Modern Family, Primetime Emmy-award winner, Malcolm in the Middle, Piper High School
Growing up on a farm in the outskirts of Kansas City, Eric Stonestreet proves that Primetime Emmy Award-winning actors aren’t just from Los Angeles. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kan., Stonestreet attended Piper High School and went on to be a Wildcat at Kansas State University. He earned a degree in Sociology in 1996 and moved to Chicago to perform in plays and study improvisation acting at the Second City Training Center. He moved to Los Angeles a couple of years later and started his career in television. He started out in commercials and moved his way up to appearances in shows such as Malcolm in the Middle, ER, American Dad, Bones and American Horror Story: Murder House. In 2009, he landed his most well-known part as Cameron Tucker on ABC’s Modern Family. During his time as Cameron, Stonestreet has earned three Primetime Emmy nominations while winning two, once in 2010 and 2012. Like many Kansas City actors, Stonestreet isn’t afraid to show his Midwest roots. While on Modern Family, he stayed true to the light-hearted border war between Missouri and Kansas of today. He wanted his character to be from Missouri, rather than Kansas, because he wanted to have the freedom of making fun of Missourians. He also makes his way back to Kansas City from time to time. He has been seen multiple times at Chiefs and Royals games. In 2011, he was the guest of honor at the annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony.