Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays
A picture of actor Jefferson Mays outside after a showing of The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'
Jefferson Mays in 2014
Born
Lewis Jefferson Mays

(1965-06-08) June 8, 1965 (age 54)
EducationYale University (BA)
University of California, San Diego (MFA)
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Susan Lyons

Lewis Jefferson Mays (born June 8, 1965) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and audiobook narrator.

Life and career[edit]

Mays was raised in Clinton, Connecticut with his parents, a naval intelligence officer and a children's librarian, and his siblings.[1] 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.[2][1]

He has appeared at La Jolla Playhouse,[3] Long Wharf Theatre,[4] the Williamstown Theatre Festival,[5] and Playwrights Horizons.[6]

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.[7] He had appeared in the play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in May 2003,[6] and at the La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001.[3] 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.[7] 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.

Mays starred in two Broadway revivals in 2007. He appeared as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion,[8] in which he won critical praise. The TheaterMania reviewer called him "pitch-perfect", and the production an "excellent revival."[9] He appeared in a revival of Journey's End in February to June 2007, in which he starred as Private Mason.[10] Ben Brantley, in the New York Times, called the production "acutely staged and acted."[11] The TheaterMania reviewer wrote: "Mays is a reliable, obliging Mason."[12]

In August 2009, Mays appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Grey.[5][13]

Mays starred in the 2013 Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which he played nine roles. He performed in the musical from October 2013 (previews) until closing on January 17, 2016.[14][15][16] He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.[17] He also was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical[18] and tied for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (with Neil Patrick Harris).[16][19] Mays is set to play Mayor George Shinn in the upcoming revival of The Music Man opening on Broadway in 2020.

Mays also narrates audiobooks, including The Expanse series.

Mays has appeared in several television programs as well; he notably appeared in several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as cross-dressing murderer Carl Rudnick, and as Black Dahlia suspect George Hodel in the Turner Network Television miniseries I Am the Night. His television credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and The Americans.

Personal life[edit]

Mays is married to Australian actress Susan Lyons.[2]

Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Stage (selected)[edit]

Jefferson Mays & Terje Rød-Larsen
Jefferson Mays, who plays the part of Terje Rød-Larsen in Oslo, with International Peace Institute (IPI) President Terje Rød-Larsen, at a special performance of the play hosted by IPI.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2004 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play[33] I Am My Own Wife Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Solo Performance Won
Theatre World Award Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Solo Performance Won
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play[34] Blood and Gifts Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Featured Actor in a Play[35] Nominated
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won
2017 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Oslo Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rizzo, Frank. "The Earnest Jefferson Mays" Hartford Courant, January 25, 2004
  2. ^ a b Margaret Gray (March 12, 2013). "Jefferson Mays' fractured personality". LA Times. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  3. ^ a b Ehren, Christine. "La Jolla Playhouse Workshops Wright's 'I Am My Own Wife' July 10-29" Playbill, July 10, 2001
  4. ^ Ehren, Christine. "Long Wharf Meets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern c/o Wood and Mays April 25-June 3" Playbill, April 25, 2001
  5. ^ a b "Jefferson Mays Stars in 'Quartermaine's Terms' at Williamstown" Playbill, August 15, 2009
  6. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth. " 'I Am My Own Wife', Doug Wright's Tale of a European Transvestite's Life, Opens May 27 in NYC" Playbill, May 27, 2003
  7. ^ a b " 'I Am My Own Wife' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed June 9, 2016
  8. ^ " 'Pygmalion' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed June 9, 2016
  9. ^ Finkle, David. "Reviews. 'Pygmalion'" theatermania.com, October 16, 2007
  10. ^ "'Journey's End' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed June 9, 2016
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Journey's End'", The New York Times, February 23, 2007, p. E3
  12. ^ Finkle, David. "Review. 'Journey's End' " theatermania.com, February 22, 2007
  13. ^ Quartermaine's Terms wtfestival.org, accessed June 9, 2016
  14. ^ Stewart, Zachary. "Final Bow: The 9,000 Deaths of Jefferson Mays in 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' " theatermania.com, January 4, 2016
  15. ^ Haun, Harry. "Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at opening night of the new Broadway musical 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' " Playbill, November 18, 2013
  16. ^ a b " 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed June 9, 2016
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew. "64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Award Winners Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' Wins Four Awards" Playbill, May 12, 2014
  18. ^ "Tony Awards 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners" Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2014
  19. ^ Hempstead, Pete. "Drama Desk Award Winners Led by 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' " theatermania.com, June 1, 2014
  20. ^ Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  21. ^ The Low Life tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  22. ^ Cousin Bette tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  23. ^ The Big Brass Ring tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  24. ^ Kinsey tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  25. ^ Alfie tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  26. ^ The Notorious Bettie Page tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  27. ^ Ned Rifle tcm.com, accessed June 10, 2016
  28. ^ Eyerly, Alan. "'The Americans' recap: Fiery end to South African plot" Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2015
  29. ^ Leeds, Sarene. "TV Recap. 'You're No Rose'" ew.com, October 23, 2015
  30. ^ Zuckerman, Esther. "Your guide to the guest stars in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'" ew.com, March 10, 2015
  31. ^ Isherwoord, Christopher. "Choosing Sides in Afghanistan: Spies Playing in the Great Game" The New York Times, November 22, 2011
  32. ^ " 'The Best Man', Starring John Larroquette and James Earl Jones, Receives Second Broadway Extension" broadway.com, May 16, 2012
  33. ^ "Jefferson Mays profile". broadway.com. broadway.com. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  34. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "2012 Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced" theatermania.com, April 27, 2012
  35. ^ Gans, Andrew. "62nd Annual Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced; 'Nice Work' Receives Nine Nods" Playbill, April 23, 2012

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