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 46)
Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater Hidden Valley High School
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
Penn State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Holly Burrell (m. 2000)
Children 2

Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor 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 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 in southern Oregon,[1] the son of Sheri (née Hauck), a housewife, and Gary Burrell, a family therapist.[2][3][4][5] His ancestry includes English, German, and smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, and French; also, one of his four times great-grandmothers was a slave from Madagascar.[6] Burrell grew up in the small southern Oregon town of Applegate, near the California border, where his family ran a business.[7][8] He attended Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, where he played football and was a lineman for the Hidden Valley Mustangs. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Southern Oregon University in Ashland,[8] and graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts in 1993.[7] Burrell was the commencement speaker at the school in 2008.[9] While in college he worked as a bartender at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.[7] During this time, Burrell also attended the University of Oregon and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Burrell continued his education at the Penn State University, where he earned an MFA.[7] 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.[10]

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 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 four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010-2013), winning the award in 2011.[11] 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[12] in 2008.[7] They still own a two-bedroom apartment in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood which they rent out.[13] 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, Frances.[14] In March 2012, Burrell and his wife adopted a second daughter.[15] Burrell is an avid fan of Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, the Oregon Ducks, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Mets, and the St. Louis Rams.[16][17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type of Media Role Notes
2000 Law & Order TV Paul Donatelli 1 episode
2001 Evolution Movie Flemming
2001 The West Wing TV Tom Starks 1 episode
2001 Black Hawk Down Movie Timothy A. Wilkinson
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Alan Messinger 1 episode
2003 Law & Order TV Herman Capshaw 1 episode
2004 Dawn of the Dead Movie Steve
2004 In Good Company Movie Enrique Colon
2005 Down in the Valley Movie Sheriff/Cowboy
2006 Friends with Money Movie Other Aaron
2006 The Darwin Awards Movie Emile
2006 Out of Practice TV Dr. Oliver Barnes 20 episodes
2006 Fur Movie Allan Arbus
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Movie Connor
2008 Fourplay Movie Christopher
2008 The Incredible Hulk Movie Doc Samson
2008 Back to You TV Gary Crezyzewski 17 episodes
2009 Damages TV Douglas Schiff 2 episodes
2009 Leaves of Grass Movie Professor Sorenson
2009–present Modern Family TV Phil Dunphy Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
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) Award recipient in 2013.
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2010)
2010 Fair Game Movie Fred
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS TV (voice) 1 episode
2010 The Super Hero Squad Show TV Captain Marvel 2 episodes
2010 Morning Glory Movie Paul McVee
2010 Top Gear TV Himself "Big Star, Small Car"
Lap Time 1:46.6
2011 Butter Movie Bob Pickler
2011 Doc McStuffins TV Big Jack 1 episode
2012 Goats Movie Frank Whitman
2012 Key & Peele TV Colonel Hans Muller 1 episode
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Movie Mr. Peabody (voice)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Movie Jean Pierre Napoleon
2016 Finding Dory Movie Bailey the Beluga

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