Meet Cam's Dad: Barry Corbin to Play Merle Tucker

Meet Cam's Dad: Barry Corbin to Play Merle Tucker

It was reported that Modern Family will introduce Cam's dad, Merle Tucker in an upcoming episode - and now it's been announced just who will be playing the role: Barry Corbin!

The veteran actor — whose myriad TV credits include Northern Exposure, One Tree Hill and, more recently, The Closer (playing dad to Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda) — has been cast as Merle Tucker, the father of Eric Stonestreet’s Cam, a show rep confirms to TVLine.

Cam's dad, Merle is being described as "quite the opposite" of Cam's mum and a "solid, masculine, Midwestern, gruff guy." Do you think this means he'll end up being more buddy-buddy with Mitch? What do you think of the show casting Barry Corbin? Head for the comments, and discuss away!

Sources: TV Line, TV Guide, Eric Stonestreet via WhoSay