Began acting in high school plays
Signed by Pittsburgh Steelers as an outside linebacker; released before the start of the regular season
Starred as Randall P. McMurphy in a local production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Taught social studies at Youngstown's Ursuline High School
Returned to Youngstown State University to take acting classes
Made feature debut in John Boorman's "Deliverance" as a highway patrolman
Moved to NYC at age 30
Made NY stage debut in off-off Broadway production of Rod Serling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
Cast as understudy for the lead in Broadway production of "Knockout"; took the lead when the original actor abandoned the production
Appeared as a police detective in William Friedkin's "Cruising"
Primetime TV debut, the unaired NBC pilot "The Day the Women Got Even"
TV-movie debut, "When Your Lover Leaves" (NBC)
Played Lenny in a stage production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge
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
Landed breakthrough role playing sad sack shoe salesman Al Bundy on "Married with Children" (Fox); series co-starred Katey Sagal as Peg Bundy
Appeared opposite James Belushi in the comedy "K-9"
Played title character in the John Hughes produced family comedy "Dutch"
Featured in the comedy film "Wayne's World"
Returned for the sequel "Wayne's World 2"
Re-teamed with director William Friedkin to play a sportswriter in "Blue Chips"
Co-starred with Rick Moranis, as brothers coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams in "Little Giants"
Played assistant coach Bill Dellinger in "Prefontaine," documenting the life of the long-distance athlete Steve Prefontaine
Played the king of the trolls in NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"
Returned to series TV on short-lived CBS crime drama "Big Apple"
Starred as Sgt. Joe Friday on ABC remake of Jack Webb's classic crime series "L.A. Dragnet"
Co-starred in political thriller "Spartan," written and directed by David Mamet
Made a cameo on sitcom "8 Simple Rules" (ABC), playing a former college boyfriend of Katey Sagal's character
Landed recurring guest role on NBC's "The West Wing" as Eric Baker, the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania
Cast as retired police officer Bill on HBO's short-lived series "John From Cincinnati"
Cast as Jay Pritchett, the patriarch whose second wife is the much younger Gloria (Sofia Vergara) on ABC comedy series "Modern Family"
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series