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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Biography

Birth Name:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Birth Place:
Missoula, Montana, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Worked in an amusement park as a teen
  • In 1998, he made his Broadway debut as one of the leads in a revival of On the Town
  • Originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Tony-nominated 2005 musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Made TV breakthrough in the sitcom The Class which won the 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy
  • In 2012, appeared in the play 8, which focused on California's gay-marriage ban
  • The gay actor, whose Modern Family character is also gay, had a publicized clash in 2012 with former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron after Cameron slammed gay marriage in a TV interview; Ferguson subsequently said, "I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago
  • " (Cameron, while sticking with his opposition to gay marriage, later apologized for any hurt feelings
  • )

Awards

  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Ben Ferguson -- Brother
  • Bob Ferguson -- Father
  • Justin Mikita -- Fiancé
  • Anne Ferguson -- Mother
  • Kelly Ferguson -- Sister