Will and Grace was the hilarious American sitcom that enjoyed eight highly successful seasons. Like many shows of great popularity in this genre, it attracted a whole host of A-list guest stars, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Matt Damon, Harry Connick Junior, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Taye Diggs, Glenn Close, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Patrick Dempsey, Luke Perry, Gene Wilder, Lily Tomlin, Parker Posey, Jack Black, Lee Majors, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosanna Arquette, Sharon Osbourne, Joan Collins, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry, Chita Rivera, Chloe Sevigny, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Douglas, Nicollette Sheridan, Andy Garcia, Neil Patrick Harris and Tracey Ullman to name a few.
But who were the funniest featured actors in Will and Grace? Whether it was a one epidosde appearance or a recurring role, here's a list of my favourite star names who were willing to grace the set of this timeless TV show, and the hilarious characters they created.
1, Debbie Reynolds as Bobbi Adler
Most famous for her portrayal of Kathy Seldon in the Hollywood classic Singin' In The Rain, Debbie Reynolds plays Bobbi Adler, Grace's mother.
The character is an enthusiastic amateur actress appearing with the Schenectady Players in productions a diverse as Death of a Salesperson, Queen Lear and Rent. She appears in all 8 seasons of Will and Grace, and normally enters each scene by belting out a show tune. Bobbi's relationship with her daughter Grace (played by Debra Messing) is volatile, as she can never resist meddling. She is the creator of the Adler family 'told you so' dance and is known for putting her wig on back to front. In one episode, her husband and Grace's father was played by Alan Arkin.
2, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman
Blythe Danner is real-life mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and star of the Meet the Parents franchise.
In Will and Grace she plays Marilyn Truman, mother of Will (played by Eric McCormack). She is a fanatical collector of Lladró statues, meticulous in the presentation of her home and judgemental of other people's faults. She turns a blind eye to the affair her husband (played by Sydney Pollack) is having with a much younger woman. Of the musical Les Misérables, Marilyn says it is unrealistic because "poor people don't sing that much".
3, Sydney Pollack as George Truman
In Will and Grace, he guest stars as Will's father, George Truman. He has a close bond with his son, which Grace is openly jealous of. However, it is revealed in season 6 that George had difficulty coming to terms with his son's homosexuality and told friends that Will was married to Grace. George Truman dies in season 8. Tragically, Will is not talking to his father at the time as a result of an argument in which George admits he would rather Will was not gay.
4, Bernadette Peters as Virginia Delaney
Bernadette Peters is best known for her body of work on the Broadway stage. She has played roles as diverse as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George to Mama Rose in Gypsy.
She plays the sister of Karen (played by Megan Mullally - another stalwart of the Broadway stage). The character of Virginia or 'Ginny' as she is affectionately known by Karen, is never mentioned until an episode towards the end of the final season. Will, Grace and Jack aren't even aware of her existence, which Karen finds ridiculous due to the amount of time she spends declaring 'I love Gin!' Virginia believes herself to be hideously deformed because of a brutal injury she suffered as a child whilst playing Twister with Karen.
5, Woody Harrelson as Nathan
In Will and Grace he guest stars as Nathan, who was brought in as an unlikely love interest for Grace. In many ways he is a stereotypical alpha male; grubby, sports obsessed and insensitive. However, Grace eventually discovers hidden charms and they begin a relationship in Season 3. However, early on in Season 4 he proposes marriage abruptly during sex and Grace is affronted by the base and unromantic nature of his proposal. Eventually, it is Nathan who breaks off the relationship.
6, John Cleese as Lyle Finster
He plays Lyle Finster in Will and Grace, a rich dirty old man and Karen's fourth husband. Ironically. Karen first meets him when she goes looking for his daughter who is having an affair with her then-husband Stan. Karen is only married to Lyle for around twenty minutes.
7, Jeff Goldblum as Scott Woolley
He plays Scott Woolley, a man obsessed with gaining revenge on Karen who beat him in the fight for School Body President many years ago. He has spent his life scheming plans to ruin her, but they are normally badly thought-through and eventually it is revealed that he doesn't hate Karen as he protests, but is in fact madly in love with her. One of the funniest things about the character of Scott Wooley is his awful use of word play: 'The Scotty Mammoth' and 'Beam me up, Woolley' being two examples.
8, Alec Baldwin as Malcolm Widmark
Baldwin plays Malcom Widmark, an undercover government agent who helps Stan (Karen's husband) fake his own death. He has a brief fling with Karen, but when she reconciles with her ex-husband Stan, Widmark leaves on a top secret mission to Sri Lanka.
9, Minnie Driver as Lorraine Finster
In Will and Grace, she guest stars as Lorraine Finster, Stan's mistress. Lorraine is a prison cafeteria worker with loose morals; it is implied she has dabbled in prostitution. Her and Karen are arch rivals, but when Karen marries her father she reconciles to be nice to her stepmother. However, she is unable to attend the wedding ceremony due to an aggressive strain of herpes. Although Lorraine was raised as a girl, it is suggested she is genetically male or perhaps a hermaphrodite.
10, Geena Davis as Janet Adler
She plays Grace's older sister, Janet of whom Grace despairs. Janet is basically a no-hoper who lives in a van and makes jewellery. She nicknamed Grace 'Smudge' as a child and it has stuck through to adulthood. Her relationship with her mother is also strained.