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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 April 1963Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameEric James McCormack
Nickname E Mack
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He attended Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute (the same school Mike Meyers attended) and also attended Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate, named after Canada's first Prime Minister. With the support of his parents (his father was also an aspiring actor), Eric spent three years at the Ryerson Theater School in Toronto and the Banff Center for the Arts, and went on to spend five seasons with Canada's Stratford Festival - he graduated 'lead' status in such stage classics as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Henry V" and "The Three Sisters". Eric then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also moved into television and movies and gained a devoted following of fans. Eric makes his home in both Vancouver and Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Christina Marie <catherineblack@geocities.com>

Spouse (1)

Janet Holden (3 August 1997 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

He became a US citizen, and now holds dual citizenship with the US and Canada.
A graduate for Ryerson University's School of Theatre (Toronto)
Father, with Janet Holden, of son, Finnigan Holden McCormack, born on 1 July 2002 in Los Angeles.
Sang both the American and Canadian national anthems at the 2004 NHL All Stars game in Minnesota.
Attended Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute High School in Scarborough, Canada. It is the same high school that Mike Myers went to.
Set up his own production company called Big Cattle Productions to develop ideas for TV. The name of his company came about, as is usually the case for Eric, out of humor. By shortening the word production you get Big Cattle Prod.
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.
The producers of the Highlander (1992) television series liked Eric's performance in Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994) so much that they created a character specially for him. In the "Highlander" episode, Highlander: Manhunt (1996), McCormack played "Matthew McCormick", an immortal working as a federal who tracks serial killers. The producers were so happy with this episode they considered giving Eric his own spin-off series.
Has a sister named Ellen.
Was inspired to become an actor as a child from watching Don Adams in Get Smart (1965).
Supporter of "ASPCA".

Personal Quotes (2)

That's the hard part of television. When you walk into the network tests, you're signing away seven years of your life. That was the only trepidation I had about Will & Grace (1998). It had nothing to do with the sexuality of the character. It was more: this could be the next 7 to 10 years of my life.
I think most actors go into the business thinking: 'I can play everything. Why can't I play a black woman? Just give me a chance.' Then you grow up and realize it's probably better that they cast an actual black woman. As I got older, I realized that my life experience, what I really had, was always going to be more valuable than what I pretended to have. Before Will & Grace (1998) started, I had known plenty of gay men, and had been called names since I was in second grade. So I had enough of my own experiences to bring to it. It's harder to play a murderer. I would never kill anyone. ...I wasn't uncomfortable with any of the physicality that came with it: of looking at a guy and coming on to him, or thinking he was attractive.

Salary (2)

Will & Grace (1998) about $600,000 per episode for the 2005/ 2006 season.
Will & Grace (1998) $250,000 per episode

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