Jefferson Mays Poster


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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 8 June 1965Connecticut, USA
Birth NameLewis Jefferson Mays

Mini Bio (1)

A Connecticut native, L. Jefferson Mays studied at Yale College and trained in the Graduate Drama Program at the University of California - San Diego where he appeared in numerous La Jolla Playhouse productions. A two-time Obie Award winner, Mr. Mays has worked extensively with director Des McAnuff and Anne Bogart; for a number of years, Mr. Mays was a member of Bogart's SITI company. Although he has been in a number of television specials and films - most notably the works of George Hickenlooper - he is mainly known for his outstanding stage work, especially his starring role in Doug Wright's Tony and Pulitzer-winning one-man Broadway show "I Am My Own Wife" (directed by Tectonic Theatre Project's founder Moises Kaufmann.) Currently, Mr. Mays is touring the world in his Tony-winning role and in 2005-2006 will be entertaining audiences in London, Krakow, San Francisco, and elsewhere. He married actress Susan Lyons in 2004; they live in New York City. He has the distinction of having played Hamlet twice - once as a Yale undergraduate and once at San Diego Rep in 1995.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matthew Bregman

Spouse (2)

Susan Lyons (2003 - present)
Kari McGee (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Won Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for his one-man show, "I Am My Own Wife."
Second wife, Susan Lyons, is a book editor and served as associate director for his touring one-man show "I Am My Wife."
He was awarded the 2005 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "I Am My Own Wife" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
MFA in Acting - University of California, San Diego (1991).
Completed a successful month-long run of I Am My Own Wife at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. [May 2005]

Personal Quotes (1)

I think being thrown into having dyslexia made me struggle with words and be interested in words, and learn to get them right. That was the beginning of my love affair with language.

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