Denis O'Hare

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Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival 2.jpg
O'Hare at the 2009 premiere of
An Englishman in New York
BornDenis Patrick Seamus O'Hare[1]
(1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Hugo Redwood (since 2011)[2]
 
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Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival 2.jpg
O'Hare at the 2009 premiere of
An Englishman in New York
BornDenis Patrick Seamus O'Hare[1]
(1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Hugo Redwood (since 2011)[2]

Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare (born January 16, 1962) is an American actor noted for his award winning performances in Take Me Out and Sweet Charity as well as the HBO television show True Blood. He is also known for his supporting roles in the films Charlie Wilson's War, Milk, and Changeling and Dallas Buyers Club, playing doctors in both. In 2011 he starred as Larry Harvey in the FX series American Horror Story's first season and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. He returned to the show again in 2013, playing Spalding in American Horror Story: Coven.

Early life and education[edit]

Denis O'Hare was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, living in Southfield until he was 15, when his family moved to Wing Lake in Bloomfield Hills.[3] His mother is a musician and he grew up playing the church organ.[4]

As a teenager, O'Hare was in his school's choir and in 1974 he went to his first audition, gaining a chorus part in a community theatre production of Show Boat.[5]

In 1980, O'Hare left Detroit for Chicago to study theatre at Northwestern University.[6]

Career[edit]

O'Hare won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, where his character's lengthy monologues in which he slowly falls in love with the game of baseball were considered the main reason for his award. He won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Oscar Lindquist in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.

In 2003 O'Hare played a doctor in 21 Grams. In 2004 he played Charles J. Guiteau in the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, for which he was nominated for the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award. He lost to co-star Michael Cerveris who played John Wilkes Booth. Before appearing in those shows, he appeared on Broadway in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, in which he played Ernst Ludwig onstage and the clarinet in the show's orchestra, the "Kit Kat Band".

O'Hare was featured in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2008, he appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Brothers & Sisters. His feature film credits include The Anniversary Party,[7] 21 Grams, Garden State, Derailed, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Half Nelson, Milk, Edge of Darkness, Charlie Wilson's War and Changeling.

O'Hare during a Q&A section moderated by Dr. Rebecca Housel at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience.

In 2009, O'Hare portrayed Phillip Steele (an amalgam character based on Quentin Crisp's friends Phillip Ward and Tom Steele) in a television biopic on Crisp entitled An Englishman in New York. The same year he played therapist Dr. David Worth in the series Bored to Death (episode 1.3).

In 2010, O'Hare joined the cast of HBO's True Blood in its third season as Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi who is 2,800 years old.[8] In 2011, he appeared in the film The Eagle as a Roman officer named Lutorius. Recently he has appeared in a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy on the television drama series The Good Wife. O'Hare also co-starred as Larry Harvey in FX's first season of American Horror Story, Murder House.

In 2012, O'Hare starred alongside Amy Adams and Donna Murphy as the Baker in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at The Public Theater. The production played at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, NYC from July 23 to September 1, 2012.

In 2013, O'Hare returned to American Horror Story for its third season, American Horror Story: Coven, where he portrayed Spalding, the house butler.

Personal life[edit]

O'Hare is of Irish descent and holds an Irish passport.[9]

O'Hare came out as gay while a student at Brother Rice High School (Michigan).[10] O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood and the couple have an adopted son.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997St. Patrick's DayRussell
1998River RedFather
1999Sweet and LowdownJake
2001The Anniversary PartyRyan Rose
200121 GramsDr. Rothberg
2004Garden StateAlbert
2005DerailedJerry the Lawyer
2005HeightsAndrew
2006Half NelsonJimbo
2007Rocket ScienceDoyle Hefner
2007A Mighty HeartJohn Bussey
2007American LoserMike
2007Michael ClaytonMr. Greer
2007The BabysittersStan Lyner
2007AwakeFinancial News Analyst
2007Charlie Wilson's WarHarold Holt
2007Trainwreck: My Life as an IdiotMike
2008Pretty BirdChuck
2008Baby MamaDr. Manheim
2008ChangelingDr. Jonathan Steele
2008QuarantineRandy
2008MilkState Senator John BriggsBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009The ProposalMr. Gilbertson
2009DuplicityDuke Monahan
2009An Englishman in New YorkPhillip Stele
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject #3
2010Edge of DarknessMoore
2011The EagleLutorius
2011J. EdgarAlbert S. Osborn
2013C.O.G.Jon
2013Dallas Buyers ClubDr. SevardNominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014The Normal HeartHiram Keebler
2014The PyramidHolden

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Law & OrderHarold MorrisseyEpisode: "Volunteers"
1993The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesKeatingEpisode: "Paris, May 1919"
1994New York UndercoverCarsonEpisode: "Sins of the Father"
1995The Wright VerdictsDoyleEpisode: "Unlucky Star"
1996Law & OrderJames SmithEpisode: "Pro Se"
1997Law & OrderPhil ChristieEpisode: "Nullification"
1998Saint MaybeReverend EmmettTelevision movie
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJimmy WalpEpisode: "The Third Guy"
2000HamletOsricTelevision movie
2001–02100 Centre StreetLou3 episodes
2003Law & OrderFather Richard HoganEpisode: "Under God"
2005Once Upon a MattressPrince DauntlessTelevision movie
2006JusticeLarry BowersEpisode: "Death Spiral"
2007American ExperienceHenry LeeEpisode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTom MichaelsEpisode: "Who and What?"
2007–09Brothers & SistersTravis March12 episodes
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentFather SheaEpisode: "Last Rites"
2009Bored to DeathDr. David WorthEpisode: "The Case of the Missing Screenplay"
2009–13The Good WifeJudge Charles Abernathy7 episodes
2009–10CSI: MiamiEvan Talbot3 episodes
2010American ExperienceBenjamin LatrobeEpisode: "Dolly Madison"
2010–12True BloodRussell Edgington20 episodes
2011–presentAmerican Horror StoryLarry Harvey8 episodes (Murder House)
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Spalding10 episodes (Coven)
TBD[12](Freak Show)
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitFather SheaEpisode: "Presumed Guilty"
2014RakeGraham MurrayEpisode: "Cannibal"

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992HauptmannnRichard Hauptmann
1995Racing DemonEwan Gilmour
1998–2004CabaretErnst Ludwig
2001Major BarbaraAdolphus Cusins
2003–04Take Me OutMason MarzacTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
2004AssassinsCharles GuiteauNominated-Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
2005Sweet CharityOscar LindquistNominated-Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
2007Inherit the WindE. K. Hornbeck
2010EllingElling
2012Into the WoodsThe Baker

Awards[edit]

Won[edit]

O'Hare and James Franco, discussing their roles in the 2008 Gus Van Sant film Milk and its subject, Harvey Milk

Nominated[edit]

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