Tyler Gerald “Ty” Burrell is an American actor and comedian. Burrell was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, the son of Sheri Rose (née Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell (1940–1989), a family therapist. Burrell is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013.
Burrell’s first credited film roles were 2001’s Evolution and Black Hawk Down. He subsequently appeared in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and in several stage roles (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 New Jersey Prosecutor in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
he has received seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010–2016), winning the award twice in 2011 and 2014. 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. He was the recipient of the individual SAG award in 2014, defeating Alec Baldwin, who had previously won the award seven years in a row.