List of Modern Family characters
Modern Family is an American TV comedy series which revolves around three families that are interrelated through Jay Pritchett, his son Mitchell Pritchett and his daughter Claire Dunphy. The families meet for family functions, around the neighborhood, and cross-family bonding.
- 1 The Dunphy Family
- 2 The Pritchett-Delgado Family
- 3 The Tucker-Pritchett Family
- 4 Recurring characters
- 5 Special Guest Stars
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Dunphy Family
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Ty Burrell|
|Occupation||Real Estate Agent|
|Spouse(s)||Claire Dunphy (1993–present)|
Philip Andrew 'Phil' Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is Claire's husband of 20 years who sees himself as the "cool dad." He dotes on his wife Claire and constantly tries to find ways to bond with his three kids. He is seen as very competitive, one example being his nature of always beating his son at basketball. He has a very juvenile attitude, and is referred to by Claire as the "kid [she's] married to." He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer but acting like a parent. He is a real estate agent who is very confident in his work, once saying "I could sell a fur coat to an Eskimo." Phil has a severe case of coulrophobia, which is first revealed when despite his objection, Cameron comes to Luke's party dressed as a clown. This may stem from the fact that Phil found a dead clown in the woods when he was a kid. Phil appears to love home repair yet never seems to get around to any of the jobs requested by Claire. Throughout Season 1, his ongoing project is fixing the step. He at times shows a sort of crush-like affection for Gloria. He says, however, he "would never stray from Claire," although Gloria did kiss him during a "kisscam" segment at a basketball game in the final episode of Season 1, "Family Portrait". He is also staring at her when she does something that makes Phil think she is sexy.  In college he was a cheerleader at Fresno State and his birthday is on April 3. He seems oblivious as to what he says by miscalculating (if at all) the consequences of his expressions, such as "Phil Dunphy is no straight guy," or "If you are not white, you ain't right." He is often looking for approval from Jay because Jay generally does not openly show approval of anyone, often causing Phil to fear for his approval in Jay's eyes. Phil is always reminding Jay of when he fixed his wireless printer, trying to show Jay that he can be manly. In the Season 3 episode "Dude Ranch", Phil shows considerable skill both on horseback and with a shotgun.
In moments of acute adversity or shock in which most people would curse or swear, Phil utters humorous exclamations: references to food such as, "Sweet Potato Fries!" or "Chicken in a basket!", etc. or he might make a historical reference such as "John Philip Sousa!". It is revealed in "Tableau Vivant" that Phil had once tried to break up with Claire but didn't have the courage to do so.
A running gag in the show is when Phil is running up the stairs (often when carrying an object), he trips on a loose step, which causes him to quickly and hastily say: "Gotta fix that step!"
Ty Burrell had received many positive reviews for his performance. Hank Stuever from the Washington Post wrote, "A standout performance from Ty Burrell's new twist on the doofus-dad stereotype." Paige Wiser, a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times, wrote, "Ty Burrell is a genius as a dad who stays hip by keeping up with the numbers from High School Musical." Robert Canning of IGN in a review of the season loved Ty Burrell's performance of Phil Dunphy and named him one of two characters that stood out to him saying "actor Ty Burrell owned this part, and his well-intended faux pas throughout the season were stellar."
