Ed O’Neill is an 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. 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 two Emmy Awards and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Ed 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. 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”.
In January 2009, Ed O’Neill reunited with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for two episodes of Faustino’s show Star-ving. 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, presented by Dr. Phil.
Since 2009, O’Neill has played the role of Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that earned him Emmy award nominations in 2011 and 2012.
How Ed O’Neill Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $40 Million
Birthday: April 12, 1946
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