Random Roles: Eric McCormack on being dumped by Jenny McCarthy and getting back with Will & Grace

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: For eight seasons, Eric McCormack made up one half of network TV’s most commanding duo on NBC’s Will & Grace. McCormack starred as Will Truman, a lawyer and out gay man who was usually playing the straight man to the more outsize characters around him. His grounded performance earned him an Emmy for Best Actor in a comedy, proving that comedy was very much where he belonged. Despite his affinity for sitcoms, most notably Seinfeld, it was a while before McCormack was earning laughs. The road to Will & Grace was a long and winding one, but one which covered virtually all of the TV landscape, with detours into adventure, sci-fi, Westerns, and crime …

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