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Ty Burrell (1967)

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Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his role in the ABC comedy Modern Family as Phil Dunphy, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011. He was nominated for the same award in 2010. He also received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role, sharing the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with his co-stars.


 early life
Burrell was born in Grants Pass in Southern Oregon, and grew up in the small Southern Oregon town of Applegate, near the California border, where his family ran a business. He attended Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, where he played football and was a lineman for the Hidden Valley Mustangs. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts in 1993. Burrell was the commencement speaker at the school in 2008.
While in college he worked as a bartender at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Burrell continued his education at the Penn State University, where he earned an MFA. In 1999, Burrell worked as a festival actor at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Burrell has also stated that for a period of time in graduate school, he lived out of his van to save money.

 acting career
Some of his earlier work includes appearances in the movies Black Hawk Down, the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and appearances in several stage performances (like 2000's Broadway production of Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays Corners, The Blue Demon, Burn This, and Show People). He was a co-writer and actor in the original production of the offbeat comedy The Red Herring O' Happiness directed by Russell Dyball. Burrell's stage work also includes writing and working in the off-Broadway play Babble with his brother, Duncan. He has also made an appearance as a probation officer in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

After that, he was cast as Oliver Barnes, a shallow but well-meaning plastic surgeon, on the CBS sitcom Out of Practice , also created by Christopher Lloyd. The show was canceled with episodes unaired in spring 2007. After that show's cancellation, he played Allan Arbus in the film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

Burrell was also in the Marvel movie adaptation of the comic The Incredible Hulk, in which he played Doc Samson. He has gone on record in various interviews saying he does not get his powers in this movie but hopes to do so in later movies.

Ty recently had a small role in the film National Treasure: Book of Secrets. He starred in the sitcom Back to You on Fox. On the show, created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Burrell played a field reporter . The show was canceled in 2008.

He now stars in the ABC comedy Modern Family as Phil Dunphy. He was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in 2010 , but lost to his co-star Eric Stonestreet. In 2011, he was nominated for an Emmy and won for his performance in the episode Good Cop Bad Dog.

 personal life
Ty and his wife Holly married in 2000. They resided in New York City until moving to Salt Lake City in 2008. The couple have since relocated to Southern California for Burrell's work on Modern Family. On March 18, 2010, it was announced that Burrell and his wife had adopted a baby girl, Frances. Burrell is an avid Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers and New York Mets fan.

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