Ty Burrell

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Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell 2014.jpg
Burrell in 2014
Born Tyler Gerald Burrell
(1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 47)
Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.
Education Hidden Valley High School
Alma mater Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
Penn State University (MFA)
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Holly Burrell (m. 2000)
Children 2

Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell (born August 22, 1967)[1] is an American actor and comedian who is known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC comedy Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for 2013.

Early life[edit]

Burrell was born in Grants Pass, Oregon,[2] the son of Sheri (née Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Burrell, a family therapist.[3][4][5][6] He is of mostly English and German descent.[7] Burrell grew up in the small southern Oregon town of Applegate, near the California border.[8][9]

He attended Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, where he played football and was a lineman for the Hidden Valley Mustangs. After graduating, he enrolled at Southern Oregon University in Ashland,[9] and graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts in 1993; [8] he was the school's commencement speaker in 2008.[10] While in college he worked as a bartender at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.[8]

During this time, Burrell attended the University of Oregon and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[11] He continued his education at the Penn State University, where he earned an MFA and was a member of the Theatre 100 Company along with Keegan-Michael Key.[12][8][13] In 1999, Burrell worked as a festival actor at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Burrell has also stated that for a period of time in graduate school, he lived out of his van to save money.[14]

Career[edit]

Some of his earlier work includes appearances in the movies Black Hawk Down, the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and appearances in several stage performances (like 2000's Broadway production of Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays Corners, The Blue Demon, Burn This, and Show People). He was a co-writer and actor in the original production of the offbeat comedy The Red Herring O' Happiness directed by Russell Dyball. Burrell's stage work also includes writing and working in the off-Broadway play Babble with his brother, Duncan. He has also made an appearance as a probation officer in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

After that, he was cast as Oliver Barnes, a shallow but well-meaning plastic surgeon, on the CBS sitcom Out of Practice (2005–06), also created by screenwriter Christopher Lloyd. The show was canceled in May 2006, with eight episodes remaining unaired in the United States. After the show's cancellation, he played Allan Arbus in the film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

In the Marvel film adaptation of the comic The Incredible Hulk, he played Leonard Samson without any superpowers who had a short relationship with Betty Ross. In 2007, he had a small role in the film National Treasure: Book of Secrets as the curator of the White House followed by a starring role in the sitcom Back to You on Fox later that same year. On the show, created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Burrell played a field reporter (alongside Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton). The show was canceled in 2008. His current role is as real estate agent Phil Dunphy in the acclaimed ABC situation comedy Modern Family. For his performance, he has received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010-2013), winning the award twice in 2011 and 2014.[15] He also received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role, sharing the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with his co-stars. He was the recipient of the individual SAG award in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Burrell and his wife Holly married in 2000. They resided in New York City until moving to Salt Lake City[16] in 2008.[8] They still own a two-bedroom apartment in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood which they rent out.[17] The couple have since relocated to Southern California for Burrell's work on Modern Family. On March 18, 2010, it was announced that Burrell and his wife had adopted a baby girl.[18] In March 2012, Burrell and his wife adopted a second daughter.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Evolution Flemming
Black Hawk Down Timothy A. Wilkinson
2004 Dawn of the Dead Steve
In Good Company Enrique Colon
2005 Down in the Valley Sheriff/Cowboy
2006 Friends with Money Other Aaron
The Darwin Awards Emile
Fur Allan Arbus
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Connor
2008 The Incredible Hulk Doc Samson
2009 Leaves of Grass Professor Sorenson
2010 Fair Game Fred
Morning Glory Paul McVee
2011 Butter Bob Pickler
2012 Goats Frank Whitman
2014 The Skeleton Twins Rich
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mr. Peabody (voice)
Muppets Most Wanted Jean Pierre Napoleon
2016 Finding Dory Bailey the Beluga

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000, 2003 Law & Order Paul Donatelli
Herman Capshaw
Episodes: "Turnstile Justice"
"Sheltered"
2001 The West Wing Tom Starks Episode: "The Woman of Qumar"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alan Messinger Episode: "Execution"
2005-2006 Out of Practice Dr. Oliver Barnes
2007 Lipshitz Saves the World Man in Red TV movie
2008 Fourplay Christopher TV movie
2007-2008 Back to You Gary Crezyzewski
2009 Damages Douglas Schiff Episodes: "I Agree, It Wasn't Funny"
2009–present Modern Family Phil Dunphy Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011, 2014)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2012)
Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–2014)
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2012)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2012–2013)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (2010–2011)
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 (2011–2013)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2010)
2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Captain Marvel (voice) Episodes: "Another Order of Evil"
"Soul Stone Picnic"
2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Mart-E (voice) Episode: "Date with Destiny"
Doc McStuffins Big Jack Episode: "Out of the Box/Run Down Race Car"
2012, 2014 Key & Peele Colonel Hans Müller
Nazi Commander
Episode #1.3 & #4.2
2013 The Penguins of Madagascar Parker (voice) Episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "17 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Oregon". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  2. ^ Bio on Ty Burrell
  3. ^ What I Learned from My Mom: The Men of Modern Family
  4. ^ Staff. "Ty Burrell interview: 'Modern Family has normalised gay marriage'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ Varble, Bill (2007-10-21). "This Just In". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Former Medford principal, coach 'Gabby' Williams dies". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Ty Burrell: Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". Ethnicelebs.com. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Turnquist, Kristi (November 28, 2009). "Actor Ty Burrell: From Grants Pass to ABC's hit comedy 'Modern Family'". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
  10. ^ Cullinan, Mary (September 16, 2008). "Southern Oregon University: President's Page". Southern Oregon University. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sigma Chi making headlines
  12. ^ Comedy Central stats second season, nytimes.com, October 14, 2014; accessed September 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Federowicz, Jeffrey Allen (4 February 2006). "PSU grad fits right in with 'Out of Practice'". Centre Daily Times. Archived from the original on 24 February 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Modern Man". Elle. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  15. ^ Ty Burrell Emmy Award Winner
  16. ^ "/ 'Modern Family' Star Calls Utah Home". Sltrib.com. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  17. ^ "/ Television's Prime Time Wiener". online.wsj.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  18. ^ 12:50 PM ET (2010-03-18). "Modern Family's Ty Burrell Adopts a Daughter". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  19. ^ "Ty Burrell Welcomes a Daughter". People. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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