Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Brush With Fame (Well, sort of)

Eric Stonestreet at the Screen Actors Guild Aw...Image via WikipediaMany, if not most of you would probably recognize the face, but not the name of the person that this article is about.  And, in fact, this story is not even really about him. The person I am talking about is Eric Stonestreet, one of the stars of ABC's hit comedy, Modern Family, and this year's winner of the Emmy for Best Supporting Role in a Comedy Series.
Eric plays Cameron Tucker, the flamboyantly gay partner on the show, although in real life it is his partner, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, that is gay. Ferguson refers to Stonestreet  as "gay for pay."  What is really amazing is if you check out his filmography on IMDB.  In the last decade he has been on so many different shows in guest roles, that his range of acting is simply amazing.  The shows run the entire gamut from comedy to drama.
If you are interested in his full bio, you can go to his official page, IMDB, or Wikipedia.  Also you can watch full episodes of Modern Family at the ABC web site.
So, as I stated before, my brush of fame wasn't with Eric Stonestreet even though a few months ago he came into the Bellagio Buffet in Las Vegas, NV where I sometimes work.  We are trained that when we see a celebrity we are not to mention their fame or their work unless they mention it to us.  That is what happened yesterday.  But it wasn't Eric.
It was actually his parents who came into the buffet and the way it came to be that we had a conversation about him was pure chance.  As they were paying, I saw the last name Stonestreet on their charge and I made the comment that Stonestreet would be a great name for a lawyer or detective show.  Perhaps in the back of my mind I remembered the show Longstreet which starred James Franciscus as a blind insurance investigator back in 1971.  Whatever the reason, it opened up a conversation when Mrs. Stonestreet made the comment that it could be the name of an actor as well.
One thing led to another and we began talking about her son, Modern Family, the Emmy Awards, and the fact that she met Betty White at an after-party.  Talking to his family was as rewarding as if I had actually had the chance to meet him, mainly because of the pride and joy that you could see on their faces.  They are truly special people and Eric is very lucky to have them for parents.
So, that is my brush with fame.  Eric, by the way has a Facebook and Twitter page and it looks to me like he does his own commenting on it.  And if you are interested in seeing him in another role, Amazon has his episode from Bones.  Just click on the link.
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