Sean Maher

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Sean Maher
Sean Maher by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sean Maher in 2012
Born(1975-04-16) April 16, 1975 (age 39)
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)

Sheryl Sutherland (2001-04)

Paul (unknown surname) (2006–present)
Children2
 
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Sean Maher
Sean Maher by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sean Maher in 2012
Born(1975-04-16) April 16, 1975 (age 39)
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)

Sheryl Sutherland (2001-04)

Paul (unknown surname) (2006–present)
Children2

Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity.[1]

Early life[edit]

Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York to Joseph and Margaret Maher.[2] After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997.[3] He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods.[4]

Career[edit]

Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the Fox show The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.

He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley's Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg's new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian's Song.

In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television's pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).

In 2011 Maher landed a role in the television series The Playboy Club. He played Sean, a closeted gay man who is in a sham marriage with a closeted lesbian Playboy Bunny. He appeared in eight episodes, in 2011 and 2012, in another series, Make It or Break It, as the character Marcus. He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon's 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

In 2014, Maher starred as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in "Son of Batman", a direct-to-video animated film. It is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Personal life[edit]

Maher and his partner Paul have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010).[5] Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad.[5] He publicly came out as a homosexual in 2011, using his role as a closeted homosexual on The Playboy Club as a platform.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005SerenitySimon Tam
2005Living 'til the EndJack Whilton
2012Much Ado About NothingDon John
2012Best Friends ForeverSean
2014BFFsJ.K.aka Heads We Do
2014Son of BatmanDick Grayson / NightwingVoice

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Ryan Caulfield: Year OneRyan CaulfieldMain role (7 episodes)
2000Party of FiveAdam MatthewsRecurring role (7 episodes)
2000–2001$treet, TheThe $treetChris McConnellRegular role (12 episodes)
2001Hostage Rescue TeamTV film
2001Brian's SongBrian PiccoloTV film
2002–2003FireflyDr. Simon TamMain role (14 episodes)
2003CSI: MiamiCarson MackieEpisode: "Spring Break"
2004CSI: MiamiCarsonVideo game
2005Halley's CometBret FennowTV film
2005Dive from Clausen's Pier, TheThe Dive from Clausen's PierKilroyTV film
2005Ghost WhispererConor DonovanEpisode: "Mended Hearts"
2006Wedding WarsTed MooreTV film
2009Drop Dead DivaMarcus NewsomeEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Mentalist, TheThe MentalistJasper / WilsonEpisode: "Bleeding Heart"
2010Human TargetAaron CooperEpisode: "Embassy Row"
2010Warehouse 13SheldonEpisode: "Mild Mannered"
2011Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy ClubSean BeasleyMain role (7 episodes)
2011–2012Make It or Break ItMarcusRecurring role (8 episodes)
2013EastSidersPaulWebseries (3 episodes)
2013-2014ArrowMark Scheffer / ShrapnelEpisodes: "Blast Radius" and "Suicide Squad"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Sean Maher". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sean Maher Firefly profile". (August 29, 2007). BuddyTV. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Stransky, Tanner (September 26, 2011). "'Playboy Club' star Sean Maher opens up about his sexuality: 'This is my coming out ball'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 

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