Ed O'Neill

Highest Rated: 94% Finding Dory (2016)
Lowest Rated: 0% K-9: P.I. (2002)
Birthday: Apr 12, 1946
Birthplace: Not Available
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet Actor 2018
80% 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
87% Wreck-it Ralph Mr. Litwak $189.5M 2012
69% I Am Bruce Lee Ed O'Neill 2012
68% Redbelt Hollywood Producer $2.3M 2008
65% 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
36% Little Giants Kevin O'Shea 1994
37% Blue Chips Ed 1994
61% Wayne's World 2 Glen, Mikita's Manager 1993
84% 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
69% The Dogs of War Terry 1980
52% 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 Tennessee Johnson Lincoln 1942
No Score Yet New Moon Lookout 1940

TV

CREDIT
50% This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
2019
Appearing
  • 2019
83% Weird City
2019
  • 2019
87% Modern Family
2009
Jay Pritchett
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Penguins of Madagascar
2009-2015
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994-2018
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
2010-2012
Voice
  • 2011
50% John From Cincinnati
2007
Bill
  • 2007
84% The Unit
2006-2009
William Partch
  • 2006
No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules
2002-2005
Matt
  • 2005
75% 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 Married...With Children
1987-1997
Al Bundy
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet In Living Color
1990-1994
Performer
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1990
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Artie Rollins
  • 1984
No Score Yet Twenty Good Years
2006
Brock

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