Ed O'Neill

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  • Ed O'Neill (on his excitement for the show Modern Family) I am. Well, for one thing, for me, I don't exactly consider "Modern Family" a sitcom, because it's single-camera. There's more location, so that's a little bit different, rather than the four camera and the audience and all that. But I'm very excited about the show, and I love the fact that it's an ensemble, and that it's Chris and Steve, whose work I have admired over the years. So I'm happy. I'm very happy about it, you know? I think it's going to be a really fun experience…and, hopefully, a long-lasting one!

  • Ed O'Neill (on realizing that the TV show Modern Family was mockumentary-styled comedy) I didn't, either! Even when I was shooting it, I didn't quite understand what was going on…which sometimes is the best! It always amused me when people ask me questions that…I understand that they don't know what else to ask, because how many questions can you ask an actor? But they ask you questions that are better directed to the producers or the writers. I mean, I don't know what they're doing. I don't know why they're doing it. I'm just along for the ride! (Laughs) But I really like everybody, and everybody is excited. I mean, I don't want too much pressure, because you come out with a show that now they're saying is hot, and there's a lot of heat on it. It's almost as bad as coming out with one that they don't like. But we'll see what happens. I'll show up to work… (Laughs) …and we'll see what we come up with.

  • Ed: I think I 'turn off' women. I've a kind of a weird personality. Women may think that I'm a mess.

  • Ed: When I read the pilot [for Married... with Children], it just reminded me of my Uncle Joe... just a self-deprecating kind of guy. He'd come home from work, and the wife would maybe say 'I ran over the dog this morning in the driveway'. And he would say 'Fine, what's for dinner?

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  • Ed worked as a waiter at O'Neal's Balloon restaurant.

  • In 2004, Ed was reunited with former Married with Children star Katie Sagal in the hit show 8 Simple Rules where he played a former college boyfriend of Sagal.

  • Ed attended college on football scholarships.

  • Ed married wife Cathy in 1986, seperated in 1989 and reconciled in 1993.

  • In 1970, Ed became a social studies teacher.

  • Ed was an award winning member of his school debate team.

  • Ed returned to TV as star of the show Big Apple in 2001 however it was competing in the same time slot as ER and ultimately failed.

  • Ed currently lives in Los Angeles.

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