Will & Grace Cast Bios & Photos

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

as Grace Adler

Debra Messing returns to her iconic role as Grace Adler on Global’s Will & Grace

Messing won an Emmy in 2003 and was nominated on five other occasions for her work in Will & Grace, as well as also earning six Golden Globe Award nominations on the series that earned a total of 16 Emmys and 83 nominations. 

Messing, who recently starred in the three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing, previously, toplined the series The Mysteries of Laura for two seasons. In 2012-13, Messing starred in Smash, a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. She was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for the 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 Marguiles’ 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 2015 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 sub-committee 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

Eric McCormack

as Will Truman

Eric McCormack returns to his iconic role as Will Truman on Global’s Will & Grace.

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 in 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 as “The Music Man,” and appeared opposite James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury in the Tony Award-nominated “The Best Man.”

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

as Jack McFarland

Sean Hayes returns to his iconic role as Jack McFarland on Global’s Will & Grace.

 

Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Ill. 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 where he appeared in several of their productions.

 

After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes had gigs as a standup 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 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 in multiple episodes of Up All Night, in which he played a former colleague of Ava’s (Maya Rudolph). He also made guest appearances in recent seasons of 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.

 

Last year Hayes had a role in 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 as 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 Tonys 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 the box office hit 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 previously produced TV Land’s hit comedy Hot in Cleveland, starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Hazy Mills produced the long-running drama Grimm, a dark yet fantastical cop drama that took place in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tale inspired characters exist, and is currently producing reality series Hollywood Game Night.

 

Additionally, Hazy Mills produced the eight-part docuseries The History of Comedy that aired in 2017.

Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

as Karen Walker

Megan Mullally returns to her iconic role as Karen Walker on Global’s Will & Grace

For her work on Will & Grace, which as a series won 16 Emmy Awards and earned 83 nominations, Mullally won two Emmys, four Screen Actors Guild Awards and received five Golden Globe nominations.

Mullally starred alongside Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer in You, Me and the Apocalypse, which aired 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 the animated hit series 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 has played at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Newport Folk Festival, 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 FB @nancyandbeth.

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