Actor Benjamin Bratt walks onstage to accept the Year in Television Drama award for outstanding actor during the taping of the 2009 NCLR Alma awards at the Royce Hall in Los Angeles September 17, 2009. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) gives out the ALMA awards to honor outstanding Latino artistic achievement in television, film and music. The show airs September 18 on ABC. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Benjamin Bratt will guest star on ABC's new comedy series Modern Family, playing the ex of Sofia Vergara's character.

Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) and his much younger Colombian wife, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Vergara), are raising Gloria's child from her previous marriage, Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez).

Mr. Delgado has been a prominent topic of conversation on the show, with his son idolizing him and his ex-wife often talking about his physical abilities. But the character has not yet been seen.

Shelley Long recently signed on to guest star as Jay's ex-wife, Dede Pritchett.

Bratt, who is set to appear in one episode, ended a two-season stint on the drama The Cleaner, which A&E canceled in September.