Modern Family star Ed O’Neill has revealed he nearly turned a member of an organised crime gang – after failing to earn a spot on the American soccer crew the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 77-year-old actor, who performed Jay Pritchett on the sitcom, stated he was tempted to affix a gang when he was “broke” in his 20s.
He stated he grew up round “gangsters” in Youngstown, Ohio, and was approached by a pal after he was signed however finally minimize from the Steelers in 1969.
“I had friends in organised crime. My friend Jim called me and said ‘Hey take a ride with me. I want to talk to you’,” O’Neill stated.
The actor added: “He said: ‘You can do this stuff for me, I’ll protect you. I’ll give you easy stuff. Just you collect here. You do that. You run, you drop something off here and there. You know, you may have to lean on a guy but you’re good at that. You can make some good money’.”
O’Neill informed his pal he would give it some thought, saying he informed him, “I might be leaving town to pursue this acting thing”.
He continued: “I went home and I was thinking about it. I thought, what else am I going to do?
“So my father, he did not know something about this however he knew I took a experience with Jimmy as a result of he was on the porch.
“The subsequent day he stated, ‘Can I speak to you about one thing?’
“He said, ‘I saw you take a ride with Jimmy… I just want to ask you a question. Can you do time? You’d have a hard time being in jail, right?'”
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O’Neill stated he then refused the provide and moved to New York.
He was talking on the Dinner’s On Me podcast, hosted by fellow Modern Family actor, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
O’Neill went on to play Al Bundy in Married With Children from 1987 to 1997, earlier than touchdown his function in Modern Family in 2009.
He gained 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards together with the Modern Family forged, in addition to being nominated for 2 Golden Globes and three Emmys.
O’Neill has additionally voiced characters in animated motion pictures Wreck-It Ralph and Finding Dory.