Phil Dunphy
played by Ty Burrell
  • Character bio
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SPOUSE: Claire

CHILDREN: Haley, Alex and Luke

Phil Dunphy’s goal in life is to be the cool dad. Unfortunately, sometimes he’s the dorky, embarrassing dad. As goofy as he may seem, Phil always has his heart in the right place. His patience is boundless. He dotes on his never easygoing wife Claire and is constantly trying to bond with his three kids. He desperately wants to be closer to his father-in-law Jay, who has no such desire, while harboring a not-so-secret crush on Jay’s wife Gloria, with whom he shares positivity and a passion for life.

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.