A veteran improv comedian, Eric Stonestreet honed his skills at the ImprovOlympic theater, but soon transitioned to the screen, making appearances on shows like ER and The West Wing during the early 2000s. He would go on to land roles in films like Ninja Cheerleaders and American Crude, but scored his biggest break when he was cast as Cameron in the sitcom Modern Family in 2009. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for that role in the acclaimed show's first season. The show remained popular, and Stonestreet ended up appearing in the big-screen comedy Bad Teacher.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Grew up on a farm in Kansas.
- Got hooked on acting after landing a small role in Craig Lucas' play Prelude to a Kiss, for which a friend had dared him to audition.
- After college, moved to Chicago, where he found work in TV commercials and studied with the Second City and ImprovOlympic (now IO) comedy groups.
- Had breakout role as Sheldon the hotel desk clerk in Almost Famous (2000).