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When you're young and dreaming of your family, you think of this perfect family; perfect wife, perfect kids. Look at me, I got this sorry bunch. But you know I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Jay Pritchett
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Portrayed By
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Full Name
Jason Francis Pritchett
Also Known As
Old Timer, Jay-Lo, Smarty Pants, Bucket List, Mr. P, Sexy Pants, Grump-pa, high pockets
Gender
Male
Origin
May 23, 1947
California, USA
Occupation
Owner of Closet fornia (formerly)
Owner of Pritchett Closets and Blinds
Family
Mr. Pritchett† - Father
Mrs. Pritchett† - Mother
Gloria Pritchett - Wife
Claire Dunphy - Daughter
Mitchell Pritchett - Son
Manny Delgado - Step-Son
Joe Pritchett - Son
Donnie Pritchett - Brother
Becky Pritchett - Sister
Irene Pritchett - Sister in-Law
Michael Pritchett - Nephew
Unnamed Niece-in-Law
Melanie Pritchett - Great-Niece
Stella - Pet
DeDe Pritchett - Ex-Wife
Phil Dunphy - Son-in-Law
Haley Dunphy - Granddaughter
Alex Dunphy - Granddaughter
Luke Dunphy - Grandson
Lily Tucker-Pritchett - Adoptive Granddaughter
Cameron Tucker - Son-in-Law
Lucas Williams† - Ex-Father-in-Law
Mrs. Williams† - Ex-Mother-in-Law
CeCe Williams - Ex-Sister-in-Law
BeBe Williams - Ex-Sister-in-Law
Fulgencio† - Father-in-Law
Pilar - Mother-in-Law
Sonia - Sister-in-Law
2 Unnamed Brothers-in-Law (via Gloria)
Seasons
S1 - S2 - S3 - S4 - S5 - S6 - S7

Jason Francis "Jay" Pritchett is the patriarch of the Pritchett family. He is the father of Claire, Mitchell and Joe. He is married to Gloria and is stepfather to Manny. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and is the former owner of Pritchett's Closets & Blinds.

Biography

Before the show

Jay was born on May 23, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett. He also has a sister Becky and a younger brother Donnie. When Jay was 10 and Donnie was 8, a bully named Joey Calieri took Donnie's bicycle so Jay put Joey's head in the ice as revenge ("The Musical Man"). When Jay was 12, he sneaked off to the movies with his best friend Jim and after seeing Solomon and Sheba swore someday he would marry Gina Lollobrigida ("Boys' Night"). Jay lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, during when he used to sleep with a butter knife under his pillow ("Travels With Scout"). Before he turned 18, he used a fake ID to enlist in the army unsuccessfully ("Hit and Run").

Jay eventually would serve in the Vietnam War and have his navy training in Pensacola at age 18. There he would meet Charlotte, who was 31 at the time and have his first sexual experience ("Goodnight Gracie").

Later in his life, Jay married DeDe Williams and together they have two children: Claire and Mitchell. They were married for 35 years until they divorced when they grew apart and DeDe left to find herself. She subsequently dated a woman named Dottie which ended badly ("Election Day"). Later on, Jay married a Colombian woman Gloria who has a son Manny Delgado from her marriage to Javier.

Personality

Overview

Being a war veteran, Jay is shown to be quite a tough person, somewhat strict, and manipulative in a sense. Now past his prime, he finds many of the things that his family do tedious, which he often expresses while sighing "Oh jeez". But despite all this, he is a decent man who cares about the welfare of his family.

Jay is also quite charismatic, which he attributes to his blue eyes. He claims that he is like catnip to sister-in-laws, as DeDe's sisters BeBe and CeCe, and Gloria's sister Sonia are attracted to him ("Valentine's Day 4: Twisted Sister").

Season Summaries

Occupations

Co-Owner of Closet Fornia

Formerly

During the early 1980s, Jay was the co-owner of a closet company called "Closet Fornia" alongside Earl Chambers. Their business was going very well, as Jay recalls that "maybe a celebrity or two" had come in to their company and "may or may have not bought a closet". However, the partnership soon ended when in 1984 Earl unceremoniously left and took all their clients with him. According to Jay, Earl had badmouthed him so Jay had to start all over again ("Won't You Be Our Neighbor"). Jay had carried a grudge against Earl ever since.

