PhilPlayed by Ty Burrell
When we first met Phil Dunphy, he let us know he’s the cool dad. That’s his thang. Phil acts like a parent and talks like a peer. He calls it “peerenting.” He’s a fine real estate man with a penchant for creative inventions like the Real Head Scratcher™. Phil is just a big kid at heart which is probably why he’s so in sync with young son Luke.
Phil dotes on his wife, Claire, while also revealing a not-so-subtle affection for his father-in-law’s beautiful wife. Still, Claire is the love of his life. Phil keeps their romance alive by sometimes assuming the identity of smooth-talking speaker salesman Clive Bixby. At the end of the day, family is everything to Phil Dunphy. They’ve given him a lifetime supply of happiness and he’s given them a lifetime supply of laughs and love.
With a range of performances across television, contemporary film, and classic theater, award winning Ty Burrell continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today.
Burrell will next lend his voice to the Disney/Pixar "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory." Ty, opposite Diane Keaton and Ellen DeGeneres, will voice a whale named Bailey. The film is slated for a November 2015 release.
Burrell most recently voiced the lead role of Mr. Peabody' in the DreamWorks Animation 3D feature "Mr Peabody & Sherman," a film based on the classic 1960's cartoon characters that appeared as part of "Rocky and Bullwinkle." The film was released March 7, 2014. He also starred in the recent "Muppets Most Wanted," opposite Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. The film was the follow-up to the 2011 film "The Muppets", and was released on March 21, 2014.
On the big screen, he will next be seen in Craig Johnson's indie film "The Skeleton Twins." The drama, based on a script co-written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, also stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Release is set for September 12, 2014.
Burrell is also currently working with ABC on his new show which he has writer and co-executive produced with his brother, Duncan. Based on the Burrell brothers' childhood, this is a comedy about two city families who buy the only store in a tiny rural community in Oregon. In a world where everyone is overly stressed and reliant on technology, this group works together, without every modern convenience, to make a better life for their family.
Burrell was also seen on the big screen in The Weinstein Company's "Butter," opposite Jennifer Garner, portraying a butter-carving champ who's forced to relinquish his title, leading his wife (Garner) to begin training in the hopes of becoming the new champ. Burrell was also recently seen in Christopher Neil's film "Goats," an adaptation of the coming of age story by Mark Jude Poirie.
His additional film credits include Roger Michel's "Morning Glory," opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; Universal's "The Incredible Hulk" opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler for Louis Leterrier; "National Treasure 2" opposite Nicolas Cage; Steven Shainberg's "Fur" about the life of Diane Arbus; and Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money" opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston.
Other notable film credits include Finn Taylor's romantic comedy "The Darwin Awards," which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; David Jacobson's "Down in the Valley" opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz brothers' "In Good Company"; Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"; "Dawn of the Dead" (Cannes Film Festival); and Ivan Reitman's "Evolution."
Burrell previously starred in the FOX sitcom "Back to You" opposite Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, and the CBS sitcom "Out of Practice" opposite Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler.
On stage, Burrell starred to incredible reviews in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's two-hander play, "Drunk Enough to Say I Love You," at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Burrell's extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include the highly acclaimed Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of "Burn This" opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; starring as Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater's production of "Richard III" opposite Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and starring opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer in Paul Weitz's "Show People," directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.