For others with the name 'Dylan', see Dylan (disambiguation)

Dylan Marshall is Haley's on-and-off (currently on) boyfriend, currently a nursing school student. Dylan had no plans for college and wished to pursue his love for music and guitar playing. In Season 9 Dylan reveals he is studying nursing, saying: "I used to heal people with my music now I'm just doing it with drugs". Dylan is warm, a tad dim but sweet and has always been kind and loving towards Haley, even though she doesn't always treat him well.


Most of the family see Dylan as not very bright, and for this reason Claire in particular doesn't consider him good enough for her daughter Haley. Claire's attitude softens somewhat in Season 7, when Haley starts dating him seriously again. However, she never fully accepts him as a good enough partner for Haley.

Dylan is always kind to everyone and throughout the show is never shown doing or saying anything malicious to anyone else. His intelligence, or lack thereof, gets him into awkward and weird situations more than once, but he is never cruel or mean on purpose.

Summary of Dylan

In the beginning of the show neither Claire nor Phil are very fond of Dylan. When to everyone's surprise Dylan makes an insightful speech that clears up a fight between Gloria and DeDe. This leads Claire and Phil to briefly reconsider their opinion of him, until he sings a song he wrote, "In the Moonlight (Do Me)", with its awkwardly inappropriate chorus about wanting to have sex with Haley. Claire never really changes her negative attitude towards Dylan, while Phil later becomes quite fond of him, perhaps seeing his own relationship with Claire in Haley and Dylan's relationship. Despite the song's vulgarity, most of the family members afterwards were seen singing the song. When Dylan and Haley got in a fight, he plays the song from his phone in front of her house in a reference to the film Say Anything, and she makes up with him. 

His band consists of 4 members including him, two other guitarists, and a drummer, all of which (except for the drummer) can be seen playing in the episode "Travels with Scout". Cameron, Haley's uncle, was a drummer in his band for one gig.

In "Dude Ranch," Dylan proposes to Haley, but is interrupted by Claire. Later, he gets a job as a ranch hand, and he and Haley break up for a while.

In the episode "Virgin Territory," Alex Dunphy accidentally reveals to Phil that Dylan and Haley have had sex, yet this was kept a secret from Phil by Claire, Haley and Alex.

In the episode "Disneyland," Haley sees Dylan after Claire points him out, and Dylan is initially embarrassed to see Haley, but later on near the end of the episode they're seen to be back together again, much to Claire's dismay and much to Phil's delight. It was also revealed that he got a job at Disneyland as a Dapper Dan, but was fired. He and Ethan argue about who has Haley.

When Haley is concerned because she might not get into college in Season 4, she decides to live with him in a shared apartment. This makes Phil and Claire mad and they try to persuade her by telling bad things that will happen later if she continues her decision and she becomes confused. But later on, this decision changes when it is revealed that Haley was accepted into college, and that Luke has been hiding the acceptance letter because he doesn't want Haley to leave. Dylan, being a good boyfriend, asks Haley to her school prom that night and asks her to not forget him even while they're apart.

Apart from appearing frequently during the series, he is labeled as a guest appearance in each episode he is in.

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We meet Dylan again in Season 7 when the Dunphy Family (excluding Alex, she is at her house with Sanjay Patel) go to the mall. Phil sparks up a coonversation with Dylan when he shouts for his name much to Claire's disappointment, as seeing Haley could make Dylan want to be with her again, it's known that Claire doesn't see Haley and Dylan going any where good, it's also known that Claire doesn't at all like Dylan but she supports him by wearing one of his t-shirts as she knows Dylan is what Haley seems to want. Andy comes back and it's clear that Haley and Andy could still have a spark, which is an unknown threat to Dylan; he is not aware about Andy and Haley or Beth, nor is he aware they could've dated.

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  • He likes western films, such as "The Gunfighter" ("Great Expectations").
  • He likes Anne Hathaway's films ("Moon Landing").
  • He is allergic to mayonnaise ("Fizbo").
  • The only known members of the family who dislike Dylan are Claire and Manny.
  • His last name is revealed to be Marshall in "Connection Lost".
  • Dylan is not an only child. In "She Crazy", he mentiones that he was reading a book that belonged to his nephew, which means he has a sister or a brother.
  • Dylan is the only character to appear in every season of the show though he is a non-family member. And he is also the only one of Haley's boyfriends who interacts with all of the main characters.


Quote1 Haley: Don't play dumb with me!
Dylan: I never play dumb!

From "Mother Tucker"

Quote1 Dylan: I know you're worried, but I'm designing T-shirts now, and they're going to be huge... and medium and small. Quote2

From "Baby on Board"

Quote1 Haley: [to Dylan, in a Little John costume] Why are you dancing like that?
Dylan: This is what Little John does, maybe. I don't even know which movie this dude's from.

From "Disneyland"



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Season 5 3
Season 6 1
Season 7 4
Season 8 1
Season 9 1
Season 10 3


ved Modern Family  characters
Main characters
Phil DunphyClaire DunphyHaley DunphyAlex DunphyLuke DunphyJay PritchettGloria PritchettManny DelgadoJoe PritchettMitchell PritchettCameron TuckerLily Tucker-Pritchett • [PETS]: LarryStella
Recurring characters
Frank DunphyDeDe PritchettJavier DelgadoPepper SaltzmanSalAndy BaileyDylan MarshallRonnie LaFontaineAndrew