Whatever Happened To Ed O’Neill From ‘Married With Children’?

An actor and comedian, Ed O’Neill gained recognition for his role as Al Bundy in the 1987 sitcom Married With Children. Nominated for two Golden Globes for this role, O’Neill made thousands of fans laugh from the comfort of their homes.

Today, O’Neill is known for many other roles and is an even more prominent household name. So, what’s the actor been up to?

Acting Career Post-Married With Children

MARRIED…WITH CHILDREN, from left: Christina Applegate, Ed O’Neill, David Faustino, 1987-1997, TM and © copyright Fox Network. All rights reserved. /Courtesy Everett Collection

In 1997, Married With Children ended after 11 seasons and Ed O’Neill took his talent to the big screen. Some of his first films included ’91’s Dutch and Little Giants in 1994. The actor then held small parts in The Bone Collector, Wayne’s World, and Wayne’s World 2. He later appeared as Relish, the Troll King in The 10th Kingdom.

O’Neill later made an appearance on In Living Color where he played the “Dirty Dozens” champion. In 1990, the actor appeared in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and then in Cruising alongside Al Pacino.

DRAGNET, Ethan Embry, Ed O’Neill, (Season 1), 2003, Everett Collection

In 2003, Dick Wolf cast Ed O’Neill as Sgt. Joe Friday in the remake of the classic TV crime series Dragnet. The series, however, only lasted two seasons before its cancellation.

After, O’Neill took a role as Governor Eric Baker, a recurring character on NBC’s The West Wing. The actor also played Bill on the television series John from Cincinnati.

FINDING DORY, from left: Dory (voice: Ellen DeGeneres), Hank (voice: Ed O’Neill), 2016. © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

In 2016, Ed O’Neill landed a voice-acting role in the Pixar film, Finding Dory. The actor voiced the character of Hank the octopus. Many of his interactions occurred with the character of Dory herself.

In his longest role since Married With Children, O’Neill played Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom, Modern Family from 2009 to 2020. This role earned the actor three Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

MODERN FAMILY, (from left): Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Nolan Gould, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonstreet, (Season 1), 2009-. photo: Bob D’Amico / © ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Personal Life

Ed O’Neill lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Catherine Rusoff, and their two daughters.

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O’Neill has trained in Brazillian jiu-jitsu for 22 years under the guidance of Rorion Gracie. In December of 2007, he received his black belt. Then, in the 2012 documentary, I Am Bruce Lee, O’Neill stated that he considers getting his black belt “the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children.”

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