30 Mind-Blowing Facts About Jesse Tyler Ferguson That Every Fan Should Know


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, world renowned for the portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on the most popular sitcom "Modern Family," initially started his career mainly in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre. Here are some really interesting things to know about the American actor and comedian:

  1.  He was named as the celebrity ambassador for the LGBT community by the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2013.
  2.  He co-founded the non-profit charity "Tie The Knot," which aims to raise funds in support of same-sex marriage, using bow ties sold to retail, along with his lawyer husband, Justin Mikita, in September 2012.
  3.  Through their non-profit charity, the couple have reportedly made a grant of US$10,000 to the ACLU of New Mexico for same sex efforts, as New Mexico does not explicitly permit or prohibit same-sex marriage.
  4.  In November 2013, the fourth collection from the couple was featured in a pop-up retail store for "Tie The Knot" located at the Los Angeles Beverly Center, which also includes professional athlete designs with Scott Fujita and Chris Kluwe, and Brittney Griner.
  5.  He, along with his husband Mikita was recruited by Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon to lobby legislators to pass SB10 which would allow same-sex marriage in January 2013.
  6.  He, in his famous role as Mitchell in the sitcom "Modern Family," was reportedly the first to be cast in the show.
  7.  His performance as Mitchell Pritchett in the "Modern Family," has earned him five consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series."
  8.  He has a total of 5 awards and 20 nominations to his name for portraying the character of Mitchell Pritchett in the "Modern Family," out of which some are shared with his co-stars.
  9.  It was reported that the running joke of Jay, his character Mitchell's father, not remembering that Mitchell is a gay, it said to have been based on the real life situation of Ferguson.
  10.  Ferguson had to come out to his real father at least three different times in many years, for his father to really believe him as a gay. In the sitcom, his character's father Jay also keeps forgetting and his character has to come out repeatedly.
  11.  He said in an interview that, when the writers of "Modern Family," heard about his story, they found it very funny and decided to add it to his character's back story.
  12.  He is said to have originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and played the role on Broadway at the Circle In The Square in April 2005.
  13.  He is known to have played the Flute in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park Production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in New York City in July 2007.
  14.  Jesse Tyler Ferguson was born on October 22, 1975 to Robert "Bob" Ferguson and Anne Ferguson in Missoula, Montana. When he was around 18 years old, his parents divorced and started living separately.
  15.  He and his siblings - a brother named Ben Ferguson and a sister named Kelly Ferguson grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  16.  It was reported that he uses his full name - Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as at the time of his joining the actor's union, there was already an actor named Jesse Ferguson.
  17.  During his childhood, he was very close to his paternal grandmother, Jessie Uppercue Ferguson, and is said to have been named after her. His paternal great-grandfather was also named Jesse.
  18.  He joined the Albuquerque Children's Theater when he was just 8 years old, where he was a member for over six years.
  19.  He attended the Albuquerque's St. Pius X High School, where he Albert Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie" and General Bullmoose in "Li'l Abner."
  20.  During his time at St. Pius X High School, he was also a member of the speech and debate team. He went on to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City.
  21.  Before making it big, he reportedly started his career as a dancer and singer at the Cliff's Amusement Park. Later, he moved on to Off-Broadway.
  22.  He portrayed the character of Sir Robin in the Hollywood Bowl production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," in the summer of 2015.
  23.  Ferguson was featured as Dr. Ilan Meyer in Dustin Lance Black's play "8," a staged reenactment of Perry v. Brown, the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.
  24.  The play was broadcasted on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a non-profit organization funding the plaintiffs' legal team and sponsoring the play.
  25.  Before the "Modern Family," he was cast as one of the regulars of the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Class," playing the role of Richie Velch.
  26.  In the year, he was featured as a judge on the reality show "So You Think You Can Dance." He also reportedly opposed actress Chrissy Metz in an episode of TBS's "Drop the Mic."
  27.  He was one of the actors who is said to have voiced the audio book "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," in the year 2018.
  28.  He started dating lawyer Justin Mikita in the early 2010 and after two years announced his engagement in September 2012.
  29.  Ferguson and Mikita officially got married on July 20, 2013 in Manhattan, with the playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner officiating their wedding. The couple own a dog named Hamamma.
  30.  He is known to be an active supporter of Democratic political candidates and was featured in the 2016 Democratic National Convention promotional trailer "Our Fight Song."
  31.  Jesse Tyler Ferguson Net Worth: $20 Million

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