Reunions of the cast of a long-running, successful series may be bittersweet occasions for both the original cast members and the millions of fans who tuned in week after week. Recently, Modern Family fans had a journey down memory lane after most of the cast reunited, with many of the kids appearing a lot older than viewers may have recalled.
That reunion photo had nearly all of the cast members, but many fans noted that the man who portrayed Phil wasn’t there. I was wondering if anyone knew what happened to Ty Burrell, who portrayed Phil on the sitcom.
Phil Dunphy Cause of Death
Throughout the whole length of the program, Ty Burrell portrayed Phil Dunphy, the family patriarch. Even though he wasn’t there, the cast was seen with a photo of him during the reunion. Many people were concerned that Ty had passed away when it was decided to display a picture of him at the event.
Someone tweeted under the reunion photo, “Umm…why are they holding a picture of Phil like that?”
What the heck, no. For a second there, I was convinced nobody had told me that Ty had died.
Many people were misled into thinking that Ty had passed away after seeing a cast member clutching a photograph of him. The actor was unable to attend the reunion for personal reasons. So, they decided to hold a photo of him instead, almost to communicate to everybody who viewed the image that he was absent but not forgotten.
It’s not clear why Ty wasn’t able to make it to the reunion, but seeing as how the gang all got together to hold a photo of him suggests it wasn’t because he wasn’t invited or didn’t want to go.
The most plausible explanation is that he had a conflicting engagement that prevented him from being present. There haven’t been any reports that he is unwell or wounded. Ty’s job schedule has remained consistent in the years after Modern Family ended.
Ty Burrell’s Emmy-Winning Performances as Phil Dunphy
In general, Modern Family was an awards machine, and Ty was frequently recognized for his efforts on the show. From 2011 until 2014, he was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor every year. Over the span of the show’s existence, he received eight nominations in a row.
Of course, Modern Family was a smash hit throughout its entire run, and the three-year hiatus has left many viewers missing their favorite characters and episodes.
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