John Benjamin Hickey

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John Benjamin Hickey
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Hickey at the 13th Annual Broadway Barks Benefit, at Shubert Alley in New York City, July 9, 2011
Born(1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 50)
Plano, Texas, United States
Years active1990–present
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John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey 2011 01 cropped.jpg
Hickey at the 13th Annual Broadway Barks Benefit, at Shubert Alley in New York City, July 9, 2011
Born(1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 50)
Plano, Texas, United States
Years active1990–present

John Benjamin Hickey (born June 25, 1963) is an American actor with a career in stage, film and television. He won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart.

On Broadway, he originated the role of Arthur in Terrence McNally's play Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995, a role he would recreate for the 1997 film version. He played Clifford Bradshaw in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, and played Reverend John Hale in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. He recently played Sean, the homeless brother of Cathy the main character on the Showtime series The Big C.



Hickey graduated from Plano Sr. High School, Plano Texas 1981 and attended Texas State University - San Marcos from 1981–1983, where he was active in the theater department.[1] He earned his bachelor's degree in English at Fordham University in 1985.[2]

Film and television[edit]

On film, in addition to his role in Love! Valour! Compassion! Hickey played the lead in the 1998 independent film Finding North and played American novelist and playwright Jack Dunphy in the 2006 Truman Capote biopic Infamous, along with supporting roles in a number of other films, including The Ice Storm and The Anniversary Party. He has also appeared in Flightplan, Flags of Our Fathers, Freedom Writers, Then She Found Me, the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Bet and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

Hickey's best-known television role is perhaps that of Philip Stoddard on the short-lived gay-themed ABC sitcom It's All Relative. Since It's All Relative, Hickey has appeared on Alias, Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, Stacked, Heartland, In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Modern Family.


In addition to Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and The Crucible, he was cast in the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart, for which he earned a Tony Award. He has also been in a production of Mary Stuart.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hickey was born in Plano, Texas. He is openly gay;[4] his longtime partner is Modern Family writer Jeffrey Richman.[5]


