Sean Hayes

Actor, Musician, Stand-up comic
After gaining notice for a series of Dorito's commercials and the gay indie "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998), Sean Hayes earned a place in comedy history for his role on network TV's first gay-character-helmed ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

How Murray Saves Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

The Millers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy on the Street 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hollywood Game Night 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sean Saves The World 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Maya Rudolph Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Terri (Voice)

Hit And Run 2012 (Movie)

Sandy Osterman (Actor)

Let Fury Have The Hour 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Tinkles (Voice)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Head Case 2006 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Brain (Voice)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

Danny Epstein (Actor)

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1998 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Weekends at the D.L. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! 2004 (Movie)

Richard Levy the Shameless (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

Mr Humberfloob/ Voice of The Fish (Actor)

Pieces of April 2003 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs 2001 (Movie)

of Mr Tinkles (Voice)

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC Fall Preview Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 (Movie)

Billy Collier (Actor)

Map of the Human Heart 1993 (Movie)

Hotel Bellboy (Actor)

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Martin and Lewis (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (8)

Crowded 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Grimm 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Soul Man 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hair-Jacked 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot in Cleveland 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sean Saves The World 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot in Cleveland: Behind the Hotness 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Situation: Comedy 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

After gaining notice for a series of Dorito's commercials and the gay indie "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998), Sean Hayes earned a place in comedy history for his role on network TV's first gay-character-helmed sitcom, "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). For eight highly-rated seasons, his role of Jack - the flamboyant sidekick of a straitlaced gay lawyer (Eric McCormack) - was not only a favorite of viewers but was a significant catalyst for more widespread acceptance of the gay community in the general media. The Emmy-winning Hayes weathered criticism for playing coy as to his own sexuality during the show's run, but came out in 2010, finding himself at the center of a media controversy about the ability of gay actors to play "straight." Outside of his firm footing as a major player in primetime, Hayes primarily appeared in character roles on the big screen, demonstrating his wisecracking charm and impeccable comic timing.

Relationships

Ronald Hayes

Father
Was an alcoholic; often abandoned his family

Mary Hayes

Mother
A director of a non-profit food bank

Dennis Hayes

Brother
Born c. 1963

Kevin Hayes

Brother
Born c. 1964

Michael Hayes

Brother
Born c. 1965

Tracey Hayes

Sister
Born c. 1967

EDUCATION

Glenbard West High School

Glen Ellyn , Illinois

Illinois State University

Normal , Illinois 1992
left school before graduating

Milestones

2012

Guest starred on NBC sitcom "Up All Night"

2012

Co-starred as Larry in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers

2010

TV series executive producing debut, "Hot in Cleveland" (Nick at Nite)

2010

Voiced character of Mr. Tinkles the Persian cat in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"

2010

Hosted The 64th Annual Tony Awards

2010

Made Broadway debut alongside Kristin Chenoweth in revival of "Promises, Promises"; earned Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Musical

2008

Cast in the Encores! production of "Damn Yankee" directed by John Rando at City Center

2007

Featured in a major role in Rob Reiner's film "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman

2005

Executive produced (with Todd Milliner) the unscripted Bravo series "Situation: Comedy"

2004

Played Josh Duhamel's manager in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"

2003

Voiced the fish in the film adaptation of the beloved literary classic "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"

2002

Portrayed Jerry Lewis in the television drama "Martin And Jerry" (CBS); received SAG nomination for Best Actor

2001

Voiced Mr. Tinkles, a feline out to take over the world in the feature "Cats & Dogs"

1998

Professional film debut in the independent film, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss"

1998

Landed breakthrough role as Jack McFarland, a flamboyantly gay, frequently unemployed actor on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"; received Emmy (2001-06), Golden Globe (2000-05) and SAG (2001, 2004, 2005) nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1995

Moved to Los Angeles, where he found work as a stand-up comedian and stage actor

Supported himself in college as a pianist and musician

Raised in Glen Ellyn, IL

Joined the Second City improvisational group

Composed original music for a production of "Antigone" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago

Served as a music director at the Pheasant Run Theater in St. Charles, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Four years after ending his run as "Will & Grace's" (NBC) scene-stealing sidekick, Hayes confirmed the rumors of his sexuality in the April issue of The Advocate. "I am who I am," the 39-year-old Emmy winner told the magazine. "I was never in, as they say. Never."

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