Eric McCormack

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1963 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Ally McBeal 1997 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full Circle 1998 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perception 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 2006, 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commish 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Laura 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Architect 2014 (Movie)

Colin Stone (Actor)

Knife Fight 2013 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Celeste and Jesse Forever 2012 (Movie)

Skillz (Actor)

Barricade 2011 (Movie)

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Textuality 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Adventures of Old Christine 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alien Trespass 2009 (Movie)

Dr Ted Lewis/Urp (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

My One and Only 2009 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Trust Me 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Vlad (Actor)

Monk 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Andromeda Strain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovespring International 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Gary Sokol (Actor)

Will & Grace 1998 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Like Me 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Fall Preview Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

20 Years of Must See TV 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky Horror: 25th Anniversary Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen of the Whole Wide World 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Come Out: The GLAAD Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Enterprise 1999 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Here's To Life 1999 (Movie)

Owen Rinard (Actor)

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

Scott Hawkes (Actor)

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hat Squad 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

A Will of Their Own (TV Show)

Actor

Barricade (Movie)

Terrance Shade (Actor)

Call of the Wild (TV Show)

Actor

Exception to the Rule (TV Show)

Actor

Island City (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on I-880 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visitors (TV Show)

Actor

The Audrey Hepburn Story (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Townies (TV Show)

Actor

Who is Clark Rockefeller? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Doris McCormack

Mother

Janet Holden

Wife
Met while filming "Lonesome Dove: The Series" in 1994 married in August 1997

Keith McCormack

Father
Previously worked for Shell Oil company

Finnigan McCormack

Son
Born July 1, 2002 mother, Janet Holden

EDUCATION

Ryerson Polytechnical University

1982

Banff School of Fine Arts

Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute

Milestones

2012

Cast in lead role as schizophrenic genius Daniel Pierce on TNT's "Perception"

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)

2006

Executive produced the Lifetime comedy "Lovespring International"

2006

Replaced David Schwimmer in the U.S. premiere of Neil LaBute's "Some Girl(s)"

2001

Replaced Craig Bierko in the title role of the Broadway revival of "The Music Man"

2000

Played Mel Ferrer in the ABC biopic "The Audrey Hepburn Story"

1999

Co-starred in the feature "Free Enterprise"

1998

Played supporting role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Holy Man"

1998

Featured in the NBC miniseries "A Will of Their Own"

1998

Landed breakthrough role opposite Debra Messing on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" as longtime friends who live together in NYC; earned consecutive Golden Globe nominations from 2000-2004 and Emmy nominations for 2000, 2003 and 2005

1997

Co-starred in the thriller "Exception to the Rule" (HBO)

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"

1994

Featured in the syndicated sci-fi TV movie "Island City"

1992

Appeared in the NBC movie "Miracle on I-880"

1992

Co-starred in the Canadian film "The Lost World" and its sequel "Return to the Lost World"

1991

Made U.S. TV debut on an episode of the CBS series "Top Cops"

1991

First significant acting role, playing a detective on the Canadian series "Street Justice"

1985

Joined the acting company at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bonus Trivia

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"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." – McCormack on his character on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," to the New York Post, Sept. 28, 1998

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"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 the Boston Globe, Dec. 4, 1999

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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." – from People magazine, April 30, 2001

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