Eric Stonestreet
Stonestreet in March 2015
Born (1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 52)
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Lindsay Schweitzer
(2016–present; engaged)

Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Cameron Tucker in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series out of three nominations. He first rose to prominence in a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has also appeared in films including Bad Teacher (2011), Identity Thief (2013), The Loft (2013), and Confirmation (2016), and provides the voice of Duke in the animated Secret Life of Pets film franchise (2016–2019).

Early life

Eric Allen Stonestreet[1] was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on September 9, 1971,[1] the son of teacher's aide Jamey Anne (née Ball) and retail business owner Vincent Stonestreet.[2] He is of German descent.[3] As a child, he wanted to become a clown,[4] and created a clown character named Fizbo; by age 11, he was performing at younger children's birthday parties. He recalled in 2012, "I don't know where the name Fizbo came from. I do know one day that's what my dad was calling me and that's the name that I printed on my business cards."[5] The name "Fizbo" was later used for a clown character he periodically played on Modern Family.

Stonestreet attended Piper High School and Kansas State University, where he was in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity,[5] graduating with a degree in sociology in 1996.[6] While there, he made his stage debut when he appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, for which he auditioned on a dare and won the smallest role. He later appeared in All My Sons and Twelfth Night,[6] before studying improv at ImprovOlympic and The Second City Training Center in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles to begin his professional acting career.[6]


Stonestreet played Cameron Tucker in ABC's Modern Family.[4] He is also notable for his role as Ronnie Litre on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also guest starred in television shows, such as Dharma & Greg, ER, Malcolm in the Middle, The Mentalist, NCIS, Nip/Tuck, Party of Five, Spin City, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Greg the Bunny, Providence, Close to Home, Crossing Jordan, Bones, Monk, and American Horror Story. Early in his career Stonestreet was featured in Kansas State University's 1996 football TV commercial campaign as the "purple pride guy."[7]

He made his film debut in Almost Famous, as desk clerk Sheldon. He also played Dr. Benson in Girls Will Be Girls, Ed the Trucker in The Island, and Courtney's Neighbor in Ninja Cheerleaders. In 2007, Stonestreet appeared in the short film "Vinny's Vault," which was produced during the reality show On the Lot. He also appeared in the movies Identity Thief as Big Chuck, and Bad Teacher as Kirk.

Stonestreet at the 2010 SAG Awards

In his role as Cameron on Modern Family, Stonestreet earned three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2011 and 2012), winning the award in 2010 and 2012. He also received three Golden Globe Award nominations (2010, 2011 and 2013) for his work on the series.

In 2013, he appeared in a series of advertisements for Australian retail store Big W.[8] In the fall of the same year, Stonestreet played the "Fan Coach" in the AT&T "Be A Fan" commercial series that ran during the college football season, in addition to appearing in a MasterCard/Stand Up 2 Cancer commercial as himself.[9] In 2014, he performed in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "Tacky," a parody of Pharrell's "Happy". In the same year he also starred in the remake of the Belgian thriller The Loft.[10][11] He regularly appears onstage at IO West improv Theatre in Los Angeles.[12]

In 2017, Stonestreet hosted the ABC competition series The Toy Box.[13]

In 2020, Stonestreet appeared as a guest judge for a taping of auditions for the fifteenth season of America's Got Talent, in place of Heidi Klum.[14] In the same year he appeared in the music video for Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's song "Stuck with U".[15]

In March 2021, it was announced that Stonestreet would be hosting Domino Masters for Fox.[16] The competition series premiered on March 9, 2022.[17]

Personal life

Stonestreet began dating pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer in June 2016,[18] and they became engaged on August 22, 2021.[19]

Although he played a gay character in Modern Family, Stonestreet is heterosexual and has lightheartedly described himself as "openly straight".[20] His Modern Family co-star and onscreen husband Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who is gay in real life) jokingly called him "gay-for-pay".[4][21] Stonestreet supports LGBT causes; having refused Republican senator Rick Santorum's request to take a picture with him at the 2014 White House Correspondents' dinner due to Santorum's staunchly anti-gay platform.[22]

