Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill

154 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

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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.

  • The first actor from Fox to host _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1990; three years later his _"Married with Children" (1987)_ (qv) co-star, 'Christina Applegate' (qv) hosted the show.
  • Taught Social Studies in Youngstown before acting.
  • In 2007 Ed earned his black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu after 15 years of training.
  • Has two young daughters.
  • Was nearly cast as "Sam Malone" in the TV show _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv); the role went to 'Ted Danson' (qv) instead.
  • 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.
  • Learned (and still practices) Brazilian Ju-Jitsu from the famous Gracie family.
  • Plays handball.

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