Debra Messing returns to her iconic role as Grace Adler on “Will & Grace,” which returned to NBC last fall to record ratings.
Messing won an Emmy in 2003 and was nominated on five other occasions for her work on “Will & Grace.” She’s also earned six Golden Globe Award nominations on the series, which has earned a total of 16 Emmys and 83 nominations.
Messing, who recently starred in ABC’s three-hour remake of “Dirty Dancing,” previously toplined the NBC series “The Mysteries of Laura” for two seasons. In 2012-13, Messing starred on NBC’s “Smash,” a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. She was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for the USA Network miniseries “The Starter Wife” in 2007.
On the stage, Messing made her Broadway debut in the 2014 Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” Other theater credits include Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize finalist “Collected Stories” and Paul Rudnick’s Off-Broadway play “The Naked Truth.”
Messing’s film work includes the box office hit “Along Came Polly” and “The Wedding Date.” Other films on her resume include “The Women,” “Nothing Like the Holidays,” Woody Allen’s “Hollywood Ending,” “The Mothman Prophecies” and the 2014 indie drama “Like Sunday, Like Rain.”
Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), which focuses on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety and the Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with the Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.
Messing attended Brandeis University and received her Master of Fine Arts from NYU. She resides in New York.
Eric McCormack returns to his iconic role as Will Truman on “Will & Grace,” which returned to NBC last fall to record ratings.
McCormack won an Emmy Award and was nominated three other times for his work on “Will & Grace,” in addition to earning a SAG Award and five Golden Globe Award nominations.
The Toronto-born McCormack spent 10 years in Canadian theater (five of them with the Stratford Festival) and has appeared on many television projects, including “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Trust Me,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Perception” and, most recently, “Travelers.” On both “Perception” and “Travelers,” McCormack also served as producer and director.
On Broadway, McCormack starred in “The Music Man,” and appeared opposite James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury in the Tony Award-nominated “The Best Man.”
Sean Hayes returns to his iconic role as Jack McFarland on “Will & Grace,” which returned to NBC last fall to record ratings.
Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and conducting. After his college experience, Hayes began working in the Chicago stage community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theater for a few years and appearing in several of their productions.
After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes had gigs as a stand-up comic, performing at the Comedy Club, and starred in the television movie “A&P,” based on the short story by John Updike. In 1998, Hayes received his big break and landed the role of Jack on “Will & Grace,” for which he has won an Emmy Award (and was nominated six times), four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two TV Guide Awards, an American Comedy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations.
Hayes’ other notable television projects include well-received guest roles on “Scrubs” and “30 Rock,” as well as “Martin & Lewis,” a television film that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Jerry Lewis. Hayes appeared on multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom “Up All Night,” in which he played a former colleague of Ava’s (Maya Rudolph). He also made guest appearances on “Parks and Recreation,” “Portlandia” and “Hot in Cleveland.” In addition, he had an arc on “Smash” as a TV and film star making his Broadway debut.
In 2016, Hayes had a role in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” which was nominated for seven Emmy Awards.
Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 in the wildly successful “Promises, Promises,” alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning film “The Apartment,” starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, the play starred Hayes as Chuck Baxter, a young insurance employee who lends his apartment to his executives for their illicit affairs as a means for advancement within the company. In 2016, Hayes returned to Broadway in the title role in “An Act of God,” for which he received glowing reviews.
Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in the New York City Center production of “Damn Yankees,” with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson. In addition to receiving a Tony Award nomination for his role in “Promises, Promises,” he also hosted the Tony Awards in 2011 to strong reviews.
Hayes starred as Larry Fine in the movie “The Three Stooges,” directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, and is a voice actor in “Monsters University.” Hayes’ additional film credits include “The Bucket List,” opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss,” “Pieces of April,” the voice of Mr. Fish in “The Cat in the Hat,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” “Igor,” “Soul Men” and the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit “Cats and Dogs.”
In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first project, “Situation: Comedy,” a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in 2005 and garnered wide critical praise. For six seasons, Hazy Mills produced TV Land’s hit comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Hazy Mills produced NBC’s long-running drama “Grimm,” a dark yet fantastical cop drama that took place in a world where Grimms’ Fairy Tales-inspired characters exist, and is currently producing the network’s successful reality series “Hollywood Game Night.”
Additionally, Hazy Mills produced the eight-part docuseries “The History of Comedy,” which aired on CNN in 2017.
Megan Mullally returns to her iconic role as Karen Walker on “Will & Grace,” which returned to NBC last fall to record ratings.
For her work on “Will & Grace,” which as a series won 16 Emmy Awards and earned 83 nominations, Mullally has won two Emmys and four Screen Actors Guild Awards and received five Golden Globe nominations.
Mullally starred alongside Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer on Sky TV’s “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” which aired on NBC in 2015 following a run in the U.K. She co-starred for seven seasons on Rob Corddry’s multi-Emmy-winning TV series “Childrens Hospital,” and recurred on “Parks and Recreation” as the evil Tammy, opposite her real-life husband, Nick Offerman.
Mullally currently recurs as Aunt Gayle on Fox’s animated hit “Bob’s Burgers.” She appeared on the second season of critical darling “Party Down,” recurred on the Emmy-winning “30 Rock” as well as “Web Therapy,” “Trophy Wife,” “Up All Night” and “Happy Endings.” Past credits include “Seinfeld,” “Frasier” and “Wings.”
On stage, Mullally has appeared in four Broadway musicals and one play: the 1994 revival of “Grease,” 1995’s Tony Award-winning “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opposite Matthew Broderick, the 2008 Mel Brooks original musical “Young Frankenstein” and the 2014 smash hit production of Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play,” alongside Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and F. Murray Abraham. That same year she co-starred as Adelaide opposite Lane in Carnegie Hall’s critically lauded production of “Guys and Dolls.” Off-Broadway Mullally appeared opposite Offerman in The New Group’s production of “Annapurna” following a successful run at L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre. At the Odyssey, Mullally also starred in Adam Bock’s “The Receptionist,” for which she received a Backstage West Garland Award.
On the film side, Mullally recently co-starred in John Hamburg’s “Why Him?” with James Franco and Bryan Cranston. She has several films upcoming, including Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” recent Cannes Film Festival selection “Oh Lucy,” Janicza Bravo’s recent Sundance favorite “Lemon,” the Bob Byington-directed comedy “Infinity Baby” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” with Cate Blanchett. Other movie credits include “Smashed,” “Kings of Summer,” “Ernest and Celestine,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me” and “GBF.”
Last year Mullally and Offerman toured their comedy show, “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe,” which aired as a special on Epix.
Mullally is in the band Nancy and Beth, whose first record was released in April. The band has toured extensively and been featured on various National Public Radio shows, including “All Things Considered.” Nancy and Beth played at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Newport Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Opry, and toured with Robert Plant. Nancy and Beth music videos and tour info can be found at nancyandbeth.com, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @nancyandbeth.