My Worst Job: Ty Burrell of 'Modern Family'

Actor Ty Burrell attends the performer nominees' reception for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. "Modern Family" won the Emmy for best comedy for the third year in a row. Photograph by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

I didn’t start acting until I was 22. Before that I was sailing from job to job. Including, I was a forest firefighter for a summer. I was 19. Just imagine the most frightened, passive person on earth trying to fight forest fires. My mom was a teacher and, because a teacher’s salary is not great, one of her co-workers, Eric, would fill his summers as a firefighter. He took me on, not realizing I lacked the mettle to fight fires.

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