Sean Hayes (actor)

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Sean Hayes
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Hayes in New York in 2010
BornSean Patrick Hayes
(1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, Producer, Comedian
Years active1996–present
 
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Sean Hayes
Sean Hayes in New York 2010 - crop.jpg
Hayes in New York in 2010
BornSean Patrick Hayes
(1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, Producer, Comedian
Years active1996–present

Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for his role as Jack McFarland in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, one American Comedy Award, and six Golden Globe nominations.[1] He also portrayed comedian Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV film Martin and Lewis.

Early life[edit]

Hayes was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mary, the director of a non-profit food bank, and Ronald Hayes, a lithographer.[2] He is of Irish descent and was raised as a Roman Catholic.[3] After graduating from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Hayes attended Illinois State University. There he studied piano performance and conducting, with a special focus on the music of Mozart, but he left before graduating. He received an honorary Ph.D. from Illinois State on February 21, 2013.[4]

He worked as a classical pianist, and served as a music director at the Pheasant Run Theater in St. Charles, Illinois. He also composed original music for a production of Antigone at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Hayes moved to Los Angeles in 1995, where he found work as a stand-up comedian, stage actor and as an actor in television commercials, including the 1998 Doritos ad, featuring Ali Landry, which aired during the Super Bowl.

Career[edit]

As a teenager, Hayes was an extra in Winona Ryder's first movie, Lucas (1986), which was filmed at his high school, Glenbard West. He made his professional film debut in the independent film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), which brought him wide attention and caught the attention of executives[citation needed] who cast him in the NBC comedy television series Will & Grace, as Jack McFarland, a flamboyantly gay, frequently unemployed actor. The show became a long-running hit and Hayes’ performance as Jack earned him seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations (2000–06) as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the Emmy for his first nomination.[1] He was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards for his performance.

Hayes also made film appearances in Cats & Dogs (2001), as Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis (2002), Wayne in Pieces of April (2003), The Cat in the Hat (2003) and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004). He was the voice of Brain in the 2008 film Igor. He has also guest starred in several television programs, including Scrubs and 30 Rock.

In 2005, he was executive producer for Situation: Comedy for Bravo, a reality television series about sitcoms. He also executive produced the two winning scripts, chosen by NBC: The Sperm Donor and Stephen's Life. He guest-starred in 2006 in the Adult Swim cameo-filled show Tom Goes to the Mayor. Hayes has created his own production company, Hazy Mills Productions, with Todd Milliner, his producing partner from college.[5]

In 2007, Hayes was featured in a major role as Matthew, also called Thomas, in Rob Reiner's film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. On July 5, 2008, Hayes made his New York stage debut as Mr. Applegate/Devil in New York City Center's Encores! production of Damn Yankees opposite Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson. He also appeared as "Mr. Hank Hummerfloob" and also the voice of 'the fish' in The Cat in the Hat.

In a 2008 New York Times interview, Hayes talked about a television project, BiCoastal, about "a guy with a wife and kids in California and a boyfriend in New York" for Showtime, Mike Kelley was co-producing the show with Hayes.[6][7][8] He made his Broadway debut alongside Kristin Chenoweth in the April 2010 Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises. He has received a nomination for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Hayes was host of the 64th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 13, 2010 on CBS.[9] Also in 2010, he reprised the role of Mr. Tinkles, the evil white Persian cat, in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, the sequel to 2001's Cats & Dogs, released on July 30, 2010. On November 15, 2010, Hayes appeared on a satirical PSA for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He played Larry Fine in the Farrelly brothers film The Three Stooges, which began filming in May 2011 and was released in April 2012.[10]

Outside of acting, Hayes is co-executive producer of the TV Land original comedy series Hot in Cleveland, which premiered in June 2010.[11] He is also a co-executive producer of the NBC series Grimm,[12] as well as creator and executive producer on another NBC series Hollywood Game Night.[13]

Hazy Mills Productions[edit]

Aware that his role in Will & Grace "wouldn't go on forever", in 2004 Hayes teamed up with his friend Todd Milliner to create "Hazy Mills Productions", a television production company.[14][15][16]

Hazy Mills has produced multiple American television series:[16]

Personal life[edit]

