Actor and Youngstown-native Ed O'Neill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Youngstown State University. O'Neill, who served as commencement speaker, attended YSU. Although, he left the university before graduating to pursue an acting career. Best known for his roles on Married with Children and Modern Family, the Youngstown-native shared stories of how he found his way to the top. Comparing success to that of a career in show business, O'Neill says students should never stop striving for the top.
"People that want to start as extras, they call them backround. They dont call them extras anymore. You will never go beyond that because you don't do anything. You are background. You will always be background. So, you have to find a way to do something," said actor Ed O'Neill.
21 News anchor Leslie Barrett sat down with Ed earlier this week for a one on one interview. She will have much more from her in depth interview Monday on 21 News at 6 and 11.