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Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays

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    • June 8th, 1965
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).

Filmography

Acting (11 Credits)

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2019I Am the Night as George Hodel
2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
2017Rebel in the Rye as William Maxwell
2014The Giver as Community (voice)
2014Ned Rifle as Dr. Ford
2014Inherent Vice as Dr. Threeply
2009The Good Wife as Diplomate Van Buskirk
2008How to Lose Friends & Alienate People as Bill Nathanson
2005The Notorious Bettie Page as Little John
2004Alfie as Dr. Miranda Kulp
1999The Big Brass Ring as Garne Strickland

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