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

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Credits

3.1 Film 3.2 Television 3.3 Stage (selected)

4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Mays was raised in Clinton, Connecticut
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
Playwrights Horizons
in May 2003,[6] and at the La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse
in July 2001.[3] Mays won the 2004 Tony Award
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
I Am My Own Wife
in Australia
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
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 eight 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] Personal life[edit] Mays is married to Australian actress Susan Lyons.[2] Credits[edit] Film[edit]

Rebel in the Rye
Rebel in the Rye
(2017) Ned Rifle (2014)[20] Inherent Vice (2014) How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008) The Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page
(2005)[21] Alfie (2004)[22] Kinsey (2004)[23] The Big Brass Ring
The Big Brass Ring
(1999)[24] Cousin Bette
Cousin Bette
(1998)[25] The Low Life
The Low Life
(1995)[26] Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994)[27]

Television[edit]

The Americans (2015)[28] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
(2015)[29] The Knick
The Knick
(2015)[30] Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit (2014, 2015, 2016) My America (2012) The Good Wife
The Good Wife
(2011) Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce
(2011) Detroit 1-8-7
Detroit 1-8-7
(2010) Lie to Me
Lie to Me
(2010) God in America (2010) Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
(2010) Fringe (2009) Law & Order (2009) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2008) 30 Rock
30 Rock
(2006) The Closer
The Closer
(2005) A Week in Joe's Basement (1991) Dynaman
Dynaman
(1988)

Stage (selected)[edit]

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.

Oslo (2017) The Front Page
The Front Page
(2016) A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(2013) The Best Man (2012 revival)[31] Blood and Gifts (2011)[32] Pygmalion (2007) Journey's End
Journey's End
(2007) I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
(2003)

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]

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

External links[edit]

Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
on IMDb Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
biography, iammyownwife.com; accessed July 11, 2015.

Awards for Jefferson Mays

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

John Cullum (1975) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1976) Lenny Baker (1977) Ken Page
Ken Page
(1978) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1979) Jim Dale (1980) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1981) George Hearn (1984) Ron Richardson
Ron Richardson
(1985) George Rose (1986) Robert Lindsay (1987) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1988) Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
(1989) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1990) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1991) Gregory Hines / Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1992) Brent Carver (1993) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1994) Vernel Bagneris (1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) Robert Cuccioli (1997) Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
(1998) Brent Carver (1999) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(2000) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2002) Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas
/ Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
(2006) Raúl Esparza
Raúl Esparza
(2007) Paulo Szot
Paulo Szot
(2008) Brian d'Arcy James
Brian d'Arcy James
(2009) Douglas Hodge (2010) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2011) Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein
(2012) Billy Porter (2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
/ Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2014) Robert Fairchild (2015) Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein
(2016) Andy Karl
Andy Karl
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1984) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1985) Eric Bogosian
Eric Bogosian
(1986) Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
(1987) — (1988) — (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Eileen Atkins (1991) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
(1992) Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith
(1993) Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith
(1994) James Lecesne
James Lecesne
(1995) Mary Louise Wilson (1996) Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw
(1997) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(1998) David Hare (1999) Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
(2000) Pamela Gien (2001) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2002) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(2005) Antony Sher (2006) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2007) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(2008) Lorenzo Pisoni (2009) Jim Brochu
Jim Brochu
(2010) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(2011) Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
(2012) Michael Urie
Michael Urie
(2013) John Douglas Thompson (2014) Benjamin Scheuer (2015) Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(2016) Ed Dixon (2017)

v t e

Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play

John Gaden
John Gaden
(2001) John Bell (2002) Colin Friels (2003) Darren Gilshenan (2004) Robert Menzies (2005) Greg Stone (2006) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2007) Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh
(2008) Ben Winspear (2009) Ewen Leslie (2010) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2011) Paul Capsis (2012) Colin Friels (2013) Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh
(2014) Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
(2015) Mark Leonard Winter (2016) Mark Coles Smith (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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