Eric Allen Stonestreet was in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. Stonestreet attended Piper High School and Kansas State University, where he was in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, graduating with a degree in sociology in 1996.
While at Kansas State University, he made his stage debut when he appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, for which he auditioned on a dare and won the smallest role.
Eric Stonestreet later appeared in All My Sons and Twelfth Night before studying improv at ImprovOlympic and The Second City Training Center in Chicago.
In 2020, Eric Stonestreet appeared as a guest judge for a taping of auditions for the fifteenth season of America’s Got Talent, in place of Heidi Klum. Eric Stonestreet first rose to prominence in a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2013, Eric Stonestreet appeared in a series of advertisements for the Australian retail store Big W. In the fall of the same year, Stonestreet played the “Fan Coach” in the AT&T “Be A Fan” commercial series.