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Emmys 2012: Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' wins Supporting Comedy Actor

09/23/2012 by Corinne Heller

Eric Stonestreet has won his second Emmy - for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his role on the ABC show "Modern Family."

This marks Stonestreet's second win for his role as Cameron Tucker on the series and third nomination. He won the same prize in 2010 ( and promptly displayed it jokingly in a yard near his dog) and his co-star Ty Burrell took home the award in 2011. This year, Stonestreet, 41, also beat co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O'Neill as well as nominees Max Greenfield of FOX's "New Girl" and Bill Hader of NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

On "Modern Family," a mockumentary-style sitcom, O'Neill plays Jay Pritchett, the patriarch of an eclectic family. Sofia Vergara plays his younger, second wife. Julie Bowen plays Pritchett's daughter and won her second Emmy for her role at Sunday's ceremony. Burrell portrays her husband. Ferguson plays Pritchett's son and he and Stonestreet's character are a homosexual couple raising a Vietnamese daughter.

"I wouldn't be starnding here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson," Stonestreet said on stage after accepting his Emmy. "There is no Cam without Mitch. We're only Mitch and Cam and you know that and it's such an honor to know you. I love you so much. I'm proud to call you my friend."

"I never knew I'd be on TV as a gay man but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me," he joked. "It's really amazing. Thank you for those."

"Modern Family" has been nominated 45 for an Emmy times since its 2009 debut. It was nominated for 14 awards this year and won four, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row. The show returns for a fourth season on September 26.

Stonestreet, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, was an improv performer at the theatre groups Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago and at Improv Olympic's Los Angeles branch before he made his on-screen debut in 1999 on an episode of the sitcom "Dharma & Greg."

He later had small roles on shows such as "Party of Five," Malcolm in the Middle" and "Spin City" and played a desk clerk in Cameron Crowe's hit 2000 film "Almost Famous."

Between 2001 and 2005, Stonestreet played the recurring part of Ronnie Litre on the series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." He also appeared in the 2005 film "The Island" and continued to play small parts on more shows, such as "Bones" and "Pushing Daises," before he was cast in "Modern Family."

Stonestreet also appeared in the 2011 comedy movie "Bad Teacher," which stars Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. Stonestreet recently filmed the movie "Loft," a thriller starring James Marsden and Karl Urban, and the crime comedy film "Identity Thief" with "Mike & Molly" and "Bridesmaids" actress Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Amanda Peet. Both are due to hit theaters in 2013.

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."

Check out a full list of 2012 Emmy nominees and winners.

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