Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American actor. Ferguson is best known for the portrayal of character Mitchell Pritchett in comedy sitcom series Modern Family of ABC where he has been nominated 5 times for the Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also won 5 different awards for the very same role.
Prior to his character in Modern Family, Ferguson was cast in comedy series The Class of CBS as Richie Velch.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson was born on 22nd October of 1975 in Missoula, Montana of USA. He was born to mother Anne Ferguson and father Robert “Bob” Ferguson. Ferguson has a brother and a sister Ben Ferguson and Kelly Ferguson.
Ferguson’s parents got a divorce when he was just 18-years-old.
Ferguson was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico because his family moved there when he was very young. As a child, Ferguson was very close to his grandmother and he is also named after her (Jessie Uppercue Ferguson).
Jesse Tyler Ferguson attended the Albuquerque’s St. Pius X High School.
After graduating from high school in 1994, Ferguson went to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, in New York City.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson decided to be an actor at the age of 8. That was when he joined Albuquerque Children’s Theater. He was a member there for over 6 years.
During his high school, Ferguson played roles in Bye Bye Birdie as Albert Peterson. He also played the role of General Bullmoose in Li’l Abner.
After graduating high school, Ferguson also worked at Cliff’s Amusement Park as a dancer and singer.
After moving to New York City for college, Ferguson majorly worked in Broadway theater and Off-Broadway. He even played the role of Leaf Coneybear. It was at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Additionally, the play won a Tony Awards.
In 2007, he played the title role in Shakespeare in the Park of Public Theater. He also starred in The Tempest of 2015. In the same year, he also played the role of Sir Robin in ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’. ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ is a production of Hollywood Bowl.
Ferguson featured in play 8 as Dr. Ilan Meyer. In addition, the play was held at Wilshire Ebell Theatre. It was also broadcasted on YouTube to fund money. It was for a non-profit organization ‘American Foundation for Equal Rights.’
In film and television
Ferguson played the role of Richie Velch in sitcom series ‘The Class’. Unfortunately, the series did not live long.
After ‘The Class’, Ferguson also was cast in Untraceable which is a 2008 thriller He co-starred in it. Ferguson has also been playing the role of Mitchell Pritchett in sitcom series Modern Family of CBS since 2009. His character is a gay lawyer.
His portrayal of the character is considered to be his best work in his television career.
In 2016, he also played the voice of Shangri Llama in animated movie Ice Age: Collision Course.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita started ‘Tie The knot‘ in September of 2012. ‘Tie The knot’ is a non-profit charity. The charity uses bow ties sold retail to raise fund for supporting same-sex marriage. The organization was launched during the announcement of the engagement of the duo.
A pop-up store was located at LA in November of 2015 for ‘Tie The know’. The store featured the couple’s fourth collection. The collection included athletic designs. Ferguson was also named the celebrity ambassador by American Civil Liberties Union. It was for the LGBT community in October of 2013.
Awards and Nominations
For his role in Modern Family, Ferguson has won a total of 4 awards. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award in years 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In 2016, he won a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Fully Committed.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 5 feet 10 inches tall. However, his weight is not available. But he does have a very slim body build. He has red hair with blue eyes.
Ferguson also owns a dog, named Zubara.
Married Life and Relationships
Ferguson is a gay and is open about it.
He was in a relationship with Justin Mikita for 2 years. The duo announced their engagement in September of 2012. The pair got married on 20th July of 2013 in New York City.
The estimated net worth of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is $16 million.
The actor earned the sum through his career as an actor in television, films, and theater. He also makes $190 Thousand for every episode of CBS’s sitcom Modern Family.
In 2017, he was rumored to have broken up with his partner. However, nothing is confirmed.