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‘Will & Grace’ Star Eric McCormack’s Wife Files For Divorce

‘Will & Grace’ Star Eric McCormack’s Wife Files For Divorce

Director Janet Leigh Holden McCormack has filed for divorce from her husband, Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack. She filed the divorce papers on November 22. This move looks to end their 26-year marriage, too.

In court documents, according to E! News, she cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split, listing their date of separation as “TBD.” The wife, who shares 21-year-old son Finnigan with the actor, is seeking spousal support and asking to terminate the court’s ability to award Eric the same.

E! News has reached out to her attorney and his representative for comment but has yet to hear back.

Eric McCormack Remembers Meeting His Wife

Though their love story doesn’t have a Hollywood ending, it certainly had that beginning as they met on the set of Lonesome Dove: The Series back in 1994.

“She was the assistant director,” McCormack recalled in a 2007 piece for The Guardian. “I was just coming out of a relationship, and not to be trusted. I’d been dating actresses but Janet was different. She wore jeans, and drove a pick-up truck.”

And she wasn’t in awe of his fame.

“At first she wasn’t too keen,” he continued. “She knew actors are a lot of work: it would be like taking your work home with you. But I managed to convince her. We had a secret affair in the first season. I mean, dating crew! Actually, it was much worse for her, because she wasn’t supposed to give any of the actors preferential treatment.”

And while the season may have ended, their romance was just beginning.

“This is the first shot Janet & I took at the #LonesomeDove Season 1 Wrap Party, circa Dec ’94,” McCormack, who wed Janet in August 1997, captioned a throwback photo on Instagram for her birthday in April 2020. “Just so happens this was our ‘coming out’ party. No one on the show knew we’d been dating for months. And *today* is my wife’s birthday! Happy Birthday, @janetmccormack #gratitude.” 

McCormack was born in Toronto, Canada. He’s spent some time acting in California, landing his highest-paying role in Will Truman in Will & Grace alongside Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.

But don’t pencil in McCormack only as a TV actor. He’s appeared on Broadway in such productions as The Music Man. At one time, the actor spent five years working for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. McCormack has been very busy working in television.