Cast of Will & Grace now: From brave coming out story to tragic deaths

Yasmine Leung August 12, 2022
Cast of Will & Grace now: From brave coming out story to tragic deaths
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Will & Grace first aired 24 years ago, so where is the cast now? The stars have continued their acting empires although two cast members have sadly passed away.

Thanks to its decision to focus on LGBT characters in the late 90s and early 2000s, the NBC sitcom rose to become a must-watch among American audiences and remains one of the few shows in which each main cast member received an Emmy.

President Joe Biden praised it for doing “more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far.” The 2017 revival was a natural decision after 10 years away.

The crew made their comeback for three seasons but it was canceled due to dwindling figures – the same reason for the original call-off.

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What the cast members of Will & Grace are up to now

Eric McCormack (Will Truman)

McCormack was 35 when America came to know him as gay lawyer Will Truman. Now 59 years old, the actor has progressed into dramatically different roles. Following the ending of Will & Grace, the actor took on theater for off-Broadway play Some Girl(s).

Other than the NBC sitcom, McCormack is known for his role as Grant MacLaren in Netflix’s Travelers, and TNT’s Perception.

He has been married to Janet (née Holden) since August 1997. The pair met on the set of Lonesome Dove, where she worked as third assistant director. Their son, Finnigan Holden McCormack, was born in July 2002.

The actor is involved in raising awareness for cancer, particularly prostate cancer after losing his father to the disease. His mother lost her battle with bladder cancer in her 70s.

Debra Messing (Grace Adler)

Messing earned seven Golden Globe nominations and five Emmy nominations for her time as Grace Adler, although her success continued into her next role as Molly Kagan in The Starter Wife, including a chance to win an Emmy and SAG Award.

The 53-year-old went on to helm musical drama Smash, and NBC comedy The Mysteries Of Laura as the titular character.

On the movie front, she appeared in 2008’s The Women alongside Meg Ryan, and her latest film produced by Judd Apatow, Bros, premiered in September.

Messing split from husband Daniel Zelman in 2011 after ten years of marriage; they have an 18-year-old son, Roman.

Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)

Mullally continued her sitcom streak as a series regular on ABC’s In The Motherhood, Party Down on Starz, and Fox’s Breaking In. Even if she’s not on-screen, fans would recognize her voice as Sarah Wiggum on two episodes of The Simpsons, and various characters on Bob’s Burgers.

Like McCormack, the 63-year-old branched out to theater for Broadway’s It’s Only a Play alongside Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.

She married third husband Nick Offerman in 2003 and has released a New York Times bestseller. The couple also appeared together in six productions, including Hotel Transylvania 2 and Parks And Recreation.

Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)

Tackling his skills behind the camera, Hayes served as executive producer on Hot In Cleveland, The Soul Man, and Grimm.

Will & Grace remains his most successful role given the six awards, including Emmys and SAGs, but he bagged a Tony nomination for his first Broadway show Promises, Promises as Chuck Baxter.

Now 52, he was the lead voice of Netflix adult animated comedy Q-Force, which was canceled after one season in June 2022.

Hayes strayed from putting a label on his sexuality to keep audiences open-minded about his characters, although he bravely came out in 2010 after receiving death threats for portraying a gay character.

“It was a scary time. We got death threats, [people] could find out where I lived,” he told Attitude. “I was too scared. I wasn’t looking to be an activist of any kind. I didn’t have the courage and the strength at such a young age to speak on behalf of the gay community.”

The actor tied the knot with Scott Icenogle in 2014. “Time’s up in a different way for the gay community to show the world that we’re ok with ourselves and I’m done taking care of [other people’s] awkwardness around it,” he declared.

In 2017, Hayes suffered a health scare after being hospitalized with a rare condition in which his small intestine bust. Thankfully, it was successfully repaired and he was back to business two weeks later for The Ellen Show.

Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)

After her run as Karen’s sharp-tongued maid, Morrison only committed to three more TV roles, all of them voice acting: Generator Rex (2011), Handy Manny (2006), and Foodfight (2012).

She was asked to reprise her gig as Rosario in the reboot, but declined after she decided to retire.

The Bronx, New York, native passed away at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in December 2019 due to heart failure after a brief illness. Morrison was 83 years old. She was survived by her husband of more than 40 years, Walter Dominguez.

Leslie Jordan (Beverley Leslie)

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Leslie won an Emmy award in 2006 for his role as the snide Beverley Leslie.

The star tragically died following a car crash in Los Angeles on October 24.

The 67-year-old’s agent David Shaul confirmed the sad news, saying: “Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times.

“Knowing that he has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today.”

Police say his car crashed into the side of a building and he was declared dead at the scene.

It’s unclear at this time if he was killed in the collision or if he suffered from a medical emergency beforehand.

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Yasmine Leung is a full-time writer at GRV Media. Having entered the company as a freelancer in 2020 during her BA (Hons) Anthropology and Media degree at Goldsmiths, University Of London, the first-class graduate works across the company's several sites, including HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus, and Forever Geek. Her content ranges from social media trends and K-Pop news, to interviews with TikTok stars, such as Brody Wellmaker. She is, however, most glad her knowledge of the Kardashians has finally come in handy for GRV’s Audience team. You'll also find her scrolling on Instagram searching for the latest celeb updates for her next piece.