Can you believe it's been 11 years since we last laughed and cried while watching the hit comedy "Will & Grace"? To celebrate the cast's return to the rebooted sitcom, which premieres on Sept. 28, 2017, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at what's happened to the show's stars since the last episode aired in 2006. Keep reading to see who passed away in 2016, who found the courage to come out of the closet and more…
Canadian-American Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor Eric McCormack starred as handsome, young, gay lawyer Will Truman on "Will & Grace" from 1998 to 2006.
Clearly time has been kind to handsome Eric McCormack. Since leaving "Will & Grace" in 2006, the actor has appeared on Broadway and in a numerous TV shows, including a starring role on "Perception" from 2015 to 2016 and as the lead in the Netflix original series "Travelers" — which was just renewed for a second season, meaning Eric is going to be one busy boy while filming the new season of "Will & Grace." Along with his unstoppable film career, Eric has remained happily married to his wife of 20 years, Janet Holden, with whom he shares a 15-year-old son, Finnigan.
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Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress Debra Messing starred as interior designer Grace Adler, who was best friends and roommates with Will Truman, on "Will & Grace" from 1998 to 2006.
Debra Messing proved she's still fierce (and flawless) when she stepped out for the 2017 Emmys (seen here). After leaving "Will & Grace" in 2006, Debra starred on several TV shows like "The Starter Wife" and the musical drama "Smash" before picking up the lead role on the hit comedy-drama "The Mysteries of Laura" in 2014. In 2016, Debra appeared on "Nightcap," which aired its second season finale in August 2017 (no word yet on whether the show will be renewed for a third season). In 2012, after moving to New York for her role on "Smash," Debra filed for divorce from her college sweetheart husband of nearly 10 years, "Damages" and "Bloodline" creator Daniel Zelman, with whom she shares son Roman. At the time of the filing, the couple had reportedly been separated for two years. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.
Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning comedic actress Megan Mullally starred as Karen Walker, Grace's multi-millionairess assistant, on "Will & Grace" from 1998 to 2006.
Funnylady Megan Mullally has had no shortage of awesome roles since leaving "Will & Grace" in 2006. One of her first stops post-Karen was in the animated adventure "Bee Movie" followed by regular appearances on TV shows like "In the Motherhood," "Party Down" and "30 Rock" before becoming a series regular on "Parks and Recreation" (where she got to star alongside her hilarious husband, Nick Offerman). As if she wasn't busy enough starring in basically everything, from 2008 to 2016, she appeared on the hit comedy "Children's Hospital" as Chief. She also made time for movies, starring in the comedy "Why Him?" and the indie dramedy "Lemon." In 2017, Megan partnered with her husband for the comedy special "Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally: Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" and will top off the year by returning for the reboot of "Will & Grace." We can't wait.
Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes played Jack McFarland, a struggling gay actor who was one of Will's closest friends, on "Will & Grace" from 1998 to 2006.
Sean Hayes has had a productive 11 years since leaving "Will & Grace." He appeared in several movies, like "The Bucket List" and "The Three Stooges," as well as TV shows like "Smash," "Sean Saves the World" and "The Millers." Not only has Sean been busy in front of the camera, but he's been actively working behind the scenes as a producer for shows like "Grimm" and "Hollywood Game Night." Perhaps even more exciting for the multi-talented star were his top-billed roles on Broadway in productions of "An Act of God" and "Promises, Promises." In 2010, Sean publicly came out as a gay man during an interview with The Advocate. At the time, the actor claimed he felt pressured by the media to speak about his sexuality. In 2014, Sean married longtime partner Scott Icenogle and in 2016, he apologized to the gay community for not coming out sooner. Sean's set to reprise his role as Jack on the 2017 reboot of "Will & Grace."
Shelley Morrison starred as Rosario Salazar, Karen's personal maid, on the comedy "Will & Grace" from 1999 to 2006.
Although we've learned the sad news that Shelley Morrison won't be returning to the 2017 reboot of "Will & Grace," we will never forget the sass and humor she brought to the show. The almost-81-year-old actress has been a fixture in Hollywood since 1961, appearing on shows like "The Flying Nun" and "The Rookies." After leaving Rosario the maid behind in 2006, Shelley appeared on shows like "My Name is Earl" and "Handy Manny" (she voiced Mrs. Portillo from 2006 to 2012). Although she hasn't appeared on-screen since, she did lend her voice to the animated film "Food Fight" and worked as an executive producer on the 2014 documentary "Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery." Shelley has been married to Walter Dominguez since 1973.
Legendary actress and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Debbie Reynolds regularly guest starred as Grace's mom, Bobbi Adler, on the hit comedy "Will & Grace" from 1999 to 2006.
Oscar-nominated actress Debbie Reynolds shined her light in Hollywood for an astounding 67 years, appearing in classic films like "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" as well as numerous hit TV shows like "The Love Boat," "Will & Grace" and "Kim Possible." Debbie's last major role on-screen was in the 2013 biopic "Behind the Candelabra." In 2016, following the sudden and unexpected death of daughter Carrie Fisher, Debbie suffered a fatal stroke, passing away at the age of 84. In 2017, "Will & Grace" co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick said they will honor the actress on the reboot of the show.
Grammy-winning musician and Emmy-winning actor and TV host Harry Connick Jr. guest starred as Leo Markus, Grace's (eventual) husband, on "Will & Grace" from 2002 to 2006.
Handsome Harry Connick Jr. is one of the few guest stars from "Will & Grace" who will be returning for the 2017 reboot, and we are so happy about it. After leaving the series in 2006, Harry starred in the box office romantic dramas "P.S. I Love You" in 2007 and "New in Town" in 2009. In 2012, Harry also had a recurring role on "Law & Order: SVU" and in 2016, he launched his own daytime talk show, "Harry," after completing a three-year run as a judge on "American Idol." He's also managed to release six vocal and two instrumental albums since 2006, including the 2009 album "Your Songs," which earned him a Grammy nomination. Oh, he's also starred on Broadway numerous times, including in a 2011 production of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." We're not sure how he juggles so many different hats, but we're definitely not complaining. He's been married to former model Jill Goodacre, with whom he has three daughters, since 1994.