Following in the tradition of bitchy and witty R1s, R1... falls short.
Well he was from the same place that Will was from because they went to high school together.
And I always thought Will was from somewhere on Long Island.
Laurenton Long Island.
Jack fell out of the gay tree, hitting every gay branch on the way down. And he landed on a gay guy... and he did him.
Liberace opened his mouth to speak and a handbag fell out. Inside that handbag was a baby Jack.
He came from datalounge, the epicenter of the effort to convince the public that same-sex attracted males aren't really males at all.
Sean Hayes said his own father abandoned his family. I wonder if the Jack role was too close to home sometimes? Apparently the only gay member ofthe cast, the writers sure enjoyed demeaning the character.
R4, do you mean Laurelton, in Queens (which is on Long Island)?
I heard Max Mutchnick once say that he based the character on an actor he knew who tried out for the show before they had fully written out the jack part. The guy even wore the pastel colored sleeveless sweaters that Jack is partial to.
But not *in* Long Island, R11.
There was a huge glitter bomb that went off at the end of my seventeenth farewell tour. In the flash, a sparkly particle fusion generated this shallow singer/dancer/actor who deservedly worships me.
Will and Jack didn't meet in high school. Will was at a dorm party at Columbia where he met Jack, although, if I'm remembering, Jack was still in high school and crashing the party. Jack was definitely younger than Will on the show.
Will was from someplace like Westchester or Darian, New Canaan ... it's wherever Blythe Danner's character lived.
Jack was probably from somewhere in New York because his mother (the FABULOUS Veronica Cartwright) power walked to Will's apartment in a Thanksgiving episode. I think Grace's character was from Long Island, wasn't she? Was Debbie Reynolds the queen of Long Island community theater?
I can't fucking believe I remember that. If you want, I can tell you where all the characters from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" where from, as well as everyone on "Upstairs Downstairs."
do tell about MTM R16
"he based the character on an actor he knew who tried out for the show"
Was it Corky St. Clair?
I'm not r16, but I can tell you that:
*Mary Richards was from the fictional town of Roseberg, MN, somewhere upstate from the Twin Cities
*Rhoda Morgenstern was born in the Bronx, NY
*Lou Grant was born in a fictional town in Michigan (this was established on The Lou Grant Show, not the MTM Show) and lived in Detroit and San Francisco before moving to Minnesota with his wife Edie in the mid60s
*Ted Baxter lived in Fresno, CA before moving to the Twin Cities.
*Murray Slaughter had to be from the NYC area since (like the actor who played him, Gavin Macleod) he retained a strong NYC accent.
*Sue Ann Nivens also did not seem to be a native Minnesotan, since her sister Lila lived down South and said nothing about Minnesota being her home when she visited Sue Ann.
He was Lebanese, Blanche.
Jack was from somewhere in the city. In the first season when he and Karen went out on Halloween, something was brought up about your drag queen name being your first pet and the street you grew up on. I can't remember what he said but I think 142nd was the street.
Will was from Connecticut. Grace was from Schenectady. Karen moved around a lot with con artist mom Suzanne Pleshette.
Megan Mullally has been out and bisexual for yonks - way before Sean Hayes (is he even out?). But this is Datalounge, where bisexual erasure is de rigeur and women of any sexual orientation are ignored.
Jacks character is a very common personality type within the gay community.
He is from Queens.
He asked his newly discovered son where he is from. The boys said "Queens." Jack says so am I but we will talk about that when you are older.