The role of Jay Pritchett is played by actor Ed O'Neill.
Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), is the patriarch of the family and father of Claire and Mitchell, who is on the south side of middle age. He is married to Gloria and a stepfather to Manny, he is much older than Gloria and was once mistaken for her father. At times there is a cultural clash between him and his wife and step son because of their strong Colombian heritage. Most of the time Jay manages to tolerate Manny's sensitivity and Gloria's attitude. Although he usually acts tough, he values all of his extended family members. On occasion Jay enjoys traditionally maanly hobbies such as watching football (Jay used to be a quarterback in college) and constructing model airplanes.