Eric McCormack

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Eric McCormack

Born

4/18/1963, Scarborough (Toronto), Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Eric James McCormack

Gender

Male
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9.3
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User Rating
213 votes

Biography

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Born and raised in Toronto, McCormack began acting in high school and continued during his college years at the Ryerson Theatre School. He spent the next seven years working in Canadian theater, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival, where he appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Henry…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eric auditioned for the role of Ross on Friends, although David Schwimmer eventually got the part.

    • His nickname is E Mack.

    • In June 2003, at the Sargent Cancer Care For Children event, at London's Sanderson Hotel, Eric gave a rousing karaoke performance of You've Lost that Loving Feeling.

    • Eric's parents were Keith and Doris McCormack.

    • Eric sang the song "Blow Me A Kiss" at Elton John and David Furnish's stag party.

    • Eric was the only Will and Grace cast member not to appear on Megan Mullally's talk show, (The Megan Mullally Show) in 2006-2007 - Sean, Shelley, and Debra have been on the show.

    • Eric named his son Finnigan after the puppet in "Mr. Dressup" (1967). He refers to his acting repertoire as his "tickle trunk" also from that show.

    • He attended Ryerson University School of Theatre, Toronto but dropped out.

    • He attended Banff School of Fine Arts

    • He appeared in a training video for Air Canada.

    • Eric set up his own production company called "Big Cattle Productions" to develop ideas for TV. The naming of the company came out of wordplay as by shortening the word "production", you get "Big Cattle Prod".

    • He sang both the American and Canadian National Anthems at the 2004 NHL All Star game in Minnesota.

    • He is involved in many Los Angeles- and Canadian-based charitable organizations including Project Angel Food and others.

    • He became a US citizen in 1999 and now holds dual US and Canadian citizenship.

    • McCormack has been married to Janet Leigh Holden since 1997 - they met on a set in 1994 where she was working as a director. They have a son, Finnigan Holden McCormack, born on July 1, 2002 in Los Angeles.

    • He attended the same high school as Mike Myers for a short time.

    • Eric attended Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Scarborough, Canada.

    • McCormack has also recorded a song, "The Greatest Discovery," which was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for the album, Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars. He also wrote and sang a song called "Living with Grace" for the 2004 soundtrack to Will & Grace with piano music provided by Barry Manilow.

    • In June 2006, McCormack starred in the off-Broadway play Some Girls by Neil LaBute with Fran Drescher.

    • Along with the rest of the "Will & Grace" cast, he was named in "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • Emmys
      Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace (2000, 2003, 2005 - Nominations) (2001 Won).

      Golden Globes
      Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for Will and Grace (2000-2004) (Nominations)

      Satellite Awards
      Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Will and Grace (2000, 2002-2004) (Nominations).

      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      Oustanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace (2001 - Won) (2002-2005 - Nominations).

    • Eric made his writing/directing debut with the film short Pirates (2003).

    • Eric made his Broadway debut in the summer of 2001, in The Music Man, playing the lead, Professor Harold Hill.

    • His salary for "Will & Grace"(1998) was $250,000 per episode.

    • Eric has a cameo appearance in the Barenaked Ladies video for the song "Pinch Me", in which he plays a customer at a Burger Palace.

    • His height is 5' 11" (1.80 m).

  • Quotes

    • Eric: I have this big pink cross to bear. I absolutely loved playing Will. There was nothing hard about it. It was wonderful. But the only downside is the aftermath. I meet all these film executives who tell me how much they loved Will and Grace and say they never missed an episode. Then they say, "so what can we do for you?" What they could do for me is hire me to play someone else.

    • Eric: I never felt cool growing up. I was a bit of an outsider, but I discovered theatre very early on, which got me through. When I read the script for Will & Grace in 1998, I knew I was the only guy for the part. Not because of his sexuality, but in every other way, I'm just like Will Truman.

    • (when asked what's the best thing about being Canadian)
      Eric: George Bush doesn't run our country.

    • Eric: (asked to reveal his favourite "Will And Grace" episode) The Kid Stays Out Of The Picture. This was when Will thought they were going to have a baby together and Grace backs out because she's met Leo (Harry Connick Hr). We have this great, big screaming match the audience didn't see coming - which we did perfectly on the first take, by the way!

    • Eric: (on saying goodbye to "Will And Grace") It feels bizarre - a bit like the end of high school, where you think you know what it's going to be like to be an adult, and you don't! It's going to be very strange to wake up every day and not have this job and these people in my life.

    • Eric: As a television actor, there's a power you're given to use your image to do something valuable. As a parent, these messages are particularly important to me.

    • Eric: Will isn't a screaming queen - that's Jack's part. They needed someone to play the part for America. It's just not the same as Britain. To have a gay character as a lead is risky.

    • Eric: If you're doing an hour-long show, you're working movie hours, doing a 12-15-hour day. We work three or four hours a day, and get every third or fourth week off to give the writers time to write. It's the cushiest job in Hollywood.

    • Eric: I'm doing a very funny show in which we talk about issues. I speak at Aids charities and things. It's great to do something fun with our days and yet we're told we're doing something important.

    • Eric: I had played many gay characters before, but they were finite - guest characters in TV shows or characters in plays.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Perception - Eric McCormack

    10
    Perception...

    I so love this gone on to on demand to see any episodes that I missed. It is no longer on OnDemand. Please let this come back.

    I love Eric and his character. Tough task and he pulls it off seemlessly. I will be soooo disappointed if this program does not come back. It is different than the norm and so enjoyable! 100+
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    10
    I like this guy he is a absolutely perfect and magnificent actor. He is the funniest Canadian actor to ever live. I see him many great tv shows. My favorite role of him is Mason in tv show Trust Me. I also like him for his role in Will and Grace. He was also good for his role in hit cult film, Free Enterprise with William Shatner. People should meet him.moreless
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