Eric Stonestreet currently stars as Cameron Tucker on ABC’s comedy series, “Modern Family,” a role in which he earned two Emmy Awards in the “Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” category, in 2010 and 2012. Stonestreet also garnered a 2011 Emmy Nomination, Golden Globe Nominations in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and Screen Actors Guild Nominations in 2012 and 2013, and a TCA Award nomination for his portrayal.
“Modern Family,” created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, premiered on September 23, 2009 to critical acclaim and solid ratings. In its first season, the show received six Emmy Awards, including “Outstanding Comedy Series,” and a Television Critics Association/TCA Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy." Since its first season, “Modern Family” has received four Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” two Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” and one Golden Globe Award for “Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.” The series also received a 2013 Golden Globe Nomination for “Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical” and a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Nomination for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” Season 4 of “Modern Family” premiered on September 26, 2012 to 14.4 million viewers. On September 24, 2013, “Modern Family” launched into syndication on USA Network. Season 5 premiered on September 25, 2013 to 11.4 million viewers on ABC.
Most recently, Stonestreet was a scene-stealer in the comedy, “Identity Thief” for Universal Pictures. The film was directed by Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) and starred Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. On February 8, 2013, the film opened #1 at the box office with $34.5 million.
Upcoming, Stonestreet will star in the thriller “The Loft,” directed by Erik Van Looy and also starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Rachael Taylor. The independent film follows five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs and begin to question one another after the body of an unknown woman is found in the property. Universal Pictures will release “The Loft” on August 29, 2014.
In November 2011, Stonestreet guest starred on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX’s hit series “American Horror Story.” Stonestreet played the role of “Derek,” a patient of Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) who has a fear of urban legends. The episode aired on November 9, 2011.
In August 2011, it was announced that Stonestreet was attached to star in “The Day the Laughter Stopped,” an HBO Films project in development revolving around silent film star Fatty Arbuckle and based on the book by David A. Yallop. John Adams and Kirk Ellis are attached to write the project, with Barry Levinson on board to direct. Arbuckle (1887-1933) was a silent film star, comedian, director and screenwriter who mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope. Stonestreet, along with Barry Levinson, Christine Vachon, Kirk Ellis, Ron West, Chris Henze and Steve Kavovit will all share executive producer credits on the project.
Stonestreet was seen in the comedy “Bad Teacher” with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Justin Timberlake. Columbia Pictures released the film on June 24, 2011.
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. Stonestreet continues to be involved in the initiative.
Stonestreet, born and raised in Kansas City, was introduced to acting after 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, among others) and The Second City (alumni include Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, among others) before moving further west.
While Stonestreet continued doing commercial work, he built an impressive resume of memorable characters on television shows including “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.” Stonestreet was also a series regular on the Fox pilot “13 Graves” and has most recently guest starred in “The Mentalist,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Pushing Daisies” and 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.
Stonestreet currently resides in Los Angeles, CA