Happy Birthday, Phil Dunphy!

Today is Tyler Gerald Burrell‘s birthday! Turning 49 today, actor/comedian Ty Burrell is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won a Primetime Emmy Award as well as Screen Actors Guild Award. While he has been active in the film and TV industry since 2000, he is everybody’s favorite dad – Mr. Dunphy! In the series, he plays the role of Claire’s husband and father of Haley, Alex and Luke. He works as a real estate agent in California. With brilliant characters in the show, he still manages to stand out as the funniest guy, with his witty lines and clever puns.

He uses a parenting method that he calls ‘peerenting’, which is a combination of talking like a peer, but acting like a parent. He considers himself a ‘cool dad’. Phil is child-like, clumsy, considerate, caring, tech-savvy, optimistic, easygoing, happy-go-lucky and overall just a great guy, making him everybody’s favorite. He is also a philosopher – he wrote a book called Phil’s Osophy. Listed below are some of his best quotes (philosophical and hilarious) from the show:

1. "When life gives you lemonade, make lemons, life will be all like; Whaaat?"

2. “Claire’s a perfectionist, which sometimes is a good thing, like when it comes to picking a husband.”

3. “I’ve always said that if my son thinks of me as one of his idiot friends, I’ve succeeded as a dad.”

4. "You know how in a fairy tale there’s always a potion that makes the princess fall asleep and then the guys start kissing her? Well, alcohol is like that except you don’t wake up in a castle — you wake up in a frat house with a bad reputation.”

5. “So Laura’s trying to test me? Bring it on. I’ve been tested my entire life. They could never find anything.”

6. “I’ll admit it. I’m turned on by powerful women. Michelle Obama, Oprah, Condoleezza Rice, Serena Williams… Wait a minute.”

7. “I am brave. Roller coasters? Love them. Scary movies? I’ve seen Ghostbusters, like, seven times. I regularly drive through neighborhoods that have only recently been gentrified. So yeah, I’m pretty much not afraid of anything…Except clowns."

8. "I’m the cool dad, that’s my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face."

9. "Key to a good birthday? Low expectations."

10. "If you love something, set it free. Unless it’s a tiger."
Here’s wishing Tyler a happy birthday! If you still can’t get enough of him, check out some more great moments.

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