Jay Pritchett
played by Ed O’Neill
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

SPOUSE: Gloria

CHILDREN: Claire, Mitchell, Manny (stepson), Fulgencio (aka Joe)

Jay Pritchett is the family patriarch on his second marriage to a younger Colombian beauty, Gloria. The union has given Jay a fresh chance at fatherhood with Manny, Gloria’s son, and now their new baby boy, Fulgencio. Claire and Mitchell, his adult children, still haven’t given up on getting him to be the dad they’ve always wanted. Now that he’s got a bit of money and more free time, he’d rather be golfing and taking vacations alone with his knockout wife. But as stubborn, no-nonsense and crotchety as he can sometimes be, the family would much rather have him around and truth be told, he gets a kick out of their company, too.

Ed O’Neill’s starring role as the patriarch on Modern Family has garnered him an Emmy nomination for Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first in his long and accomplished career.

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."