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Also Known As: Eric James Mccormack Died:
Born: April 18, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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Handsome, charming and blessed with impeccable comic timing, Emmy Award-winning actor Eric McCormack earned accolades as a star on one of television's most ground-breaking and beloved sitcoms. Classically trained on the stage, he performed with the revered Stratford Shakespeare Festival for five seasons prior to earning screen time on such shows as "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (CTV, 1994-95) and in the Eddie Murphy feature comedy "Holy Man" (1998). Almost immediately thereafter, McCormack won the heart of television audiences as one-half of a wacky, platonic couple on the hit series "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Notable for its envelope-pushing message of tolerance, wrapped in exceptionally saucy humor, the sitcom not only made stars of McCormack and his co-star Debra Messing, but also the show's manic supporting players, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. During and after the award-winning, eight-year run of "Will & Grace," the actor kept busy with his Broadway debut as "The Music Man" in 2001, as a reporter uncovering a deadly government cover-up in the miniseries "The Andromeda Strain" (A&E, 2008), and as a charismatic, social-climbing con man in "Who is Clark Rockefeller?" (Lifetime, 2010)....

Handsome, charming and blessed with impeccable comic timing, Emmy Award-winning actor Eric McCormack earned accolades as a star on one of television's most ground-breaking and beloved sitcoms. Classically trained on the stage, he performed with the revered Stratford Shakespeare Festival for five seasons prior to earning screen time on such shows as "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (CTV, 1994-95) and in the Eddie Murphy feature comedy "Holy Man" (1998). Almost immediately thereafter, McCormack won the heart of television audiences as one-half of a wacky, platonic couple on the hit series "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Notable for its envelope-pushing message of tolerance, wrapped in exceptionally saucy humor, the sitcom not only made stars of McCormack and his co-star Debra Messing, but also the show's manic supporting players, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. During and after the award-winning, eight-year run of "Will & Grace," the actor kept busy with his Broadway debut as "The Music Man" in 2001, as a reporter uncovering a deadly government cover-up in the miniseries "The Andromeda Strain" (A&E, 2008), and as a charismatic, social-climbing con man in "Who is Clark Rockefeller?" (Lifetime, 2010). McCormack's proven appeal and impressive range in virtually any genre assured him a robust professional future, filled with varied roles in projects of any stripe.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Architect, The (2016)
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 Knife Fight (2013)
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 Barricade (2012)
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 Alien Trespass (2009)
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 My One and Only (2009)
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1992:
Co-starred in the Canadian film "The Lost World" and its sequel "Return to the Lost World"
1992:
Appeared in the NBC movie "Miracle on I-880"
1994:
Featured in the syndicated sci-fi TV movie "Island City"
1995:
Played Col. Francis Clay Mosby on the syndicated series "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years"
1995:
Featured in the ABC TV movie "The Man Who Wouldn't Die"
1997:
Co-starred in the thriller "Exception to the Rule" (HBO)
1998:
Featured in the NBC miniseries "A Will of Their Own"
1998:
Played supporting role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Holy Man"
1999:
Co-starred in the feature "Free Enterprise"
2000:
Played Mel Ferrer in the ABC biopic "The Audrey Hepburn Story"
2001:
Replaced Craig Bierko in the title role of the Broadway revival of "The Music Man"
2006:
Replaced David Schwimmer in the U.S. premiere of Neil LaBute's "Some Girl(s)"
2006:
Executive produced the Lifetime comedy "Lovespring International"
2009:
Co-starred with Tom Cavanagh as ad-men on the TNT drama "Trust Me"
2009:
Landed recurring role on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS)
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Education

Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute: -
Banff School of Fine Arts: -
Ryerson Polytechnical University: - 1982

Notes

"The great irony in this is people asking me how it feels to play a gay character. But the weird thing is this is the closest character to me I've ever played. Aside from Will's sexuality, his sense of humor is my sense of humor." --Eric McCormack on his character in the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace", quoted in New York Post, September 28, 1998.

"When we were young my sister always used to play the sheriff and I would play the deputy, and she was my younger sister! I just like character parts. I'm not comfortable with the romantic lead. I think because Will isn't a traditional leading man, that frees him up and frees me up." --McCormack quoted in Boston Globe, December 4, 1999.

Eric McCormack to Us Weekly (October 16, 2000) on finding his footing with "Will & Grace": "I was always a sitcom guy in my brain, but it's just not what I got the shot at initially."

McCormack on playing Harold Hill in the hit Broadway revival of "The Music Man": "I will pray desperately that I don't fall off the lip of the stage." --quoted to People, April 30, 2001.

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wife:
Janet Holden. Assistant director. Met during filming of "Lonesome Dove: The Series" in 1995; married in August 1997.

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father:
Keith McCormack. Retired financial analyst. Worked for Shell Oil.
mother:
Doris McCormack.
son:
Finnigan Holden McCormack. Born July 1, 2002 in Los Angeles; mother Janet Holden.

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