Ty Burrell

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Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell 2 2014.jpg
Burrell in 2014
Born Tyler Gerald Burrell
(1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 49)[1]
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 2000–present
Spouse(s) Holly Burrell (m. 2000)
Children 2
Parent(s) Gary Gerald Burrell
Sheri Rose Hauck

Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He originally rose to prominence in several roles on Broadway including Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays Corners, The Blue Demon, Burn This, and Show People.

His first feature film role was in 2001's Evolution. He also appeared in Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead, Muppets Most Wanted and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk as Doc Samson. He has since voiced characters in a number of animated films Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Finding Dory as "Bailey" the Beluga Whale and Storks. Burrell had recurring on then television series Out of Practice and Back to You.

Burrell is best known for his role as patriarch Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and five Screen Actors Guild Awards: one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013 and four consecutive awards outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series shared with the cast from 2011-2014.

Early life[edit]

Burrell was born in Grants Pass, Oregon,[1][2] the son of Sheri Rose (née Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell (1940–1989), a family therapist.[3][4][5][6] He is of mostly English and German descent, and confirmed on the series Finding Your Roots that his great-great-great-great-grandmother was an African-American slave.[7] Burrell grew up in the small southern Oregon town of Applegate, near the California border.[8][9]

He attended Hidden Valley High School[1] 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 Penn State University, where he earned an MFA and was a member of the Theatre 100 Company along with Keegan-Michael Key.[8][12][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]

Burrell's first credited film roles were 2001's Evolution and Black Hawk Down. He subsequently appeared in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and in several stage roles (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 New Jersey Prosecutor 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 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 which is also created by Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan. For his performance, he has received seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010–2016), 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, defeating Alec Baldwin, who had previously won the award seven years in a row.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Burrell and his wife Holly married in 2000. They resided in New York City until moving to Salt Lake City[17] in 2008.[8] They still own a two-bedroom apartment in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood that they rent out.[18] 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. Two years later they adopted a second child.[19][20]

Burrell is a self-described lifelong St. Louis Rams (which has since been relocated to California and renamed as the Los Angeles Rams) fan.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Evolution Colonel Flemming
2001 Black Hawk Down Timothy A. Wilkinson
2004 Dawn of the Dead Steve Marcus
2004 In Good Company Enrique Colon
2005 Down in the Valley Sheriff / Cowboy
2006 Friends with Money Other Aaron
2006 The Darwin Awards Emile
2006 Fur Allan Arbus
2007 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets Connor
2008 The Incredible Hulk Doc Samson
2009 Leaves of Grass Professor Sorenson
2010 Fair Game Fred
2010 Morning Glory Paul McVee
2011 Butter Bob Pickler
2012 Goats Frank Whitman
2014 The Skeleton Twins Rich Levitt
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mr. Peabody (voice)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Jean Pierre Napoleon
2016 Finding Dory Bailey (voice)
2016 Storks Mr. Gardner (voice)
2017 Rock That Body Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order Paul Donatelli Episode: "Turnstile Justice"
2001 The West Wing Tom Starks Episode: "The Women of Qumar"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alan Messinger Episode: "Execution"
2003 Law & Order Herman Capshaw Episode: "Sheltered"
2005–06 Out of Practice Dr. Oliver Barnes 21 episodes
2007 Lipshitz Saves the World Man in Red Unsold pilot
2007–08 Back to You Gary Crezyzewski 17 episodes
2008 Fourplay Christopher Unsold pilot
2009 Damages Douglas Schiff Episodes: "I Agree, It Wasn't Funny"
2009–present Modern Family Phil Dunphy Main cast
2010–11 The Super Hero Squad Show Captain Marvel (voice) 3 episodes
2010–11 Glenn Martin, DDS Mart-E (voice) 2 episodes
2011 Doc McStuffins Big Jack (voice) Episode: "Out of the Box/Run Down Race Car"
2012–14 Key & Peele Colonel Hans Müller 2 episodes
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Parker (voice) Episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"
2016 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Episode: TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Award Best TV Actor Nominated
Online Film and Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Satellite Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, and Nolan Gould Nominated
Television Critics Association Award Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2011 Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, and Nolan Gould Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Online Film and Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2012 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Blimp Award Favorite TV Actor Nominated
Online Film and Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Nolan Gould Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film and Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Nolan Gould Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Actor Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Supporting Actor – TV Nominated
Online Film and Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Nolan Gould Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
TV Guide Award Favorite Actor Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Shared with Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Nolan Gould Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Baker, Jeff (April 30, 2014). "17 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  2. ^ Bio on Ty Burrell
  3. ^ What I Learned from My Mom: The Men of Modern Family. People magazine. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Staff. "Ty Burrell interview: 'Modern Family has normalised gay marriage'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Varble, Bill (October 21, 2007). "This Just In". Mail Tribune. Medford, Oregon. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Former Medford principal, coach 'Gabby' Williams dies". Mail Tribune. Medford, Oregon. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 5, 2016, PBS
  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. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sigma Chi making headlines. Web.sigmachi.org (August 4, 2012). Retrieved on 2015-09-09.
  12. ^ Comedy Central starts second season, The New York Times, October 14, 2014; accessed September 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Federowicz, Jeffrey Allen (February 4, 2006). "PSU grad fits right in with 'Out of Practice'". Centre Daily Times. Archived from the original on February 24, 2006. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Modern Man". Elle. March 31, 2011. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ Ty Burrell Emmy Award Winner. Emmys.com. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Ty Burrell Dethrones Alec Baldwin at the SAG Awards. WebProNews (January 19, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-09-09.
  17. ^ "'Modern Family' Star Calls Utah Home". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City. December 3, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Television's Prime Time Wiener". The Wall Street Journal. June 8, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Modern Family's Ty Burrell Adopts a Daughter". Celebritybabies.people.com. March 18, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Ty Burrell Welcomes a Daughter". People. March 19, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  21. ^ http://www.therams.com/videos/videos/Why-Im-a-Rams-Fan-Ty-Burrell/fec323dd-93c0-494d-a154-c73a82fa09da

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