Javier Hectoro Delgado is Gloria Pritchett's charismatic ex-husband and Manny's biological father. After his divorce from Gloria, he has spent his life womanizing, much to Gloria's jealousy. 


Not much is known about Javier's childhood. He was formerly a Triple-A Baseball player and played alongside such baseball greats as Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.


Javier is implied to be very adventurous and have had many connections to important people because of his travels. Gloria says that because he is Colombian, he can be very persuasive ("Up All Night"). Gloria says that Javier is passionate and romantic, traits which Manny inherited.

Jay complains that people think Javier is cool and exciting but he only sees him as a "dad who doesn't show up". In speaking of his responsibilities, Javier states that "life is an adventure" and that he lives "in the now", which annoys Jay who was constantly the one who comforts Manny when his father flakes out.

Despite his behavior, Javier was very grateful to Gloria for how she raised their son. He voiced his appreciation of her Manny's graduation and stated their son wouldn't have become the man he is without her.



Jay finds Javier pretentious and irresponsible because of his wild nature. In "Up All Night", they became close but Javier ended up letting Jay down.


Javier was formerly married to Gloria before the show began. Their marriage to somehow seemed to be an imploding one as Gloria commented that all they did was "fight and make love". Gloria is also very appalled by Javier's actions, especially since he took Manny to a stripper club when he was six.

Despite any problems they have, Javier was grateful to Gloria for how their son turned out. At Manny's graduation, he thanked her for raising their son the way she did. Gloria was speechless and can only accept his gratitude in stride.


Javier has quite a good relationship with his son Manny. Manny looks up to him and they are shown to enjoy each other's company.



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