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.
Alma mater Hidden Valley High School
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
Penn State University
Occupation Actor and comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Holly Burrell (m. 2000)
Children 2

Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell (born August 22, 1967) 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,[1] the son of Sheri (née Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Burrell, a family therapist.[2][3][4][5] He is of English, German, Scottish, Irish, and French descent. He has claimed that 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.[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, he enrolled at Southern Oregon University in Ashland,[8] and graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts in 1993; [7] he was the school's commencement speaker in 2008.[9] While in college he worked as a bartender at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.[7]

During this time, Burrell attended the University of Oregon and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[10] 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.[11][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.[12]

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.[13] 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[14] in 2008.[7] They still own a two-bedroom apartment in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood which they rent out.[15] 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.[16] In March 2012, Burrell and his wife adopted a second daughter.[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, 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 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–present Key & Peele TV Colonel Hans Müller 2 episodes
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Movie Mr. Peabody (voice)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Movie Jean Pierre Napoleon
2014 The Skeleton Twins Movie Rich
2016 Finding Dory Movie Bailey the Beluga

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bio on Ty Burrell
  2. ^ What I Learned from My Mom: The Men of Modern Family
  3. ^ Staff. "Ty Burrell interview: 'Modern Family has normalised gay marriage'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ Varble, Bill (2007-10-21). "This Just In". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Former Medford principal, coach 'Gabby' Williams dies". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Ty Burrell: Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". Ethnicelebs.com. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
  9. ^ Cullinan, Mary (September 16, 2008). "Southern Oregon University: President's Page". Southern Oregon University. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ Sigma Chi making headlines
  11. ^ Comedy Central stats second season, nytimes.com, October 14, 2014; accessed September 9, 2014.
  12. ^ "Modern Man". Elle. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  13. ^ Ty Burrell Emmy Award Winner
  14. ^ "/ Modern Family Star Calls Utah Home". Sltrib.com. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  15. ^ "/ Television's Prime Time Wiener". online.wsj.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  16. ^ 12:50 PM ET (2010-03-18). "Modern Family's Ty Burrell Adopts a Daughter". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  17. ^ "Ty Burrell Welcomes a Daughter". People. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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