Quote1 I get very anxious doing straight comedy, and I hate table reads with the passion of a thousand burning suns. Quote2

Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer is an American actress.


Bowen portrays Claire on Modern Family. She has starred on many TV shows like Ed and Boston Legal. The movies she is known for are Happy Gilmore, Joe Somebody, and Crazy on the Outside. On Modern Family, she has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series five times, winning in 2011 and 2012. Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Jack and Susie Luetkemeyer and is the middle child of her older sister Molly and younger sister Annie. She attended Roland Park Country School and later graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in Renaissance studies. She married Scott Phillips, a real-estate investor, when she was starring as schoolteacher "Carol Vessey" on the TV show Ed. The two have been married since September 2004. They became the parents of a boy, Oliver McLanahan Phillips, on April 10, 2007 in Los Angeles. They also have 2 twins, John and Gus, born on May 8, 2009, with whom she was visibly pregnant when shooting the pilot for Modern Family. She also recently experienced a crazy accident where her the two twins put hot sauce in her eyes.


  • Julie guest starred in an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Trials), like fellow Modern Family co-stars Sarah Hyland (Repression, Hothouse) and Ty Burrell (Execution).
  • On her hit series Modern Family, she is married to a real estate broker played by Ty. In real life, she is married to a real estate investor, Scott Phillips.
  • Has a pacemaker.
  • Has said she regretted making The Last Man on Planet Earth (1999) because she was the non-lesbian character.
  • Is fluent in Italian.
  • Julie Benz is often mistaken for her and, when asked for her autograph, Benz would sign Bowen's name.
  • She is a spokesperson for Neutrogena.
  • While she was at the tail end of filming her fake labor scene on Boston Legal (2004), she went into actual labor with her son Oliver.
  • Practices Yoga.
  • Was considered for the role of Vickie Kittie in Mercy (2000).
  • Her salary, like her parent co-stars, for Modern Family is $190,000 per episode.
  • Directed the episode "Red Alert"



Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Five Spot Jewel
1996 Confessions of a Sleep Addict P.J.
Happy Gilmore Virginia Venit
Multiplicity Robin
1997 An American Werewolf in Paris Amy Finch
2001 You're Killing Me Jamie Quinn
Amy's Orgasm Nicki Also known as Amy's O
Venus and Mars Lisa
Joe Somebody Meg Harper
2002 Stella shorts 1998-2002 Mother Nature Direct-to-DVD release
2005 Kids in America Principal Weller
Partner(s) Katherine
2007 Sex and Death 101 Fiona Wormwood
2010 Crazy on the Outside Christie


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Loving
1993 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Chris Episode: No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story
Class of '96 Kristie Lewis Episode: Educating David
Acapulco H.E.A.T. Danielle Perkins Episode: Code Name: Body Double
1994 Runaway Daughters Angie Gordon TV-movie
Where Are My Children Kirstie TV-movie
1995 Extreme Andie McDermott 7 episodes
1996 Party of Five Shelley Episode: Unfair Advantage
Strange Luck Leigh Anne Episode: Healing Hands
1998 Three Amanda Webb 2 episodes
1998-1999 E.R. Roxanne Please 9 episodes
1999 The Last Man on Planet Earth Hope Chayse TV-movie
2000 Oh Baby Nikky Episode: What It Should Be and What It Is
Dawsons's Creek Aunt Gwen Episode: Stolen Kisses
2000-2004 Ed Carol Vessey 83 episodes
2002 Justice League Aresia 2 episodes
2005 Jake in Progress Brooke 4 episodes
2005-2007 Lost Sarah 5 episodes
2005-2008 Boston Legal Denise Bauer 52 episodes
2007 Wainy Days Cheryl Episode: Tough Guy
2008 Weeds Lisa 7 episodes
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Gwen Sibert Episode: Trials
2009 Monk Marilyn Brody/Patrice Gesner Episode: Mr. Monk and the Bully
2009-Present Modern Family Claire Dunphy Currently running


ved Modern Family  cast
Main cast
Ty BurrellJulie BowenSarah HylandAriel WinterNolan GouldEd O'NeillSofía VergaraRico Rodriguez IIJeremy MaguireJesse Tyler FergusonEric StonestreetAubrey Anderson-Emmons
Recurring cast
Fred WillardShelley LongNathan LaneElizabeth BanksAdam DeVineReid EwingSteve Zahn
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