Birth Name: Eric Stonestreet
Birth Place: Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Born on Sept. 9, 1971 in Kansas City, KS, Stonestreet never imagined he would one day make a name for himself in Hollywood. He grew up raising pigs on his family's farm and the only inkling he had of a career in entertainment was a childhood dream of becoming a clown. By age 11, he was wearing clown suits made by his grandmother and performing one-man shows at local parties and senior citizen centers. After two failed auditions at Barnum and Bailey Clown College, Stonestreet attended Kansas State University and majored in Sociology. He studied to become a prison administrator, but a friend's dare led him to a very minor role in a campus theater production of "Prelude to a Kiss." Though it wa...
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