“Modern Family” is getting a new family. On Monday, TV Line reported that Steve Zahn will join the cast of the Emmy winning ABC sitcom’s 6th season as a new neighbor to the Dunphys. The comedy veteran will play Ronnie, the patriarch of a family of annoying neighbors.
The actor, who is best known for his work on “Treme” and “Mind Games," will join “Modern Family” in what is described as a recurring guest-star role, so expect that the new Ronnie character will have enough cameos to really get under his neighbors’ skin. We can see him irritating Claire Dunphy already! On a side note, it's safe to assume that realtor Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) wasn't behind the sale of his former neighbor's house to this guy.
Zahn has been a big and small screen staple for decades, and he’s known for playing quirky characters. In addition to his TV work, his movie credits include “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” “Daddy Day Care,” and mid-‘90s favorites like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Reality Bites.”
“Modern Family” has a history of impressive lineup of guest stars – everyone from Shelley Long to Matt Dillon have appeared on the show – and many of the roles have been recurring. In addition to Zahn’s season 6 stint on the hit sitcom, actor Adam DeVine will return to the “Modern Family” family as Andy, the manic “manny” for Jay and Gloria Pritchett’s toddler son Joe.
“We have big plans,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy of Devine’s return to the show. “We’ve actually written him into several episodes. He will be a very prominent part of our group.”
DeVine last appeared in the series’ season 5 finale, “The Wedding,” where a romantic spark was detected between his character and oldest Dunphy daughter Hayley (Sarah Hyland).
“Modern Family” returns to ABC on Sept. 24.