Eric McCormack's Life Before, during and after 'Will and Grace'

Eric McCormack began acting by performing in high school plays. He shot to fame when he was picked to star as Will Truman in the sitcom "Will & Grace." And a lot of things have happened in his life after that brilliant show.

According to IMDb, McCormack was born on April 18, 1963, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He went to Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute and also went to Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate.

For three years, McCormack was at the Ryerson Theater School in Toronto and the Banff Center for the Arts with the help of his doting parents.

Eric McCormack on February 28, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

Eric McCormack on February 28, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

BREAKTHROUGH ROLE

As reported by Closer Weekly, he made his Canadian television debut in the 1986 film "The Boys from Syracuse." Five years later, he appeared in the series "Top Cops."

After that series, he received several projects, including "The Lost World" (1992), "Street Justice" (1993), and "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (1994).

In 1998, McCormack received his breakthrough role when he was cast as gay lawyer Will Truman on the sitcom "Will & Grace." In an interview, he said that when the part came along, he was convinced he was right for the role.

Eric McCormack is seen on February 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Eric McCormack is seen on February 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

MASSIVE SUCCESS 

"He was me in every other way except sexuality," he said, as reported by Closer Weekly. "I can be controlling, but I'm a great host. I'm a good friend. I'm a really good listener."

In 2006, "Will & Grace" ended its original run after eight seasons. However, 11 years later, the show roared triumphantly back to life, with its creators not overlooking anything. 

The achievement that followed thanks to the show was something McCormack was thankful for.

HE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT

The achievement that followed thanks to the show was something McCormack was thankful for. In any case, notwithstanding what others may think, it wasn't like he was an overnight success.

"I have accomplished a lot, but it didn't happen overnight for me. I was 35 when I got the show and had been working professionally for 15 years," he said in 2003, as reported by Closer Weekly.

He added that "it would be a lot weirder if I were in my early 20s and stumbled into it. But I was ready for it and I knew I could do it."

McCormack's spectacular performance on "Will & Grace" earned him five Golden Globe nominations. Furthermore, in 2001 he won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, as reported by Hello!.

The cast won a SAG award in 2001 too. In both 2002 and 2003, the show got more Emmy nominations than any other comedy series. 

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