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Also Known As: Edward O'Neill Died:
Born: April 12, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Youngstown, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, steelworker, waiter, bellhop, teacher

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He became the grumbling, life-worn antithesis to the sanitized TV dads of the 1980s, with his dysfunctional, ribald on-air family the flagship of a fledgling network called Fox. Playing Al Bundy on "Married...with Children" (Fox, 1987-1997) for 11 seasons, Ed O'Neill made himself perhaps the least likely and least glamorous star in television. Within a few years, "Married... " transformed O'Neill from a New York theater actor with little comedic background into a comic icon of the bleak side of the American Dream. He would remain in demand post-Bundy, often in cop roles such as lead turns on short-lived dramas "Big Apple" (CBS, 2001) and the revised "Dragnet" (ABC, 2003-04). He would make a triumphant return to series television on the single-camera comedy, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ). Though ever imprinted in pop culture as proverbially gruff-but-lovable Al Bundy - he of the hand resting comfortably in his pants - O'Neill would go on to build an impressive body of work as a distinguished, multilayered character actor with an innate capacity to elicit audiences' empathy, no matter the role.

He became the grumbling, life-worn antithesis to the sanitized TV dads of the 1980s, with his dysfunctional, ribald on-air family the flagship of a fledgling network called Fox. Playing Al Bundy on "Married...with Children" (Fox, 1987-1997) for 11 seasons, Ed O'Neill made himself perhaps the least likely and least glamorous star in television. Within a few years, "Married... " transformed O'Neill from a New York theater actor with little comedic background into a comic icon of the bleak side of the American Dream. He would remain in demand post-Bundy, often in cop roles such as lead turns on short-lived dramas "Big Apple" (CBS, 2001) and the revised "Dragnet" (ABC, 2003-04). He would make a triumphant return to series television on the single-camera comedy, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ). Though ever imprinted in pop culture as proverbially gruff-but-lovable Al Bundy - he of the hand resting comfortably in his pants - O'Neill would go on to build an impressive body of work as a distinguished, multilayered character actor with an innate capacity to elicit audiences' empathy, no matter the role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
2.
 I Am Bruce Lee (2012)
3.
 Redbelt (2008)
4.
 Spartan (2004) Burch
5.
 Nobody's Baby (2001) Norman Pinkney
6.
 Lucky Numbers (2000) Dick
7.
 Bone Collector, The (1999) Detective Paulie Sellitto
8.
 Prefontaine (1997) Bill Dellenger
9.
 Spanish Prisoner, The (1997) Fbi Team Leader
10.
 W.E.I.R.D. World (1995) Dr Monochian
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Began acting in high school plays
1969:
Signed by Pittsburgh Steelers as an outside linebacker; released before the start of the regular season
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Starred as Randall P. McMurphy in a local production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
1970:
Taught social studies at Youngstown's Ursuline High School
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Returned to Youngstown State University to take acting classes
1972:
Made feature debut in John Boorman's "Deliverance" as a highway patrolman
1976:
Moved to NYC at age 30
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Made NY stage debut in off-off Broadway production of Rod Serling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
1979:
Cast as understudy for the lead in Broadway production of "Knockout"; took the lead when the original actor abandoned the production
1980:
Appeared as a police detective in William Friedkin's "Cruising"
1980:
Primetime TV debut, the unaired NBC pilot "The Day the Women Got Even"
1983:
TV-movie debut, "When Your Lover Leaves" (NBC)
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Played Lenny in a stage production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge
1986:
Played title role of "Popeye Doyle," the cop portrayed by Gene Hackman in 1971's "The French Connection"; series never produced, but pilot aired as NBC TV movie
1987:
Landed breakthrough role playing sad sack shoe salesman Al Bundy on "Married with Children" (Fox); series co-starred Katey Sagal as Peg Bundy
1989:
Appeared opposite James Belushi in the comedy "K-9"
1991:
Played title character in the John Hughes produced family comedy "Dutch"
1992:
Featured in the comedy film "Wayne's World"
1993:
Returned for the sequel "Wayne's World 2"
1994:
Re-teamed with director William Friedkin to play a sportswriter in "Blue Chips"
1994:
Co-starred with Rick Moranis, as brothers coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams in "Little Giants"
1997:
Played assistant coach Bill Dellinger in "Prefontaine," documenting the life of the long-distance athlete Steve Prefontaine
2000:
Played the king of the trolls in NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"
2001:
Returned to series TV on short-lived CBS crime drama "Big Apple"
2003:
Starred as Sgt. Joe Friday on ABC remake of Jack Webb's classic crime series "L.A. Dragnet"
2004:
Co-starred in political thriller "Spartan," written and directed by David Mamet
2005:
Made a cameo on sitcom "8 Simple Rules" (ABC), playing a former college boyfriend of Katey Sagal's character
2004:
Landed recurring guest role on NBC's "The West Wing" as Eric Baker, the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania
2007:
Cast as retired police officer Bill on HBO's short-lived series "John From Cincinnati"
2009:
Cast as Jay Pritchett, the patriarch whose second wife is the much younger Gloria (Sofia Vergara) on ABC comedy series "Modern Family"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
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Education

Ursuline High School: Youngstown , Ohio -
Ohio University: Athens , Ohio -
Youngstown State University: Youngstown , Ohio -

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wife:
Cathy O'Neill. Dancer, actor. Married in 1986; separated in 1989; reconciled in 1993.

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father:
Edward Philip O'Neill. Steelworker, truck driver.
mother:
Ruth Ann O'Neill. Social worker.

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