
  Top of the Heap 01x01: (Apr/07/1991) As Al Bundy 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Ed O'Neill/Harry Connick, Jr. 15x10: (Jan/13/1990) As Himself (Host) 

Spenser: For Hire (1985) 
  Widow's Walk 02x02: (Oct/04/1986) As Buddy Almeida 

The Equalizer (1985) 
  The Children's Song 01x07: (Oct/30/1985) As Doctor 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  The Garbage Man 01x12: (Jan/11/1985) As Colson 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  Heart of Darkness 01x01: (Sep/28/1984) As FBI Agent Arthur Lawson -aka Artie Rollins 

Twenty Good Years (US) (2006) 
  Between Brock And A Hard Place 01x06: (Unaired) As Brock 

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