Eric Stonestreet

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Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stonestreet in May 2014
Born Eric Allen Stonestreet
(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 43)
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Alma mater Kansas State University
Piper High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–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. He also appeared in the movies 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.

In 2014, he performed in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "Tacky," a parody of Pharrell's "Happy."

Personal life[edit]

Despite his most prominent role being a gay character, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has light-heartedly described himself as "openly straight".[6] His gay co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Cameron Tucker's partner, Mitchell Pritchett, jokingly calls him "gay-for-pay."[4][7] Stonestreet is a supporter of the LGBT community.[8][9]

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.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Stonestreet with Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the 2010 HRC National Dinner
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Almost Famous Sheldon the Desk Clerk
2003 F.A.T. Ranger
2003 Girls Will Be Girls Dr. Benson
2003 Street of Pain Floyd
2004 Straight-Jacket Labor Organizer
2004 Knuckle Sandwich Bill
2005 Saddam 17 The Clerk
2005 Island, TheThe Island Ed the Trucker
2006 13 Graves Andrew Schoch
2007 The Drifter Delivery Guy
2007 Stories USA Floyd Segment: "Street of Pain"
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Beergut
2008 American Crude Phil
2009 This Might Hurt Brad Maynard
2010 Father vs. Son Doug
2011 Bad Teacher Kirk
2013 Identity Thief Big Chuck
2014 The Loft Marty Landry

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Dharma & Greg Chester 1 episode ("See Dharma Run")
2000 I've Got a Secret Himself 1 episode
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Phil 1 episode ("Malcolm Babysits")
2000 Party of Five Irv 2 episodes ("All's Well..." & "...That Ends Well")
2000 Spin City The Dentist 1 episode ("Smile")
2000 ER Willie 1 episode ("Mars Attacks")
2001 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Staffer #1 1 episode ("Bad Moon Rising")
2002 Greg the Bunny Wilson (uncredited) 1 episode ("Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction")
2002 Providence Ted Stout 1 episode ("Eye of the Storm")
2001–05 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ronnie Litre 13 episodes
2005 Close to Home Security Officer Andrew Morgan 1 episode ("Under Threat")
2007 Crossing Jordan Steve Anderman 1 episode ("D.O.A.")
2007 Bones D.C. Cop 2 episodes ("Stargazer in a Puddle" & "The Boneless Bride in the River")
2007 On the Lot Actor 2 episodes ("Auditions #1" & "Auditions #2")
2007 American Dad! 1 episode ("Dope & Faith"), voice only
2008 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Malcom Boatwright 1 episode ("Red Hair and Silver Tape")
2008 Pushing Daisies Leo Burns 1 episode ("Comfort Food")
2008 NCIS Harvey Ames 1 episode ("Silent Night")
2009 Monk Boom Boom 1 episode ("Mr. Monk and the UFO")
2009 Nip/Tuck Wesley Clovis 1 episode ("Wesley Clovis")
2009 Dancing Stars Himself Guest Appearance
2009–present Modern Family Cameron Tucker Main 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)
2010 Good News Week Himself 1 episode ("8.37")
2010 Project Runway Guest Judge n.a.
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Derek[11] 1 episode ("Piggy Piggy")
2013 Sofia the First Minimus the flying horse 4 episodes ("Just One of the Princes", "The Shy Princess", "Finding Clover", "Princess Butterfly")

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