Jefferson Mays

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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 49)
Connecticut, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Jefferson Mays (born Lewis Jefferson Mays; June 8, 1965) is an American theatre and film actor.

A Connecticut native, Mays trained at Yale College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned an Master of Fine Arts. He has appeared at La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Playwrights Horizons.

In 2004, Mays won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright. In 2007, Mays starred in two highly acclaimed Broadway revivals: Pygmalion, in which he won critical praise as Henry Higgins, and a well received revival of Journey's End in which he starred as Private Mason.

Mays is currently starring in the 2013 Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which he plays eight roles. He has won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He has also been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

Mays is married to Australian actress Susan Lyons.[1]

Credits[edit]

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Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2004 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play[3] 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 Blood and Gifts Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (musical) Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Margaret Gray (March 12, 2013). "Jefferson Mays' fractured personality". LA Times. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0563070/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.broadway.com/buzz/stars/jefferson-mays/profile/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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