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Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays (born Lewis Jefferson Mays; June 8, 1965) is an American film, stage and television actor. Mays was raised in Clinton, Connecticut with his parents, a naval intelligence officer and a children's librarian, and his siblings. Mays graduated from Yale College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts. Mays appeared on Broadway in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright, from November 2003 (previews) to October 31, 2004. He had appeared in the play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in May 2003, and at the La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001. Mays won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show, an Obie Award, and a 2004 Theatre World Award for his solo performance. He also won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play for seasons of I Am My Own Wife in Australia in 2006. In 2007, he appeared as Henry Higgins in a revival of Pygmalion and starred as Private Mason in a revival of Journey's End. In August 2009, Mays appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Grey. Mays starred in the 2013 Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which he played eight roles. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He also was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and tied for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (with Neil Patrick Harris).

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Jun 8, 1965 In Connecticut, U.S.A.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Law & Order 1990-09-13
Latest Project:
Series Julia 2022
Known For
Poster of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Poster of The Giver
Poster of The Fight
Poster of Alfie
Series Julia Unknown 2022
Series Perry Mason Virgil Sheets 2020-06-21
Movie Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Narrator 2020-11-28
Series I Am the Night George Hodel 2019-01-28
Movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled") 2018-11-09
Movie Curated The Curator 2018-09-08
Movie Rebel in the Rye William Maxwell 2017-09-15
Series Westworld Liam Dempsey, Sr. 2016-10-02
Movie Ned Rifle Dr. Ford 2015-04-01
Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Daddy (voice) 2015-03-06
Movie The Giver Community (voice) 2014-08-11
Movie My America Unknown 2014-07-04
Movie The Raven Voice over (voice) 2014-10-09
Movie Inherent Vice Dr. Threeply 2014-12-25
Series The Americans Walter Taffet 2013-01-30
Series The Blacklist Norman Devane 2013-09-23
Series The Good Wife Diplomate Van Buskirk 2009-09-22
Series Fringe Nicholas Boone 2008-09-09
Movie How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Bill Nathanson 2008-10-02
Movie The Fight Unknown 2005-01-24
Movie The Notorious Bettie Page Little John 2005-09-14
Series The Closer Dr. Easton 2005-06-13
Movie Alfie Dr. Miranda Kulp 2004-10-22
Series Benjamin Franklin Elkanah Watson 2002-11-19
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Keifer Gates 2001-09-30
Movie The Big Brass Ring Garne Strickland 1999-04-20
Series Liberty! James Madison 1997-11-23
Movie The Low Life Hollywood Mogul 1995-11-01
Series Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13