The Will & Grace cast will reunite Sunday for a TV tribute to their show’s sole director, James Burrows. Over its eight seasons (1998-2006), the witty sitcom about the bond between gay men and straight women pulled in high ratings, 83 Emmy nominations, and 16 wins. Here we catch up with the fab four leads — plus some of their memorable lovers, friends, family, and foes.
Once he became a household name as the lovably fussy gay lawyer, McCormack starred on the series Trust Me, had a recurring gig on The New Adventures of Old Christine, and voiced the animated series Pound Puppies. He starred for three seasons on Perception, and last year he joined the all-star cast of DirecTV’s Full Circle.
After proving herself to be TV’s funniest redhead since Lucy, Messing showcased her comedy chops on two seasons of The Starter Wife, then as a scarf-wrapped Broadway musical scribe on both seasons of Smash. She currently stars as a detective and single mom on NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.
We may still be quoting and posting Karen Walker quips, but Mullally has become a comedic chameleon on a slew of series including Party Down, Breaking In, Out There, Web Therapy, Parks and Recreation, and Children’s Hospital. She’s currently killing it as a redneck ex-con on NBC's You, Me and the Apocalypse.
The out actor has proved to be more than “Just Jack,” starring on Broadway in Promises, Promises, and in the TV series Sean Saves the World and The Millers. He's produced the hit series Hot in Cleveland, The Soul Man, Hollywood Game Night, Grimm, and (with James Burrows) the upcoming sitcom Crowded. He currently stars in the Los Angeles production of the hilarious play An Act of God.
The TV veteran’s credits go back to the 1960s when she costarred with Sally Field on The Flying Nun. But her role as Karen Walker’s snarky maid put Morrison on the pop culture map. She’s recently lent her voice to Disney’s animated series Handy Manny.
The handsome crooner followed up his stint as Grace’s husband by starring in films including Bug, P.S. I Love You, New in Town, Angels Sing, Dolphin Tale, and Dolphin Tale 2. Since 2010, he’s lent his charm to the judges’ table on American Idol.
The New York hunk won his first Emmy as Will’s hot cop boyfriend. The two-time Tony Award nominee had notable stints on TV’s Cupid, Cold Case, Boardwalk Empire (Emmy number 2), and Nurse Jackie. He’s finally poised for major stardom as the lead on Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese’s new HBO series Vinyl.
In addition to playing Karen’s archnemesis, the out actor’s many credits include TV's Boston Legal, the film and series Sordid Lives, The Help, and a memorable turn on American Horror Story: Coven. The author and comedian tours extensively with his autobiographical one-man shows.
After her recurring role as Grace’s gal pal, Baker lent her voice talents to numerous video games, the animated series Back at the Barnyard, and the family sitcom Good Luck Charlie. Baker currently voices the role of Queen Delightful on Disney’s animated series The 7D.
The veteran actress (and Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom) long ago cornered the market on mother roles, playing not only Will’s mama but Hank Azaria’s on Showtime’s Huff. She starred in Meet the Parents and its two sequels, and recently appeared opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the TV movie Madoff.
The legendary star of MGM musicals, including Singin’ in the Rain, got a late-career boost playing Grace’s flamboyant mother. She played Liberace’s mom in Behind the Candelabra, won the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and was recently recognized with an honorary Oscar.
The Cheers alum and Oscar nominee had a one-season stint as Grace’s boyfriend before going on to a string of eccentric film roles, including the debauched mentor in the Hunger Games films, and an acclaimed gig on TV’s True Detective. He’s currently filming the title role in the biopic L.B.J.
The brilliantly funny Brit played the mistress of Karen’s late husband, Stanley, before starring in the series The Riches, the mini-series The Deep, as a wacky actress on Web Therapy, and in the TV series version of About a Boy.
The veteran stage and film actress (The Last Picture Show, Private Benjamin, Clue) played Jack’s perfectly crusty and curmudgeonly acting teacher. Brennan died in 2013 at age 80.
The Saturday Night Live alum played Grace’s neighbor, nemesis, and competitor for Will’s affection in a five-episode arc. She’s since done a slew of guest and series regular roles on shows including Cracking Up, Kath & Kim, Enlightened, Getting On, Divorce, and Wet Hot American Summer.
The charming actor (from the film The Birdcage, and the TV series Judging Amy and Political Animals) had a four-episode arc as Karen’s nephew who gets a gay makeover from Will and Jack. He’s since earned two Oscar nominations — for his screenplays for Capote and Foxcatcher.