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Stonestreet at the 2015 PaleyFest
Eric Allen Stonestreet
September 9, 1971
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kansas State University (1996)|
|Partner(s)||Lindsay Schweitzer (2016–present; engaged)|
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 first rose to prominence in a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has appeared in films and telefilms including; Bad Teacher (2011), Identity Thief (2013), The Loft (2013), and Confirmation (2016). He also provides the voice of Duke in The Secret Life of Pets film franchise (2016-2019).
Stonestreet was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Jamey Anne (née Ball), a teacher's aide, and Vincent Anthony "Vince" Stonestreet who owned a retail business.
During his childhood he wanted to become a clown. 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 played on Modern Family.
Stonestreet graduated from Piper High School and Kansas State University where he was a brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, 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 played 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 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 Belgian thriller The Loft. He regularly appears onstage at IO West improv Theatre in Los Angeles.
In 2017, Stonestreet hosted the ABC competition series The Toy Box.
In 2020, Stonestreet appeared as a guest judge for a taping of auditions for the fifteenth season of America's Got Talent, in place of Heidi Klum. In the same year he appeared in the music video for Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's song "Stuck with U".
In March 2021, it was announced that Stonestreet would be hosting Domino Masters for Fox. The competition series premiered on March 9, 2022.
In June 2016, Stonestreet began dating pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer whom he met during the Big Slick charity event weekend in Kansas City. On August 22, 2021, the couple became engaged.
Although he played a gay character in Modern Family, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has lightheartedly described himself as "openly straight". His Modern Family co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Stonestreet's character's husband Mitchell Pritchett, and who is gay in real life, jokingly called Stonestreet "gay-for-pay".. In addition, Stonestreet is a supporter of the LGBT community, having once declined to be photographed with Rick Santorum due to Santorum’s opposition of same-sex marriage.
Stonestreet enjoys attending sporting events and openly supporting his hometown teams (including the Kansas City Chiefs), and has driven the pace car at several NASCAR events. He continues to frequent football games at his alma mater and stays active with several organizations there. In 2019, it was announced that Stonestreet was part of the new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals; Royals legend George Brett was once a guest star in a season nine episode of Modern Family where Cameron in-character considered him his favorite baseball player.
|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)|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2|
|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||The 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 film|
|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: "... & Faith"|
|2008||The 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 film|
|2009||Monk||Boom Boom||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the UFO"|
|2009||Scare Tactics||Eric the Paranormal Guy||Episode: "28 Minutes Later"|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Wesley Clovis||Episode: "Wesley Clovis"|
|2009–2020||Modern Family||Cameron Tucker||Main role
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"|
|2013–2018||Sofia the First||Minimus (voice)||16 episodes|
|2014||Sesame Street||Himself||Episode: "Hansel & Gretel Playdate"|
|2016||Blue Peter||Himself||Episode: "4915"|
|2016||Confirmation||Kenneth Duberstein||Television film|
|2017||The F Word||Himself||"Episode Seven"|
|2017||The Toy Box||Himself (host)||16 episodes|
|2019||What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: "Neighbor"|
|2020||America's Got Talent||Guest Judge||Season 15; Filling in for Heidi Klum|
|2020||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||Himself (contestant)||Episode: "In The Hot Seat: Eric Stonestreet and Will Forte"|
|2021||Madagascar: A Little Wild||Harley Horns||Episode: "A Roar Is Born"|
|2022||Domino Masters||Himself (host)|
|2014||"Tacky"||Weird Al Yankovic|
|2020||"Stuck with U"||Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber||Cameo|
|2013||TSN: The Hangover||Nice Guy Actor Who Got Suckered Into This Movie||Cameo|