In 2010, Ty Burrell received a nomination for the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, winning in 2011. On September 18, 2011, Burrell won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, receiving nominations in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In 2012, Burrell won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, receiving nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2010 and 2011, Burrell was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Julie Bowen|
|Occupation||Works for construction supply warehouse|
|Spouse(s)||Phil Dunphy (1993—)|
Claire Melinda Dunphy (Julie Bowen), née Pritchett, is the daughter of Jay, Mitchell's older sister, and the helicopter soccer mom of the Dunphy family and its three very different kids. She was once a wild child who made a lot of mistakes over the years, and she is fearful that her children could make the same mistakes, especially her oldest daughter, Haley. She is often exhausted from stress created by her family but is still a loving mother. When it comes to her kids she has difficulty controlling Haley's independence and irresponsibility, Alex's manipulative nature, and Luke's lack of common sense. She also gets annoyed with her husband, Phil, constantly. Claire is very competitive, much like her husband, and has a brittle personality that causes her to get angry and freak out easily. She is very strict about a clean house. She is seen as an experienced parent by Cameron and Mitchell, so she is called upon for her parenting advice. She enjoys running and reading. She is also very attached to Halloween and describes it as her "crazy lady holiday". In the episode "Open House of Horrors" it is revealed that the neighbors are frightened of Claire's very graphic and realistic decorations around the house. Claire is also the most active family member when organizing family get-togethers. When a former co-worker (Minnie Driver) visits, it is revealed that Claire had a successful job in hospitality management but left her job and married Phil a few months after she became pregnant with Haley. She shows resentment towards the abandonment of her working career due to seeing the success of one of her former peers, but later realizes her family is more important.
Claire is a perfectionist; according to Phil, "when everybody else sees something beautiful, all she sees is the teeny-tiny flaw." She is also terrible at giving gifts. As her husband Phil once bought her a bracelet for their anniversary, she made him coupons for five free hugs.
Her step-brother is Manny Delgado. Claire received another sibling thanks to Gloria's pregnancy with Jay's child. She often despises the attention that Gloria gets for her voluptuous figure, and was thrilled to learn that Gloria was pregnant because of all the weight that Gloria would be gaining.
Julie Bowen's performance was praised by Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly who said, "Bowen's Claire could have been a blank blonde cipher. Far from it: Bowen's wide array of silent gazes at the camera, her slow-burns at her clan's bad behavior, and her ability to freak out without seeming nutso crazy makes her an essential, stand-out part of TV's best freshman ensemble cast."
In 2011 and 2012, Julie Bowen won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, receiving nominations in 2010 and 2013. In 2012, Bowen won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also been nominated twice for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2014. In 2009, Bowen was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and then for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film in 2010.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Sarah Hyland|
Haley Gwendolyn Dunphy (Sarah Hyland) is the daughter of Claire and Phil, who is portrayed as the stereotypical teenager. Haley is 15 and a high school sophomore at the beginning of the series, and is a freshman in college in Season 4. Haley is depicted as being a bit of a flirt, who focuses more on social status than studies. She is a little naive, especially when it comes to arguing with her parents. However, she is at times surprisingly cunning, such as when she carves a cell phone out of soap to win a contest of who can go the longest without using technology. Haley is embarrassed by her dad, especially when he tries to be friends with her boyfriend Dylan (to whom she lost her virginity, as revealed in season 3). She is concerned about her popularity at school, as well as her social and sexual life, which contributes to her being embarrassed by her parents. She is able to drive and talks to or texts her friends on her cell phone all the time. Haley also contemplated moving in with Dylan before learning that she got into college in the final episode of the third season. After a run-in with the law on campus in Season 4, she is expelled from college and is back living in the Dunphy home. She is now learning photography and business in community college and has had her photos shown in an exhibit and sold.
