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Character: Phil Dunphy
Phil Dunphy is the cool dad. That's his thang. At least, that's what he'd like us to believe. And you know what? We kinda do! Oh, sure, Phil has those "roll your eyes" moments that have us asking, "Is the guy for real?" You bet he is. As goofy as he may seem, Phil always has his heart in the right place. He dotes on his wife Claire and he constantly tries to bond with his three kids. Phil acts like a parent and talks like a peer. He calls it "peerenting." Love it! As a real estate mogul, Phil says, "I could sell a fur coat to an Eskimo." We believe he could. Phil has a severe fear of clowns and a not-so-subtle affection for his father-in-law's beautiful new wife. But we know in our hearts this Modern Family man would never stray. He's way too cool for that.
Through his ability to effortlessly play roles ranging from classical Shakespearean to contemporary film, Ty Burrell is quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile actors of our time, taking on challenging roles and carving out a diverse career in movies, television and on stage.
In film Burrell recently completed shooting Fair Game, opposite Sean Penn for Doug Liman. He is scheduled to start shooting Morning Glory, opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. He played Dr. Samson in Universal's The Incredible Hulk, with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, and was inNational Treasure 2, opposite Nicolas Cage. Burrell starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. in Steven Shainberg's film Fur, about the life of Diane Arbus. He was also seen in Finn Taylor's romantic comedy The Darwin Awards.
Other film credits include Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money, opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston; David Jacobson's "Down in the Valley," opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz Brothers' film, In Good Company, Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead (Cannes Film Festival) and Ivan Reitman'sEvolution.
Burrell recently starred to great reviews in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's play, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, at the Royal Court Theatre in London and directed by James MacDonald. His extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include starring in the highly acclaimed Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of Burn This, opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; starring as Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater's production of Richard III, with Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and starring in Paul Weitz's Show People, opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer and directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.
On television Burrell starred in the FOX sitcom, Back to You, opposite Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. He also recently starred in the half-hour CBS sitcom Out of Practice, with Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler, and has been recurring on the FX series Damages.