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Sean Hayes
Born Sean Patrick Hayes
June 26, 1970 (1970-06-26) (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1986–present

Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor and comedian. He is best 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 Globes nominations.[1] He also portrayed comedian Jerry Lewis in the made for TV movie Martin and Lewis.


Early life

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 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.


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’s 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 has been nominated for six Golden Globe Award for his performance.

Hayes’s success led to film appearances in Cats & Dogs (2001), as Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis (2002), 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 show like Project Greenlight but for 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. The actor currently is busy with his own production company, Hazy Mills, with Todd Milliner,[4] his producing partner from college.

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 Hooberflump" and also the voice of 'the fish' in The Cat in the Hat, which starred Mike Myers.

In a 2008 New York Times interview, Hayes revealed that he is working on a television project called BiCoastal about "a guy with a wife and kids in California and a boyfriend in New York."[5]

Hayes was cast and will make his Broadway debut alongside Kristin Chenoweth in a spring 2010 Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises.

Personal life

"Being an actor, the less people know about my personal life, the more open-minded they can be about each role I play." Hayes told the Daily News, July 19, 1998,[6] although he has since confirmed he is in a relationship. [7]

Hayes has played gay and straight characters during his time as an actor, and will be playing a bisexual character in the upcoming BiCoastal, but he had long refused to discuss his sexual orientation in public until he finally revealed he was gay in an interview for The Advocate[8] magazine in March 2010. Answering the charge he had skirted the issue of his sexuality for too long, Hayes was reported as saying "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. You’re welcome, Advocate."[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Lucas Spectator (uncredited)
1996 A&P Sammy (as Sean Patrick Hayes)
Silk Stalkings Roger 1 episode
1998 Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Billy Collier (as Sean P. Hayes)
Will & Grace Jack McFarland (187 episodes, 1998-2006)
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Brain Pod #13
2001 Cats & Dogs Mr. Tinkles
Scrubs Nick Murdoch 1 episode
2002 Martin and Lewis Jerry Lewis
2003 Pieces of April Wayne
The Cat in the Hat Mr. Humberfloob / Voice of the Fish
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Richard Levy the Shameless
2005 Roberto the Insect Architect Narrator
2006 Will & Grace: Say Goodnight Gracie Jack McFarland
Tom Goes to the Mayor Tour Guide 1 episode
Lovespring International Victor 1 episode
2006 - 07 Campus Ladies Marshall 2 episodes
2007 30 Rock Jesse Parcell 1 episode
The Bucket List Thomas
2008 Man Stroke Woman Various characters TV
Soul Men Danny Epstein
Igor Brain


  • Sean Hayes. Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group. 1999.

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