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Born: April 12, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Youngstown, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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