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A versatile actress of television and film with girl-next-door good looks, Julie Bowen was born Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer in Baltimore on March 3, 1970. She speaks fluent Italian thanks to a degree in Italian Renaissance studies from Brown University, where she appeared in a string of student theater productions.

Bowen landed her first film role in the indie flick Five Spot Jewel (1992) while she was still in college; that same year, she appeared briefly on the soap opera "Loving." She later co-starred as Adam Sandler's all-business girlfriend in Happy Gilmore (1996), playing pretty publicist Virginia Venit.

Although Bowen enjoyed prominent runs on "Ed" (2000-04), "Lost" (2005-07), "Boston Legal" (2005-08) and "Weeds" (2008), she found real staying power as harried wife and mother Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family" (2009-). The role also brought Bowen her first Emmy nod.

Julie Bowen in Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue

2014 PG

Discovering he has engine damage that makes it dangerous for him to compete, legendary air racer Dusty Crophopper turns to aerial firefighting. He's soon battling an enormous wildfire with expert helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team.

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  • Julie Bowen in Horrible Bosses Horrible Bosses
  • Julie Bowen in Happy Gilmore Happy Gilmore
  • Julie Bowen in Multiplicity Multiplicity
  • Julie Bowen in Boston Legal Boston Legal
  • Julie Bowen in Crazy on the Outside Crazy on the Outside
  • Julie Bowen in Jumping the Broom Jumping the Broom
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  • Julie Bowen in Joe Somebody Joe Somebody
  • Julie Bowen in Kids in America Kids in America
  • Julie Bowen in Buffalo Bill: Seasons 1 & 2 Buffalo Bill: Seasons 1 & 2
  • Julie Bowen in Partner(s) Partner(s)
  • Julie Bowen in Sex and Death 101 Sex and Death 101
  • Julie Bowen in Knife Fight Knife Fight