Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill 2010.jpg
Ed O'Neill on August 1, 2010
BornEdward Leonard O'Neill
(1946-04-12) April 12, 1946 (age 67)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Rusoff (m. 1986)
Children2
 
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Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill 2010.jpg
Ed O'Neill on August 1, 2010
BornEdward Leonard O'Neill
(1946-04-12) April 12, 1946 (age 67)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Rusoff (m. 1986)
Children2

Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill[1] (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the Fox TV Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes.[2] Since 2009, O'Neill has been playing patriarch Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Early life[edit]

O'Neill was born into an Irish Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio.[3][4] His mother, Ruth Ann (née Quinlan), was a homemaker and social worker, and his father, Edward Phillip O'Neill, was a steel mill worker and truck driver.[5] O'Neill attended Ursuline High School and won a football scholarship to Ohio University, where he majored in history.[6] O'Neill left Ohio after his sophomore year: he spent more time playing sports and partying than studying[6] and also feuded with his coach. He transferred to Youngstown State University, where he was a defensive lineman.[5] O'Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, but was cut in training camp.[4][5][7] Later, on Married... with Children, O'Neill played a former high-school football star who had failed to make it big and constantly reminisced about his "glory days" at Polk High ("I once scored four touchdowns in a single game"). As part of this theme, former Pittsburgh Steelers great and hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw also made two guest appearances on the show. O'Neill was also a social studies teacher at Ursuline High School, before becoming an actor.[5]

Career[edit]

O'Neill reenrolled at YSU after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was one of the first students at the school's then new theatre program. He played Lennie in a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1985, O'Neill appeared alongside Jeff Kinsland in a Red Lobster commercial[8] and made a brief guest appearance in The Equalizer. In 1986, he was cast as the character of NYPD Police Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle for the planned television series Popeye Doyle. The Popeye Doyle character originally appeared in the motion picture The French Connection (played by Gene Hackman). The two-hour made-for-television movie/pilot was filmed and shown on network television. O'Neill received good reviews for his performance, and the pilot received good ratings, but the series was not picked up for production.

O'Neill is primarily known for playing the lead role of Al Bundy in Married... with Children, a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago.[5] It was the first primetime television series to air on the Fox Network as a midseason replacement, debuting on April 5, 1987 and concluding June 9, 1997.

During and following the success of Married... with Children, O'Neill appeared in several movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, and Dutch. He also had small parts in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, and appeared as Relish the Troll King in The 10th Kingdom. O'Neill made a brief appearance on the comedy variety show In Living Color, playing the "Dirty Dozens" champion who defeats the challenger, played by Jamie Foxx. He also made a cameo on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules where he was the ex-boyfriend of Cate S. Hennessy (played by Katey Sagal, who portrayed O'Neill's TV wife Peg Bundy on Married with Children). He also appeared in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane with Andrew Dice Clay and in Cruising with Al Pacino. During the mid-1990s, he had a long string of appearances in commercials for 1-800-COLLECT.

Law & Order franchise creator Dick Wolf cast O'Neill as Sgt. Joe Friday in his 2003 remake of Jack Webb's classic TV crime series Dragnet. The series was canceled by ABC in its second season. O'Neill went on to appear as Governor Eric Baker (D-PA), a recurring character on NBC's The West Wing. Baker, a strong candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, assumed the office of the Vice President under Matt Santos at the end of the series.

O'Neill also played Bill on HBO's television series John From Cincinnati.

In 2008, O'Neill appeared in an advertisement for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama as "Al the Shoesalesman".[9]

In January 2009, O'Neill reunited with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for two episodes of Faustino's show Star-ving.[10] O'Neill also appeared with the entire cast of Married with Children again when they were honored at the 7th Annual TV Land Award show in 2009.

Since 2009, O'Neill has played the role of Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that earned him three Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013.[11][12][13]

Starting in winter 2012, O'Neill has lent his voice to TV advertisements for allergy pill Zyrtec.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Ed O'Neill
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight247 lb (112 kg; 17 st 9 lb)
TrainerRorion Gracie
Rank     Black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Rorion Gracie
Years active1991–present

Since 1986 O'Neill has been married to actress Catherine Rusoff, who appeared in two episodes of Married... with Children. In 1989, the couple separated but reconciled in 1993. They have two daughters: Claire, born in 1996, and Sophia, born in 1999. The couple currently lives in Los Angeles.[15]

After being introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his friend writer/director John Milius, O'Neill has trained in the martial art for 22 years under the mentoring of Rorion Gracie. In December 2007, O'Neill received his black belt.[16][17] In the 2011 TV documentary I Am Bruce Lee, O'Neill states that he considers getting his black belt "the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children."

