Modern Family has been one of America’s favorite family sitcoms since it first premiered in 2009. Nine seasons later, Modern Family is still going strong and has won too many awards to even count. Yes, the show’s writing is fantastic, but the success is really owed to the incredible ensemble of cast members who are all unique, but equally amazing and hilarious.
In the world of television, nine seasons is a lot. Tons can happen during that time, not only do the characters develop and become more interesting the more we get to know them- but the actors and actresses themselves also change quite drastically. Most (but not all) of the stars on the show were unknown actors or actresses before landing their role on Modern Family. Due to the series’ insane high-ratings and tremendous popularity, the once unknown actors and actresses quickly became celebrities and their lives were forever changed. Several of the main characters on the series started off as young children or teenagers, and have grown in front of our eyes into young adults.
Although sometimes it is hard to face the fact that our favorite television family is not actually a real family (as much as we wish they were), the cast mates do actually consider themselves as a “family” of sorts, considering they have spent so much time together. Of course, the truth is that they all have families and lives of their own. And although Mitch and Cameron are the perfect couple and serious relationship goals, in real life they each are in separate relationships.
Some of the actors and actresses on this list are similar to the role they play on-screen, while others are actually the complete opposite. While some of the characters haven’t changed much since the first season, others are unrecognizable…
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett – Then
Jay is considered the patriarch of the Pritchett family. He is Claire, Mitchell and Joe’s father and Manny’s step-father. He is married to his young and beautiful Colombian wife Gloria. He was the owner of Pritchett’s Closets & Blinds but has since passed it down to his daughter Claire. Being a war veteran and an old-fashioned man, Jay is known as having a “tough” and “manly” personality, but he has shown us many times that he is a caring, sweet individual deep down who loves his family very much. Jay is also extremely competitive and stubborn – traits that he’s passed down to Claire and Mitchell, making them feel the need to always be right.
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Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett – Now
Ed has been acting since the ’80s, but landed his first big role as Al Bundy in the long-running sitcom Married with Children. Similar to his role on Modern Family, the now 71-year-old is indeed a family man and has been married to his wife Catherine Rusoff since 1986. The couple have teenage daughters who are (coincidentally) named Sophia and Claire. Sophia has started acting on her own, and even appeared in a small role on Modern Family with her dad. Aside from Married with Children and Modern family, Ed also had a part in mini series The 10th Kingdom, and played a lead role in the short-lived crime dramas Big Apple and Dragnet.
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – Then
Claire is Jay’s daughter and Mitch’s big sister. She is married to Phil, and the they are the parents of Luke, Alex and Haley. Claire used to be a housewife until she started working for her dad at Pritchett’s Closets & Blind, now she runs the company. Although Claire is deep down a loving wife and mother, she can be a bit controlling and a big perfectionist.
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – Now
Julie had established herself as a successful actress years before being cast as Claire. Of course, her role as Claire is what ultimately launched her into fame. She has won several awards for her role in Modern Family, including two Emmys. Since 2004, the 47-year-old has been married to Scott Phillips, who just like her on-screen husband, works in real estate. The couple are the parents of three sons named Oliver, Gustav and John.
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy – Then
Phil is Claire’s husband and father to their three children. He works as a real estate agent, but practices his magic tricks on his free time. He thinks of himself as a “cool dad” and is constantly trying to find ways to bond with his wife and three children, even if they don’t really want to spend time with him. Phil is portrayed as a good-hearted person, who has an extremely innocent and childlike personality.
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy – Now
Ty appeared in series like Out of Practice and Back to You before landing the perfect role as Phil. Ty has won multiple awards for his work on Modern Family including two Emmy Awards. Like his on-screen character, the 50-year-old is a doting father and loving husband. Him and his professional chef wife, Holly Burrell, have two adorable adopted daughters, Greta and Frances.