In 2013, Sarah Hyland was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Ariel Winter|
Alexandra Anastasia "Alex" Dunphy (Ariel Winter) begins as the 13-year-old daughter of Claire and Phil, and also the most erudite and intelligent of the three siblings. She is very bright and cares much more about her studies than friends/social life and boys. As the middle child to a shallow big sister and a goofy younger brother, she enjoys messing with them when they are rude to her, which is fairly often. Often taking advantage of their naïveté by fooling them into believing unrealistic things, she at one time convinced Haley and Luke that they could charge electronics by rubbing the battery on their heads (Haley) and putting it in their mouths (Luke). She, as a stereotypical precocious kid, displays a sense of superiority because of her erudition, constantly putting her accomplishments on display and demanding recognition for them. An overachiever, she plays the cello and practices lacrosse; she chose to play the cello because she would have a better chance at being in a university orchestra than if she played the violin, since cellos are more in demand. While she has sometimes felt isolated from her peers (once sadly telling her parents "I have no friends"), she has a group of nerdy "fans" at school who idolize her. Haley sincerely tells her at one point she is smart and attractive in a successful effort to get Alex to give a light-hearted graduation speech instead of a harsh one (it worked well enough that Alex was invited to a post-ceremony party by her classmates). At the beginning of Season 3, she was in a long-distance relationship with a boy she met in Wyoming. Later in the season she went to her prom with a classmate who everyone but himself knows is gay. It was established recently in the episode "Tableau Vivant" that Alex is a light sleeper, as she was surprisingly energetic when staying awake nearly a whole night thinking about her upcoming art project. It was revealed in the episode "Heart Broken" that Alex faints every time she sees blood. In the second episode of season 5 onwards she started wearing new glasses.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Nolan Gould|
Lucas Philip "Luke" Dunphy (Nolan Gould) is Claire and Phil's rambunctious son, who is often doing his own thing. He was named after his great-grandfather, Lucas (the father of Dee-Dee). At times, he can be a troublemaker, once shooting his sister with a toy gun and getting into a fight with Manny at school. Luke is playful, very innocent and does not always understand the repercussions of his actions, like most children; he once announced at a family gathering that his mom thought her dad's new wife was a "gold digger", although he misheard it as "coal digger". He is also thought to be a bit vacuous because of many questionable actions, such as getting his head stuck in the banister and jumping on the trampoline wearing only underwear and a box on his head. Both parents agree that they "dropped the ball" with regards to raising Luke; Phil once tells Claire that he considers Luke to be their dumbest child (although he conceded to Claire's assertion that Haley was, in fact, dumber than Luke). A psychologist who evaluated him said his type of behavior was normal for someone with above-average intelligence; afterwards, Phil and Claire accidentally left a wandering Luke behind when they left the psychologist's office, but they ended up being impressed by how calmly he made his way back home (in a limo) and decided he would do just fine in life. He is frequently seen playing a Nintendo 3DS.
The Pritchett-Delgado Family
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Ed O'Neill|
|Occupation||Owner of a construction supply warehouse|
|Spouse(s)||DeDe Pritchett (1968–2003)[note 1]
Gloria Pritchett (2009–present)
Manny Delgado (stepson)
Fulgencio "Joe" Pritchett
Jay Francis Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) is the father of Claire, Mitchell, and Joe (Fulgencio), husband of Gloria, grandfather of Lily, Luke, Alex, and Haley, the stepfather of Manny. He is the owner of a closet company and is presumably the wealthiest family member. Jay has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. Like his son and daughter, Jay is generally more realistic, mild-mannered, and sensible than his partner, Gloria, who is unashamed of the fact Jay is many years her senior. A recurring plot involves Jay's relationship with his son Mitchell, which became more complicated due to Jay's reaction to Mitchell's sexual orientation. Humor and plot points are also derived from Jay's relationship with his son-in-law Phil; Jay often mistreats and antagonizes him despite Phil's constant attempts to gain Jay's approval. Nevertheless, Jay thinks very highly of Phil, despite their differences, and said so in Season 3. Jay has several masculine character attributes including fondness for sports and model airplanes. Jay is shown also to occasionally be compassionate, showing affection for members of the extended family particularly to Manny, his stepson; their relationship seems to become more positive as the series progresses, eventually becoming a typical father-son relationship. In the finale of the third season it is revealed that Gloria is pregnant, but Jay does not know yet. In the first episode of the fourth season, Gloria tells Jay and he tells her that it's the greatest news he has heard. The baby was male, which relieved Jay because it says in the episode "Snip" that he was afraid of having a girl. Jay is farsighted (hyperopia). Jay also served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Ed O'Neill has been consecutively nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2011, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Sofía Vergara|
|Spouse(s)||Javier Delgado (div.)