Owner of Pritchett's Closets & Blinds

Co-own (with Claire)

Jay is currently the owner of Pritchett's Closets & Blinds. He hired his daughter, Claire, to work for him ("First Days"). From being the owner of the closet company, it seems that it's given him a lot of money. He seems to be the wealthiest person in his family. In Season 7, Jay hands down the business to his daughter, she takes over as everyone's boss. He comes back to help out as he misses working there but is scared to ask Claire. Claire has been wanting him back for help, but was scared to ask him too.

Relationships

Family

Claire

Mitchell

Phil

DeDe

Gloria

Cam

Manny

Joe

Friendships

Vincent

Other Family

Jay's parents have both passed away, and his brother Donnie is living with his own family (possibly in Buffalo as Jay is not sure). His sister Becky is only mentioned.

Mr. Pritchett

Mrs. Pritchett

Donnie

Becky

Trivia

  • He along with the other parents: Gloria, Phil, Claire, Mitch, and Cam are the only characters who have appeared in every episode.
  • He may have stayed in Ohio for a while, as he asks a woman in Florida who seems familiar to him if she had been there ("Goodnight Gracie").
  • Jay can be seen reading a newspaper that was previously seen in 'Married... with Children', which he starred in.
  • He likes constructing model airplanes and keeps a collection in a cabinet that is always locked.
  • Jay seems to enjoy sports and fishing, as seen in various episodes.
  • His favorite song is "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight & the Pips ("The Late Show").

Quotes

Season 1

Quote1 Jay: Where's my good underwear?
Gloria: The question is, why isn't all your underwear good, Jay? You make a nice living.
Quote2

From "Family Portrait"

Quote1 Jay: Back in '68, when I was sweeping up hair in that barbershop, I had this mental picture of the family that, if I was lucky enough, I would end up with. Perfect wife, perfect kids... Well guess what? I didn't get any of that. I wound up with this sorry bunch. And I'm thankful for that every day. Well, most days. Quote2

From "Family Portrait"

Quote1 Jay: So Chamberlain comes in one day with a friend, and it's Elvis. Best singer in the world after Sinatra, and I'll fight anyone who says different.
Luke: Dad says the best singer in the world is Peabo Bryson.
Jay: Then I'll have to fight your dad.
Quote2

From "Family Portrait"

Quote1 Jay: When you're young and dreaming of your family, you think of this perfect family; perfect wife, perfect kids. Look at me, I got this sorry bunch. But you know I wouldn't trade them for anything. Quote2

From "Family Portrait"


Season 2

Quote1 Jay: I am always on time. It's easy for me, 'cause I'm organized. Not my wife. You think growing up in a place full of death squads and drunk uncles she'd learn to run faster. Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"

Quote1 Manny: It says in the box that this is for ages sixteen and up. Are you sure I should have this?
Jay: What do you mean? You were born sixteen.
Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"

Quote1 Manny: What did you mean I was born sixteen?
Jay: I'm just saying you were never a kid. Which is good, because I hate kids.
Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"

Quote1 Jay:(as Manny mixes two soda drinks together) What are you doing?
Manny: Turning back the clock.
[while Jay hides Gloria's car keys in her purse, he is unaware that Manny is drinking it already and he cringes]
Manny: That's disgusting!
Jay: Don't judge. You're not married. This never happened.
Manny: What never happened?
Jay: That's a good man.
Manny: Boy! I'm a boy!
Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"

Quote1 Gloria: Tell me the truth, Jay. Did you put the keys in my bag?
Jay: ...No.
Gloria: I won't be mad.
Jay: In order to prove a point, I may have put the keys-
Gloria: [Punches Jay repeatedly in the arm] I knew it!
Jay: Why did I give you such a big watch?
Gloria: Why, Jay? What point were you trying to make?
Jay: I just wanted you to be more organized. You can be a little scatterbrained sometimes.
Gloria: You are the one whose brains are going to be scattered! Manny, hand me the gun!
Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"

Quote1 Gloria: How come I do all the looking while you do all the sitting?
Jay: Because you do all the losing.
Gloria: You are this close to doing all the sleeping in a tent on the backyard.
Quote2

From "Manny Get Your Gun"


Season 4

Quote1 Jay: I'm 65. If Gloria wants to be surprised, she should buy a box of Cracker Jacks. Quote2

From "Snip"

Quote1 Jay: [Picking up Phil for his vasectomy] Let's go! Chop chop!
Phil: Really?
Jay: Oh, yeah [Chuckles]
Quote2

From "Snip"

Quote1 [After finding out Gloria is pregnant with Joe]
Jay: I've always seen life like a series of doors. Sometimes you get to choose the door you go through, and sometimes you don't get that choice. But you still have to walk through it. So either you can go through kicking and screaming, or walk through with your head held high. And since I don't get to choose the door I'm about to go through, I just pray it's a healthy, happy kid. And a boy.
Quote2

From "Snip"


Season 7

Quote1 [to Claire]
Jay: And by the way I've known you for a long time. The last thing you need to worry about is looking weak.
Quote2

From "Promposal"

Quote1 Gloria: Ok, that's it! If the men in this house don't start talking to me, I swear to God that I will make life miserable for each and every one of you!
[Thunder crashes, electricity zapping]
Gloria: No, not yet.
Manny: Oh, don't tell me the power just went out. My Sleep Number bed is stuck on the nap setting.
Jay: Calm down, this is exactly why I sprung for a new generator.
[Generator powers on]
Jay: Which, you're welcome, just kicked in. Now, granted, it doesn't power everything. I had to make some hard choices.
Manny: Mmm, that's it? The bar and the pool table?
Quote2

From "The Storm"

Quote1 Jay: Pool's drained, leaks are fixed, generator's running, and I'm meeting my buddies.
Gloria: Why, Jay? Why you have to go out? It's a hurricane outside!
[Jay opens a pickle jar and takes one out]
Jay: I just do.
[Jay walks out]
Quote2

From "The Storm"

Quote1 Jay: A damn tree's blocking the street. I need my chainsaw.
Phil: Jay, I know you didn't ask my advice
Jay: I'm glad you noticed that.
Quote2

From "The Storm"

Quote1 Gloria: She could lose a couple of pounds, anyways.
Jay: Thank God you don't have a daughter.
Quote2

From "I Don't Know How She Does It"

Quote1 Jay: Gloria makes this Colombian dish I loved when we were first dating... I lied about a lot of things back then.
[Jay takes a forkful of the food, looks over at a seemingly sleeping Gloria and secretly feeds the dog, but Gloria sits up.]
Gloria: What the hell are you doing?!
[Jay puts the fork down]
That takes me three days! Three days to prepare! And then you say that you love it, and you feed it to the dog? What else have you been lying about, Jay Kennedy Pritchett!?
Quote2

From "I Don't Know How She Does It"

Quote1 [Manny and Luke arrive at Jay and Gloria's house]
Manny: Oh! Hi there, how's everybody doin'?
Luke: What's up with Stella?
Jay: Where've you two been?
[Manny drops his Mom's laptop]
Gloria: Is that my computer?!
[Gloria bends down to pick it up]
Manny: Don't open that!
[Luke goes to open the door for Stella]
Jay: Don't open that!
Luke: Is that Joe's plane?
[Jay goes to open the front door]
Gloria: Don't open that!
Luke: Lot of unanswered questions here, seems like.
Gloria: Why don't we all just take a step back?
Jay: Nice and easy
Gloria: Okay, so now I am going to go and take a little walk.
Manny: Luke and I have some homework to do upstairs.
Jay: And I'm going to the little boy's room.
Quote2

From "I Don't Know How She Does It"

Quote1 Jay: You're picking your eyebrows again. Like you did when I put you in Little League.
Mitchell: Okay, I am a little stressed. But it's just 'cause I'm buried under work. And Cam's sister is the worst influence on Lily. But I can't yell at her because she's a sopping mess. So, you know, who am I supposed to yell at? My husband, who needs a machine to breathe?
Jay: Well, you better find yourself an outlet. That's why I have scotch and golf and cigars. Otherwise, I'd be a raging jackass.
Waitress: We're out of Rye.
Jay: Then bake some!
Mitchell: Can you please not yell at the woman who's bringing us our food?
Quote2

From "Express Yourself"

Quote1 Mitchell: So, a karaoke bar, huh? [ Chuckles ] You know, it's a little offensive that you think singing a pop song is gonna solve my problems. How gay do you think I am?
Jay: Mitchell! Madonna!
["Express Yourself" comes on]
Quote2

From "Express Yourself"

Appearances

For Season 7, there were no more than 22 episodes, which is unusual since, every other season has 24 equally.

Appearances

Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415161718192021222324Total
Season 1 24
Season 2 24
Season 3 24
Season 4 24
Season 5 24
Season 6 24
Season 7 22
Season 8 ? ? ?

Please go to here for color coding.

Gallery

  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3-5
  • Season 6
  • Jay and Claire
  • Jay and Mitchell
  • Jay and Phil
  • Jay and DeDe
  • Jay and Gloria
  • Jay and Cam
  • Jay and Shorty
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

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