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Ed O'Neill

Highest Rated:   94% Finding Dory (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% K-9: P.I. (2002)
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Rising to fame as American family man Al Bundy on the lowbrow sitcom Married...With Children, actor Ed O' Neill was the physical embodiment of almost every stereotype leveled at lower-middle-class husbands and fathers. Although many sneered at the bathroom humor and questionable taste of the series (O'Neill himself admitted that he thought the show would be canceled after a mere six episodes), his perfection in the role was undeniably effective -- so much so that it was difficult for him to avoid typecasting despite the versatility he displayed in such features as Prefontaine and The Spanish Prisoner (both 1997). Following graduation from Ursuline High School, the Youngstown, OH, native worked a series of odd jobs before studying theater and history at Ohio University College and, eventually, Youngstown State University. A talented football player, O'Neill was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, though was cut from the team shortly thereafter. His early stage auditions weren't much more encouraging, and between minor theater roles, the acting hopeful returned to his former high school to teach social studies. He continued to dream of becoming an actor, however, so moved to New York in 1977 and studied at the famed Circle in the Square. An early break came when O'Neill, an understudy for the lead role in the Broadway play Knockout, was asked to take the stage when the original actor abandoned the production. Although O'Neill had appeared in a brief (one-line), uncredited role in 1972's Deliverance, he had his first real part as a police detective in the Al Pacino thriller Cruising in 1980. As the decade progressed, O'Neill found steady work in made-for-TV features and occasional television guest appearances. In 1986, his performance in the title role in Popeye Doyle (a real-life character memorably portrayed by Gene Hackman in The French Connection) showed him to be a confident and effective lead. During a stage performance as Lenny in Of Mice and Men in Hartford, CT, an executive from FOX happened to be in the audience. After showing the script of Married...With Children to his wife, O'Neill knew that it was not an opportunity to let pass. He landed the role with ease, and his portrayal of the bumbling Al Bundy not only formed the backbone of the series, but created a caricature of American family life which would only be matched by the likes of Homer Simpson. O'Neill appeared in several feature films during the show's ten-year run, including Dutch (1991), Wayne's World (1992), Blue Chips, and Little Giants (both 1994). As the series drew to a close in 1997, the actor began to venture outside the confines of the Bundy family living room in such unexpectedly dramatic turns as The Spanish Prisoner and The Bone Collector. O'Neill later returned to the small screen in Big Apple (2001) and a 2003 remake of Dragnet, playing policemen in both series.He appeared in the David Mamet thriller Spartan in 2004, and worked with the director again on 2008's Redbelt. He was on the short-lived HBO series John From Cincinnati in 2007. However, in 2009 he scored a major career boost as the patriarch in the ABC sitcom Modern Family. His work on the show earned him an Emmy nomination, something that never happened during his days as Al Bundy.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sun Dogs
  • Actor
2017
94% Finding Dory
  • Hank
$486.3M 2016
33% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
82% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini
  • Actor
2013
86% Wreck-it Ralph
  • Mr. Litwak
$189.5M 2012
67% I Am Bruce Lee
  • Ed O'Neill
2012
68% Redbelt
  • Hollywood Producer
$2.3M 2008
64% Spartan
  • Burch
$4.3M 2004
0% K-9: P.I.
  • Actor
2002
0% Nobody's Baby
  • Norman Pinkney
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Dick
$9.6M 2000
88% The Spanish Prisoner
  • FBI Team Leader
1997
59% Prefontaine
  • Bill Dellinger
1997
40% Little Giants
  • Kevin O'Shea
1994
37% Blue Chips
  • Ed
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Glen, Mikita's Manager
1993
86% Wayne's World
  • Mikita's Manager
1992
14% Dutch
  • Dutch Dooley
1991
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy
  • Actor
1991
22% Sibling Rivalry
  • Wilbur Meany
1990
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Lt. Amos
1990
22% K-9
  • Brannigan
1989
50% Disorganized Crime
  • George Denver
1989
No Score Yet Police Story: Gladiator School
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Popeye Doyle
  • Popeye Doyle
1986
No Score Yet When Your Lover Leaves
  • Mack Shore
1983
67% The Dogs of War
  • Terry
1980
50% Cruising
  • Det. Schreiber
1980
93% Deliverance
  • Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
1972
75% A Place in the Sun
  • Deputy
1951
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945)
  • John the Baptist
1945
No Score Yet New Moon
  • Lookout
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Jay Pritchett
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Gov. Eric Baker Sen. Chris Carrick Gov. Baker
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Troll King
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1990

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