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.

Cast

Character Season
Season One
(2009-2010)
Season Two
(2010–2011)
Season Three
(2011–2012)
Season Four
(2012–2013)
Season Five
(2013–2014)

Main cast

Jay Pritchett Ed O'Neill
Gloria Pritchett Sofia Vergara
Phil Dunphy Ty Burrell
Claire Dunphy Julie Bowen
Mitchell Pritchett Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Cameron Tucker Eric Stonestreet
Haley Dunphy Sarah Hyland
Alex Dunphy Ariel Winter
Luke Dunphy Nolan Gould
Manny Delgado Rico Rodriguez
Lily Tucker-Pritchett Jaden and Ella Hiller Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

The Dunphy Family

Phil Dunphy

Philip Dunphy
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Ty Burrell
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Real Estate Agent
Spouse(s) Claire Dunphy (1993—)
Children Haley Dunphy
Alex Dunphy
Luke Dunphy

Philip 'Phil' Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is Claire's husband of 20 years who sees himself as the "cool dad."[1] He dotes on his wife Claire and constantly tries to find ways to bond with his three kids.[1] 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.[1] He is a real estate agent who is very confident in his work, once saying "I could sell a fur coat to an Eskimo."[1] 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.[1] In college he was a cheerleader at Fresno State and his birthday is on April 3.[2] 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,"[3] or "If you are not white, you ain't right."[4] He is often looking for approval from Jay, because it has been said that Jay does not think very highly of him. Phil is always reminding Jay of when he fixed his wireless printer, trying to show Jay that he can be manly. In the first episode of Season 3, "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!"

Critical reception

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."[5] 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."[6] 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.".[7] Burrell received a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy. On September 18, 2011, Burrell won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; he submitted the episode "Good Cop Bad Dog".

Claire Dunphy

Claire Dunphy
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Julie Bowen
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Housewife
Spouse(s) Phil Dunphy (1993—)
Children Haley Dunphy
Alex Dunphy
Luke Dunphy

Claire 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8] She also gets annoyed with her husband, Phil, constantly. Claire is a very competitive person, much like her husband, and is portrayed with a personality that causes her to freak out easily, and get angry. 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.[9]

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.

Critical reception

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."[10] For the role of Claire, Bowen won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice in 2011 and 2012. Bowen has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She is currently nominated for Quick Change Artist: Impressive Acting Range at the TV.com Now Awards for changing from Ed, an NBC drama, to Modern Family, an ABC sitcom.[11]

Haley Dunphy

Haley Dunphy
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Sarah Hyland
Information
Gender Female
Occupation College Student
Significant other(s) Dylan

Haley Gwendolyn Dunphy (Sarah Hyland) is the daughter of Claire and Phil, who is portrayed as the stereotypical teenager.[12] Haley is 15 at the beginning of the series, and is a freshman in college as of Season 4. Haley is depicted as being a bit of a bimbo, who focuses more on social status than studies. She is a little naive, especially when it comes to arguing with her parents.[12] 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).[12] 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.

Alex Dunphy

Alex Dunphy
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Ariel Winter
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Student

Alexandra "Alex" Dunphy (Ariel Winter) begins as the 13-year-old[13] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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).[12] 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, but she did go to her prom with a classmate who everyone but himself knows is gay. It has been 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.

Luke Dunphy

Luke Dunphy
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Nolan Gould
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Student

Lucas "Luke" Dunphy (Nolan Gould) is Claire and Phil's rambunctious only son, who is often doing his own thing.[15] 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".[15] 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.[15] 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

Jay Pritchett

Jay Pritchett
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Ed O'Neill
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Owner of a construction supply warehouse
Spouse(s) DeDe Pritchett (1968–2003)[note 1]
Gloria Pritchett (2009—)
Children Claire Dunphy
Mitchell Pritchett
Manny Delgado (stepson)
Fulgencio "Joe" Pritchett

Jay Francis Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) is the father of Claire, Mitchell, and Joe, husband of Gloria, grandfather of Lily, Luke, Alex, and Haley, and the stepfather of Manny. He is the owner of a construction firm and is presumably the wealthiest family member. Jay has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. Like both 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 Phil despite his constant attempts to gain Jay's approval, but 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).

Reception

Ed O'Neill has been nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.[16]

Gloria Pritchett

Gloria Pritchett
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Sofía Vergara
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Housewife
Spouse(s) Javier Delgado (div.)
Jay Pritchett (2009—)
Children Manny Delgado
Claire Dunphy (stepdaughter)
Mitchell Pritchett (stepson)
Joe Pritchett
Religion Roman Catholic
Nationality Colombian

Gloria Pritchett (Sofía Vergara), (formerly Delgado), is Jay's wife and Manny's mother. She is from Barranquilla, a town in Colombia, which is a very beautiful place.[17] She is a very loving wife and mother despite the age difference between her and her husband.[17] Her voluptuous figure and overall beauty is often remarked or noticed by other characters on the show. One of her most distinctive traits is her very thick Colombian accent, which sometimes leads her to mispronounce English words, such as "ultimatum" as "old-tomato" and "earrings" as "hair-rings". (Sofía Vergara has mentioned that her character's mispronunciations tend to be ad-libbed.)[18] 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 chastises 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 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.[17] She claims that, because she is from Colombia, the "murder capital of the world", she can instantly spot a fake crime scene, and tends to view murders as common occurrences, even claiming that the judge who presided over her marriage to her ex-husband Javier was assassinated during the ceremony. She is an excellent gun shooter, 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. She mentions that some of her closest relatives were butchers, and that during her fifteenth birthday, while dancing with her father, "there was not a dry eye in the cartel." 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. In the final episode of Season 3, it was revealed that she is pregnant. 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".

