Eric McCormack to receive award from Stratford Festival

  "Will and Grace" star Eric McCormack is returning home to Toronto to be celebrated with the Stratford Festival Legacy Award.

McCormack will be honoured tonight during a gala at the Four Seasons Hotel, joining the ranks of past award recipients including Gordon Pinsent, Christopher Plummer and William Shatner.

The award-winning actor was a member of the festival's acting company from 1985 to 1989, when he appeared in 17 productions including "Measure for Measure," "Much Ado About Nothing," "All's Well That Ends Well," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Henry V."

McCormack launched his acting career in Canadian theatre, performing at Stratford and across Canada, including stints with the Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, the Citadel Theatre, and Canadian Stage.

His stage success extended to the U.S., where he starred in the title role of "The Music Man" in 2001 on Broadway, and opposite stage and screen legends James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury in the Tony-nominated "The Best Man."

McCormack catapulted to international fame with his Emmy-winning turn as lawyer Will Truman on "Will and Grace," and is in the midst of filming the reboot of the American sitcom.

He is also a producer, director and star on the sci-fi series "Travelers."