Jay Pritchett (2009–present)
Claire Dunphy (stepdaughter)
Mitchell Pritchett (stepson)
Gloria Pritchett (Sofía Vergara), (née Delgado), is Jay's second wife and mother to Manny and Joe (Fulgencio). She is from Barranquilla, a city in Colombia. She is a very loving wife and mother despite the age difference between her and her husband. (Sofía Vergara has mentioned that her character's mispronunciations tend to be ad-libbed.) She often supports Manny when Jay tries to tell him to be less sensitive or hide his cultural background. However, she does occasionally display some odd parenting techniques. For example, when Manny was first born, she had wanted a daughter, and therefore for the first year of his life dressed him like one and told all her friends he was a girl. She later told Manny (after he found the pictures of himself like this) that the child in question was his "twin sister who died." In the sixth episode of Season One, she chastizes Jay for forcing Manny to remove his poncho for school. When they get to the school to return the poncho and realize that Manny has a plan to play folk music to his classmates with his pan flute (which was inside the poncho), Gloria tells Jay to break the flute, saying in her interview that "the poncho by itself is fine. The poncho, plus the flute, plus the stupid dance? My son will die a virgin." She is a horrible driver, though she is oblivious to this. She often does things like put her breasts on Phil's face by accident. She is also very comfortable with death (on one occasion killing and beheading a rat with a shovel right before she left for church and leaving the head "as a warning to the other rats"), on account of a couple of her relatives being butchers. She is an excellent markswoman, often just using one hand and never misses a shot, even saying to Manny that she could've unbuttoned his shirt if she wanted to with her gun. She has a very high tolerance for spicy food, and has perhaps the strongest religious views of any member of the family. She loves her family and spends a lot of time with Lily because of her fixation in having a daughter. Mitchell and Cameron asked her and Jay to become guardians of Lily if anything were to happen to them. Gloria has something of a shady past. Doubts have also been raised as to her income: her only mentioned employment was as a hairdresser (and later as a taxi driver), and Claire originally labeled her a "gold-digger" for marrying her wealthy father. It seems likely that Jay is her major source of income. However in the Season 5 episode "A Hard Jay's Night", the hairshop where she used to work is shown, and it is clarified that Jay is indeed her current major source of income. In the final episode of Season 3, it was revealed that she is pregnant. Her newest son Fulgencio a.k.a. Joe was born in the Season 4 episode "Party Crasher". In the episode "Fifteen Percent" she reveals that she comes from a neighborhood of prostitutes after she said her neighborhood had a saying that "Love is just around the corner".
Sofía Vergara has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. In 2011, Vergara was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film and Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Rico Rodriguez|
Manuel "Manny" Alberto Delgado (Rico Rodriguez), Gloria's 12-year-old son from her first marriage to Javier, is very outgoing and not the least bit self-conscious. although he has become somewhat self-conscious in Season 5. He is very intelligent, mature and intuitive for his age and is often shown doing adult-like things, such as having conversations with Claire about her marriage and kids, and drinking coffee. He has inherited his mother's passion for life (although he is terrified of butterflies), though Gloria has also said, "Manny is passionate, just like his father." This causes Manny to be very romantic. Manny is not afraid to take chances, leading him to ask out older girls, and develop a crush on Haley. He idolizes his absentee father, often speaking about him in a positive light, even after being repeatedly disappointed by his father's broken promises. He plays for a soccer team, fences, and is a skilled chess player. He is often seen wearing or intending to wear his "burgundy dinner jacket." Manny was in the fifth grade in Season 1 and is in the ninth grade in Season 5.
