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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is best known for playing uptight and openly gay lawyer Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy beast “Modern Family,” which has also earned him a handful of personal nods for outstanding supporting actor, and for his vivacious guest judge appearances on “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Ferguson, who previously appeared on CBS’ “The Class,” got his start around 8 after his family moved to Albuquerque, performing with the Children’s Theater, the Civic Light Opera, his high school and at Cliff’s Amusement Park. He made a beeline for the Big Apple to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and became a fixture off-Broadway and on it. He originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Tony-winning “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee.” In 2012, he started Tie The Knot, a line of men’s neckwear which raises funds for marriage-equality issues, with his husband Justin Mikita. He married the lawyer, whom he met two years earlier at the gym, in July 2013 in a ceremony officiated by playwright Tony Kushner.

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