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Cameron Tucker on ABC's "Modern Family"
For his role as Cameron Tucker on ABC'S "Modern Family," Eric Stonestreet earned a 2010 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, a 2011 Emmy nomination, Golden Globe nominations in 2010 and 2012, and a 2012 Screen Actors Guild nomination. In its first season, "Modern Family" received six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Stonestreet himself received a TCA Award nomination in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category. In its second season, the show received a 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Most recently it received a 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series -- Comedy or Musical, and a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Next up, Stonestreet will appear in the comedy "Identity Thief." The feature, directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") and starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, is slated for a May 2013 release. Upcoming for Stonestreet as well is the thriller "Loft," directed by Erik Van Looy and starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Rachael Taylor, also to release in 2013.
In November of last year Stonestreet guest starred on the FX series "American Horror Story." In August 2011, it was announced that he was attached to star in "The Day the Laughter Stopped," an HBO Films project in development about silent film star, comedian, director and screenwriter Fatty Arbuckle -- who mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope -- based on the book by David A. Yallop. John Adams and Kirk Ellis will write the project, with Barry Levinson directing and Stonestreet -- along with Levinson, Christine Vachon, Kirk Ellis, Ron West, Chris Henze and Steve Kavovit -- sharing executive producer credits. Last year Stonestreet also starred in Columbia Pictures' comedy, "Bad Teacher," with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Justin Timberlake.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Stonestreet was introduced to acting when a friend dared him to audition for the play "Prelude to a Kiss" while he was studying at Kansas State University. After graduating with a degree in sociology, he moved to Chicago to study and perform theatre and improv, spending two years doing television commercials and studying with Improv Olympic Chicago (alumni include Amy Poehler, Mike Meyers, Chris Farley) and The Second City (alumni include Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert), before moving further west. While he continued doing commercial work, Stonestreet built a catalog of memorable characters on such television shows as "Dharma & Greg," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Party of Five," "Spin City," "ER," "The West Wing," "American Dad," "Providence," "Close to Home," "Crossing Jordan" and "Bones." His most notable character is from his recurring role as Ronnie Litre, the questionable documents technician on the original "CSI." He was also a series regular on the Fox pilot "13 Graves," and more recently has guest starred on "The Mentalist," "NCIS," "Pushing Daisies" and in the finale of this season's "Nip/Tuck."
On the big screen Stonestreet played Sheldon, the hotel desk clerk in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous." In 2003 he starred in IFC's cult classic, "Girls Will Be Girls," which was an official selection to the Sundance Film Festival that year.
In 2010 Stonestreet was named an ambassador for "Stand Up to Cancer," a charity organization aiming to raise awareness and bring about an understanding that everyone is connected by cancer. He continues to be involved in the initiative.
Stonestreet currently resides in Los Angeles, CA
HOMETOWN Kansas City, KS
BIRTHDATE September 9