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.
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. He also garnered 2010 Golden Globe and 2011 Emmy nominations for his portrayal. In its debut season Modern Family received six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and a Television Critics Association/TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, while Stonestreet received a TCA Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy. In its second season the show received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Stonestreet has wrapped production in the thriller The Loft, directed by Erik Van Looy and starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Rachael Taylor. The film follows five friends who share a loft where the body of an unknown woman is found. It will release in 2013. Stonestreet was recently seen in the comedy Bad Teacher, with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Justin Timberlake, from Columbia Pictures.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Stonestreet was introduced to acting after a friend dared him to audition for the play Prelude to a Kiss while 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 TV 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 west. While continuing doing commercial work, he built a resume of memorable characters on such TV 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. Prior to Modern Family, Stonestreet’s most notable character was his recurring role as Ronnie Litre, the questionable documents technician, on the original <i>CSI.</i> He was also a series regular on the Fox pilot 13 Graves, and has 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.
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.