Life Before Fame: 'Modern Family's' Eric Stonestreet

Sarah Hyland and Eric Stonestreet attend the Audi and Altuzarra Kick-Off Emmys Week 2013 event.
August 25, 2019 - 15:30 / Cynthia Springer

With ten years of Modern Family, it stands as ABC Networks longest running comedy series. The show offers a culmination of characters and everyday-life situations, which brings in lots of laughs! Eric Stonestreet aka "Cam" is one of our favorite characters... find out more about his early days in the article!

Born on September 9, 1971 in Kansas, Eric Allen Stonestreet was a natural born talent. Even though his mother was a teacher's aide and his father owned a retail business, respectively, Stonestreet found a way to connect humor and performing at a young age - with clowning. Just like his character in Modern Family, Stonestreet created "Fizbo" the clown and was even performing at 6-year old birthday parties by age 11.

Eric Stonestreet at the 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' premiere in Los Angeles.

While attending Kansas State University, he performed in a few plays, such as Prelude to a Kiss, All My Sons, and Twelfth Night. Auditioning for Prelude to a Kiss was actually a dare, but he ended up finding luck in his talent of acting.

After graduating, Stonestreet then moved to Chicago for two years, where he participated in improv classes. After his time in Chicago, he then moved to the city of angels - Los Angeles.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet in the series, Modern Family.

By the late 90's and early 2000's, Stonestreet was getting small roles in sitcoms and movies. His most notable role before Modern Family was his character "Ronnie" in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he starred in for 4 years. His other minor roles included other series like, The Mentalist, NCIS, and Monk.

Eric Stonestreet: Plays "Cameron Tucker"

By the time he cast to play "Cameron Tucker" in Modern Family, Stonestreet won the hearts of many. He and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Mitch") play two gay dads in the series with their daughter "Lily" (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). The series has been nominated for a total of 22 awards out of 75 nominations. Stonestreet himself has won two of those respective awards. You can catch Stonestreet in the recent film, The Secret Life of Pets 2, in theaters now!

Eric Stonestreet at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. on September 23, 2012.