Ed O'Neill (Born Edward O'Neill in April 12, 1946) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the FOX Network's long running sitcom, Married... with Children. O'Neill is also often cast as a police officer on television shows and in movies.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, O'Neill attended Ursuline High School. He attended Ohio University, in Athens, OH, and Youngstown State University, was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (cut in training camp) and was a social studies teacher before becoming an actor. He has appeared in several movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, and Dutch.
O'Neill also starred as Sgt. Joe Friday on Dick Wolf's remake of Jack Webb's classic TV crime series Dragnet. The series was short-lived, cancelled by ABC in its second season.
The actor had short cameos in Wayne's World and its sequel, reprising the menacing character he played during the Wayne's World sketch on Saturday Night Live. He also appeared as Relish the Troll King in The 10th Kingdom.
O'Neill went on to appear as a recurring character on NBC's The West Wing playing Gov. Eric Baker (D-PA). Baker, a strong candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, assumed the office of the Vice Presidency under Matt Santos at the end of the series.
O'Neill is married to actress Catherine Rusoff.