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

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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.”




Comments (12)

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

    Comment by Tikkanen – February 10, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Rock Golf – February 10, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Linda – February 10, 2012 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YEAH I like him! Loved him on Northern Exposure and OTH

    Comment by sarah – February 10, 2012 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Liz – February 10, 2012 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.”

    Comment by PJM – February 10, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHITEY!!!!!

    Comment by Captain – February 10, 2012 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Sherri Marshall – February 10, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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).

    Comment by TaMara – February 10, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love modern family…too funny ..the whole cast is perfect…don’t change a thing!! :)

    Comment by Rach – May 17, 2012 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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