Eric McCormack was first bitten by the acting bug while attendeding Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute High School in Scarborough, Ontario. There, he enrolled in theatre and performed in high school productions of Godspell and Pippin. McCormack recalls that it was after performing in Godspell that his feelings towards becoming an actor solidified: "I remember after the first performance of that... I knew where to fit in. That was the beginning of my life as an actor. It changed me in that the concept of any other options disappeared. From that moment there was no question. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I'm lucky that way."
In the years following his graduation from Ryerson, McCormack appeared in theatres all across Canada, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival. He cut his teeth guest-starring on Street Legal, E.N.G., Katts and Dog and Hangin' In. His turn as Col. Clay Mosby on Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (shot in Bragg Creek, Alberta) introduced him not only to a wider audience but also to his wife of almost thirteen years, Janet Holden.
But it was his performance as Will Truman on the Emmy-winning Will & Grace that changed everything, earning him a Screen Actors' Guild Award, five Golden Globe nominations, and the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. During those heady eight seasons, he also hosted Saturday Night Live, sang both anthems at the NHL All-Star Game and made his Broadway debut as Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man.
He also starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed TNT series Trust Me, the Emmy-nominated mini-series The Andromeda Strain, Who Is Clark Rockefeller? for Lifetime, and had a memorable turn as Julia Louis Dreyfuss' new love on The New Adventures of Old Christine. He headlined Robert Goodwin's film Alien Trespass, canoodled with Renee Zellweger in My One and Only and co-starred in the Canadian feature Textuality.
Eric returned to the New York stage in 2006 to star in the American premiere of Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) and, last spring, he headed the cast of Jason Alexander's The Fantasticks for LA's Reprise Theater.
McCormack has Cherokee and Scottish ancestry.