Sep. 23, 2009
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30 min.
ABC TV Network

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Jay Pritchett

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Ed O'NeillEd O'Neill
O'Neill was born into an Irish Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio. His mother, Ruth Ann (née Quinlan), ...

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Jay Pritchett is the patriarch of the family and father of Claire and Mitchell, who is on the south side of middle age. He is married to Gloria and a stepfather to Manny; he is much older than Gloria and has been mistaken for her father more than once. At times there is a cultural clash between him and his wife and stepson because of their strong Colombian heritage. Most of the time, Jay manages to tolerate Manny's sensitivity and Gloria's attitude. Although he usually acts tough, he values all of his extended family members. On occasion, Jay enjoys traditionally manly hobbies such as watching football (Jay used to be a quarterback in college) and constructing model airplanes.

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05x12 - Under Pressure
Season 5, Episode 12
07x14 - The Storm
Season 7, Episode 14
01x23 - Hawaii
Season 1, Episode 23
03x09 - Punkin Chunkin
Season 3, Episode 09
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Jay Pritchett Quotes

08x04 - Weathering Heights Season 8 / Episode 4: - Weathering Heights

Manny Delgado: Well, I finished the video for my Juilliard application. I think they're going to be blown away.
Jay Pritchett: Art school, huh? Well, you can always sell oranges by the side of the road.
08x04 - Weathering Heights Season 8 / Episode 4: - Weathering Heights

Joe Pritchett: Thank you for bweakfast.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: [as Joe leaves] Did you hear that? Bweakfast. It's a good thing that we're taking him to speech therapy. I want everybody to understand every single thing he says.

Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: Do you want marmalade on your brioche toast?
Jay Pritchett: Not a clue. You're probably right to nip that speech problem in the bud. Mitchell had a lisp we let slide. Now I got a lifetime of "What if...?".
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: That is so offensive. A lisp doesn't make you gay. Being gay makes you lisp.
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