"That's the formula for comedy: it's one step forward and then two steps back. Or it's two steps forward and one step back. It can never be resolved. Then you have no show."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Ed O'Neill discusses entering acting in his early thirties. He talks of his love of theater and speaks of several plays he was in before landing a role on the soap opera Another World. He recalls several guest appearances on television shows in the early 1980s, and explains how starring in the play "Of Mice and Men" led to getting cast in is most iconic role, that of "Al Bundy" on Married...With Children. O'Neill describes shooting the pilot of the show, meeting fellow cast members, and what a typical work week on the program was like. He comments on how changes with the writing/production staff affected the show, and shares that the series never had a last show/wrap-up episode. He discusses his roles in the movies "Dutch" and "Wayne's World," and outlines several David Milch series on which he worked, including Big Apple and John from Cincinnati. O'Neill also recalls his role as "Joe Friday" in the 2003 reboot of Dragne t, and then details his role as "Jay Pritchett" on Modern Family. He recounts how he was approached for the series, what it's like working with the ensemble cast, and what some of his favorite moments from the program are. Nancy Harrington conducted the interview on April 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA.