Phil: My kids are helpless, but maybe that's okay. Because years from now when they have their own houses, they'll call me on their hologram phones and say, "Help me, dad. You're my only hope." And I'll be the happiest father in sector 7. Or sector 12, if we're doing really well.
Phil Dunphy
Phil Dunphy-S8
Portrayed By
First Seen
Last Seen
First Mentioned
Full Name
Philip Humphrey Dunphy
Also Known As
Phil (by himself and family)
Phil the Thrill (by )
Mario (by )
Clive Bixby (by Claire and himself *roleplaying*)
Jebediah Dunphy (by himself )
Vitamin P (by Himself)
P-Daddy (by Himself)
Felipé (by himself and claire )
Gunslinger (by )
Phyllis (by Jay )
Buffalo Phil (by Hank (The Cowboy) )
Dunphy (by )
Sir Philliam Dunphy (by Himself and Frank)
Pants-a-rella (by himself )
The Great Dunphini (by himself )
April 3, 1969
Florida, USA
Real Estate Agent
Frank Dunphy - Father
Grace Dunphy † - Mother
Lorraine - Stepmother
Claire Dunphy - Wife
Haley Dunphy - Daughter
Alex Dunphy - Daughter
Luke Dunphy - Son
Jay Pritchett - Father-in-Law
DeDe Pritchett - Mother-in-Law
Gloria Pritchett - Step-Mother-in-Law
Mitchell Pritchett - Brother-in-Law
Joe Pritchett - Half-Brother-in-Law
Manny Delgado - Step-Brother-in-Law
Cameron Tucker - Brother-in-Law
Lily Tucker-Pritchett - Adoptive Niece
S1 - S2 - S3 - S4 - S5 - S6 - S7 - S8

Philip Humphrey "Phil" Dunphy is Claire's husband and father of Haley, Alex and Luke. He works as a real estate agent in California.


Before the show

Phil was born in April 3, 1969 in Florida to Frank and Grace Dunphy. From her mother's side, he is part Australian. He went to high school where he was an active member of the cheerleading squad, a habit he continued to pursue until his college years.

On his 12th birthday, Phil hit 10 straight fastballs in the batting cage. His best friend then, Jeff Sweeney stepped in and was hit in the groin, to which Phil shouted "Ball two!" and people laughed. Phil would regard this as his best birthday for years, and according to him, also the moment he discovered that he is funny ("Game Changer").

Phil had two girlfriends before Claire in 1991: Denise, whom he broke up with while he was already dating Claire ("Truth Be Told"), and Carla Concannon, to whom he lost his virginity to on June 10th 1988 while listening to Carly Simon's Nobody Does it Better ("Sleeper").

During college, he had a roommate, Ling a fellow cheerleader who would later be mentioned to having built his own helicopter. He had a rival in college named Glen Whipple, captain of the cheer leading squad who also break dances and performs magic like Phil. He mentioned going to trapeze school ("Benched") and having a job parking cars where he dented an Aston Martin ("The One That Got Away").

He also has a severe fear of clowns, which he attributes to his accidental finding of a dead clown in the woods when he was a child ("Fizbo").


Phil describes himself as a "cool dad." A devoted family man, he dotes on his wife Claire and constantly tries to find ways to bond with his three kids, which quite often falls short. He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer, but acting like a parent ("Pilot"). Phil is generally portrayed as a good person who always takes the high road in dealing with difficulties, except when pushed too his limit as in "Fulgencio", where turned to mafia-like ways to solve his family's problems. Phil is often obsessive over being his kids' best buddy, which falls short especially as his kids go through puberty.

Phil is shown to be childlike and clumsy at times, and as implied by Claire to possibly have ADHD, characteristics he seems to share with his son Luke. One running gag with Phil is that he frequently makes accidental double entendres, often to the expense of Claire or his intelligence.

Phil is portrayed as a funny guy, which he claims started at his 12th birthday party where everyone laughed at his joke and he discovered he is funny. He often uses wordplay and improvisation in sentences to entertain people. For example, when before he answers the phone, he once asks "Who sang Evil Woman?" and then answers the phone "E-L-O" as in 'Hello'.

Phil is also an avid follower of technology, being adept on the latest gadgets with his online buddies. He loves sci-fi, fantasy and role-playing, as well as the concept of robots taking over or being used to further people's lives. Phil is a born dreamer always almost unshakably optimistic, easygoing, happy-go-lucky and maintains a positive attitude in an insane degree of situations. Despite this, he is fully capable of being deadly serious when his family's welfare is being compromised. Phil is also very good at choosing presents, according to Claire, which she is very bad at ("Great Expectations").

Phil is a realtor and takes his job seriously, to such a point that Claire believes incorrectly that it is the only thing that he ever takes seriously. Because of his career in presenting comfortable homes to a variety of people, he gets on with other people effortlessly, especially divorcées ("Larry's Wife").