Fulgencio Joseph "Joe" Pritchett
|Fulgencio Joseph "Joe" Pritchett|
|First appearance||"Party Crasher"
4x12, January 16, 2013
Fulgencio Joseph "Joe" Pritchett is Gloria and Jay's son. Gloria announced she was pregnant with him in the final episode of season 3, his existence was revealed to the rest of the cast in the first episode of season 4, and he was born in "Party Crasher". Joe's christening took place in "Fulgencio". In the Season 5 episode "Spring-a-Ding-Fling", he begins walking.
|First appearance||"Good Cop Bad Dog"
2x22, May 11, 2011
|Species||Canis lupus familiaris (French Bulldog)|
|Occupation||Pritchett family's pet|
Stella (Brigitte) is the French bulldog of the Pritchett-Delgado family, introduced in the second season. She was the dog of a man named Guillermo (Lin-Manuel Miranda), an inventor, but Jay convinced him to abandon his idea and Guillermo gave Stella to the family. She is very problematic, and often destroys things, mostly Gloria's belongings, and therefore Gloria hates Stella. However, Jay has a great affection for her (for example, sleeping with her and feeding her from the dinner table), which infuriates Gloria because Jay seems to pay more love and attention to the dog than his own wife.
The Tucker-Pritchett Family
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Jesse Tyler Ferguson|
|Significant other(s)||Cameron Tucker (2004–present)|
Mitchell Vincent Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), also referred to as Mitch, is Jay's son; Claire's younger brother (and Manny's step-brother); Luke, Alex and Haley's uncle; one of Lily's fathers; and partner of eight years to Cameron. He is a low-key, mild-mannered person, but has many sensitive qualities. At most times he is the exact opposite of Cameron which usually causes disagreements. Cameron acts as a counterbalance to Mitchell's uptight, worrying ways. Because of his mild-mannered, uptight nature, he is sometimes embarrassed by Cameron's flamboyance. He is uncomfortable with public displays of affection, as well as invasion of his personal space. He is an overprotective and cautious father. He is shown to be an excellent lawyer, even representing an entire building full of people one-by-one with no prior notice. A recurring theme on the show is Mitchell's relationship with his father, which was strained by the revelation of Mitchell's homosexuality. Mitchell is a musical theater fan and enjoyed ice skating as a kid, though he later admitted that he liked working with his sister as a team more than the ice skating itself. Although he fancies himself as a handyman, everybody is afraid of him around tools.
TV.com has named Mitchell and Cameron one of the 5 best TV dads, saying, "Cam and Mitchell adopted baby Lily from Vietnam way back in Modern Family's pilot episode, and have been inadvertently Americanizing her ever since."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Eric Stonestreet|
|Occupation||High school football coach
Middle school music teacher
Cameron Scott Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), also referred to as Cam, is Mitchell's partner of eight years, and one of Lily's fathers, who has a very big dramatic personality. He frequently behaves selfishly and like a drama queen. His bubbly outgoing personality contrasts to Mitchell's uptight manner, which causes them to have opposing character traits. Cameron was born on February 29, 1972 and grew up on a farm in Missouri. He was a starting center for the University of Illinois football team (which he and Jay bond over, much to Mitchell's envy) and is a very big sports fan. Because of this, he is physically quite imposing, and capable of scaring off anyone who threatens Mitchell. Cameron also fosters many unusual hobbies such as collecting antique fountain pens, being adept in Japanese flower arrangement, filming home movies, and is a classically trained Auguste clown named Fizbo. Currently, he acts as a stay-at-home dad to Lily, though it is mentioned that he had taught music prior to this. Cameron is also an experienced rock drummer and as a result was brought in at the last minute to play in Dylan's band when they needed a replacement percussionist. It is also mentioned that Cameron was considerably thinner and in better shape when he first started dating Mitchell. For the first few episodes, his relationship with Mitchell was somewhat strained (as they disagreed on almost everything and showed very different parenting techniques). But in more recent episodes the relationship is much happier. Cameron and Mitchell met at one of Pepper Saltzman's "legendary" soirees, where during a game of charades, Cameron immediately knew the answer, "Casablanca," based on a subtle gesture Mitchell made with his hands. Common interests, like art, led them to form a relationship. Mitchell is impressed by Cameron's quirks, such as speaking French (to which Cameron replies, "un peu," or "a little"). Cameron is also said to be a fan of the movie The Wizard of Oz in the episode "Leap Day" when Mitchell plans him a surprise birthday party. During season 4, he goes back to work as a music teacher at Luke and Manny's school. In season 5, his music teacher job is eliminated, but he becomes the freshman football coach.
