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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 Perry Mason 2020-06-21
Known For
Poster of I Am the Night
Poster of Rebel in the Rye
Poster of The Raven
Series Perry Mason 2020-06-21
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 Rebel in the Rye William Maxwell 2017-09-15
Movie Inherent Vice Dr. Threeply 2014-12-25
Movie The Raven Voice over (voice) 2014-10-09
Movie Ned Rifle Dr. Ford 2014-09-07
Movie The Giver Community (voice) 2014-08-11
Movie My America 2014-07-04
Series The Good Wife Diplomate Van Buskirk 2009-09-22
Movie How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Bill Nathanson 2008-10-02
Series Fringe Nicholas Boone 2008-09-09
Movie The Notorious Bettie Page Little John 2005-09-14
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