When a former co-worker (Minnie Driver) visits, it is revealed that Claire had a successful job in hospitality management but left her job and married Phil a few months after she became pregnant with Haley.She shows resentment towards the abandonment of her working career due to seeing the success of one of her former peers, but later realizes her family is more important.In moments of acute adversity or shock in which most people would curse or swear, Phil utters humorous exclamations: references to food such as, "Sweet Potato Fries! A running gag in the show has Phil is running up the stairs (often when carrying an object) and tripping on a loose step, which causes him to quickly and hastily say: "Gotta fix that step!" Ty Burrell had received many positive reviews for his performance.In 2012, Burrell won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, receiving nominations in 2011, 2012, 2013, 20.Claire is a perfectionist; according to Phil, "when everybody else sees something beautiful, all she sees is the teeny-tiny flaw." She is also terrible at giving gifts.
On May 4, 2016, Phil appeared in the first commercials for the National Association of Realtors telling about his "Phil's-osophies".
He is seen as very competitive, one example being his nature of always beating his son at basketball.
He has a very juvenile attitude, and is referred to by Claire as the "kid [she's] married to." He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer but acting like a parent.
He at times shows a sort of crush-like affection for Gloria.
He says, however, he "would never stray from Claire," although Gloria did kiss him during a "kisscam" segment at a basketball game in the final episode of season 1, "Family Portrait".