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 longtime boyfriend 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.
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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 2011, 2012 and 2013, Screen Actors Guild Nominations in 2012 and 2013, and a TCA Award nomination for his portrayal.
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 voice the character of ‘Duke’ in Illumination Entertainments’ "Untitled Pets Movie." Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart will also star in this 3D animated pic. Produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, "Untitled Pets Movie" takes place in a Manhattan apartment building after the human residents leave and all of the ‘pets’ begin their day. The film is set to release in 2016.
Stonestreet will also 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. The pic will be released by Universal Pictures.
In November 2011, Stonestreet guest starred on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX 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 Segel 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.