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, however he is much older than Gloria and is often 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 manly hobbies such as watching football (Jay used to be a quarterback in college) and constructing model airplanes. He has never really been accepting of his son, Mitchell, being gay. However he seems to become accepting of this in the episode "Come Fly With Me", but after this episode he isn't still completely accepting of his son being gay. Aside from this, he is seen trying to get Shorty to "open up" to him in the episode "Fifteen Percent", and tries to comfort him about being gay, only to find out that he isn't gay. In Season 4 he is expecting a new child.
- Jay can be seen reading a news paper that was previously seen in 'Married With Children'.
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