The Stars of Modern Family: Then and Now

Ed O’Neill, Season One

Jay Pritchett Season 1
ABC

Ed O’Neill, previously most famous for his role on the hit show Married… With Children, played Jay Pritchett in Modern Family, the rough-but-loveable father to Claire and Mitchell that tried to get it right… but didn’t always succeed.

Ed was excellent at toeing the line and never being too gruff with his kids or family. Gloria helped, and her fire and passion brought out nothing but good things in his character.