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Sherman "Pepper" Saltzman is one of Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker's gay friends.

In "Earthquake", Both Mitch and Cam hate going to Pepper's yearly party and they decide to try and skip it this time. Since an earthquake happened, they say that Mitch has a sprained ankle and that stuff is broken all over the house as an excuse. Really though, none of their stuff had got broken in the earthquake, but Pepper invited himself over to their house to help. Not long after Pepper comes in, he starts to feel bad because Mitch told him that he does not want to go to the parties because he gets jealous because of Pepper and Cam. He helps plan Mitchell and Cam's wedding.

In "Boys' Night", he hangs out with Mitch, Cam, Longines, Crispin and Jay on their "boys' night out".

In "Fight or Flight", he Mitch, Cam, Ronaldo, and Longines organize a belated baby shower for Sal.


Pepper is extremely quirky, insensitive, melodramatic and sardonic. He’s very cocky: He insensitively remarks on how Cam and Mitch have a small house, and also that they are poor. He, like Ronaldo, seems to judge a house by its appearance and class, as opposed to its suitability for people living in it. He has absolutely no filter or social restraint, and is completely willing to voice his opinion, entirely unaware if it will insult the people he is talking to. Ironically, and rather hypocritically, due to his immense sensitivity, people have to walk on eggshells around him. Pepper is also a control freak and, before he realizes that Ronaldo has feelings for him, he always orders him around and prevents him from talking to people. Despite this, Ronaldo still loves him.


  • Ronaldo: Ronaldo was originally Pepper's assistant. Later, Ronaldo and Pepper started dating.
  • Lionel: Lionel is Pepper and Ronaldo's adopted son. Unlike Lily, who was adopted as a baby, Lionel was about 10 when he was adopted.


  • Before the series began, he dated Cameron.
  • Like Jay Pritchett, Pepper also served in the U.S. Navy. This is mentioned in "Leap Day", with his absence at the yacht party being blamed on his dislike of boats due to his naval service.
  • He has a son, Kyle, who is a Navy SEAL which is mentioned in "A Slight at the Opera". However this creates a continuity error in "Fight or Flight" when Pepper says "I've wanted a child for some time now." signifying he is childless. Alternatively, it might indicate that he wanted to adopt a child of his own, like they had Lily. 
  • Pepper is Jewish, which is mentioned in when Mitch and Cam do not attend his Passover seder ("Earthquake ")
  • His father was named Chaim Saltzman, but went by "Chad Treadwell" at his golf club.
  • He has planned 53 gay weddings.
  • He mentions being economically unstable as he wasted his money, although it seems as though he has since recovered.
  • Ronaldo says that straight men don't like Pepper. Pepper himself says that this is because they are threatened by him.
  • His grandparents grew up in a trailer (Sex Lies and Kickball)


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