Eric Stonestreet has received positive reviews for his characters. In a review of the first season, Robert Canning of IGN named Cameron Tucker the best character of the season saying, "Cameron's many talents and passions revealed over the course of this first year became an ever-building running gag. But it will be hard to top the sheer joy that was 'Fizbo'." He also called Fizbo, the episode and the clown, the highlight of the season. The reception of Cameron and Mitchell has led to the idea of a spin-off of the two titled Mitchell and Cam.
In 2010, Eric Stonestreet was nominated for the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. Stonestreet has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series twice in 2010 and 2012. He was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film in 2011, 2012, and 2013, along with receiving nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2011, along with Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell, Stonestreet was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Jaden and Ella Hiller
Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) is the adopted Vietnamese daughter of Cameron and Mitchell. She is named after the adopted daughter of Charlotte from the HBO series "Sex In the City". When she was introduced to the family, they accepted her with open arms, although Mitchell originally wanted to wait to tell them about her. She is at times doing activities with both of her fathers but remains with Cam at home while Mitchell works. Cameron often dresses her up as famous people, such as Diana Ross, Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder for the purpose of taking photographs. Cameron and Mitchell practiced the Ferber method on Lily when she was a baby, but Cameron usually couldn't resist catering to her during the night, sometimes even watching movies such as Scarface, which Cam claims she likes possibly because of the bright colors, particularly the club shooting scene. Lily did not speak for the first two seasons and was portrayed by twins Ella Hiller and Jaden Hiller. For season three, the twins "retired", their mother claiming they did not enjoy acting. The role was recast to Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who is older, and has a speaking role.
Larry is the pet cat of Lily, Cameron, and Mitchell. They adopted him after Cameron and Mitchell failed to adopt a second child.
1x01, September 23, 2009
|Portrayed by||Reid Ewing|
|Occupation||Musician, Cowboy, Disneyland Employee, Limo Driver|
Dylan Homes (Reid Ewing), sometimes called "D-Money" by Phil, is Haley's on-and-off boyfriend, a senior in high school who plays guitar and sings in a band and has no plans for college. He is often put into awkward situations by Phil, who wishes for the two to be friends. He has diverse interests that are often surprising, such as his love of old western films. He also sometimes reveals a sort-of attraction to Claire, when he gives her a rose on Valentine's Day, saying that "every mom should look as tasty as you when they're old." Claire strongly dislikes him, to the point of trying to introduce other boys to Haley just so that they break up or don't get back together. He loves the confidence Haley gets from being part of such a loving family and does not mind hanging around during family get togethers. He wrote a song, "In The Moonlight, (Do Me)," for Haley and performed it for her extended family. The song was about sex and most of the family were surprised by the suggestive lyrics, but it became stuck in all of their heads the next day. He is also a hockey player and finds inspiration for his music from Bob Dylan, Sum 41, Blink 182, and New Kids on the Block. Dylan temporarily leaves the cast to work on a ranch after Haley rejects his marriage proposal in the first episode of season three, "Dude Ranch". In the episode Virgin Territory Alex reveals that Haley had lost her virginity to Dylan before they broke up; she told Claire three months earlier, but not Phil. In the episode "Disneyland," Dylan reveals he lost his job on the ranch and moved back to California, taking a job at Disneyland as a Dapper Dan. He and Haley get back together to Claire's dismay. In the season Finale, "Baby on Board," Haley discovers she was accepted to college. She and Dylan maintain their relationship, and Dylan lives with the Dunphys for a few months. In Season 4, Dylan is invited to move in with Cam and Mitch after his work as a limo driver led him to their Valentine's Day party (some of their friends invited Dylan to stay for the party, and Cam offered him at some point to stay at their house), but he ends up getting fired and, while Cam and Mitch separately tell him he can stick around, Lily angrily tells him he isn't welcome there and yells at him until he leaves the house.
