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Ty Burrell

Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC comedy Modern Family. 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. During this time, Burrell also attended the University of Oregon where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity. 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. Some of his earlier work includes appearances in the

'Modern Family' Star -- Might Have to Miss Oregon Game ... If Work Calls

'Modern Family' Star
Might Have to Miss Oregon Game ... If Work Calls

"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell has proof that a $170k-a-week job can have drawbacks ... with the Oregon Ducks superfan saying he might have to miss the National Championship -- if work… READ MORE >

'Modern Family' Star -- Celebrated With Oregon Coach ... After Rose Bowl Win

'Modern Family' Star
Celebrated With Oregon Coach ... After Rose Bowl Win

"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell isn't just a HUUGE Oregon fan -- he's also personal friends with UO head coach Mark Helfrich ... and the two bro'd out moments after the Ducks won the Rose Bowl.… READ MORE >

- 513 days ago
'Modern Family' Star Ty Burrell -- WITNESS in Surprise Lesbian Wedding!

'Modern Fam' Star Ty Burrell
WITNESS in Surprise Lesbian Wedding!

A surprise lesbian wedding broke out at a Utah bar co-owned by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell ... but the actor didn't just stand around and watch, Ty actually PARTICIPATED in the ceremony, TMZ… READ MORE >

- 881 days ago
Stonestreet vs. Burrell -- The 'Modern Family' Bowl Showdown

Stonestreet vs. Burrell
'Modern Family' Fiesta Bowl Showdown

They play for opposite teams on television, and last night "Modern Family" stars Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell went head-to-head on the sidelines to root for their teams at the Tostitos Fiesta… READ MORE >

- 1242 days ago
'Modern Family' Cast -- Drops Lawsuit ... We're Back In!

'Modern Family' Cast
Drops Lawsuit ... We're Back In!

Producers for "Modern Family" settled their dispute with several key cast members the same way every American family does ... throwing a bunch of $$$ at them, and now thanks to some major pay… READ MORE >

- 1402 days ago
'Modern Family' Cast -- WE WANT OUT

'Modern Family' Cast

The cast of "Modern Family" wants out of their current contracts for the show -- all in a bold move to score much fatter paychecks.The cast members -- Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler… READ MORE >

- 1406 days ago
This Is Not a Bad '70s Prom Photo ...

This Is Not
A Bad '70s Prom Photo ...

... it's what "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell and his wife Holly actually wore to the Emmys tonight.Comedy, indeed. READ MORE >

- 2100 days ago

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