Jefferson Mays in 2014
|Born||Lewis Jefferson Mays|
June 8, 1965
Connecticut, United States
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.