Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill

140 Fans
Apr. 12th, 1946
Born in
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
6' 1

Ed O'Neill's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Modern Family TV Show
Modern Family
Married ... with Children TV Show
Married ... with Children
The 10th Kingdom TV Show
The 10th Kingdom
John From Cincinnati TV Show
John From Cincinnati
L.A. Dragnet TV Show
L.A. Dragnet
Big Apple TV Show
Big Apple

Main Movie Roles

2008 - Redbelt
2004 - Spartan
2001 - Nobody's Baby
2000 - Lucky Numbers
1999 - The Bone Collector
1997 - Prefontaine
1994 - Blue Chips
1994 - Little Giants
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - Wayne's World
1991 - Dutch
1990 - The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
1989 - K-9
1989 - Disorganized Crime
1980 - Cruising

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Governor Eric Baker D-PA
Al Bundy
Dan Colson
Brock Manley
Artie Rollins
Buddy Almeida
William Partch
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O'Neill was born into an Irish Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio. His mother, Ruth Ann (née Quinlan), was a homemaker and social worker, and his father, Edward Phillip O'Neill, was a steel mill worker and truck driver. O'Neill attended Ursuline High School and won a football scholarship to Ohio University, where he majored in history. O'Neill left Ohio after his sophomore year: he spent more time playing sports and partying than studying and also feuded with his coach. He transferred to Youngstown State University, where he was a defensive lineman.O'Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, but was cut in training camp. Later, on Married... with Children, O'Neill played a former high-school football star who had failed to make it big and constantly reminisced about his "glory days" at Polk High ("I once scored four touchdowns in a single game"). As part of this theme, former Pittsburgh Steelers great and hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw also made two guest appearances on the show. O'Neill was also a social studies teacher at Ursuline High School, before becoming an actor.

  • In 2007 Ed earned his black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu after 15 years of training.
  • Invented the popular sandwich called the "Boone" at the famous Se-port Deli in Setauket, New York.
  • Often plays cops on TV shows or movies. On an episode of _"Married with Children" (1987)_ (qv), he dreamed that he was a detective.
  • Was nearly cast as "Sam Malone" in the TV show _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv); the role went to 'Ted Danson' (qv) instead.
  • Taught Social Studies in Youngstown before acting.
  • O'Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season.
  • Has two young daughters.
  • Plays handball.

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