He at times shows a sort of crush-like affection for Gloria.
He says, however, he "would never stray from Claire," although Gloria did kiss him during a "kisscam" segment at a basketball game in the final episode of season 1, "Family Portrait".
In 2012, Burrell won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, receiving nominations in 2011, 2012, 2013, 20.
In 20, Burrell won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, also receiving nominations in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
In 20, Burrell was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
On May 4, 2016, Phil appeared in the first commercials for the National Association of Realtors telling about his "Phil's-osophies".
He is seen as very competitive, one example being his nature of always beating his son at basketball.
He has a very juvenile attitude, and is referred to by Claire as the "kid [she's] married to." He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer but acting like a parent.