• Catherine Rusoff is a retired American actress and the wife of famous actor and comedian Ed O'Neill.
• She was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey and attended Teaneck High School and college.
• She is known for her role in the 1988 episode “Last Year’s Model” of the crime thriller series “Ohara”.
• She married Ed O'Neill in 1986 and has two daughters.
• She left the film industry in 1991 to focus on raising her daughters and has a net worth of over $100,000.
Who is Catherine Rusoff?
Catherine was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey USA, in 1954 – she hasn’t disclosed her exact date of birth, but her zodiac sign is believed to be Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s a retired actress, with six credits to her name, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Claudia in the 1988 episode “Last Year’s Model” of the crime thriller series “Ohara”, which was also her debut TV series appearance. It was created by Hal Sitowitz and Ronald M. Cohen, starred Pat Morita, Robert Clohessy and Rachel Ticotin, and follows an elderly Los Angeles Police Department officer as he’s solving crimes together with his partner Lieutenant George Shaver; the series was nominated for two awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series.
Catherine is also known for being the wife of famous American actor and comedian Ed O’Neill.
Early life and education
Catherine was raised in Teaneck by her parents, about whom little is known as she respects their privacy, but it’s believed that her father was the owner of his own small business, and that her mother was a housewife. Catherine hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, so her fans believe that she’s an only child.
She became interested in sports while attending Teaneck High School, and played volleyball for her school’s team, while she also enjoyed playing soccer and basketball with her peers. Catherine was also a member of her school’s drama club, and appeared in a couple of plays performed at the school.
She matriculated in 1972, and although she hasn’t spoken of her further education, most of her fans believe that attended college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1976.
Career as an actress
Catherine worked several jobs for around 12 years, without disclosing any details, prior to launching her career in the film industry. It was her husband Ed who helped her to be cast in five TV series and a single movie, after which Catherine chose not to continue her career in the film industry.
She played Checker in the 1989 episode “It’s a Dog’s Life” of the fantasy drama series “Highway to Heaven”, and the same year saw her play Susan in the episode “Someone to Love” of the popular drama series “Midnight Caller”, created by Richard Di Lello, and which starred Gary Cole, Dennis Dun and Arthur Taxier – it follows a former police officer who has now become the host of a radio program, and the series won five awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for nine other awards.
She portrayed Mrs Aragon in the 1990 episode “Blue Avengers” of the crime series “The New Adam-12”, while her only film appearance was in the 1991 drama “The Whereabouts of Jenny”. It was directed by Gene Reynolds, starred her husband Ed, Debrah Farentino and Eve Gordon, and follows a man and his daughter who have been relocated by the government.
Catherine’s only other role has been her portrayal of Betsy in the 1991 episode “If Al Had a Hammer” of the comedy series “Married… with Children”, which follows the lives of shoe salesman Al Bundy, his wife and their two children; the series aired from 1987 to 1997 and won seven of the 43 awards for which it was nominated, including seven Primetime Emmy nominations.
It’s believed that Catherine left the film industry in 1991, so that she could focus on raising her and Ed’s daughters.
Love life and husband
Catherine and Ed married in 1986, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; neither has shared the details of how and when they met, but it’s widely believed that they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party in 1984.
They split in 1989 and didn’t live together for the following four years but then reconciled. Catherine gave birth to their first daughter Claire in 1996, and their second daughter Sophia followed in 1998.
Neither has spoken of any other people whom they might have been with, and as of May 2022, Catherine’s married to Ed O’Neill, and they have two daughters together.
Hobbies and other interests
Catherine’s main hobby is perhaps travelling, and she’s been all around the world with her husband, mostly to keep him company while he’s shooting for his movies and TV series, but also for vacationing; her dream travel destination is Rome, Italy.
She’s a philanthropist and has taken part in many fundraisers, while she’s also volunteered with a couple of charity organizations, mostly those that aim to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children.
Catherine’s a lover of ‘animals’, with her favorites being dolphins and sea turtles.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Eddie Redmayne, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Meet Joe Black” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
Age, height and net worth
Catherine’s age is probably 68. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 6ft (1.85m) and she weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of May 2022, her net worth stands at over $100,000, while her husband Ed’s net worth has been estimated at more than $65 million.
Who is her husband Ed?
Edward Leonard ‘Ed’ O’Neill was born in Youngstown, Ohio USA, on 12 April 1946 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds American nationality. He’s appeared in more than 60 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps known best for his voicing of Hank, one of the lead characters in the hit 2016 animated adventure comedy movie “Finding Dory”. It was written and directed by Andrew Stanton, also starred Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, and follows blue tang Dory as she’s searching for her long-lost parents; the movie won 17 of the 64 awards for which it was nominated, including a BAFTA nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
Ed was raised in Youngstown alongside his two brothers and two sisters, by their father Edward Phillip O’Neill who worked at a steel mill, and their mother Ruth Ann (nee Quinlan), who was a housewife. He became interested in football when he was around nine years old, and continued playing it upon enrolling at Ursuline High School; at around the same time, Ed began working in construction, and then at his father’s steel mill, wanting to help his family.
Upon matriculating in 1964, he enrolled at Ohio University on a football scholarship, but moved to Youngstown State University after two years, from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1968. Ed became a professional American Football player in 1969, when he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but quit in the same year and re-enrolled at Youngstown State University to study theatre.
The ‘70s saw him focused on appearing in theatre plays – one of his first roles on Broadway was his portrayal of a boxer in “Knockout”.
Ed made his debut film appearance in the 1980 mystery crime drama “Cruising”, and the same year saw him make his debut TV series appearance, with his portrayal of Lenny in seven episodes of the romantic drama “Another World”. He became famous in both the US and Europe when he starred as Al Bundy in the series “Married… with Children”, appearing in 259 episodes between 1987 and 1997. A couple of Ed’s following notable performances were in the 2000 family adventure comedy mini-series “The 10th Kingdom”, the 2004 comedy movie “In the Game”, and the 2007 fantasy mystery movie “John from Cincinnati”.
Between 2009 and 2020, Ed appeared in a lead role in 250 episodes of the romantic comedy series “Modern Family”. Concurrently, the year 2015 saw him play Ed in the popular comedy movie “Entourage”, written and directed by Doug Ellin, and which starred Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Jerry Ferrara. It follows the movie star Vincent Chase, who’s about to star in Ari Gold’s directing debut.
Some of Ed’s most recent roles have been in the 2019 episode “The One” of the science fiction comedy “Weird City”, and the 2020 comedy movie “The Last Shift”.
He has won 10 of the 32 awards for which he’s been nominated, including three Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013, all for his performance in “Modern Family”.
Ed has been practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for more than three decades now, and received his black belt in December 2007.