Eric Stonestreet

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Eric Stonestreet
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Stonestreet in May 2014
BornEric Allen Stonestreet
(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 42)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Alma materKansas State University
Piper High School
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present
 
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Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stonestreet in May 2014
BornEric Allen Stonestreet
(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 42)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Alma materKansas State University
Piper High School
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present

Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Cameron Tucker on the ABC comedy Modern Family. Stonestreet has received critical acclaim for his performance on Modern Family, which has earned him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, with three nominations.

Early life[edit]

Stonestreet was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Jamey Anne (née Ball) and Vincent Anthony "Vince" Stonestreet.[1][2] He is of part German descent.[3] During his childhood, he wanted to become a clown.[4] At age nine,[5] he created an auguste clown character named Fizbo, and has periodically brought him back, including in multiple episodes of Modern Family. He is a graduate of Piper High School and Kansas State University (1996). He spent two years doing plays and studying improv at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles and began his professional acting career. He was also a member of Kansas State's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Career[edit]

Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker on Modern Family on ABC.[4] He is also notable for his role as Ronnie Litre on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Additionally, he has appeared on such television shows as Dharma & Greg, Malcolm in the Middle, The Mentalist, Party of Five, Spin City, ER, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Greg the Bunny, Providence, Close to Home, Crossing Jordan, Bones, Monk, NCIS, American Horror Story, and Nip/Tuck. Early on in his career, Stonestreet was featured in Northwestern University's 1996 Football TV commercial campaign as the "purple pride guy." In 2008, he played a private security firm employee and killer in an episode of NCIS entitled "Silent Night." In 2009, Stonestreet appeared on Nip/Tuck as a criminal sentenced to death for the alleged killing of a young girl.

His first major film role came in 2000, when he played Sheldon the desk clerk in Almost Famous. He also played Dr. Benson in Girls Will Be Girls, Ed the Trucker in The Island, and Courtney's Neighbor in Ninja Cheerleaders. In 2007, Stonestreet appeared in the short film "Vinny's Vault," which was produced during the reality show On the Lot, and Identity Thief as Big Chuck, and Bad Teacher as Kirk.

In his role as Cameron on Modern Family, Stonestreet has earned three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2011 and 2012), winning the award in 2010 and 2012. He also received three Golden Globe Award nominations (2010, 2011, and 2013) for his work on the series.

In 2013, he appeared in a series of advertisements for Australian retail store Big W. In the fall of the same year, Stonestreet played the "Fan Coach" in the AT&T "Be A Fan" commercial series that ran during the college football season, in addition to appearing in a Mastercard/Stand Up 2 Cancer commercial as himself.

Personal life[edit]

Stonestreet often says that he is openly straight. His openly gay co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Cameron Tucker's partner, Mitchell Pritchett, jokingly calls him "gay-for-pay."[4][6] Stonestreet is also an avid fan of Kansas State University, cheering for the Wildcats on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after they had beaten the Kansas Jayhawks in men's basketball, as well as appearing on College Gameday Live on October 29, 2011 in full Kansas State jumpsuit and incorrectly picking them to upset the then No. 9 Oklahoma football team. He is also a hockey fan and a well known supporter of the Los Angeles Kings.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Stonestreet with Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the 2010 HRC National Dinner
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Almost FamousSheldon the Desk Clerk
2003F.A.T.Ranger
2003Girls Will Be GirlsDr. Benson
2003Street of PainFloyd
2004Straight-JacketLabor Organizer
2004Knuckle SandwichBill
2005Saddam 17The Clerk
2005Island, TheThe IslandEd the Trucker
200613 GravesAndrew Schoch
2007The DrifterDelivery Guy
2007Stories USAFloydSegment: "Street of Pain"
2008Ninja CheerleadersBeergut
2008American CrudePhil
2009This Might HurtBrad Maynard
2010Father vs. SonDoug
2011Bad TeacherKirk
2013Identity ThiefBig Chuck
2014The LoftMarty Landry

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Dharma & GregChester1 episode ("See Dharma Run")
2000I've Got a SecretHimself1 episode
2000Malcolm in the MiddlePhil1 episode ("Malcolm Babysits")
2000Party of FiveIrv2 episodes ("All's Well..." & "...That Ends Well")
2000Spin CityThe Dentist1 episode ("Smile")
2000ERWillie1 episode ("Mars Attacks")
2001West Wing, TheThe West WingStaffer #11 episode ("Bad Moon Rising")
2002Greg the BunnyWilson (uncredited)1 episode ("Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction")
2002ProvidenceTed Stout1 episode ("Eye of the Storm")
2001–05CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRonnie Litre13 episodes
2005Close to HomeSecurity Officer Andrew Morgan1 episode ("Under Threat")
2007Crossing JordanSteve Anderman1 episode ("D.O.A.")
2007BonesD.C. Cop2 episodes ("Stargazer in a Puddle" & "The Boneless Bride in the River")
2007On the LotActor2 episodes ("Auditions #1" & "Auditions #2")
2007American Dad!1 episode ("Dope & Faith"), voice only
2008Mentalist, TheThe MentalistMalcom Boatwright1 episode ("Red Hair and Silver Tape")
2008Pushing DaisiesLeo Burns1 episode ("Comfort Food")
2008NCISHarvey Ames1 episode ("Silent Night")
2009MonkBoom Boom1 episode ("Mr. Monk and the UFO")
2009Nip/TuckWesley Clovis1 episode ("Wesley Clovis")
2009Dancing StarsHimselfGuest Appearance
2009–presentModern FamilyCameron TuckerMain cast
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2012)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011–2013)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2010)
2010Good News WeekHimself1 episode ("8.37")
2010Project RunwayGuest Judgen.a.
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseDerek[8]1 episode ("Piggy Piggy")
2013Sofia the FirstMinimus the flying horse4 episodes ("Just One of the Princes", "The Shy Princess", "Finding Clover", "Princess Butterfly")

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