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A character actor who once planned to be a prison administrator, Eric Stonestreet was born Sept. 9, 1971, in Kansas City, Kan. He broke into acting on a dare and later moved to Chicago to study with the famed Second City and IO comedy troupes.

Although he's straight, Stonestreet is best known as one-half of a committed same-sex couple on the mockumentary-style comedy "Modern Family" (2009-). Both Stonestreet and his onscreen partner, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, earned Emmy nods in 2010 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and Stonestreet went home with his first win. Later that year, he also scored a Golden Globe nomination for the role.

Before breaking into the mainstream with "Modern Family," Stonestreet played the recurring role of documents tech Ronnie Litre on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2001-05) and amassed a string of guest credits on series such as "Malcolm in the Middle" and "The West Wing."

Eric Stonestreet in The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets

2016 PG

Living an easy life, happy terrier Max sees his world upended when his owner brings home Duke, a mongrel Max regards as a loser. But the two soon find themselves allied against a horde of abandoned pets looking to turn the tables on humans.

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