For many years Hayes declined to discuss his sexual orientation, saying he believed that audiences would therefore be more open-minded about his characters.[17] In an April 2010 interview with The Advocate magazine, he discussed his sexuality and appeared to imply that he is gay: "'Really? You’re gonna shoot the gay guy down? I never have had a problem saying who I am,' he states....'I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never,' he insists." He indicated that he was in a relationship. Answering the charge that he had skirted the issue of his sexuality for too long, Hayes commented, "I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it."[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996A&PSammy
1998Billy's Hollywood Screen KissBilly Collier
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure BeginsBrain Pod #13Voice
Direct-to-video
2001Cats & DogsMr. TinklesVoice
2002Martin and LewisJerry LewisTelevision movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2003Pieces of AprilWayne
2003The Cat in the HatMr. Humberfloob
2004Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!Richard Levy
2005Roberto the Insect ArchitectNarrator
2006Will & Grace: Say Goodnight GracieJack McFarlandTelevision movie
2007The Bucket ListMatthew
2008Man Stroke WomanVarious
2008Soul MenDanny Epstein
2008IgorBrainVoice
2010Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty GaloreMr. TinklesVoice
2012The Three StoogesLarry Fine
2012Hit and RunSandy Osterman
2013Monsters UniversityTerri PerryVoice

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Silk StalkingsRogerEpisode: "Services Rendered"
1998–2006Will & GraceJack McFarland188 episodes
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Television Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2002–03, 2006)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Television Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2000–05)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2001–06)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2004–05)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2002–05)
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (1999-2000)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
2001ScrubsNick MurdochEpisode: "My Super Ego"
2001Saturday Night LiveHimselfEpisode "Sean Hayes/Shaggy"
2006Tom Goes to the MayorTour GuideEpisode: "Bass Fest"
2006Lovespring InternationalVictorEpisode: "A Rear Window"
2006–07Campus LadiesMarshall2 episodes
200730 RockJesse ParcellEpisode: "Hiatus"
201064th Tony AwardsHostTV Special
2011Hot in ClevelandChadEpisode: "One Thing or a Mother"
2012PortlandiaBad Art Good Walls AssociateEpisode: "Cops Redesign"
2012Parks and RecreationBuddy WoodEpisode: "Lucky"
2012Up All NightWalter4 episodes
2013SmashTerrence Falls3 episodes
2013American Dad!FosterVoice
Episode: "Lost in Space"
2013Hollywood Game NightHimselfEpisode: "Saturday Night Reunion"
2013-14Sean Saves the WorldSean HarrisonLead role

Stage[edit]

YearPlay/MusicalRoleNotes
2008Damn YankeesApplegate
2010Promises, PromisesChuck BaxterNominated — Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
  2. ^ "Sean Hayes Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ William Keck (December 27, 2000). "It's Not Easy Being Jack". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Sobota, Lenore (2013-02-21). "Actor Sean Hayes, former Fairleigh Dickinson president receive honorary degrees". Pantagraph.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ Staff writers (March 1, 2010). "Development Update: Eigh Days a Week (The CW, New!)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "New deal for CBS swinger," Hollywood Reporter, September 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  7. ^ ""Swingtown" producer & Sean Hayes to bring us "Bi-Coastal" drama," AfterElton.com, September 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  8. ^ Celia McGee (July 6, 2008). "Selling His Soul for the Part". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Gina DiNunno (May 24, 2010). "Sean Hayes to Host the Tonys". TVGuide. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Filming at 5 Points Sports Building - Downtown Atlanta/Fairlie Poplar District". atlantadowntown.com. April 28, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ HazyMills Productions at inbaseline.com
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 28, 2011). "NBC Orders Brothers Grimm-Themed Drama From Buffy Scribe". TVLine. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ Kondology, Amanda (December 18, 2012). "NBC Announces Bold New Game Show 'Hollywood Game Night'". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Company". Hazy Mills Productions. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Byrne, Bridget (July 21, 2006). "Oh curses, it's hard: 'Will & Grace' stars try to beat odds". The Free Lance - Star. Associated Press. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Rose, Lacey. "When Did Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner Take Over TV?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ Sean Hayes (April 29, 2010) (audio/transcript). Will And Grace' Star Sean Hayes Steps To Broadway. Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR / WHYY. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126219932. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  18. ^ Ari Karpel (April 2010). "Sean Hayes: I Am Who I Am". The Advocate. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 

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