Ed O'Neill

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Date of Birth 12 April 1946, Youngstown, Ohio, USA Birth Name Edward O'Neill Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Mini Biography Ed O'Neill is an American actor best known for playing Al Bundy on "Matrimonio con hijos" (1987), the most iconic working class character on TV since Archie Bunker. Upon his debut on the world stage in Youngstown, Ohio on April 12, 1946, he was christened Ed, Jr. Both his father Ed, Sr., a steelworker and truck driver, and his social worker mother, the former Ruth Ann Quinlan, were Irish Americans. A gifted athlete, the 6'1" O'Neil attended Ohio University on a football college, but transferred after his sophomore year to Youngstown State University, where he played as a defensive lineman. In 1969, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was cut in training camp. (Al Bundy was a former high-school football star constantly reminiscing about his "glory days on the high school gridiron. Terry Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, twice appeared on "Married...With Children".) After being cut by the Steelers, O'Neill went back to YSU to join the new theater department. After gradating, he became a social studies teacher at his alma mater, Ursuline High School, before fully committing to acting. He was a member of the company at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the top regional theaters in America. After numerous supporting parts in movies and TVs, he was cast as the New York City detective Popeye Doyle in the 1986 TV movie that was a pilot for a proposed TV series. "Popeye Doyle" was based on the classic policier Contra el imperio de la droga (1971), with O'Neil playing the role originated by Gene Hackman). The TV movie and O'Neil's performance got good reviews, but it was not picked up as a series. A year later, O'Neill was cast as Al Bundy in the sitcom "Married... with Children", which debuted on the then-new Fox Network in April 1987. It ran 12 years, until June 1997, and made O'Neil a star. During the production of "Married... with Children" and after its cancellation, O'Neill appeared in movies, guested on TV shows, and made TV commercials. The second iconic fictional cop role that O'Neill took over was Sgt. Joe Friday in his 2003 remake of Jack Webb's classic TV crime series "Dragnet" (2003), which appeared on ABC. The network canceled the show during its second season. Since 2009, O'Neill has played Jay Pritchett on the ABC's sitcom "Modern Family" (2009), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. Since 1986, O'Neil has been married to actress Catherine Rusoff. They have two daughters, Claire and Sophia. Spouse Catherine Rusoff (1986 - present) 2 children Trade Mark Frequently plays ordinary working class family men Sarcastic world weary sense of humour Trivia Was nearly cast as "Sam Malone" in the TV show "Cheers" (1982); the role went to Ted Danson instead. Taught Social Studies in Youngstown before acting. Expected "Matrimonio con hijos" (1987) to be canceled within the first 6 episodes. Was considered for the role of patriarch "Steven Keaton" in "Enredos de familia" (1982); the role went to Michael Gross instead. He graduated from Ursuline High School Often plays cops on TV shows or movies. On an episode of "Matrimonio con hijos" (1987), he dreamed that he was a detective. Learned (and still practices) Brazilian Ju-Jitsu from the famous Gracie family. The first actor from Fox to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) in 1990; three years later his "Matrimonio con hijos" (1987) co-star, Christina Applegate hosted the show. Invented the popular sandwich called the "Boone" at the famous Se-port Deli in Setauket, New York. Plays handball. Has two young daughters. In 2007 Ed earned his black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu after 15 years of training. O'Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season. Lives in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California. Irish-American. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 30, 2011. Was joined by his TV wives, Katey Sagal and Sofía Vergara, and his real-life wife, Catherine Rusoff.

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Dutch

Dutch Dooley

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Little Giants

Kevin O'Shea

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K-9

Brannigan

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Lucky Numbers

Dick Simmons

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Prefontaine

Bill Dellinger

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Finding Dory: Marine Life Interviews

Hank (voice) (uncredited)

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The Last Shift

Dale

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Popeye Doyle

Popeye Doyle

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Blue Chips

Ed

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Finding Dory

Hank (voice)

Starring In
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The Last Shift

Dale

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Mr. Litwak (voice)

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Sun Dogs

Bob Garrity

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Finding Dory

Hank (voice)

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Finding Dory: Marine Life Interviews

Hank (voice) (uncredited)

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Entourage

Ed O'Neill

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Milius

Himself

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Wreck-It Ralph

Mr. Litwak (voice)

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Redbelt

Man Speaking to Jerry in Restaurant (uncredited)

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Spartan

Burch

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Playboy - The Ultimate Pamela Anderson

Himself (archive footage)

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Nobody's Baby

Norman Pinkney

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Lucky Numbers

Dick Simmons

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The Bone Collector

Detective Paulie Sellitto

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The Spanish Prisoner

FBI Team Leader

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Prefontaine

Bill Dellinger

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Little Giants

Kevin O'Shea

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Blue Chips

Ed

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Wayne's World 2

Glen, Mikita's Manager

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Wayne's World

Mikita's Manager, Glen

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Dutch

Dutch Dooley

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Sibling Rivalry

Wilbur Meany

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The Earth Day Special

Al Bundy

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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Lt. Amos

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K-9

Brannigan

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Disorganized Crime

George Denver

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Popeye Doyle

Popeye Doyle

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The Dogs of War

Terry

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Cruising

Det. Schreiber (as Edward O'Neil)

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A Place in the Sun

Deputy (uncredited)

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An American Romance

Brakeman (uncredited)

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Gold Rush Maisie

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