Photo of Julie Bowen Julie Bowen

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 Crazy on the Outside

Crazy on the Outside

2010 PG-13

When Tommy gets out of the big house, he discovers life on the outside is even crazier than it was behind bars. His sister won't get off his back, his ex-girlfriend won't leave him alone, and his former partner in crime won't take no for an answer.

  • Julie Bowen in Modern Family Modern Family
  • Julie Bowen in Happy Gilmore Happy Gilmore
  • Julie Bowen in Horrible Bosses Horrible Bosses
  • Julie Bowen in Multiplicity Multiplicity
  • Julie Bowen in Planes: Fire & Rescue Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Julie Bowen in An American Werewolf in Paris An American Werewolf in Paris
  • Julie Bowen in Boston Legal Boston Legal
  • Julie Bowen in Joe Somebody Joe Somebody
  • Julie Bowen in Kids in America Kids in America
  • Julie Bowen in Jumping the Broom Jumping the Broom
  • Julie Bowen in Knife Fight Knife Fight
  • 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