|First appearance||"The Incident"
1x04, October 14, 2009
|Portrayed by||Shelley Long|
|Spouse(s)||Jay Pritchett (1968–2003)|
DeDe Pritchett (Shelley Long) is Mitchell and Claire's mother and Jay's ex-wife who it has been heavily implied may be mentally ill due to her somewhat manipulative and sometimes aggressive ways. It is implied that she was initially more accepting of Mitchell's sexual orientation than Jay was when he first came out. She often uses her close relationship with Mitchell to get him to do things he does not want to. Jay wanted to divorce her after a spectacular fight they had while their kids were still in school (he taped over an episode of Dallas to record an NFL game that, ironically, featured the Dallas Cowboys) but was inspired by an animatronic Abraham Lincoln exhibit at Disneyland to stick things out until Claire and Mitchell graduated from high school. She is still bitter over Jay's re-marriage to Gloria and even attempted to ruin their wedding, which she convinced Mitchell to talk Jay and Gloria into inviting her to; she got drunk and made rude and inappropriate toasts and eventually had to be dragged out of the reception, in the process ruining the wedding cake. She is very aggressive towards Gloria, often trying to physically attack her. DeDe is also passive aggressive toward Cameron about his weight, and is often critical of Claire, especially her appearance.
|First appearance||"Undeck the Halls"
1x10, December 9, 2009
|Portrayed by||Fred Willard|
In 2010, Fred Willard was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
|First appearance||"Up All Night"
1x11, January 6, 2010
|Portrayed by||Benjamin Bratt|
|Spouse(s)||Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (divorced)|
Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt) is Manny's biological father and Gloria's ex-husband. He and Gloria were divorced; in the pilot, Gloria says all they did was "fight and make love," at one point leading them to fall out of a window. Manny looks up to him, but Javier always lets him down, while Jay is left downcast by the reminders that Manny has another dad. He is oddly gifted when it comes to betting on horse racing. However, in Flip Flop he has a girlfriend named Trish and almost gets married to her.
Javier was formerly a Triple-A Baseball player and played alongside such baseball greats as Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. He has many connections to matadors and baseball players. He and Jay became close, but in the end Javier lets Jay down just as he does Manny.
|First appearance||"Mother Tucker"
2x09, November 24, 2010
|Portrayed by||Celia Weston|
Barb Tucker (Celia Weston) is Cameron's mother. She first appeared in the episode "Mother Tucker." In that episode, she visits Cameron and Mitchell. While Cameron earnestly declares that his mother is wonderful, Mitchell is less sure because she has a habit of touching Mitchell inappropriately. When Mitchell finally tells Cameron about this, Barb happens to walk in on them and hears his complaints. Later, she apologizes to Mitchell. Unfortunately, she does this while he is in the bathtub.
|First appearance||"The Last Walt"
3x20, April 18, 2012
|Portrayed by||Barry Corbin|
Merle Tucker (Barry Corbin) is Cameron's father. He first appeared in the episode "The Last Walt." In that episode, he visits Cameron and Mitchell. Later in the episode, it is revealed that Jay, Mitchell's father, and Merle dislike each other. Cameron and Mitchell each believe that their father is the stronger of the two. It is made known that Merle wishes that the man his son lives with was, "A little bit of a woman." Jay and Merle overcome their differences and bond while fixing the bed frame that Cameron had purchased and attempted to put together.
