Ed O'Neill
Date of birth: April 12, 1946
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Active: 1967-present
Role: Joe Friday
Show(s): L.A. Dragnet (regular)
Number of appearances: 22

Edward Leonard O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor who portrays Joe Friday in L.A. Dragnet.

Biography and career

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, O’Neill attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Youngstown State University. Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was cut in training camp and worked as a social studies teacher before becoming an actor. He has appeared in a number of movies including "The Bone Collector," "Little Giants," "Dutch," "Wayne’s World," "Finding Dory," "Sun Dogs," and several films for Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter David Mamet including "The Spanish Prisoner," "Spartan" and the indie film "Redbelt." His television credits include the long-running sitcom "Married with Children," "Dragnet," "The West Wing," "Big Apple" and "John from Cincinnati." O’Neill also had stints on Broadway, starring in the productions "Lakeboat" and "Keep Your Pantheon."

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