It’s been a long time since a show about a family made the same waves as The Brady Bunch. Coined a “mockumentary”, Modern Family is one of America’s most well-loved, prime-time family comedy shows. It’s certainly up there with famous family sitcoms such as The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show and Fresh Prince of Bel Air! And for good reason; its guaranteed belly-busting laughs and somewhat eccentric characters have created TV history, winning 17 Primetime Emmy Awards and even a Golden Globe!
All with a number of hilarious turns! Of course, we could go through the whole cast, but let’s get to what you’re really here for; to see the real-life partners of the hilarious, somewhat dysfunctional, Modern Family. Some you may know already; but we can guarantee some will take you by surprise!
Ed O’Neill & Catherine Rusoff (Married)
The patriarch. The myth. The man. We’re talking about Jay Pritchett, obvs. This guy definitely isn’t going to be able to enjoy his semi-retirement peacefully; between chasing Gloria, his kid Joe, his step-kid Manny and his grand-kids, well…livin’ ain’t easy. There’s no doubt that the show wouldn’t be the same without him. On the show he’s a divorcee that’s remarried a younger, Colombian beauty, however, in real life, he’s had a lot more staying power; he’s been married to Catherine Rusoff since 1986…that’s over 30 years! That number of years with the same person is something millennials definitely won’t be able to wrap their heads around!
The pair met whilst they were on the sitcom Married…with Children, (a series for which O’Neill, as Al Bundy, was nominated for two Golden Globes!) and have been together ever since. While Ed continues with his role on Modern Family, his wife Catherine has since had her curtain call and is focused on spending time with their two daughters, Sophia and Claire.