Phil is not only fun-loving and almost childishly optimistic, but also extremely compassionate and empathetic to a fault. He selflessly puts others a mile ahead of himself and is willing to help out his family and friends, even Jay (Who has always shown animosity towards him) when they are in a jam. Despite this, Phil can lose his cool when pushed too far, which climactically comes to pass in "When a Tree Falls" when Jay unintentionally jokingly mocks Phil in front of his friends, and in the ensuing boxing match between them Phil obliterates Jay and beats him furiously, fuelled by some boxed-up rage against Jay for resenting him since they met. He is willing to apologise to Jay afterwards. Also, Phil is the first to truly comfort Jay in "The Storm", when Jay laments about the friends he lost in the military and that he feels compelled by their tradition to toast the fallen when one of their surviving comrades dies.

One of his infamous traits would be his effeminacy, especially when compared to his wife, a prime example of such role reversal would be when Claire became head of Jay's closet industry and he becomes the neglected trophy wife (instead of the stereotypical other way around). He enjoys spa days, gossip and was revealed to be a fully licensed hair stylist and masseuse. However, Phil's effmeinancy is also a useful trait for his job as a realtor; he has shown power over women because of his reliableness and trustworthy nature. Gloria admits that he is impossible to lie to and is easy to confide within such as when he helped her settle her problems with her old apartment while he was a hairdresser at the time.

Phil is revealed to be attracted to black women, although he only realised this while claiming he had a thing for powerful women: Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey, only realising the connection whilst listing.


Phil is in good shape, going to the gym ("Mistery Date"), running on the treadmill ("The Old Man & the Tree") and doing power walks ("Door to Door"). Phil likes to prove his manliness, especially to his father-in-law ("Snip"). He is often seen wearing a dress shirt and trousers. On the show's Valentine's Day episodes, Phil takes on an alter ego of Clive Bixby to go role-playing with Claire, who takes an alter ego of her own, Julianna. Frequently their attempts for a romantic evening go horribly wrong and end in either Phil or Claire being in a tight position.


Real Estate Agent

Phil's occupation at the moment is being a real estate agent. Phil helps people to either buy or sell a home or a piece of property. This may range from plots of land and small starter homes to exotic islands and luxury mansions ("Phil's Sexy, Sexy House"). Phil can work either as a listing agent, to help a client sell a home, or as a buyer's agent, to help the client buy a home. Real estate agents are employed worldwide as the need for buying and selling homes and property has always existed and will continue to do so. Phil has to be honest and loyal to his clients.

Season Summaries












Other Family




  • He likes listening to Hall and Oates.
  • One of his favorite movies of all time is Dirty Dancing, as he mentions in various episodes.
  • He coaches a children's basketball league ("Benched") and bets on his fantasy football team ("Unplugged").
  • Watching the nature channel.
  • Working with computers and technology.
  • He is also shown in "Up All Night" to have an interest in close-up magic.
  • Phil also loves trampolines and subscribes to a trampoline magazine.
  • He frequently talks about being a 'male cheerleader' in college, and is still under the impression that it was cool, attributing he and his cheerleader friends not being invited to parties to the other students being "jealous."


  • He, Claire, Mitch, Cam, Jay, and Gloria are the only characters who have appeared in every episode.
  • He was born on April 3rd, as he says that the first-generation iPad is released on his birthday ("Game Changer").
  • His and Claire's song is "If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, which was playing when they first kissed ("Great Expectations").
  • He has coulrophobia, fear of clowns ("Fizbo").
  • His favorite movie is Dirty Dancing, as he mentions in various episodes.
  • He mentions that he doesn't smoke because he has a respiratory problem ("Undeck the Halls").
  • He might have ADHD ("Starry Night").
  • Luke says that Phil thinks Peabo Bryson to be the greatest singer ("Family Portrait").
  • Phil, along with Claire, has shown an interest for "cheesy cinema" ("Our Children, Ourselves").
  • Phil has admitted to having a "thing" for black women. ("The Cover Up").
  • Phil played the flute in high school.
  • Phil doesn't find quotes amusing.
  • He has a phobia of clowns.


Season 1

Quote1 Phil: If you show enough houses, you learn all the tricks. Every realtor is just a ninja with a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere, but not me. I'm completely clueless. Quote2

From "Airport 2010"

Quote1 Claire: Do you know what we're gonna make?
Phil: Kids bored?

From "Fizbo"

Season 2

Quote1 Phil: When you mess with Phil Dunphy, the claws come out. Quote2

From "Two Monkeys and a Panda"

Quote1 Phil: You can insult a lot of things about me: my hair, my voice, my balance board exercises. But don't insult my selling. That crosses a line. What line? Oh, you don't see it? That's because I sold it! Quote2

From "The Old Wagon"

Season 3

Quote1 Phil: We have a name at the office for when a deal goes south. Commission: Impossible. Maybe for some people. Quote2

From "Aunt Mommy"

