For others with the name 'Dylan', see Dylan (disambiguation)

Dylan Marshall is Haley's on-and-off (currently on) boyfriend, currently a nursing school student. Dylan had no plans for college and wished to pursue his love for music and guitar playing. He later reveals that he is going to study nursing, saying: "I used to heal people with my music now I'm just doing it with drugs". Dylan is warm, a tad dim but sweet and has always been kind and loving towards Haley, even though she doesn't always treat him well.


Most of the family see Dylan as not very bright, and for this reason Claire in particular doesn't consider him good enough for her daughter Haley. Claire's attitude softens somewhat in Season 7, when Haley finally decides she she wants to be with Dylan. In a show of solidarity with Haley's decision, Claire starts wearing t-shirts that Dylan designs and sells to earn a living.

Although he rarely shows it, Dylan does have something of a smarter side. For example, in "The Incident", to everyone's surprise Dylan makes an insightful speech that clears up a fight between Gloria and DeDe. This leads Claire and Phil to reconsider their opinion of him, until he sings a song he wrote, "In the Moonlight (Do Me)", with its awkwardly inappropriate chorus about wanting to have sex with Haley.

Summary of Dylan

In the beginning of the show neither Claire nor Phil are very fond of Dylan. When they hear him play the song he wrote for Haley, titled "In the Moonlight (Do Me)", in front of them, it causes them to think that maybe they were wrong about him until they hear the chorus. Claire never really changes her negative attitude towards Dylan, while Phil later becomes quite fond of him, perhaps seeing his own relationship with Claire in Haley and Dylan's relationship. Despite the song's vulgarity, most of the family members afterwards were seen singing the song. When Dylan and Haley got in a fight, he plays the song from his phone in front of her house in a reference to the film Say Anything, and she makes up with him.  His band consists of 4 members including him, two other guitarists, and a drummer, all of which (except for the drummer) can be seen playing in the episode "Travels with Scout". Cameron, Haley's uncle, was a drummer in his band for one gig. He and Haley break up early season 2, but are reunited on Valentine's Day. In "Dude Ranch," he proposes to Haley, but is interrupted by Claire. Later, he gets a job as a ranch hand, and he and Haley break up. In the episode "Virgin Territory," Phil accidentally discovers that Dylan had sexual intercourse with Haley, yet this was kept a secret from Phil by Claire, Haley and Alex (who reveals it by accident). In the episode "Disneyland," Haley sees Dylan after Claire points him out, and Dylan is initially embarrassed to see Haley, but later on near the end of the episode they're seen to be back together again, much to Claire's dismay and much to Phil's delight. It was also revealed that he got a job at Disneyland as a Dapper Dan, but was fired. He and Ethan argue about who has Haley.

When Haley is concerned because she might not get into college in Season 4, she decides to live with him in a shared apartment. This makes Phil and Claire mad and they try to persuade her by telling bad things that will happen later if she continues her decision and she becomes confused. But later on, this decision changes when it is revealed that Haley was accepted into college, and that Luke has been hiding the acceptance letter because he doesn't want Haley to leave. Dylan, being a good boyfriend, asks Haley to her school prom that night and asks her to not forget him even while they're apart.

Later on Season 4, it is revealed that Dylan works in a limousine company as a driver.

Apart from appearing frequently during the series, he is labeled as a guest appearance in each episode he is in.

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We meet Dylan again in Season 7 when the Dunphy Family (excluding Alex, she is at her house with Sanjay Patel) go to the mall. Phil sparks up a coonversation with Dylan when he shouts for his name much to Claire's disappointment, as seeing Haley could make Dylan want to be with her again, it's known that Claire doesn't see Haley and Dylan going any where good, it's also known that Claire doesn't at all like Dylan but she supports him by wearing one of his t-shirts as she knows Dylan is what Haley seems to want. Andy comes back and it's clear that Haley and Andy could still have a spark, which is an unknown threat to Dylan; he is not aware about Andy and Haley or Beth, nor is he aware they could've dated.

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  • He likes western films, such as "The Gunfighter" ("Great Expectations").
  • He likes Anne Hathaway's films ("Moon Landing").
  • He is allergic to mayonnaise ("Fizbo").
  • The only known members of the family who dislike Dylan are Claire and Manny.
  • His last name is revealed to be Marshall in "Connection Lost".
  • It's made evident that Dylan is not an only child, in "She Crazy", he mentioned that he was reading a book that belonged to his nephew, which means he has a sister or a brother. This is also quite evident since he isn't married.
  • Dylan is the only character to appear in every season of the show though he is a non-family member. And he is also the only Haley's boyfriend who interacts with all family (save Joe) as Andy never speaks directly to the Pritchett Tucker clan, Rainer has no interaction with The Pritchett Delgados and only the Dunphys met Arvin.


Quote1 Haley: Don't play dumb with me!
Dylan: I never play dumb!

From "Mother Tucker"

Quote1 Dylan: I know you're worried, but I'm designing T-shirts now, and they're going to be huge... and medium and small. Quote2

From "Baby on Board"

Quote1 Haley: [to Dylan, in a Little John costume] Why are you dancing like that?
Dylan: This is what Little John does, maybe. I don't even know which movie this dude's from.

From "Disneyland"



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Season 9 1
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ved Modern Family  characters
Main characters
Phil DunphyClaire DunphyHaley DunphyAlex DunphyLuke DunphyJay PritchettGloria PritchettManny DelgadoJoe PritchettMitchell PritchettCameron TuckerLily Tucker-Pritchett • [PETS]: LarryStella
Recurring characters
Frank DunphyDeDe PritchettJavier DelgadoPepper SaltzmanSalAndy BaileyDylan MarshallRonnie LaFontaineAndrew