What The Will And Grace Cast Members Are Doing Next
In 2005, Will & Grace ended its run. For the first time, at least. 12 years later, the popular NBC sitcom returned for its much-hyped revival. All its principle stars, including Eric McCormack and Debra Messing in the title roles, as well as Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes as their trusted on-screen friends, came back, as did many others involved with the show's original run. Alas, it wasn't meant to last. This month, Will & Grace reaches its end once more with its 11th season finale. Now that the sitcom comes to another close, the Will & Grace cast will, once again, move on to other projects. What they will do next? While there are questions still unanswered, we have a few ideas what these TV stars will be doing after this month's final bow.
Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
As Will Truman, a lawyer who lives in the Upper West Side with his best friend, Grace Adler, Eric McCormack served as one half of the title duo in Will & Grace. Prior to his role in Will & Grace, McCormack was seen in Giant Steps and Lonesome Dove: The Series. He has also appeared on Dead Like Me, Trust Me, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Perception. He also worked on Netflix's Travelers (which he also helped direct) and Atypical as Will & Grace continued with its revival. Up next, McCormack is expected to star in the adventure film, Queen Bee.
Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
As Grace Adler, an interior designer who lives with Will Truman, her gay best friend, Debra Messing plays the other half of the title duo. As an actress, Messing was seen in shows like NYPD Blue and Ned and Stacey before she landed one of the lead roles in Will & Grace. Since the show's success, Messing has appeared in films like Hollywood Ending, The Wedding Date, Open Season, Lucky You, The Women, Searching, and Garfield: The Movie. Prior to Will & Grace's return to television, Messing also appeared on Smash, The Mysteries of Laura and a TV remake of Dirty Dancing. Next, Messing will be seen in the adventure dramedy The Dark Divide alongside David Cross and Jon Stewart's new movie, Irresistible, with Steve Carrell. Additionally, in the fall, Messing will star in the new Broadway production, Birthday Candles, with Andre Braugher and Enrico Colantoni.
Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
As Karen Walker, Grace's rich assistant who constantly makes a presence throughout the program (even though her husband doesn't), Megan Mullally plays a memorable role on Will & Grace. As an actress, Mullally appeared in Seinfeld and Risky Business before she made a splash on Will & Grace. Since then, Mullally has appeared in The Megan Mullally Show, Bee Movie, The Kings of Summer, Hotel Transylvania 2, Why Him?, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Children's Hospital, Boston Legal, and Where'd You Go Bernadette. In addition to Will & Grace, she can be heard on Bob's Burgers. Beyond her acting work, Mullally is also a musician. She's in the band Nancy & Beth with fellow actress Stephanie Hunt. She also co-wrote the 2018 book The Greatest Love Story Ever Told with her husband, Nick Offerman. Next, she lends her voice to the animated show, The Great North.
Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
As Jack McFarland, the struggling actor best friend of Will Truman who constantly bounces between jobs, Sean Hayes served as a scene-stealing cast member on the sitcom. The popularity of the program lead to Hayes getting roles in The Cat in the Hat, Cats & Dogs, The Bucket List, Sean Saves The World, The Three Stooges, and Monsters University, among other projects. In addition to his work on Will & Grace, Hayes can also be heard in Tangled: The Series. Most recently, Hayes co-wrote and starred in Lazy Susan, a new indie comedy which came out earlier this month. It's currently available on VOD. Outside of his acting work, Sean Hayes and his husband, Scott Icenogle, wrote a children's book called Plum, which was published in 2018. At the moment, Hayes doesn't have an upcoming projects announced yet, besides reports of a potential Three Stooges sequel.
Leslie Jordan (Beverley Leslie)
As the socialite frenemy of Karen Walker, Leslie Jordan plays a reoccurring role on Will & Grace and is periodically seen in the revival. A veteran actor of both the stage and screen with over a hundred credits to his name, Jordan remains a persistently hard-working actor. Some of the biggest titles to his name include, but aren't limited to, The Help, American Horror Story, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, and more. Next, Jordan will be seen in the romantic film, Until We Meet Again, and the comedy, Strangers in a Strange Land. He's also making a series of funny videos.
Tim Bagley (Larry)
As Larry, a long-time friend of Will and Jack, Tim Bagley has made several appearances on Will & Grace, including in the newer seasons. An actor with several film and television credits to his name, including Monk, Grace and Frankie, Knocked Up, Web Therapy, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The King of Queens, 7th Heaven, The Day After Tomorrow, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, This is 40, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more, Bagley has popped up in a variety of different titles. He was most recently seen in Netflix's AJ and the Queen. Additionally, Bagley is a regular contributor to the LA alternative comedy scene, as it is noted on his website.
Blythe Danner (Marilyn Truman)
As Marilyn Truman, Will's mother and eventually Grace's stepmother, Blythe Danner has guest starred in several episodes of Will & Grace, new and old. The accomplished actress of both the stage and screen, Danner has starred in several movies and shows over the years, notably winning two Emmys for Huff and a Tony award for her performance in Butterflies Are Free. Recently, Danner appeared in last year's The Tomorrow Man and Strange But True. She will next be seen in Home Cookin: 5.17.18 and she'll also star in the third season of American Gods.
After more than 200 episodes on television, several accolades, and syndication spots, Will & Grace has decided to end once more. It should be noted that the original revival was only meant to last 10 episodes before it renewed a regular spot on NBC's nightly rotation. Alas, the time has come once more to say goodbye to Will & Grace. You can tune in to watch the series finale of Will & Grace when it airs on April 23rd on NBC. From there, it looks like some of the actors are keeping busy, while others are keeping themselves open. When new developments arrive, you can check back with CinemaBlend for more information and updates.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
By Nick Venable
By Dirk Libbey
By Riley Utley
By Mike Reyes
By Carly Levy
By Laura Hurley