The star, who recently wrapped the 11th and final season of the hit comedy, reveals art imitated life, as the emotions his last outing as Phil Dunphy called for onscreen, became far too overwhelming.
"The last scene we filmed of the entire series, normally I find it pretty challenging to get to a place where I'm sort of sobbing on camera," he told "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Wednesday, March 04.
The actor admits his crying was so out of control at one point the director had to halt filming to calm him down.
He adds, "After a couple of takes, the director and the showrunner came out, and they were like 'Um, could you guys cry... less?'"
The hour long "Modern Family" finale airs on 8 April.