|First appearance||"Flip Flop"
4x20, April 10, 2013
|Portrayed by||Rob Riggle|
Gil Thorpe (Rob Riggle) is Southern California's most successful real estate agent and arch nemesis/arch rival of Phil Dunphy. Phil is often seen on camera lamenting over constantly coming second to Gil in many real estate competitions. He is mentioned indirectly in "Not in My House", "Diamond in the Rough" and "Strangers on a Treadmill." He appears for the first time in character in the episode "Flip Flop," as he attempts to strike a deal for his buyer through Phil on the home renovated by Claire and Cam. He makes his second appearance on the show in the episode "Career Day," where he shows up for Career Day in Luke and Manny's class during Phil's presentation. Seeing Claire's visible frustration at being a housewife, he offers her a position on his real estate team. He is known for his energetic, lively, and harassment-esque personality as well as his tendency to use his own name in replacement of words in conversation (e.g. "Thorpedoed," "Gil Pickles,"). It is revealed his daughter is a student in Luke and Manny's class. In "The Feud", he returns, beating Phil at a Real Estate contest, but Luke wrestles against his own son (name is unknown), but lost to Phil in the wrestling match.
Special Guest Stars
- Edward Norton as Izzy LaFontaine
- Elizabeth Banks as Sal
- Margo Harshman as Jungle Tanya
- Chazz Palminteri as Shorty
- Kristen Schaal as Whitney
- Minnie Driver as Valerie
- David Brenner as Himself
- Judy Greer as Denise
- Bruce Altman as Mr. Jennings
- Justin Kirk as Charlie Bingham
- Kobe Bryant as Himself
- Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy
- Stoney Jackson as Referee
- Mo Collins as Denise
- Kaitlyn Dever as Bianca
- Eric Lange as Coach Stupak
- Brandy Ledford as Desiree
- Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman
- Kevin Daniels as Longines
- Craig Zimmerman as Crispin
- Danny Trejo as Gus
- Artemis Pebdani as Bethenny
- Jami Gertz as Laura
- James Marsden as Barry
- Stephnie Weir as Mrs. Hoffman
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Tracy
- Rachael Harris as Amelia
- Jeremy Rowley as Broderick
- Matt Dillon as Robbie Sullivan
- Philip Baker Hall as Walt Kleezak
- Jonathan Banks as Donnie Pritchett
- Lauren Cohan as Receptionist
- Matt Besser as Jerry
- Norman Lloyd as Donald
- Kate Reinders as Princess
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as Guillermo
- Rob Huebel as Glen Whipple
- Celia Weston as Barb Tucker
- Tim Blake Nelson as Hank
- David Cross as Duane Bailey
- Samm Levine as Josh
- Phil Hendrie as Booker Bell
- Jennifer Tilly as Darlene
- Leslie Mann as Katie
- Kevin Hart as Andre
- Don Lake as Dr. Sendroff
- Greg Kinnear as Tad
- Bobby Cannavale as Lewis
- Ellen Barkin as Mitzi Roth
- Barry Corbin as Merle Tucker
- Matt Prokop as Ethan
- Beth Grant as Maxine
- Ernie Hudson as Miles
- Josh Gad as Kenneth
- Marc Vann as Stan
- Zoe Jarman as Lindsay
- Joe Metcalf as Michel
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Pam
- Matthew Broderick as Dave
- Paul Scheer as Paul
- Billy Dee Williams as himself
- Lainie Kazan as Eleanor
- Jason Mantzoukas as Kenny
- Elizabeth Peña as Pilar
- David Faustino as Tater
- Maxwell Caulfield as Professor Cooke
- Maribeth Monroe as Maggie
- Richard Riehle as Norman
- Justine Bateman as Angela
- Paget Brewster as Trish
- Rob Riggle as Gil Thorpe
- Anders Holm as Zack
- Elizabeth Banks as Sal
- Andrew Daly as Principal Brown
- Amy Yasbeck as Lorraine
- Diane Farr as Diane
- Adam Devine as Andy
- Peri Gilpin as Jeannie
- Jordan Peele as Derrick
- Jane Krakowski as Dr. Donna Duncan
- Jesse Eisenberg as Asher
- John Benjamin Hickey as Dr. Clark
- John Heard as Gunther Thorpe
- Aisha Tyler as Wendy
- Will Sasso as Senor Kaplan
- Patton Oswalt as Ducky
- Fred Armisen as Langham
- Stephen Merchant as Leslie Higgins
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