Pat O'Neal

played by Jay Ferguson
Character Biography

A cop with the Chicago Police Department, Pat is just a regular guy who loves his city, the Bears, and his family — not necessarily in that order. He is a devoted father to Jimmy, Kenny, and Shannon, if not at times an inept one, having once brought his kids to visit a gruesome crash site to teach them not to drink and drive. After eighteen years as Eileen's affable, compliant husband, their separation leaves him a little less than prepared to handle life on his own as a single guy. Now that he's suddenly independent, Pat's going to have to learn to make his own decisions about things, whether that's how to raise his kids, or how to buy furniture for himself. The good news is that if Pat ever needs Eileen's help, he only has to take a short trip upstairs from his "divorce apartment," also known as the basement, where she will be only too happy to weigh in with her opinions.  

MEET THE CASTEileen O'Neal | Pat O'Neal | Kenny O'Neal | Jimmy O'Neal | Shannon O'Neal | Jodi O'Neal

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Actor Biography

A native of Dallas, Texas, Jay Ferguson moved to Los Angeles and embarked on his acting career at age 14 when cast in the role of Ponyboy in the series adaptation of the feature The Outsiders, and has been working steadily in television, film and stage ever since.

Jay was last seen in the acclaimed AMC series Mad Men in the series regular role of Stan Rizzo, for which he received a SAG nomination.

Ferguson's feature credits include a lead role opposite Zac Efron in the The Lucky One, based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel by Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks, Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me and John Singleton's Higher Learning. His extensive television credits include series regular roles on Sleeper Cell, Surface, Easy Money and Evening Shade, as well as guest or recurring appearances on Ray Donovan, Castle, Judging Amy and Weeds.

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