TV series1990Days and Nights of Molly DoddThe Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"Here's a Quick and Easy Recipe for Leftovers"Trent
Short film1991Dangerous MusicTyler24 minutes
Short film1992BetThe BetHenry21 minutes
TV film1994Normandy: The Great CrusadeLouis Simpsonvoice actor
TV series1994NYPD Blue"Good Time Charlie"Paul Gaines
Film1994Only YouDwayne, Faith's fiancé
Film1994RefThe RefOld Baybrook Policeman
Film1995Comfortably NumbPriest
TV series1995New York News"You Thought the Pope Was Something"
Film1996EddieJoe Nader
Short film1996Sin #8
TV series1997Nothing Sacred"Speaking in Tongues"Dr. Elliott
Film1997Ice StormThe Ice StormMark Boland
Film1997Love! Valour! Compassion!Arthur Pape
TV series19983rd Rock from the Sun"Great Dickdater""The Great Dickdater"Rick
Film1998Finding NorthTravis Furlong
TV series1998Law & Order"Castoff"Charles Thatcher05 episodes total
TV series1998Sex and the City"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"Tom
TV series1999Homicide: Life on the Street"Zen and the Art of Murder"Dennis Kohler
Film1999General's DaughterThe General's DaughterCaptain Goodson
Film1999Bone CollectorThe Bone CollectorDr. Barry Lehman
TV film1999Lady in QuestionThe Lady in QuestionPaul Kessler
TV series2000D.C."Truth"
Congressman Owens
TV film2000HamletHoratio
TV series2000Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"Misleader"
Assistant District Attorney
TV film2000Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder
Film2001Anniversary PartyThe Anniversary PartyJerry Adams
TV series2001CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"Slaves of Las Vegas"Dr. Sidney Cornfeld
TV series2001GuardianThe Guardian"Loyalties"Hudson's AttorneyThe Hudson's Attorney
TV film2001Glimpse of HellA Glimpse of Hell
TV film2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsRoger Edens
TV series2001NYPD Blue"Mom's Away"Phillip Connor
Film2002Changing LanesCarlyle
TV series2002Hack"Obsession"Dr. Martin Shane
TV series2002Law & Order"DR 1-102"Aaron Solomon05 episodes total
TV series2003Law & Order: Criminal Intent"Con-Text"Randall Fuller
TV series2003It's All Relative"Pilot"
"Truth and Consequences"
"Hell's Kitchen"
"Take Me Out"
"The Doctor Is Out"
"Waking Uncle Paddy"
"Road Trippin' "
"Thanks, But No Thanks"
"Artistic Differences"
"The Santa That Came to Dinner"
Philip Stoddard22 episodes total
TV series2004It's All Relative"Doggy-style"
"Fight for Your Invite to Party"
"What's Up"
"Our Sauce, It Is a Beauty"
"Ready, Aim, Sing"
"Tackleboxxx/The Love Below"
"Cross My Heart"
"A Long Day's Journey Into Leonard's"
"Oscar Interruptus"
"Who's Camping Now"
"Philip in a China Shop"
Philip Stoddard22 episodes total
TV series2004Law & Order"C.O.D."Aaron Solomon05 episodes total
TV series2005Alias"In Dreams"Father Kampinski
TV series2005Law & Order"Mammon"Aaron Solomon05 episodes total
TV film2005Silver BellsLawrence
TV series2006Brothers & Sisters"Light the Lights"Major Guinness
Film2006Ex, TheThe ExWesley's Dad
Film2006Flags of Our FathersSergeant Keyes Beech
TV film2006House DividedA House DividedPresident Russell
Film2006InfamousJack Dunphy
TV series2006Justice"Wrongful Death"Lloyd Barrett
TV series2006Law & Order"Profiteer"Aaron Solomon05 episodes total
TV series2006Stacked"Headmaster""The Headmaster"Headmaster Keenan
TV series2006Undercover History"Amelia Earhart"Narratorvoice actor; 6 episodes total
Film2007Freedom WritersBrian Gelford
TV series2007Heartland"Pilot"Bill
TV film2007Hunt for the Boston StranglerThe Hunt for the Boston StranglerNarratorvoice actor
TV documentary2007Secrets of the Moon LandingsNarratorvoice actor
Film2007Seeker: The Dark Is RisingThe Seeker: The Dark Is RisingJohn Stanton
TV series2007Critical Situation"Nightmare on Mt. Hood"Narratorvoice actor; also known as Situation Critical
Film2007Then She Found MeAlan
TV series2007Undercover History"Hunt for Hitler""The Hunt for Hitler"
"The Hunt for the Boston Strangler"
"J. Edgar Hoover"
Narratorvoice actor; 6 episodes total
TV series2008In Plain Sight"Don of the Dead"Donald Ferguson/Donald Fraser
TV film2008Living ProofBlake Rogers, Dr. Slamon's friend and fellow scientist
TV documentary2008Real George WashingtonThe Real George WashingtonNarratorvoice actor
TV series2008Undercover History"Unabomber: The Secret History"
"Undercover Titanic with Bob Ballard"
Narrator/Himselfvoice actor; 6 episodes total
TV film2009Lincoln: American MastermindNarratorvoice actor
Film2009Taking of Pelham 123The Taking of Pelham 123Deputy Mayor LaSalle
TV series2009Timewatch"Real Bonnie and Clyde""The Real Bonnie and Clyde"Narratorvoice actor
Film2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTheodore Galloway
TV series2010Big CThe Big C"Pilot"
"Summer Time"
"There's No C in Team"
"Playing the Cancer Car"
"Blue-Eyed Iris"
"Taking Lumps"
"Two for the Road"
"Happy Birthday, Cancer"
"The Ecstasy and the Agony"
"Divine Intervention"
"New Beginnings"
"Everything That Rises Must Converge"
"Taking the Plunge"
Sean Tolkey36 episodes total
TV series2010Law & Order: LA"Pasadena"Congressman Thomas Nelson
Short film2010Civil Unions: A Love Story04 minutes
TV series2011Big CThe Big C"Losing Patients"
"Musical Chairs"
"Sexual Healing"
"Cats and Dogs"
"The Little c"
"Goldilocks and the Bears"
"The Last Thanksgiving"
"A Little Death"
"How Do You Feel?"
"Fight or Flight"
"The Darkest Day"
"Crossing the Line"
Sean Tolkey36 episodes total
TV series2011Gifted ManA Gifted Man"In Case of Exposure"Ben Tucker
TV series2011Good WifeThe Good Wife"Great Firewall"Neil Gross03 episodes total
TV series2012Big CThe Big C"Thin Ice"
"What's Your Story?"
"Bundle of Joy"
"Family Matters"
"Face Off"
"Life Rights"
"How Bazaar"
"Vaya Con Dios"
"Fly Away"
Sean Tolkey36 episodes total
TV series2012Good WifeThe Good Wife"Live from Damascus"
"Two Girls, One Code"
Neil Gross03 episodes total
TV series2012Mob DoctorThe Mob Doctor"Family Secrets"Mark Easton
Film2012My Eleventh
TV series2012The New Normal"The God-Parent Trap"
"Dog Children"
"The Big Day
Father Michael3 episodes Total
Film2012Pitch PerfectDr. Mitchell
TV series2013Big CThe Big C"Quality of Life"
"You Can't Take it with You"
"Quality of Death"
"The Finale"
Sean Tolkey36 episodes total
TV series2013HannibalHannibal"Buffet Froid"Dr. Sutcliffe
TV series2014Modern FamilyModern Family"Under Pressure"Dr. Clark


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