Eric Stonestreet

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Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stonestreet in May 2014
Born (1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 44)
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971)[1] is an American actor, best known for portraying Cameron Tucker on the ABC comedy series Modern Family. He has received critical acclaim for this performance, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a further three nominations.

Early life[edit]

Stonestreet was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Jamey Anne (née Ball) and Vincent Anthony "Vince" Stonestreet. During his childhood, he wanted to become a clown.[2] At age nine, he created an auguste clown character named Fizbo,[3] whom he has periodically brought back, including in 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, Illinois, then moved to Los Angeles, California and began his professional acting career. He was also a member of Kansas State's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.


Stonestreet with Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the 2015 PaleyFest

Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker on Modern Family on ABC.[2] 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." In the same year, he also starred in the remake of the Belgian thriller The Loft.[4] He appears regularly onstage at IO West improv Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Personal life[edit]

Despite his most prominent role being a gay character, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has light-heartedly described himself as "openly straight".[5] His gay co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Stonestreet's character's partner Mitchell Pritchett, jokingly called Stonestreet "gay-for-pay".[2][6] Stonestreet is a supporter of the LGBT community; he declined to be photographed with Rick Santorum, an opponent of same sex marriage.[7][8]

Stonestreet is 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 a full Kansas State jumpsuit and incorrectly predicting that they would win. He also supports NASCAR driver and friend Kevin Harvick, and has driven the pace car at several NASCAR events. He supports the Los Angeles Kings, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals.[9] When the Royals defeated the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, Stonestreet won a bet with Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel, in which the loser would get shot at by paintballs. Royals players Mike Moustakas, Drew Butera, and Jeremy Guthrie appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to help Stonestreet collect on his bet.[10]



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 Short film
2004 Straight-Jacket Labor Organizer
2004 Knuckle Sandwich Bill
2005 Saddam 17 The Clerk Short film
2005 Island, TheThe Island Ed the Trucker
2007 The Drifter Delivery Guy Short film
2007 Stories USA Floyd Segment: "Street of Pain"
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Beergut
2008 American Crude Phil
2010 Father vs. Son Doug
2011 Bad Teacher Kirk
2013 Identity Thief Big Chuck
2014 The Loft Marty Landry
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Duke (voice) Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Dharma & Greg Chester Episode: "See Dharma Run"
2000 I've Got a Secret Himself Unknown episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Phil Episode: "Malcolm Babysits"
2000 Party of Five Irv 2 episodes
2000 Spin City The Dentist Episode: "Smile"
2000 ER Willie Episode: "Mars Attacks"
2001 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Staffer #1 Episode: "Bad Moon Rising"
2002 Greg the Bunny Wilson (uncredited) Episode: "Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction"
2002 Providence Ted Stout Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2001–2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ronnie Litre 12 episodes
2005 Close to Home Andrew Morgan Episode: "Under Threat"
2006 13 Graves Andrew Schoch Television movie
2007 Crossing Jordan Steve Anderman Episode: "D.O.A."
2007 Bones D.C. Cop 2 episodes
2007 On the Lot Actor 2 episodes
2007 American Dad! Brett Episode: "Dope & Faith"
2008 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Malcom Boatwright Episode: "Red Hair and Silver Tape"
2008 Pushing Daisies Leo Burns Episode: "Comfort Food"
2008 NCIS Harvey Ames Episode: "Silent Night"
2009 This Might Hurt Brad Maynard Television movie
2009 Monk Boom Boom Episode: "Mr. Monk and the UFO"
2009 Nip/Tuck Wesley Clovis Episode: "Wesley Clovis"
2009–present Modern Family Cameron Tucker 132 episodes
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 (2011–14)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011–13)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–13, 2015)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010, 2015)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Comedy Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2010 Good News Week Himself Episode: "8.37"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Derrick Episode: "Piggy Piggy"
2013–present Sofia the First Minimus 8 episodes
2014 Sesame Street Himself Episode: "Hansel & Gretel Playdate"
2016 Confirmation Kenneth Duberstein Television movie


  1. ^ "Eric Stonestreet". Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
  3. ^ "ABC TV Network - Shows, Episodes, Schedules -". ABC. Retrieved 15 November 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ The Loft Arriving One Week Later than Originally Announced
  5. ^ "Oprah talks to the cast of Modern Family". The Oprah Winfrey Show. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "All In The Family". Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (25 July 2014). "Modern Family's Gay Dad Says NO WAY to Rick Santorum Photo". The Advocate. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "WHY 'MODERN FAMILY'S' ERIC STONESTREET SNUBBED RICK SANTORUM". Brietbart. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eric Stonestreet". Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Royals players join Eric Stonestreet to shoot Jimmy Kimmel with paintball guns". WDAF-TV. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

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