Reception

Sofía Vergara has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Manny Delgado

Manny Delgado
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Rico Rodriguez
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Student
Nationality Colombian

Manuel 'Manny' Alberto Delgado (Rico Rodriguez), Gloria's 12-year-old[19] son from her first marriage to Javier, is very outgoing and not the least bit self-conscious.[20] 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.[20] 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."[17] This causes Manny to be very romantic.[20] Manny is not afraid to take chances, leading him to ask out older girls, and develop a crush on Haley.[20] 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."

Stella

Stella Pritchett
First appearance

"Good Cop Bad Dog"
2x22, May 11, 2011
Information
Species Canis lupus familiaris (French Bulldog)
Gender Female
Occupation Pritchett family's pet

Stella (Brigitte) is the French bulldog of the Pritchett-Delgado family, introduced in the second season.[21] 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

Mitchell Pritchett

Mitchell Pritchett
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Lawyer
Significant other(s) Cameron Tucker (2004—)
Children Lily Tucker-Pritchett
(adoptive daughter)

Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), also referred to as Mitch, is Jay's son; Claire's younger brother; Luke, Alex and Haley's uncle; one of Lily's fathers; and partner of eight years to Cameron.[22] 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.[23] 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.

Reception

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."[24]

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was nominated four times for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Cameron Tucker

Cameron Tucker
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Eric Stonestreet
Information
Gender Male
Occupation High school football coach
Children Lily Tucker-Pritchett
   (adoptive daughter)
Nationality American

Cameron Scott Tucker (Eric Stonestreet),[25] 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. His bubbly outgoing personality contrasts to Mitchell's uptight manner, which causes them to have opposing character traits.[26] 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.[26] 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.[26] 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.[26] 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"). At the beginning of season two, Cameron tells Jay that he and Mitchell met at an orgy but in response to Jay's reaction says "come on," likely indicating sarcasm. This has led to some confusion among fans. 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.[22] During season 4, he goes back to work as a music teacher at Luke and Manny's school.

Reception

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.[7] Along with Ty Burrell, Stonestreet received a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy.[27] He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series twice. The reception of Cameron and Mitchell has led to the idea of a spin-off of the two titled Mitchell and Cam.[28]

Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Lily Tucker-Pritchett
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Jaden and Ella Hiller
(2009–11)
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
(2011—)
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Student
Nationality Vietnamese

Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) is the adopted Vietnamese daughter of Cameron and Mitchell. When she was introduced to the family, they accepted her with open arms, although Mitchell originally wanted to wait to tell them about her.[23] She is at times doing activities with both of her fathers but remains with Cam at home while Mitchell works.[26] 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.[29] The role was recast to Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who is older, and has a speaking role.

Larry

Larry is the pet cat of Lily, Cameron, and Mitchell. They adopted him after Cameron and Mitchell failed to adopt a second child.

Recurring characters

Dylan

Dylan
First appearance

"Pilot"
1x01, September 23, 2009
Portrayed by

Reid Ewing
Information
Gender Male
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 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.[12] 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.[12] 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. 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.

DeDe Pritchett

DeDe Pritchett
First appearance

"The Incident"
1x04, October 14, 2009
Portrayed by

Shelley Long
Information
Gender Female
Spouse(s) Jay Pritchett (1968–2003)
Significant other(s) Chad
Children Claire Dunphy
Mitchell Pritchett

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.

Frank Dunphy

Frank Dunphy
First appearance

"Undeck the Halls"
1x10, December 9, 2009
Portrayed by

Fred Willard
Information
Gender Male
Children Phil Dunphy

Frank Dunphy (Fred Willard) is Phil's father and Haley, Alex, and Luke's grandfather. On Christmas, the family shared a webcam chat with him.

Frank returns in "Travels with Scout" when he travels cross country without Phil's mother and shows up with a dog that he says she has allergies to. He ends up taking the dog back with him.[30][31]

Fred Willard was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.

Javier Delgado

Javier Delgado
First appearance

"Up All Night"
1x11, January 6, 2010
Portrayed by

Benjamin Bratt
Information
Gender Male
Spouse(s) Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (div.)
Children Manny Delgado
Nationality Colombian

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.

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.[32]

Barb Tucker

Barb Tucker
First appearance

"Mother Tucker"
2x09, November 24, 2010
Portrayed by

Celia Weston
Information
Gender Female
Children Cameron Tucker

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.

Merle Tucker

Merle Tucker
First appearance

"The Last Walt"
3x20, April 18, 2012
Portrayed by

Barry Corbin
Information
Gender Male
Children Cameron Tucker

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.

Gil Thorpe

Gil Thorpe
First appearance

"Flip Flop"
4x20, April 10, 2013
Portrayed by

Rob Riggle
Information
Gender Male

Gil Thorpe is Southern California's most successful real estate agent and nemesis 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 (portrayed by Rob Riggle) 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.

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References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
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