A keen sports fan, Stonestreet supports the Kansas City Chiefs football team[23] and joined the new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 2019.[24] He has also driven the pace car at several NASCAR events.[25] He often attends football games at his alma mater, Kansas State University, and stays active with several organizations there.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Almost Famous Sheldon the Desk Clerk
2003 F.A.T. Ranger
2003 Girls Will Be Girls Dr. Benson
2003 Street of Pain Floyd Short film
2004 Straight-Jacket Labor Organizer
2004 Knuckle Sandwich Bill
2005 Saddam 17 The Clerk Short film
2005 The Island Ed the Trucker
2007 The Drifter Delivery Guy Short film
2007 Stories USA Floyd Segment: "Street of Pain"
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Beergut
2008 American Crude Phil
2010 Father vs. Son Doug
2011 Bad Teacher Kirk Gay
2013 Identity Thief Big Chuck
2014 The Loft Marty Landry
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Duke (voice)
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Dharma & Greg Chester Episode: "See Dharma Run"
2000 I've Got a Secret Himself Unknown episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Phil Episode: "Malcolm Babysits"
2000 Party of Five Irv 2 episodes
2000 Spin City The Dentist Episode: "Smile"
2000 ER Willie Episode: "Mars Attacks"
2001 The West Wing Staffer #1 Episode: "Bad Moon Rising"
2002 Greg the Bunny Wilson (uncredited) Episode: "Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction"
2002 Providence Ted Stout Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2001–2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ronnie Litre 12 episodes
2005 Close to Home Andrew Morgan Episode: "Under Threat"
2006 13 Graves Andrew Schoch Television film
2007 Crossing Jordan Steve Anderman Episode: "D.O.A."
2007 Bones D.C. Cop 2 episodes
2007 On the Lot Actor 2 episodes
2007 American Dad! Short Order Cook Episode: "Dope & Faith"
2008 The Mentalist Malcom Boatwright Episode: "Red Hair and Silver Tape"
2008 Pushing Daisies Leo Burns Episode: "Comfort Food"
2008 NCIS Harvey Ames Episode: "Silent Night"
2009 This Might Hurt Brad Maynard Television film
2009 Monk Boom Boom Episode: "Mr. Monk and the UFO"
2009 Scare Tactics Eric the Paranormal Guy Episode: "28 Minutes Later"
2009 Nip/Tuck Wesley Clovis Episode: "Wesley Clovis"
2009–2020 Modern Family Cameron Tucker Main role
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2012)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–14)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011–13)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–13, 2015)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010, 2015)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Comedy Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2010 Good News Week Himself Episode: "8.37"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Derrick Episode: "Piggy Piggy"
2013–2018 Sofia the First Minimus (voice) 16 episodes
2014 Sesame Street Himself Episode: "Hansel & Gretel Playdate"
2015 Jeopardy! Himself 2 episodes
2016 Blue Peter[27] Himself Episode: "4915"
2016 Confirmation Kenneth Duberstein Television film
2017 The F Word Himself "Episode Seven"
2017 The Toy Box[13] Himself (host) 16 episodes
2019 What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Himself Episode: "Neighbor"
2020 America's Got Talent Guest Judge Season 15; Filling in for Heidi Klum[14]
2020 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself (contestant) Episode: "In The Hot Seat: Eric Stonestreet and Will Forte"
2021 Madagascar: A Little Wild Harley Horns Episode: "A Roar Is Born"
2022 Domino Masters Himself (host) 10 episodes
2023 American Auto Ian 2 episodes
2023 The Santa Clauses Magnus Antas / Mad Santa Main role (season 2)

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "Tacky" Weird Al Yankovic
2020 "Stuck with U" Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber Cameo [15]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 TSN: The Hangover Nice Guy Actor Who Got Suckered Into This Movie Cameo


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