Friday November 17, 2017

The many sides of Eric McCormack, from performing in Stratford to Will & Grace's wild success

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There are few actors who are just as comfortable on a theatre stage as they are starring in a TV drama or in front of a live studio audience, playing for laughs. But Eric McCormack is one of them. 

The Toronto native started his career in the '80s performing at the Stratford Festival in classics like Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next came the early '90s police procedurals and a role as the villain in the Western TV epic, Lonesome Dove: the Series. But McCormack's biggest leap forward was playing a roommate. In 1998, he debuted as Will Truman, a lawyer and the best friend to Grace Adler on the TV sitcom, Will & Grace. The show soon proved to be one of the most groundbreaking sitcoms ever, hitting a sweet spot of comedy, social progressiveness and heart. 

Will & Grace left our television screens in 2006, but 11 years later, it has been resurrected and new episodes arrived this September. And if you want to see McCormack in a setting closer to home than Will's New York City apartment, he is starring in a new Canadian indie film called Considering Love and Other Magic, which opens this Friday in select theatres. 

— Produced by Ashley Mak