JayPlayed 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 Three now that he and Gloria have welcomed baby Joe. 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.
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Ed O'Neill's starring role as the patriarch on "Modern Family" has garnered him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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."