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – Then
Gloria is the fun-loving, outspoken Colombian-born wife of Jay and the mother of Manny and Joe. She grew up in a poor village known for its high rate in crime, and therefore has a “violent” side to her. Gloria tends to be traditional and holds on to her strong belief in superstition. She was married once before Jay, but the wedding ended abruptly and she was forced to raise her son Manny on her own. She met Jay in a diner after moving to the US, and now she is a stay-at-home mom.
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – Now
Sofia, just like Gloria, was raised in Colombia. She grew up in a large family with five brothers and sisters and many cousins. She studied dentistry before she was discovered by a photographer on a Columbian beach and later moved to Miami. She landed her first English-speaking role in 2008, and the following year she was casted as Gloria. In 2015, she married her second husband actor Joe Manganiello, who is known for playing Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man movies. Sofia, who is now 45, has a 25-year-old son named Manolo with her previous husband, Joe Gonzalez, who she married at the age of 18.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett – Then
Mitchell is Jay’s son and Claire’s younger brother. He and his husband Cameron have one adopted daughter named Lily. Mitch grew up in the closet throughout high school, until eventually coming out to his father Jay. He met his husband Cameron at a charades party, and the two have been together ever since. High-strung and a bit uptight, Mitch tends to be the exact opposite of the free-spirited Cam, but the two seem to balance each other off. He graduated top of his class at both Cornell and Columbia University, and now works in a law firm.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett – Now
Jesse knew from a young age that he wanted to be an actor, and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 1994. He appeared mostly in smaller roles on TV shows and TV movies before landing the life-changing role as Mitchell. Jesse has been married to his husband, Justin Mikita since 2013. His husband, just like his on-screen character, happens to be a lawyer.
Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy – Then
Luke is the youngest of the Dunphy family. He is known for his playful, mischievous and often immature personality. He is a teenage boy after all.. His innocence and lack of intelligence makes him very similar to his father, and the two have a special relationship that is more like a friendship than a father-son relationship. He tends to get easily distracted as well as easily annoyed when people, especially his sister Alex, show off their intelligence. Over the years, he has grown a close friendship with Gloria’s son Manny, even though the two are quite opposite to one another.
Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy – Now
Nolan was only 10-years-old when he started working on Modern Family, and has therefore grown up before our eyes into a teenager. Despite the character’s “dumb” personality on the show, he is actually quite the opposite in real life. At the age of 13, he graduated from High School, and is a member of the largest high IQ society in the world- Mensa. The 19-year-old is ready to go back to school, and is planning on attending the University of Southern California where he will be studying Cinematic Arts.
Rico Rodriguez as Manny – Then
Manny is Gloria’s son and Jay’s stepson. He is known for being overly mature for his age, and handles his problems in life like a grown-up. He is a very deep young man, and enjoys having emotional conversations, drinking coffee, reading literature and has a great appreciation for music and arts. Gloria says that his romanticism comes from his father, who is a very passionate man.
Rico Rodriguez as Manny – Now
Rico, like Nolan, started appearing as Manny at a very young age. Rico appeared in a few series such as ER and iCarly as well as the film Epic Movie before landing the role of Manny. The 19-year-old is known for being mature, just like his on-screen character, and wrote a book at the age of 14 titled Reel Life Lessons…So Far. In March 2017, the young star faced a horrible loss, when his father who he was very close with, passed away.
Joe Mande as Ben – Then
Ben is a marketing manager at Pritchett’s Closets & Blinds. He often looks up to Jay and Claire, even though neither of them really care for him and just think he is annoying. He started to form a crush on Alex in the 8th season, and sent flowers to her as a secret admirer until she found out and the two started dating.
Joe Mande as Ben – Now
Joe works as not only an actor, but as a stand-up comedian and writer as well. He wrote several episodes in the series Parks and Recreation and The Good Place and also wrote his own book. The 34-year-old has made appearances on TV shows like Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, VH1’s Best Week Ever and Conan. The Emerson Graduate’s talents don’t stop there, he also released a comedy album which he collaborated with several famous comedians such as Aziz Ansari, Jenny Slate and Amy Poehler.
Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy – Then
Alex is the middle child of the Dunphy family, and is the most intelligent and clever of the three children. Alex tends to be an overachiever and tends to address others who aren’t as intelligent as her with sarcasm and condescension. Alex’s parents tend to ignore her and pay more attention to their other, less capable, children. When it was time to apply to college, she didn’t get into Harvard and she broke down. She eventually chose Caltech where she is now a student.
Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy – Now
At only 19-years-old, Ariel is already considered one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. She has been working since a young age, when she appeared as Little Tori in Tori Spelling’s series So Notorious in 2006. She also has worked as a voice actress for several animated children’s shows such as Phineas and Ferb and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. For the last year, Ariel has been dating Canadian actor Levi Meaden and the two have been flaunting their love all over social media.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily – Then
Lily is Mitch and Cam’s adopted Vietnamese daughter. They adopted her as a baby and she is the pride and joy of Mitch and Cam. Lily is a sweet and kind young girl, but can also be sassy and have a lack of empathy at times. She, like Manny, is pretty mature for her age and is often times more mature than both of her parents.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily – Now
Although twins Ella and Jaden Hiller played young Lily in the first and second season, Aubrey has been playing the role since the third season when she was only 3-years-old. She was the youngest star on the red carpet during both the 2012 and 2013 Emmy Awards. Now at only 10-years-old, the young actress has already won several awards for her performance including three Screen Actors Guild Awards (which she shared with her cast mates) for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Reid Ewing as Dylan – Then
Dylan is the on-and-off (but currently off) guitar-playing boyfriend of Haley. Haley’s parents are not particularly fond of him, especially Claire. Just as Phil and Claire were starting to give him a second chance, he played them a song about “doing” their daughter. Dylan, who has no plans on going to college, has had various jobs such as Dapper Dan in Disneyland and later on a limousine driver.
Reid Ewing as Dylan – Now
Reid has been in a few smaller roles here and there, and appeared in Disney’s Zeke and Luther before landing his recurring role as Dylan. Since appearing on Modern Family, his career has taken off and he has landed roles in films such as Fright Night, Temps and Crush. The 29-year-old recently revealed that when he first moved to Hollywood in 2008, he became obsessed with plastic surgery and has had several procedures since. He admitted to suffering from body dysmorphic disorder and also revealed that he is attracted to men.
Adam Devine as Andy – Then
Andy is the former male nanny to Joe and real estate assistant to Phil. Although Andy had feelings for Haley from the moment he first saw her, the two started off as close friends and spent every minute together. Andy and Haley finally end up together, but when he gets his dream job as a real estate agent in Utah, Haley urges him to take it. The two then decide to have a long-distance relationship. Andy is considered to be a true gentleman, and is quite the opposite of the men Haley usually dates.
Adam Devine as Andy – Now
Adam has starred in many popular movies such as Pitch Perfect, The Intern and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. He also appears as Adam DeMamp in the Comedy Central series Workaholics. He has voiced several characters including Pizza Steve in Uncle Grandpa and Boone in Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. The funny actor is now 34-years-old, and is dating the stunning Pretty Little Liars actress, Chloe Bridges.
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – Then
Cameron is Mitchell’s husband and Lily’s adoptive daddy. He grew up in his family’s farm in Missouri and many of his anecdotes comes from his childhood on the farm. Cameron is the complete opposite of his husband Mitch. He has a big personality and is not afraid of expressing his emotions. He loves theatre and music and taught music to children before becoming a high school football coach and P.E. teacher.
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – Now
Eric had a variety of appearances as a new actor, he appeared in shows like Spin City, ER and CSI. In 2009, he landed his biggest role yet (which also gained him an Emmy) as the lovable fan-favorite Cameron, and has been famous ever since. Despite playing Mitch’s husband on TV, he is actually attracted to women. The 45-year-old is currently dating a pediatric nurse named Lindsay Schweitzer, who he met at a charity event.
Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy – Then
Haley is the oldest child of Clair and Phil. Although Haley is described as a very affectionate daughter when she was a child, once she hit adolescence she grew apart from her parents. Haley is pretty and is proud of her good looks, and often uses them to get what she wants. Haley and Alex are opposites, Haley is popular and ditzy and Alex is awkward and a genius. However, the two do manage to get along and have a decent relationship despite their differences.
Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy – Now
Sarah’s role as Haley made her career, and now the 26-year-old is getting more attention than ever, some good and some not so good. In March 2017, the star addressed online critics who claimed she had an eating disorder. The actress denied the allegations and explained that her weight loss was due to having kidney dysplasia. Sarah had to undergo a kidney transplant in 2012. She seems to be doing better now, and is currently dating Wells Adams, a former bachelor on The Bachelorette- whom she met on Twitter.
Laura Ashley Samuels as Beth – Then
Beth was Andy’s girlfriend who works for the US Coast Guard. The family loved her and thought she was sweet and caring, but Haley hated her. She was convinced that she was jealous of her and trying to hurt her, since the chemistry between Andy and Haley was obvious. Haley’s fears turned out accurate after Beth put Haley’s hair near a burning candle until Gloria blew it out.
Laura Ashley Samuels as Beth – Now
Before Laura made her guest appearances on Modern Family as Beth, she played Courtney on MTV’s Awkward. She has also been in a few movies such as In Time and The Final. The 27-year-old is currently playing Pfeiffer on George Lopez’s new sitcom Lopez. Laura is dating her longtime boyfriend actor Matt Shively, who is known for playing Ryan on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP.
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman | Then
Pepper Saltzman is one of Cameron and Mitchell’s LGBT friends. He is known for being very eccentric and overdramatic and he often tells Mitchell and Cameron how small their house is and that they are poor. Pepper always makes his opinion known in a less than subtle way and he is completely unaware that he often insults people. He and Cameron once dated and he has a son who is a Navy SEAL.
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman | Now
Nathan Lane was already a famous actor long before he appeared as Pepper Saltzman. Lane is best known for his theatre performances particularly as Max Bialystock in The Producers and as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lane has been nominated for number of Emmy and Tony Awards for his work. In 2015, Lane tied the knot with his long time partner, Devlin Elliott, who is a theater producer.
Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett | Then
Jay Pritchett is the young son of Gloria and Jay Pritchett. Joe’s full name is Fulgencio Joseph Pritchett but he goes by Joe because Jay hates his real name but did it to appease his wife. Joe is a toddler in preschool and he is usually calm and has a bubbly personality. However, sometimes he gets people into trouble such as the time where he revealed that his mother shot Jay’s foot to Cameron and Mitchell.
Jeremy Mcaguire as Joe Pritchett | Now
Jeremy Maguire has not had much of a career as he is only 6 years-old. Originally, the role of Joe was played by Pierce Wallace, however, the producers replaced him with Jeremy because they wanted him to be only. Maguire once appeared in a tide commercial and he is set to appear in the film I’m Not Here, which is in post-production. Maguire is just beginning his acting career and we bet his career will grow as he gets older.
Kevin Hart as Andre | Then
Andre is the Dunphy’s neighbor and he is close friends will Phil. The pair become friends after Andre offers to help Phil build a treehouse for Luke. They don’t tell Claire because Phil knows that she won’t let them do it. Andre gets Phil in trouble with his wife again when he convinces Phil to buy a Porsche. Claire eventually convinced Phil to sell the car but he lies to Andre and says that he decided to sell it on his own.
Kevin Hart as Andre | Now
Kevin Hart is a well-known stand-up comedian and actor. However, Kevin was not always the successful celebrity he is today. Hart did not have an easy start in his stand-up career and he was even booed off the stage. He is now selling out shows on his comedy tours and he has appeared in movies such as This is the End and Ride Along. Hart is also the co-creator and star of the parody show, Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Elizabeth Banks as Sal | Then
Sal is a close friend of Mitchell and Cameron. Sal is known for being flamboyant and a heavy drinker. She does not like their daughter Lily because why they adopted Lily, they gave a lot less attention to Sal. Sal eventually marries Tony whom she ties the knot with after only knowing him for three months. The two get divorced and Sal ends up pregnant by a hockey player who is married to someone else.
