“Will and Grace” debuted September 21, 1998 on NBC and aired its final episode on May 18, 2006. During the show’s eight season run, “Will and Grace” scooped 16 Emmys and helped bring gay characters and their storylines to a mainstream audience in a way that had arguably never been accomplished on primetime before. 10 years after the finale, we look back at what the main cast and the show’s most memorable guest stars have been up to since.
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Before McCormack hit it big with “Will & Grace,” he dabbled in small roles on series like “Ally McBeal” and “Top Cops.” His stint as Will Truman earned him an Emmy and five Golden Globe nominations. He’s continued his career with TV roles including lead gigs on TNT’s “Perception” and DirecTV’s “Full Circle,” along with indie movies, including Canadian film “Considering Love and Other Magic,” which premieres later this year.
Much like McCormack, Messing briefly starred on a few TV shows, including “Ned & Stacey” and “Prey,” before she landed her breakout role as interior designer Grace Adler on “Will & Grace.” She won an Emmy for her performance as Adler. Since then, she’s continued her career on TV with lead roles in “The Starter Wife,” “Smash” and NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura,” which was recently cancelled. She’ll next be seen in ABC’s telepic remake of “Dirty Dancing” as Marjorie Houseman, mother to Abigail Breslin’s Baby.
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After a slew of roles in TV comedies, Mullally finally landed on “Will & Grace” as the infamous alcoholic and Jack McFarland’s partner in crime Karen Walker. Mullally won two Emmys for the role. Since then, she’s continued her onscreen career with roles on comedies “Breaking In,” “30 Rock,” Parks and Recreation” and “Happy Endings.” Mullally can be seen next in the Fox comedy “Why Him?” with Bryan Cranston.
Hayes played Jack McFarland, the often out of work gay actor and Karen Walker’s bestie. He only had two TV roles before he was cast in the NBC sitcom, for which he won an Emmy and was nominated for six Golden Globes. Since then he’s hosted the Tony Awards, starred in multiple sitcoms like “The Millers” and “Sean Saves the World” and appeared on Broadway, where he earned a Tony Award nomination for his role on the revival of “Promises, Promises.” Also a prolific producer, he created “Hollywood Game Night,” which finished up its fourth season this year, and executive produces long-running NBC genre drama “Grimm.”
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A TV veteran, having starred in Sally Field’s “Flying Nun” and NBC’s “Laredo,” Morrison kept up the trend when she was cast on “Will & Grace” as Salvadorian maid Rosario “Rosie” Salazar. What was originally supposed to be a one-episode role turned into a regular spot on the show due to her character’s popularity with audiences. Since “Will & Grace” ended, Morrison has kept a relatively low profile, lending her voice to animated series like “Generator Rex” and “Handy Manny” and animated film “Shark Tale.”
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Harry Connick Jr
Connick Jr. started off his career as a jazz singer and musician, winning a Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance for his work on the “When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack. On “Will & Grace” he played Adler’s boyfriend and then husband Marvin “Leo” Markus. Connick Jr. continued both his acting and musical career and became an “American Idol” judge for the last three seasons of the show.
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Baker has had a successful career in voiceover, but before that she guest starred on series like “That ‘70s Show” and “Yes, Dear.” She was cast as Grace Adler’s close friend Ellen and starred in the show throughout its whole run. After “Will & Grace” Baker has mostly starred in Disney Chanel projects like “Hannah Montana” and “Good Luck Charlie” that catered to her “family unit fanbase.”
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Gallop’s first role on TV was on another classic sitcom: “Home Improvement.” He’d also appeared on other ‘90s staples like “Cybill” and “Seinfeld” before he landed the role of Rob, Ellen’s husband and Will’s good friend. He then went on to star in “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
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Cannavale started off in theater and films and went on to star the TV series “Third Watch.” He played Vince D’Angelo, Will’s first long-term boyfriend on the show and then husband, from 2004 until the series finale in 2006. His stint won him an Emmy for Outstanding Guest in a Comedy Series. He later won another Emmy for his Supporting role of Gyp Rosetti in “Boardwalk Empire.” Cannavale is currently starring in HBO’s “Vinyl” as lead character Richie Finestra.