When Ed O’Neill researched the role of Al Bundy, he leaded on inspiration from his own family to perfect the role. An uncle of his, Uncle Joe, was actually his role model and he and the character did share a great deal of similar characteristics.
Almost Peggy Bundy
It’s extremely difficult for anyone to see Peggy Bundy portrayed by anyone but Katey Sagal but the story is, Roseanne Barr almost landed the gig. She would miss out on the role but just a year later, she had Roseanne, her own television series that lasted for nine seasons.