1. Burrell is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013.
2. He attended Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, where he played football and was a lineman for the Hidden Valley Mustangs.
3. During this time, Burrell attended the University of Oregon and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1999, Burrell worked as a festival actor at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
4. Burrell has also stated that for a period of time in graduate school, he lived out of his van to save money.
5. He subsequently appeared in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and in several stage roles .
6. He has also made an appearance as a New Jersey Prosecutor in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
7. After that, he was cast as Oliver Barnes, a shallow but well-meaning plastic surgeon, on the CBS sitcom Out of Practice , also created by screenwriter Christopher Lloyd.
8. The show was canceled in May 2006, with eight episodes remaining unaired in the United States.
9. In the Marvel film adaptation of the comic The Incredible Hulk, he played Leonard Samson without any superpowers who had a short relationship with Betty Ross.
10. In 2007, he had a small role in the film National Treasure: Book of Secrets as the curator of the White House followed by a starring role in the sitcom Back to You on Fox later that same year.
11. On the show, created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Burrell played a field reporter .
12. His current role is as real estate agent Phil Dunphy in the acclaimed ABC situation comedy Modern Family.
13. For his performance, he has received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series , winning the award twice in 2011 and 2014. He also received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role, sharing the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with his co-stars.
14. He was the recipient of the individual SAG award in 2014, defeating Alec Baldwin, who had previously won the award seven years in a row.