CameronPlayed by Eric Stonestreet
How many professional party clowns have also played on the offensive line for a Big Ten school? We know of at least one. Yes, Cameron Tucker was a center for the Fighting Illini as well as a classically-trained Auguste clown named Fizbo. But we know and love him as Mitchell Pritchett's husband and the adoptive father of a Vietnamese baby named Lily. Cam's bubbly, carefree personality proves to be a perfect complement to Mitchell's slightly uptight ways. Cameron says, "I'm sort of like Costco. I'm big, I'm not fancy and I dare you not to like me."
Cam decided to go low-key when he and Mitchell announced their plans to adopt another baby. That means a small banner, sparklers and some light musical accompaniment in the form of "Let's Hear It for the Boy." That's actually pretty low-key for Cam. Their attempts to adopt again have led to a lot of heartache. Still, Cameron Tucker is an optimistic dreamer. Don't believe us? Then just challenge him to chunk a pumpkin across the length of a football field. Cam will prove to you that anything is possible and that's the gourd's honest truth.
Eric Stonestreet 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 2011, 2012 and 2013, Screen Actors Guild Nominations in 2012, 2013 and 2015, 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," four 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. On September 24, 2013, "Modern Family" launched into syndication on USA Network. The series will begin its ninth season in the fall of 2017.
Stonestreet was most recently seen as the host of ABC's toy competition series, The Toy Box. The show, co-produced by Mattel, gives talented designers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to bring their toy concept to life with Mattel and on the shelves at Toys"R"Us. Toy inventors present a wide variety of games, plushes and educational, creative and imagination-building toys to the toughest panel of kid judges, including Adi Ash, Paxton Booth, Sydney Mae Estrella, Kyle Lee, Joachim Powell, Gideon Reynolds, Noah Ritter, Emma Sobel, Madison Stevens and Olivia Trujillo. The show was renewed for a second season which will premiere on October 1, 2017.
In the summer of 2016, Stonestreet voiced the character of Duke in Illumination Entertainments' box office hit, The Secret Life of Pets. Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart also starred in this 3D animated picture. Produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, The Secret Life of Pets takes place in a Manhattan apartment building after the human residents leave and all of the pets begin their day. Universal Pictures released the film on July 8, 2016, and a sequel was announced in August 2016.
Also in 2016, Stonestreet appeared in HBO's Primetime Emmy Award-nominated television movie Confirmation. From a script by Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), the TV movie detailed the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings. Stonestreet portrayed lobbyist Kenneth Duberstein, who was selected by President George Bush to help in getting Clarence Thomas appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. Kerry Washington portrayed Anita Hill and also served as an executive producer, with Wendell Pierce depicting Clarence Thomas. The TV movie premiered on April 16, 2016.
In 2015, Stonestreet starred 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. The film was released by Open Road on January 30, 2015.
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.
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.