Quote1 Phil: [seeing Haley and Alex scrubbing the kitchen] Whoa. What's all this?
Haley: Mom heard us say we were bored.
Phil: Suckers.
Alex: She heard us from outside!
Haley: She has super-good hearing, like a seeing eye dog. They have overdeveloped hearing to make up for the fact... wait, the dogs aren't blind. Wait, are they? No, that wouldn't make sense.
Alex: [to Phil] You're right. If I wait long enough, she can get there by herself.
Phil: [his cell phone rings] Quick, girls. Famous Danny from "Moonstruck". Aiello?
Mitchell: Hey, Phil, I'm glad I caught ya.
Phil: What's up?
Mitchell: Uh, it's about Steven and Stefan. They want to see that house on Briar again.
Phil: Really? I showed it to them five times. Last time we were there, I think they got mail.
Mitchell: Yeah, well, that's why I'm calling. They hate upsetting people. Unless, of course, it's me. Then they don't mind waking me up at seven a.m., asking me to call you.
Phil: It's no problem. I'm just hanging around. Kind of bored, really.
[Haley and Alex gasp]
Phil: What?
[Phil gasps as he realizes what he just said].

From "Aunt Mommy"

Quote1 Phil: Hey Claire, guess what?
Claire: I'm sorry, honey, I can't talk right now. I told Bethenny I would take her to the airport. I'm late, and she's gonna miss her flight. Where are my keys? Why is that chair still here? I thought you and Luke were gonna put it out on the sidewalk.
Phil: So you can't talk, unless it's about my chores.
Claire: Why don't you just do it now and you won't be so bored.
Phil: You heard that?
Claire: I hear everything.

From "Aunt Mommy"

Quote1 Phil: Honey, you're not unlikeable.
Claire: Thank you.
Phil: You just seem unlikeable.

From "Little Bo Bleep"

Quote1 Phil: I am Phil Dunphy, and I am not a pervert. I, like a lot of men in this town, enjoy making love to my wife. I mean, uh... I mean with their wives. Not me, them! Look, I should probably just sit down and say nothing, but it's too late. I am standing, and I'm obviously talking, and now you're looking at me, and I feel the need to keep going. Quote2

From "Little Bo Bleep"

Quote1 Jay: [watching Claire try to remain composed at the debate] It's like watching the Hindenburg.
Gloria: It's the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life.
Phil: [standing up] Excuse me.
Jay: Stand by.

From "Little Bo Bleep"

Season 4

Quote1 [On Gil Thorpe]
Phil: We'll just have to tell her she can't work for this guy. He's Gil-ty of being a Thorpe on my side.
Luke: You're trying too hard.
Phil: I know.

From "Career Day"

Quote1 Phil: History is full of great rivalries. Athens versus Sparta. Harding versus Kerrigan. Gil Thorpe versus Phil Dunphy. He's the Tonya to my Nancy. Quote2

From "Career Day"

Quote1 Phil: I'm using my veto.
Claire: Veto? You don't get a veto.
Phil: You veto me all the time.
Claire: That's because you're ideas are dumb.
Phil: Name one!
Phil: [to camera] That went on for a while.
Claire: And let's not forget shower snacks.
Phil: I can't be the only one who gets hungry in there!

From "Career Day"

Quote1 Phil: I retract my veto.
Claire: You never had a veto.
Phil: Yes, I did.
Claire: No, you didn't, and here's why.
Phil: [to camera] And that went on for a while.
Claire: And finally, we would be having this conversation in a yurt.
Phil: It's the perfect structure!

From "Career Day"

Quote1 Phil: My kids are helpless, but maybe that's okay. Because years from now when they have their own houses, they'll call me on their hologram phones and say, "Help me, dad. You're my only hope." And I'll be the happiest father in sector 7 Or sector 12, if we're doing really well. Quote2

From "The Wow Factor"

Quote1 Phil: That's when it hit me-- my daughters know nothing about home care and maintenance. I don't want 'em to be dependent. It's up to me to show them what a modern, self-sufficient woman looks like. Quote2

From "The Wow Factor"

Season 5

Quote1 Phil: No one throws up, until I sing. Quote2

From "A Fair to Remember"

Quote1 Jay: Tonight, Frank you and me out on the town
Phil: Oh, fun, a three-way.
Jay: I already regret this.

From "The Help"

Season 6

Quote1 Luke: I wonder what kind of experiment we'll do? Maybe they'll show us those inkblots that look like two girls kissing.
Phil: Little tip from an old pro, they can electrify cheese.

From "Do Not Push"

Quote1 Phil: We're gonna have this boy over for dinner, and I'll serve a big heaping plate of I-told-you-so.
Haley: And then we'll serve unicorn burgers and magic beans and I'll bring my boyfriend Bigfoot.
Claire: Still better than Dylan.

From "Strangers in the Night"

Season 7

Quote1 Phil: Claire, I think I know the look of love in another man's eyes. Quote2

From "Summer Lovin"

Quote1 Phil: Life is like a mountain road, with a new adventure around every corner.
Andy: Wow.
Phil: Right!?
Andy: Did you just think of that?
Phil: I did.

From "White Christmas"

== Appearances ==


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

Please go to here for color coding.


  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4-5
  • Season 6
  • Season 7
  • Phil and Claire
  • Phil and Haley
  • Phil and Alex
  • Phil and Luke
  • Phil and Jay
  • Phil and Gloria
  • Phil and Manny
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

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.