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.
This fall, Burrell will reprise his starring role as Phil Dunphy on the tenth season of ABC's critically acclaimed hit Modern Family. Burrell won the Emmy® Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' in 2014 and 2011 and has been nominated three other times in the same category. In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series' and has been nominated four other times. In 2013, Burrell won the Monte Carlo International Television Festival Award in the category of 'Best Comedic Actor'. In 2012 he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for the 'Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' and Comedy Central honored Burrell with the 2012 Comedy Award in the category of 'Performance by An Actor – TV'. Burrell also shared the TCA Award with Nick Offerman for 'Individual Achievement in Comedy' in August 2012. He has garnered other notable nominations from the Teen Choice Awards, the Television Critics Association Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the American Comedy Awards and the Kids' Choice Awards, all for his role on the series. "Modern Family" itself won 'Best Comedy' at the Emmy® Awards five years in a row as well as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® for 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series' in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
On the big screen, Burrell has lent his voice to the Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Ty, opposite Diane Keaton, Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O'Neill, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, and Kaitlin Olson will voice a whale named Bailey.
Burrell was most seen in Craig Johnson's indie film The Skeleton Twins. The drama, based on a script co-written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, also starred Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and the film was released in September 2014. Earlier that same year, Burrell 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. 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. Both films were released in March of 2014.
In 2014, Burrell signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the acclaimed comedy series, Modern Family. Under the pact, Burrell will co-create and write comedy projects as well as develop shows from other writers. The deal is strictly for writing and producing as he continues to be exclusive to Modern Family for acting.
His additional film credits include The Weinstein Company's Butter opposite Jennifer Garner; Christopher Neil's film Goats; 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; Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston; Finn Taylor's romantic comedy The Darwin Awards; 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; and Ivan Reitman's Evolution.
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.