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ERIC McCORMACK is a fourth-generation Torontonian, and a second-generation Ryersonian, his father, Keith, graduating RTA in 1952. Eric graduated the Theatre program in 1985 and immediately joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, staying five seasons and appearing in seventeen productions. He spent his twenties in theatres across this country, and finally reached Broadway in 2001, starring as The Music Man. He returned eleven years later, opposite James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, in the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.
Over thirty years, Eric has played lead roles in dozens of films and TV series, including Lonesome Dove, Trust Me and The Andromeda Strain. He was a producer and director on Perception from 2012-14, starring as a neuroscientist living with schizophrenia. He just completed three seasons of the all-Canadian Netflix hit Travelers, also pulling triple duty as a director, producer and star, and receiving a 2019 Canadian Screen Award nomination. Since 1998, he is best known as Will
Truman on NBC’s Will & Grace, for which he’s been nominated for six Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards, winning the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy in 2001. The series begins its eleventh season this fall.
Eric and Janet, his wife of 21 years, have been actively involved with dozens of charitable organizations including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Project Angel Food, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, the Rape Foundation and the ASPCA. He’s performed his one-man show The Concert I Never Gave (except, like, 2,000 times in my bedroom) in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles, raising money for Stand Up 2 Cancer, ReThink Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Canada, for which he is a spokesman.
Eric was honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2010 and last fall he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He, Janet and their son Finnigan, 16, split their time between Los Angeles and the home they built in Vancouver.