Modern Family: Look Who's Playing Cam's Dad

Modern Family Barry CorbinBarry Corbin has snagged a pivotal branch on the Modern Family tree.

The veteran actor — whose myriad TV credits include Northern Exposure, One Tree Hill and, more recently, The Closer (playing dad to Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda) — has been cast as Merle Tucker, the father of Eric Stonestreet’s Cam, a show rep confirms to TVLine.

Merle, who surfaces during May sweeps, is described as solid, masculine and gruff.

On Thursday, Stonestreet tweeted a photo of Corbin at the table read for the episode above the caption, “Fans of Modern Family: Please meet Cam’s Dad, Merle Tucker.”

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  1. Tikkanen says:

    Perfect. I will always remember him as the General from Wargames. Colonel, take us to DEFCON 1.

  2. Rock Golf says:

    You can test your knowledge of the “Modern Family” family tree at the site linked to my name.

  3. Linda says:

    I remember him from the movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers. I loved him as Whitey on OTH and hated that he’s been gone from it now.

  4. sarah says:

    YEAH I like him! Loved him on Northern Exposure and OTH

  5. Liz says:

    Aww, Whitey! Love him and I wish he were appearing in the final season of OTH, but I can’t wait to see him on Modern Family.

  6. PJM says:

    Cool! Good choice. And I remember him from Wargames, too.
    “Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.”

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  8. Sherri Marshall says:

    I love Barry Corbin, I love Modern Family, and I am currently overcome with my love for YOU, Mr. Ausiello, for using the word “myriad” properly!

  9. TaMara says:

    Wait, does this mean he’s Brenda’s brother? Oh, wait he lives in NYC with his ‘roommate’ in a tiny one bedroom. (Sorry, you have to be a Closer geek to get that).

  10. Rach says:

    Love modern family…too funny ..the whole cast is perfect…don’t change a thing!! :)

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