Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for portraying Cameron Tucker in the ABC mockumentary sitcom Modern Family, for which he received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series out of three nominations.
Stonestreet at the 2015 PaleyFest
|Born||Eric Allen Stonestreet
September 9, 1971
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Stonestreet first rose to prominence in a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has appeared in films and telefilms including Bad Teacher (2012), Identity Thief and The Loft (both 2013), and Confirmation (2016), and provided a voice in The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
As a child, he created a clown character named Fizbo, and by age 11 was performing at 6- and 7-year-olds’ birthday parties; Stonestreet recalled in 2012, "I don’t know where the name Fizbo came from. I do know one day that's what my dad was calling me and that's the name that I printed on my business cards."
The name Fizbo was used for a clown character he periodically plays on Modern Family. Stonestreet graduated from Piper High School and Kansas State University, graduating with a degree in sociology in 1996.
While at KSU, he performed in plays including his first, Prelude to a Kiss, for which he auditioned on a dare and won the smallest role; All My Sons; and Twelfth Night. He went on to study improv at ImprovOlympic and The Second City Training Center in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles to begin his professional acting career.
Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker in ABC's Modern Family. He is also notable for his role as Ronnie Litre on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also guest starred in television shows, such as Dharma & Greg, ER, Malcolm in the Middle, The Mentalist, NCIS, Nip/Tuck, Party of Five, Spin City, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Greg the Bunny, Providence, Close to Home, Crossing Jordan, Bones, Monk, and American Horror Story. Early on in his career, Stonestreet was featured in Northwestern University's 1996 football TV commercial campaign as the "purple pride guy."
He made his film debut in Almost Famous, as desk clerk Sheldon. 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 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 Dutch thriller The Loft. He regularly appears onstage at IO West improv Theatre in Los Angeles.
Despite his most prominent role being a gay character, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has lightheartedly described himself as "openly straight". His gay co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Stonestreet's character's partner Mitchell Pritchett, jokingly called Stonestreet "gay-for-pay". Stonestreet is a supporter of the LGBT community; he declined to be photographed with Rick Santorum, an opponent of same-sex marriage.
|2000||Almost Famous||Sheldon the Desk Clerk|
|2003||Girls Will Be Girls||Dr. Benson|
|2003||Street of Pain||Floyd||Short film|
|2005||Saddam 17||The Clerk||Short film|
|2005||The Island||Ed the Trucker|
|2007||The Drifter||Delivery Guy||Short film|
|2007||Stories USA||Floyd||Segment: "Street of Pain"|
|2010||Father vs. Son||Doug|
|2013||Identity Thief||Big Chuck|
|2014||The Loft||Marty Landry|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Duke (voice)|
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- Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2011
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