Things you didn’t know about 'Modern Family' cast

Fans of Emmy-favorite 'Modern Family' are familiar with the quirks of the Pritchett and Dunphy clans. But here are some fun facts you might not know about the award-winning cast.

Ed O’Neill was a former social studies teacher at Ursuline High School, and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. His football career was short-lived. He was cut in training camp.
Ed O'Neill
Ed O’Neill was a former social studies teacher at Ursuline High School, and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. His football career was short-lived. He was cut in training camp.
Nolan Gould is not known for his intelligence on the show, where he plays the destructive youngest member of the Dunphey clan. However, the kid genius is actually a member of Mensa at age 13. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Nolan Gould
Nolan Gould is not known for his intelligence on the show, where he plays the destructive youngest member of the Dunphey clan. However, the kid genius is actually a member of Mensa at age 13. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter, who plays the brainy Alex Dunphy, has way more edge than her character. She is in a band called “Wicked Sweet” and now has a CD out. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter, who plays the brainy Alex Dunphy, has way more edge than her character. She is in a band called “Wicked Sweet” and now has a CD out. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Sarah Hyland plays a teen queen on the show but is actually a 21-year-old who has been dating actor Matt Prokop (pictured) since they met at an audition. She’s also had her share of challenges. Earlier this year, she received a kidney transplant from her father after a lifetime battle with kidney dysplasia. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland plays a teen queen on the show but is actually a 21-year-old who has been dating actor Matt Prokop (pictured) since they met at an audition. She’s also had her share of challenges. Earlier this year, she received a kidney transplant from her father after a lifetime battle with kidney dysplasia. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Sofia Vergara may seem like a natural for the role of the vivacious and va-voomy trophy wife, but she was nearly a dentist. She was pre-dental in her native country of Colombia but dropped out two semesters before she graduated.
Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara may seem like a natural for the role of the vivacious and va-voomy trophy wife, but she was nearly a dentist. She was pre-dental in her native country of Colombia but dropped out two semesters before she graduated.
Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado, has a sister who he followed into show business. His sister, Raini Rodriguez, played Maya Blart in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Pictured: Rico Rodriguez and Raini Rodriguez arrive at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on July 22, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rico Rodriguez
Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado, has a sister who he followed into show business. His sister, Raini Rodriguez, played Maya Blart in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Pictured: Rico Rodriguez and Raini Rodriguez arrive at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on July 22, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Three-time Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson recently starred as Leo Bloom in a production of Mel Brooks' musical 'The Producers' at the Hollywood Bowl. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Three-time Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson recently starred as Leo Bloom in a production of Mel Brooks' musical 'The Producers' at the Hollywood Bowl. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Julie Bowen is a real-life mom to twins (pictured). She won an Emmy but it is in a state of disrepair after her kids accidentally broke the trophy. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen is a real-life mom to twins (pictured). She won an Emmy but it is in a state of disrepair after her kids accidentally broke the trophy. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons got her lucky break playing Lily because of fickle toddlers. It turned out that the twins who originally played Lily were burned out on acting, so she was called in to replace them. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons got her lucky break playing Lily because of fickle toddlers. It turned out that the twins who originally played Lily were burned out on acting, so she was called in to replace them. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Eric Stonestreet is a Kansas native who wanted to become a clown as a kid. In fact, his childhood invention of “Fizbo” the clown has now been resurrected on “Modern Family.” (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet is a Kansas native who wanted to become a clown as a kid. In fact, his childhood invention of “Fizbo” the clown has now been resurrected on “Modern Family.” (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Ty Burrell (whose real name is Tyler) went from homeless to Hollywood actor. While he was getting his graduate degree at Penn State University, he saved money by living out of his van. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell (whose real name is Tyler) went from homeless to Hollywood actor. While he was getting his graduate degree at Penn State University, he saved money by living out of his van. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

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