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An openly gay actor-singer who rose to fame on television as one-half of a committed same-sex couple, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was born Oct. 22, 1975, in Missoula, Mont. He moved to New York City after high school to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Ferguson's talents played well on Broadway, and he originated the role of middle-school student Leaf Coneybear in the Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (2005), nabbing a shared Drama Desk Award for best ensemble. He also appeared on the short-lived sitcom "The Class" (2006-07), garnering laughs for his portrayal of a suicidal divorcé.

It was Ferguson's role on the mockumentary-style comedy "Modern Family" (2009-), however, that thrust him into the mainstream. Both Ferguson and his onscreen partner, Eric Stonestreet, earned Emmy nods in 2010 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course

2016 PG

In this extraterrestrial animated epic, the "Ice Age" gang find themselves far up in the air after Scrat leaps off the planet while chasing his magical acorn, inadvertently triggering events that put Earth in jeopardy.

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