Elizabeth Banks as Sal | Now
Elizabeth Banks has an extremely successful career as she is 5th highest paid actress in Hollywood. Banks has had starring roles in many films such as in the bio pic based on George W. Bush and in the Pitch Perfect movies. In addition to acting, Banks works behind the cameras and she made her directorial debut with the film Pitch Perfect 2. Banks has been married to film producer and sportswriter Max Handelman since 2003 and the couple have 2 children together.
Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine | Then
Rainer Shine has the perfect name as he is a weatherman that is introduced to Haley and Phil in the episode, Weathering Heights. At first, Phil tries to befriend Rainer but it backfires on him as he ends up asking out Phil’s daughter, Haley. In a later episode, Rainer asks Haley to marry him and she initially agrees but they both immediately have doubts because Rainer realizes that he was wrong about the weather forecast.
Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine | Now
Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor and the star of the ABC series, Castle. Fillion has appeared in a number of other television shows such as Desperate Housewives and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In addition to his acting roles, Fillion has worked as a voice actor and has lent his voice to movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Cars 3. Fillion is set to appear in the Netflix show version of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Rachael Harris as Amelia| Then
Rachael Harris plays the restaurant owner and extremely angry woman, Amelia. Amelia appears in one episode where Cameron and Mitchell set up a playdate with Amelia and her son Jackson. When Cameron and Mitchell go over to Amelia’s house, they accidentally spill a strawberry juice pack on her $50,000 carpet. They blame it on Jackson but then Amelia reveals that Jackson is allergic to strawberries and that she needs to inject him to prevent an allergic reaction.
Rachael Harris as Amelia| Now
Rachael Harris got her start as a member of an improv comedy group and has since appeared on many television shows throughout her career including New Girl and Suits. She is currently a main cast member on the show Lucifer. Harris has also appeared in all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies and in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Harris married her husband, Christian Hebel in 2015 and gave birth to their son Henry in 2016.
Jesse Eisenberg as Asher | Then
Jesse Eisenberg makes a guest appearance on Modern Family in the episode called Under Pressure. Asher is introduced as Cameron and Mitchell’s new neighbor and he claims that he is more environmentally friendly than Mitchell. Asher gets angry when styrofoam peanuts from Haley’s car blow into his yard. He ends up apologizing to Cameron and Mitchell and admits that he does not have many friends due to his obsession with being environmentally friendly.
Jesse Eisenberg as Asher | Now
Jesse Eisenberg got his breakout role starring as Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in the movie The Social Network. Eisenberg was acting long before his starring role and he appeared in the movie Zombieland and in the television series Get Real. Eisenberg is multi-talented as he wrote and composed the play, Shoshana and Her Lovers as well as writing an audiobook, which he narrated. Jesse is married to Anna Strout and the couple had a son in 2017.
Chazz Palminteri as Vincent “Shorty” | Then
Chazz, or “Shorty”, is Jay’s best friend and the two have known each other for 30 years. When he is first introduced, Mitchell tells his father (Jay) that he believes Shorty is attracted to men. Jay does not believe it at first but then he realizes that Shorty has never hit on Gloria and he begins to notice other signs. Shorty eventually opens up to Jay but rather than revealing that he is attracted to men, he said that he owes $20,000 in gambling debts.
Chazz Palminteri as Vincent “Shorty” | Now
In addition to being an actor, Chazz Palminteri is also a producer and a screenwriter. He is best known for his role in the 1993 film, Bullets over Broadway and as the star of A Bronx Tale on Broadway. Palminteri has appeared in other television shows other than Modern Family such as Blue Bloods and Law & Order. Palminteri also voiced a role in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He has been married to his wife, Gianna Ranaudo, since 1992 and the couple have 2 children.