Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars as Mitchell Pritchett on the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy Modern Family. The show, returning in its fifth season this fall, has earned three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2013, he was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic TV Actor on behalf of Modern Family.
Last year, Jesse and his fiancé Justin Mikita launched their charity Tie the Knot. Tie the Knot was founded to combine all of their favorite things: humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. The goal of Tie the Knot is to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States thru the sale of their limited edition bowties designed by them. Their first collection debuted in mid November and sold out in less than a month and the second collection, featuring a tie by celebrity designer Isaac Mizrari, debuted this past February. Their summer line is currently available at TieTheKnot.org and features a tie designed by George Takei.
No stranger to television, Ferguson received rave reviews and was honored by The Hollywood Reporter in 2006 as one of Ten to Watch for his role on the CBS ensemble sitcom The Class. His additional television credits include Do Not Disturb and Ugly Betty. Film credits include Untraceable and Wonderful World.
The theatre has always been Ferguson's first love. This summer he returns to the stage in a Comedy Of Errors in New York City. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as Chip in George C. Wolfe's revival of On The Town. He later went on to originate the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Outstanding Ensemble Performance winner, Drama Desk Awards, 2005; Distinguished Performance nominee, Drama League Awards, 2005). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as The Merchant Of Venice, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Distinguished Performance nominee, Drama League Awards, 2008), where he performed alongside Al Pacino, Jesse L. Martin, Martha Plimpton and Lily Rabe. Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn's Where Do We Live and Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish. Most recently, Ferguson starred as Leo Bloom in The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl.
Ferguson is also an advocate and active supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. In 2011, he was honored with the HRC's Media Award, which recognizes an individual for establishing a positive, increased awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the media.
Ferguson currently resides in New York.