Jay Pritchett

Played by Ed O'Neill


Jay Pritchett is on the south side of middle age. He’s married to the much younger, much hotter, much more Colombian Gloria. There’s a bit of a cultural clash. Jay is pretty set in his no-nonsense ways. But Gloria is quite fiery and Manny is most passionate. They are forcing Jay to change the way he thinks and embrace new experiences. Well, maybe embrace is too strong of a word. Let’s just say he tolerates things

Jay has already done the dad thing once with Claire and Mitchell. He’s firmly entrenched in Round Two with Manny. The real question is if he’s ready for Round Three now that Gloria is having a baby. We think so. As much as he tries to cover his emotions with his gruff exterior, we can see that family is everything to Jay. They are his greatest achievement in life. The Jay Pritchett sandwich named after him at a local diner comes in a close second.


Ed O’Neill’s starring role as the patriarch on Modern Family has garnered him an Emmy nomination for Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first in his long and accomplished career.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, O’Neill attended Ohio University in Athens, OH, and Youngstown State University. Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was cut in training camp and worked as a social studies teacher before becoming an actor. He has appeared in a number of movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, Dutch, Wayne’s World series and several films for Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter David Mamet: The Spanish Prisoner, Spartan and the indie film Redbelt.

Best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the FOX Network’s long running sitcom, Married... with Children, O’Neill’s other television credits include the reincarnation of Sgt. Joe Friday on Dick Wolf's remake of Dragnet, the recurring role of Baker (D-PA), a potential Vice Presidential candidate on the NBC drama The West Wing, the role of Detective Michael Mooney on David Milch’s CBS series, Big Apple, and most recently that of a retired cop on HBO’s John from Cincinnati, from the creator/producer of NYPD Blue and Deadwood. O’Neill also had stints on Broadway starring in the productions Lakeboat and Keep Your Pantheon.