Phil Dunphy is Claire's husband of 16 years who sees himself as the "cool dad." He dotes on his wife Claire and constantly tries to find ways to bond with his three kids. He is seen as very competitive, one example being his nature of always beating his son at basketball. He has a very child-like attitude, and is referred to by Claire as the "kid [she's] married to." He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer but acting like a parent. He is a real estate agent who is very confident in his work, once saying "I could sell a fur coat to an Eskimo." Phil has a severe case of Coulrophobia, which is first revealed when despite his objection, Cameron comes to Luke's party dressed as a clown. He at times shows a sort of crush-like affection for Gloria, however he says "[He] would never stray from Claire." In college he was a cheerleader.
1/2 Michael Bluth from Arrested Development, and 1/2 everybody's real life (embarrassing) dad, Phil Dunphy (played by Ty Burrell) is quickly becoming my absolute favorite TV character. And the reason why Burrell's character is so great is that he seems totally believable. His character epitomizes the out-of-touch father, trying to prove to his children that he is still (if he ever was) cool. Dunphy has supplied us with enough awkward quotes and sayings that it would be a disservice not … more
Take the rationality of Michael Scott from The Office, with the dryness of Ben Stein, throw in a heavy dose of loveable immaturity and hilarious obnoxiousness, and you've got Phil Dunphy. He's the seemingly over-confident real estate agent husband of Claire. He's so confident, in fact, that he claims that he could "sell a fur coat to an Eskimo". He was even a cheerleader in college. Hey, it takes a real man to for real cheer with pom poms. … more