Andy Bailey is one of the recurring characters in Modern Family, the American sitcom on ABC. The character was portrayed by Adam Devine, an American actor, singer, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is 40 years old, and Modern Family remains one of the most popular TV series he has ever featured in.
Adam Devine has been in Hollywood for over a decade and a half now, and his time there has seen him become a part of several productions such as Workaholics, Comedy Central, and more. The popularity of Modern Family raised his profile further, and this article explores everything about the actor, from when he was born to his involvement in the hit TV series and why he eventually left the set when he did.
What Is Adam Devine’s Age?
Adam Devine is 40 years old at present. He was born Adam Patrick Devine on November 7, 1983, in Waterloo, Iowa, United States, but was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the son of Dennis and Penny Devine, and almost everything about his birth family background suggests that he is the only child of the couple.
The American actor faced a near life-ending challenge in June 1995, when he was just 11 years old after being knocked down by a cement truck while walking his bicycle in Omaha. He was dragged under the first two wheels of the 42-ton truck and slid 500 ft (150 m).
The unfortunate accident left him in a coma for two weeks at the hospital, and even after he woke up, he still fought to live a healthy life. All the bones in both his legs were broken, his lungs collapsed, and for a while, there were talks about amputating his legs. He spent a lot of time in a wheelchair, and over the years, he has had over 26 surgeries.
Despite dire situations, including him having to relearn how to walk, sit, or stand, Adam managed to regain full use of his legs and went back to school. Back at school, he was often bullied but told jokes to deflect attention away from his injuries.
Speaking of school, Adam Devine received his high school diploma from Millard South High School in 2002 before attending Orange Coast College, even though we have yet to determine his precise course of study during his time at the higher institution, where he met co-star Blake Anderson.
Adam Devine’s Acting Career Began In 2006
While using jokes to turn people’s attention away from his injuries, Adam Devine discovered that comedy was a potent way of bringing people together, and almost immediately after his education, he found a way to make a career out of it.
To achieve this, the Iowa-born actor moved to Los Angeles, where he found work as a comedian and actor. He formed the sketch-comedy group Mail Order Comedy alongside friends Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck, and Blake Anderson in 2006, which was the true beginning of his career in Hollywood.
Over the years, Devine has starred in many movies and TV series, including Mama’s Boy (2007) and National Lampoon’s 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2009). His role as Bumper Allen in the 2012 musical comedy film Pitch Perfect earned him a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain and one nomination for Choice Movie Breakout. He also reprised the role of Bumper in the film’s sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).
Adam Devine Played The Role of Andy in Modern Family
Within the context of this article, it is important to emphasize the fact that Adam Devine is the actor behind the character Andy Bailey in the hit ABC American sitcom TV series, which ran for 11 seasons, from September 23, 2009, to April 8, 2020.
However, Adam’s character was only a recurring one who appeared in seasons 5, 6, 7, and 9 of the series. Andy was the Pritchett family’s nanny, or manny (male nanny), as he was often described. His evolving character also saw him become a realtor, where he worked under Phil Dunphy as an assistant. Andy and Haley Dunphy dated but eventually broke up.
Prior to being hired by Gloria Pritchett, Jay Pritchett’s wife, Andy had lived in Utah, where he was born and where he had lost his father to cancer when he was just 14 years old. Before he dated Haley, he was engaged to his long-distance US Coast Guard girlfriend, Beth, whom he had been in a relationship with for a decade.
Adam’s Modern Family character. Andy is described as a gentleman who has a great sense of humor, a fondness for mimicking British accents, as well as having great comedic timing. Devine’s time on the show earned him a lot of positive critical reviews, which was why it was a surprise that he left the show abruptly.
Why Did Andy Leave Modern Family?
Andy left Modern Family because the actor portraying the character, in this case, Adam Devine, chose to pursue other career opportunities. Despite making a cameo appearance in season 9 of the series in 2018, Andy realistically left the show in 2016, at the end of season 7, following his relocation to Utah to take advantage of a job that helped him realize his dream of being a realtor.
When a beloved character like Andy leaves the set of a TV series, there are usually questions from the media and the general public about the reason behind that decision. Andy’s departure churned out several theories, including that of a falling out with the showrunners.
That doesn’t seem to hold much water because the people there loved Adam Devine. The more realistic reasons revolve around two possibilities. The likelier possibility, which has been confirmed by events that have since happened since Adam departed from the series, was that the actor got better opportunities to advance his career.
His departure could also have been prompted by the rise of Dylan, portrayed by actor Reid Ewing to the level of a fan favorite. However, most believe that had Adam wished to stay, the showrunners would have found a way to keep him.
Since departing the show, Adam Devine has been involved in several movies and TV series projects, including Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, which sees him reunite with Sarah Hyland, the actress who portrayed the character Haley in Modern Family.
How Tall Is Adam Devine?
Celeb Heights, one of the most accurate sources for determining the height of celebrities, lists Adam Devine’s height as 5 feet 6 ¾ inches (169.5 cm). While this is contrary to the figure of 5 feet 8 inches on his IMDb page, it is realistically accurate, given that the actor looks nowhere close to being 5 feet 8 inches.
It also indicates that the actor is at least 2 inches shorter than the average American actor, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall. His height, while diminutive, has had no relative impact on his acting career, which appears to be doing quite well at the moment.