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 51)
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 51)
Plano, Texas, United States
Years active1990–present

John Benjamin Hickey (born June 25, 1963 in Plano, Texas) 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.

Early life[edit]

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. He earned his bachelor's degree in English at Fordham University in 1985.


On Broadway, he originated the role of Arthur in Terrence McNally's play Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995, a role he recreated for the 1997 film version.

He played supporting roles in a number of 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, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Bet and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

He played Clifford Bradshaw in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. In that same year, he played the lead in the independent film Finding North

On Broadway, he played Reverend John Hale in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Hickey played American novelist and playwright Jack Dunphy in the 2006 Truman Capote biopic Infamous,

Hickey played Philip Stoddard on the short-lived gay-themed 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.

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.[1]

From 2010 to 2013, he starred on The Big C and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the final season of the series, subtitled Hereafter. As of 2014, Hickey stars as Frank Winter on the series Manhattan.



1991Dangerous MusicTylerShort film
1992The BetHenryShort film
1994Normandy: The Great CrusadeLouis SimpsonTelevision film
1994Only YouDwayne
1994The RefOld Baybrook Policeman
1995Comfortably NumbPriest
1996EddieJoe Nader
1996Sin #8N/AShort film
1997The Ice StormMark Boland
1997Love! Valour! Compassion!Arthur Pape
1998Finding NorthTravis Furlong
1999The General's DaughterCaptain Goodson
1999The Bone CollectorDr. Barry Lehman
1999The Lady in QuestionPaul KesslerTelevision film
2000HamletHoratioTelevision film
2000Perfect Murder, Perfect TownN/ATelevision film
2001The Anniversary PartyJerry Adams
2001A Glimpse of HellN/ATelevision film
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsRogers EdensTelevision film
2002Changing LanesCarlyle
2005Silver BellsLawrenceTelevision film
2006The ExWesley's dad
2006Flags of Our FathersSergeant Keyes Beech
2006A House DividedPresident RussellTelevision film
2006InfamousJack Dunphy
2007Freedom WritersBrian Gelford
2007The Hunt for the Boston StranglerNarratorTelevision film
2007Secrets of the Moon LandingsNarratorTelevision film
2007The Seeker: The Dark Is RisingJohn Stanton
2007Then She Found MeAlan
2008Living ProofBlake RogersTelevision film
2008The Real George WashingtonNarratorTelevision film
2009Lincoln: American MastermindNarratorTelevision film
2009The Taking of Pelham 123Deputy Mayor LaSalle
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTheodore Galloway
2010Civil Unions: A Love StoryN/AShort film
2012My EleventhN/A
2012Pitch PerfectDr. Mitchell


1990The Days and Nights of Molly DoddTrentEpisode: "Here's a Quick and Easy Recipe for Leftovers"
1994NYPD BluePaul GainesEpisode: "Good Time Charlie"
1997Nothing SacredDr. ElliottEpisode: "Speaking in Tongues"
1998Law & OrderCharles ThatcherEpisode: "Castoff"
19983rd Rock from the SunRickEpisode: "The Greatest Dickdater"
1998Sex and the CityTomEpisode: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
1999Homicide: Life on the StreetDennis KohlerEpisode: "Zen and Art of Murder"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAssistant District Attorney2 episodes
2001NYPD BluePhillip ConnorEpisode: "Mom's Away"
2001CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Sidney CornfeldEpisode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2002–2006Law & OrderAaron Solomon4 episodes
2002HackDr. Martin ShaneEpisode: "Obsession"
2003–2004It's All RelativePhilip Stoddard22 episodes
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentRandall FullerEpisode: "Con-Text"
2005AliasFather KampinskiEpisode: "In Dreams..."
2006–2007Undercover HistoryNarrator6 episodes
2006StackedHeadmaster KeenanEpisode: "The Headmaster"
2006Brothers & SistersMajor GuinnessEpisode: "Light the Lights"
2007HeartlandBillEpisode: "Pilot"
2008In Plain SightDonald Fraser/Donald FergusonEpisode: "Don of the Dead"
2009TimewatchNarratorEpisode: "The Real Bonnie and Clyde"
2010–2013The Big CSean Tolkey40 episodes
2010Law & Order: LACongressman Thomas NelsonEpisode: "Pasadena"
2011–2013The Good WifeNeil Gross6 episodes
2011A Gifted ManBen TuckerEpisode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012–2013The Mob DoctorMark Easton3 episodes
2012–2013The New NormalFather Michael3 episodes
2013HannibalDr. SutcliffeEpisode: "Buffet Froid"
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTom MooreEpisode: "Wednesday's Child"
2014Modern FamilyDr. ClarkEpisode: "Under Pressure"
2014ManhattanFrank Winter13 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2011Tony AwardsBest Featured Actor in a PlayThe Normal HeartWon
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Big C: HereafterNominated


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