Ed ONeill (Actor) - Al Bundy - Married with Children
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Updated: 7/1/09

Name: Ed ONeill

Born: April 12, 1946, Youngstown, Ohio

Claim To Fame: He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the FOX Network's sitcom, Married...with Children.

Family Life: O'Neill has been married since 1986 to actress Catherine Rusoff. In 1989, the couple separated but reconciled in 1993. They have two daughters.

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Info: O'Neill got his start playing Lenny in a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He made his film debut in John Boorman's Deliverance as a deputy and appeared in several more movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, and Dutch.

His big break came when he was cast as Al Bundy in Married...with Children, the American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. O'Neill has also appeared in Wayne's World and its sequel, Wayne's World 2, as well as the sitcoms 8 Simple Rules and In Living Color. He had a recurring role as Gov. Eric Baker on NBC's The West Wing.

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Trivia: Was nearly cast as "Sam Malone" in the TV show "Cheers" (1982); the role went to Ted Danson instead.

Taught Social Studies in Youngstown before acting.

Was considered for the role of patriarch "Steven Keaton" in "Family Ties" (1982); the role went to Michael Gross instead.

Graduated from Ursuline High School.

Often plays cops on TV shows or movies.

Invented the popular sandwich called the "Boone" at the famous Se-port Deli in Setauket, New York.

Plays handball.

Was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker, but was released before the start of the 1969 regular season.

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Where Are They Now: In January 2009, O'Neill reunited with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for two episodes of Faustino's show Star-ving.

Since 2009, O'Neill has played the role of Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role that earned him three Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Since 2012, he has done voice-overs in TV advertisements for allergy pill Zyrtec.

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