Modern Family Ends Tonight: Catch Up with the Cast Then & Now
Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy)
Burrell's "cool dad" character Phil cracked us up for a decade with his dad jokes, pipe dreams and "Phil's-osophies," earning the actor, 52, two Emmys in the process.
While the family man tried (and often hilariously failed) to connect with his extended clan on the show, the actor and his castmates share a tight-knit bond off-screen that he knows will be hard to move on from.
"It will be a hard thing to say goodbye to the daily rhythm of seeing everyone’s faces, and just how fun and loving it’s been," the actor told Haute Living Los Angeles. But Burrell is looking forward to potentially taking a step back from the spotlight to spend more time with his wife, Holly, and their two young daughters, Frances and Greta.
But before your heart breaks completely, he added that he’s still open to future projects — they would just need to be "something like another television show, where it was close to home and I knew the hours were going to allow me to be around the way that [Modern Family] has."
Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy)
Bowen, 50, earned two Emmys for her role as micro-managing mom Claire, who was as competitive as she was compassionate when it came to her loved ones. While her on-screen family was "fake," their bonds are very real, and the actress isn't quite sure how to say goodbye.
"I love my fake children," she told Us Weekly. "I love them so much. People say, 'What are you going to do when Modern Family ends?' And I’m like, 'What are you going to do when your family ends?' It’s not going to be easy."
The real-life mom of three, who divorced her husband in 2018, tried her hand at directing an episode of the hit ABC series, as well as a video for the Power On Film Series on YouTube. She's also an active board member of Baby2Baby, a charity that supports children in need.
Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy)
Hyland had a handful of TV roles and small film appearances before finding her home on Modern Family at age 18, but the actress is now best known for her portrayal of the oldest Dunphy child, Haley, a rebellious social butterfly who preferred boys to books and had a penchant for screwing up.
During the show's run, the actress revealed she underwent a kidney transplant in 2012 and another in 2017, after the first went into failure. She's since been candid about her difficult and emotional recovery process, but these says, "I’m stable," Hyland told SELF. "I’m thriving. I’m super happy with life."
While Haley gave birth to twins in season 10, Hyland has yet to take that step with her fiancé Wells Adams — but wearing the prosthetic bump gave her a taste of what it might be like.
"I feel pregnant when I’m in the belly," she admitted. "Today at work I went into crafting and I was like, 'Oh, that doughnut looks really good.' And then I had four doughnuts. I was like, 'It’s fine! I’m eating for three.'"
Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy)
Winter, 22, took on the role of know-it-all middle child Alex at age 11, but she'd been in the industry since her mom signed her up for commercials at age 4. "I love what I do, but I don’t know if it’s a choice I would have made on my own," she previously told PEOPLE.
While Claire's Type A mini-me daughter was growing up, Winter was also voicing characters on TV series including Phineas and Ferb and Sophia the First. She became an emancipated minor in May 2015, and moved in with 31-year-old then-boyfriend Levi Meaden. The pair split last October, and Winter is now dating Dumplin' actor Luke Benward.
The actress enrolled at UCLA in 2017 before taking a break from her studies six months later so could "continue to pursue my career and also try to have a little bit more of a life because I’ve been so busy," she told Entertainment Tonight. "But I think education’s really important. I love being there. I love learning. I will continue to keep learning."
Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy)
Modern Family's first season premiered in 2009, when Gould was 10 years old. While his character Luke was defined by his high energy level, non-existent filter and low IQ, Gould is actually a member of high IQ society Mensa International, and graduated high school with a GED at age 13.
The real-life genius has high hopes for his character, he told HollywoodLife. "I feel so close to him, so I want him to do well. I would like them to wrap up Luke’s storyline in a way where he’s able to make something of himself," he revealed to the outlet, adding, "He’s either going to become a crazy inventor or he’s going to become a con artist, either of which I’d like to see. Both would be fine."
After Modern Family, fans can catch the 20-year-old in his upcoming film Camp.
