Phil Dunphy

Played 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 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. He built a treehouse for his boy so that he could experience the joys of neighborhood friendships. As it turns out, Phil’s the one who made a new pal with his next door neighbor, Andre.

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 in television, contemporary film and classic theatre, Ty Burrell continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today. Burrell recently received his second Emmy nomination in a row for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, two TCA nominations, as well as nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, the Teen Choice Awards and the Comedy Awards for his role on Modern Family. The series was nominated this year for a total of 17 Emmys.

Burrell has wrapped production on Christopher Neil’s film Goats, an adaptation of a story by Mark Jude Poirier, opposite Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver and Keri Russell. He will also soon be seen in Butter, opposite Jennifer Garner, for the Weinstein Company, playing a butter-carving champ who’s forced to step down. Most recently he was seen in Morning Glory, opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton for Roger Michel. Burrell previously played Dr. Samson in Universal’s The Incredible Hulk, opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler for Louis Leterrier, and was in National Treasure 2, opposite Nicolas Cage. He starred with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. in Steven Shainberg’s FUR, which premiered at the Telluride and Rome Film Festival, and was also in Nicole Holofcener’s Friends with Money, opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston.

Additional films 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.

Television credits include the FOX sitcom Back to You, with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, and CBS’ Out of Practice, opposite Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler.

On the stage, Burrell starred in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s two-hander play, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, opposite Stephen Dillane at the Royal Court Theatre in London. James MacDonald directed the play. Burrell’s extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include starring in the Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of Burn This, opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; playing Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater’s production of Richard III, opposite Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and Paul Weitz’s Show People, opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer, directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.