Ty Burrell has won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC show "Modern Family," marking the actor's first win and second nomination.
The 44-year-old actor beat Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men," Chris Colfer of "Glee" and his co-stars Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who took home the prize last year.
"My dad actually passed away before he actually saw me perform and I can't help but wonder what he would think of all this," Burrell said in his acceptance speech.
On "Modern Family," Burrell plays the husband of Julie Bowen's character, Claire. The actress won an Emmy for her role just moments before Burrell's win was announced.
Ed O'Neill of "Married With Children" fame plays her father, Jay, who is married to his second wife Gloria, played by Sofia Vergara. Stonestreet and Ferguson play a homosexual couple raising a Vietnamese baby girl.
O'Neill, Ferguson and Vergara were also nominated for Emmys this year.
Burrell, a native of Grants Pass, Oregon, appeared in a production of the Shakespeare play "Macbeth" on Broadway before he began his on-screen career in 2001, when he had small roles in the movie "Evolution" and in the series "The West Wing." Burrell went on to appear on shows such as "Law & Order," "Out of Practice," "Back To You" and "Damages."
The actor also starred in films such as "Dawn of the Dead" in 2004, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" in 2007 and "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008 before he was cast on "Modern Family."
The sitcom has been nominated for an Emmy 31 times since its 2009 debut. Last year, the show won six Emmys, including the awards including Outstanding Comedy Series. "Modern Family" returns for a third season on September 21.
The 2011 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18 and was hosted by "Glee" actress Jane Lynch. Check out a full list of nominees and winners.