Ed O'Neill (Jay Pritchett)
O'Neill, 73, was already well-known on the small screen for portraying Al Bundy on Married... with Children before he took up the role of Jay. As the often ignorant but well-meaning patriarch of the Pritchett-Dunphys, O'Neill's character was an old-fashioned man's-man who struggled to accept his son Mitchell being gay and his son-in-law Phil being, well, Phil. The ABC sitcom's many seasons were benchmarked by Jay's increasing tolerance and understanding toward his family, who all strived to impress him (except his second wife Gloria — she set him straight every time).
Sofía Vergara (Gloria Delgado)
Vergara, 47, had a handful of TV roles before taking the small screen by storm as the feisty Gloria. Her role as the fiercely family-oriented, outspoken and sexy second wife of Jay (and mother of Manny) provided many of the show's most hilarious moments, and earned the Colombian-American actress the title of the highest-paid TV actress in 2017.
Vergara told Health that after so many seasons, playing Gloria became second nature.
"It gets easier and easier, because you kind of become that person," she explained. "Like, I already know how she’s gonna react to things. But it’s always fun. You know how you hear that some actors get bored of playing a character for so long? To me, it’s super exciting. There is never a dull moment on set."
Vergara — who married fellow actor Joe Manganiello in 2015 and has a 27-year-old son, Manolo, with ex-husband Joe Gonzalez — doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, having starred in 2019's Bottom of the 9th alongside her husband and currently lending her voice to another film in the works, Koati. She also has a denim line for Walmart and endorsement deals with several lifestyle brands.
Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado)
Rodriguez has grown up quite a bit since taking on the role of the precocious Manny, whose intelligence and sophisticated adult sensibilities were constantly tested by his nephew and unintentional partner-in-crime, Luke (who could forget the tequila worm episode?).
As for the series ending, Rodriguez is taking things as they come. "It’s definitely going to be hard when (the end) comes, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he told the Sioux City Journal.
In addition to continuing his acting career, the 21-year-old has started a production company with his older sister, Disney Channel star Rani Rodriguez. "Whenever Modern Family does end up finishing, I figure I’ll have something to work on," he told the outlet.
"My sister and I have already started writing our own things but I still want to act."
Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker)
Stonestreet, 48, was best known as Ronnie Litre on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before warming our hearts as flamboyant farm boy Cam, whose enthusiasm and musical passion knew no bounds. Stonestreet's performance earned him two Emmys for best supporting actor, which would make Cam proud. The actor took up a handful of other roles throughout the seasons, appearing in Bad Teacher and joining costar Ariel Winter in doing voice work for the TV series Sophia the First.
Stonestreet, who has been dating pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer since August 2017, shared a mirror selfie (taken with an actual digital camera! #tbt) to Instagram last year from the day he auditioned for what was then called My American Family. He shared a touching tribute to the show, writing, "It was announced today that next year (season 11) will be our last. I’m so thankful and grateful to have had this job for the last 10 years and that I get to do it for ONE MORE year with this talented group of beauties."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett)
Ferguson, 44, had a successful theater career and a handful of TV appearances under his belt before taking on the role of the fittingly theater-obsessed lawyer Mitchell, whose constant bickering with his sister Claire and longtime partner Cam (whom he eventually married) set the stage for some of the series' sweetest reconciliations.
"We’ll never have jobs as good as this job," Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We love these characters so much. We love doing the show."
On the bright side, the show wrapping up means the actor will likely have more time to focus on his family; he married husband Justin Mikita in July 2013, and told PEOPLE later that year that the two were hoping to start a big family within the next "four, five years."
In January, the couple announced that they are expecting their first child together.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily Tucker-Pritchett)
Anderson-Emmons was just 3 years old when she joined the cast in 2011 for season 3. As the sassy and scheming Lily — the Vietnamese-born daughter of Cam and Mitchell — the actress became the youngest ever nominee (and winner!) of a Screen Actors Guild Award at age 4.
Having launched her acting career with Modern Family, the 12-year-old is open to new types of roles after the series wraps — and might even be heading to the big screen. "If I continue acting I think I’d like to try some drama," Anderon-Emmons told Grumpy Magazine in 2018. "I would definitely like to be in a movie. That would be a totally new kind of acting experience for me."