Eric McCormack

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  • Birth Name: Eric James McCormack
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/18/1963, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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Back when this Canadian-born performer was honing his acting skills in Shakespearean theater roles, he couldn't have imagined the groundbreaking sitcom character that would make him a star and earn him an Emmy. A versatile performer, McCormack alternated between stage and screen, playing serious, comic and even musical parts. But after a decade of toiling in relative obscurity, he burst into the limelight as a neurotic gay lawyer on Will & Grace. Although McCormack is straight in real life, he helped push open the closet door for actors to play all sexual orientations. In 2001, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and made his Broadway debut in a revival of The Music Man. In 2003, he made his writing/directing debut with the film short Pirates, and has since started his own production company and starred in the TNT drama Trust Me, which only lasted one season. His proudest accomplishment, though, is his son Finnegan, who was born in 2002.Eric McCormack Fast Facts:
  • Holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada (living in both Vancouver and Los Angeles).
  • Believes he got his comic timing from his father, who studied broadcasting before going into finance.
  • Began his career as a member of the acting company at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Ontario.
  • Auditioned for the role of Ross on Friends, which eventually went to David Schwimmer.
  • Met his wife, Janet Holden, while filming the syndicated series Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, in which he played Col. Francis Clay Mosby.
  • Cowrote with Barry Manilow the song "Living with Grace."
  • Eric McCormack Relationships:
  • Keith McCormack - Father
  • Finnigan Holden McCormack - Son
  • Janet Holden - Wife
  • Doris McCormack - Mother
  • Eric McCormack Awards:
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2001 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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