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Franklin Bernard "Frank" Dunphy was Phil Dunphy's father. He joked a lot with his son and was first seen during a video chat in "Undeck the Halls". He had a dog, Scout, who he got really close to while traveling.

In "Travels with Scout", Frank visited the Dunphys to give them the dog, and he seemed upset because later on they found out that he really wanted to keep the dog. Claire ended up missing the dog too when he left.

According to Phil, in "The Day Alex Left for College", Frank used to work in a grocery store.

In "Frank's Wedding", he married his second wife, Lorraine, who he met while on jury duty. In "Ringmaster Keifth", he almost decides not to propose after finding out that Phil didn't like him being with his (Phil's) former babysitter.

Frank died of old age in the season 11 episode "Legacy".


Frank was known to be kind, easy going, incredibly and endlessly goofy. He always had a good relationship with his son, Phil. It may have been the reason why Phil and Luke have a great father and son relationship.

He could have been emotional sometimes however as shown in several episodes which Phil could be at times as a way to cope with overwhelming emotions, a soft trait he had inherited from his father.



  • He served in the military at some point in his life.
  • He used humor as a coping mechanism.
  • His personality was much like his son Phil's.


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ved Modern Family  characters
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Phil DunphyClaire DunphyHaley MarshallAlex DunphyLuke DunphyDylan MarshallJay PritchettGloria PritchettManny DelgadoJoe PritchettMitchell PritchettCameron TuckerLily Tucker-Pritchett • [PETS]: LarryStella
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Frank DunphyDeDe PritchettJavier DelgadoPepper SaltzmanSalAndy BaileyRonnie LaFontaineAndrewLonginesRonaldo

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