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Stonestreet in May 2014
|Born||Eric Allen Stonestreet
September 9, 1971
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
|Alma mater||Kansas State University
Piper High School
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.
Stonestreet was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Jamey Anne (née Ball) and Vincent Anthony "Vince" Stonestreet. Eric was an only child He is of part German descent. During his childhood, he wanted to become a clown. At age nine, 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.
Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker on Modern Family on ABC. 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. ? 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." In the same year, he also starred in the remake of the Belgian thriller The Loft. He appears regularly onstage at IO West improv Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Despite his most prominent role being a gay character, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has light-heartedly described himself as "openly straight". His gay co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Cameron Tucker's partner, Mitchell Pritchett, jokingly calls him "gay-for-pay." Stonestreet is a supporter of the LGBT community, noted for declining to be photographed with Rick Santorum, an opponent of same sex marriage.
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 supporter of the Los Angeles Kings, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals. Stonestreet is a frequent guest of The Rich Eisen Show starring Rich Eisen on Fox Sports Radio.
|2000||Almost Famous||Sheldon the Desk Clerk|
|2003||Girls Will Be Girls||Dr. Benson|
|2003||Street of Pain||Floyd||Short film|
|2005||Saddam 17||The Clerk||Short film|
|2005||Island, TheThe Island||Ed the Trucker|
|2006||13 Graves||Andrew Schoch||Television movie|
|2007||The Drifter||Delivery Guy||Short film|
|2007||Stories USA||Floyd||Segment: "Street of Pain"|
|2009||This Might Hurt||Brad Maynard||Television movie|
|2010||Father vs. Son||Doug|
|2013||Identity Thief||Big Chuck|
|2014||The Loft||Marty Landry|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Duke||Filming|
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