Awards[edit]

O'Neill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 30, 2011.[18][19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980CruisingDetective Schreiber
1980The Dogs of WarTerry
1980The Day the Women Got EvenEd
1982Farrell for the PeopleDetective Jay Brennan
1983When Your Lover LeavesMack Sher
1986A Winner Never QuitsWhitey Wyshner
1986The Three Little Pigs[Elvis Presley]
1987Right to Die
1988Police Story: Gladiator SchoolSergeant Stanley Bivens
1990A Very Retail ChristmasMax Crandall
1989Disorganized CrimeGeorge Denver
1989K-9Sergeant Brannigan
1990The Adventures of Ford FairlaneLieutenant Amos
1990Sibling RivalryWilbur Meany
1991DutchDutch Dooley
1991The Whereabouts of JennyJimmy O'Meara
1992Wayne's WorldGlen
1993Wayne's World 2Glen
1993Nick's GameRon Hawthorne
1994Blue ChipsEd
1994Little GiantsKevin O'Shea
1995W.E.I.R.D. WorldDr. Monochian
1997PrefontaineBill Dellinger
1997The Spanish PrisonerFBI team leader
1999The Bone CollectorDetective Paulie Sellitto
2000Lucky NumbersDick Simmons
2001Nobody's BabyNorman Pinkney
2004SpartanBurch
2005Steel ValleyCongressman CardoneShort film
2008RedbeltHollywood producer
2012Wreck-It RalphMr. LitwakVoice only

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970All My ChildrenUnknown episodes
1984Miami ViceArthur Lawson / Artie RollinsEpisode: "Heart of Darkness"
1985HunterDan ColsonEpisode: "The Garbage Man"
1985BrakerDanny Buckner
1985The EqualizerDoctorEpisode: "The Children's Song"
1985Spenser: For HireBuddy AlmeidaEpisode: "Widow's Walk"
1987–1997Married... with ChildrenAl Bundy259 Episodes
1988Midnight CallerHankEpisode: "Twelve Gauge"
1990Saturday Night LiveGuest hostJanuary 13, 1990
1990The Earth Day SpecialAl Bundy
1991Top of the HeapAl BundyEpisode: "Top of the Heap"
1994In Living ColorHimselfEpisode: "The Dirty Dozens Tournament of Champions"
2000The 10th KingdomRelish the Troll King
2001Big AppleDetective Michael Mooney8 episodes
2003–2004L.A. DragnetLieutenant Joe Friday22 episodes
2004In the GameBuzz
2004The West WingGovernor Eric Baker
20058 Simple RulesMattEpisode: "Old Flame"
2005In the GameBuzz
2005The West WingGovernor Eric Baker
2006InseparableAlan
2006Twenty Good YearsBrock ManleyEpisode: "Between Brock and a Hard Place"
2006The UnitWilliam PartchEpisode: "Silver Star"
2007John from CincinnatiBill Jacks10 episodes
2009–presentModern FamilyJay PritchettLead Role
104 episodes
2011Handy MannyMayor ThompsonEpisode: "Great Garage Rescue"
2011Kick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilGrandpaEpisode: "Truth or Daredevil"
2012The Penguins of MadagascarHunter's fatherEpisode: "Operation: Antarctica"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitleResult
1992Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy/MusicalMarried...with ChildrenNominated
1993Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy/MusicalMarried...with ChildrenNominated
2009TV Land AwardInnovator AwardMarried...with ChildrenWon
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2011Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2011Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyWon
2011Golden NymphOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2011Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyWon
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyWon
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyNominated
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesModern FamilyWon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ed O'Neill (April 3, 2013). Ed O'Neill Interview Part 1 of 3 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG (Interview). Beverly Hills, CA: Archive of American Television. 
  2. ^ Romero, Frances (September 16, 2011). "Ed O'Neill: From Al Bundy to Jay Pritchett". Top 10 TV Character Chameleons. Time Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Pallante, Sally; Scotty Hanahan, Jim Dunn, Paul Miller, Martin Pallante, Terry Dunn (2004). Irish in Youngstown and the Greater Mahoning Valley. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 0738532185. Retrieved October 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Ed O'Neill: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Ed O'Neill Biography". Biography.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
  7. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 156.
  8. ^ "Red Lobster Commercial with Ed O'Neil". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Al the Shoesalesman Gets a Tax Cut on YouTube
  10. ^ Faustino, David (2009). Star-ving: The Complete First Season (NTSC). Sony Pictures. ASIN B002HMDSOY. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ed O'Neill". Emmys.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Pond, Steve (July 14, 2011). "Snubs, surprises and favorites for Emmy gold". Reuters. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ O'Neil, Tom (September 14, 2011). "Finally, Emmy jackpot for Ed O'Neill?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Other works for Ed O'Neill (I). imdb.com
  15. ^ http://www.biography.com/people/ed-oneill-575134?page=3
  16. ^ Al Bundy Gets Black Belt on YouTube
  17. ^ "Ed O’Neill Practices Jiu-Jitsu With Billy Bush!". Access Hollywood. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ Nededog, Jethro (August 30, 2011). "'Modern Family's' Ed O'Neill Gets Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (August 30, 2011). "Ed O'Neill gets Walk of Fame star". USA Today. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 

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