Modern Family Cast Members Celebrate Actor Ed O’Neill’s 74th Birthday

It’s safe to say that we all know Ed O’Neill as the eternally cool, sarcastic, and sometimes awkward dad. He was Al Bundy on Married… with Children, and he’s recently graced the screen with his portrayal of Jay Pritchett on the award-winning sitcom Modern Family. Yet, there is so much more to him and his vibrant personality, which is why his fellow cast members from Modern Family took to social media to send all their best wishes on Ed’s special day.

Ed O’Neill: A Lifetime Legacy

Ed O’Neill Portrait
Modern Family Cast Members Celebrate Actor Ed O’Neill’s 74th Birthday

Although he won a football scholarship to Ohio University and earned the nickname Ed O’Winner, being in professional sports just wasn’t in the cards for Ed. He was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers soon after they signed him as an undrafted free agent, and that’s when his acting journey began. He first graduated with a theater major from Youngstown State University before playing alongside Al Pacino, Jeff Kinsland, and Edward Woodward among others. Finally, Ed landed his signature roles on the hit television shows, Married… with Children and Modern Family — which happen to be more than a decade apart.

Sofia Vergara Was First to Celebrate His Bday

Sofia Vergara & Ed
Modern Family Cast Members Celebrate Actor Ed O’Neill’s 74th Birthday

Sofia, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett — the second wife of Ed’s character — has known the actor for more than a decade. Ed’s birthday is on April 12th, and the show’s final episode ran just a few days earlier, which made her Instagram post extra heartwarming. She shared a picture of them together and captioned it: “Feliz Cumpleaños Ed O’Neill!!🎉🎉🎉🎉 miss uuuu already!❤️❤️”

The Whole Cast Was Eager to Congratulate Him

Modern Family Cast
Modern Family Cast Members Celebrate Actor Ed O’Neill’s 74th Birthday

Much like Vergara, the rest of his on-screen family of the last 11 years was happy to celebrate Ed O’Neill’s birthday with tributes on social media. Among those who had heartfelt wishes for the actor were Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who plays Ed’s son), Jeremy Maguire (Ed’s youngest on-screen son), and Eric Stonestreet (his on-screen son-in-law). All we can add is — Happy Belated Birthday, Ed!