Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for playing Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and earned six Golden Globe nominations. +more He also runs a television production company called Hazy Mills Productions, which produces shows such as Grimm, Hot in Cleveland, The Soul Man, and Hollywood Game Night. Since July 2020, he has co-hosted the comedy podcast SmartLess. He is known for his appearances in films such as Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Cats & Dogs, Pieces of April, The Cat in the Hat, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, The Bucket List, & The Three Stooges.
He is also known for his work on Broadway such as An Act of God and Promises, Promises, where he played Chuck Baxter and received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He hosted the 64th Tony Awards, for which he was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.
Hayes was born in Chicago, the youngest child of five of Mary Hayes (1939-2018), the director of a non-profit food bank called the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Ronald Hayes, a lithographer. He is of Irish descent and was raised as a Roman Catholic in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. +more His father, an alcoholic, left the family when Hayes was five years old, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings. He has been estranged from his father for many years.
After graduating from Glenbard West High School, Hayes attended Illinois State University, where he studied piano performance. He left "two or three classes short" of graduation when he became music director at the Pheasant Run Theater in +more_Charles,_Illinois'>St. Charles, Illinois.
Hayes worked as a classical pianist. He practiced improv at The Second City in Chicago. +more He also composed original music for a production of Antigone at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles in 1995, where he found work as a stand-up comedian and an actor on stage and on television, including a commercial for Doritos which aired during Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.
As a teenager, Hayes was an extra in the film Lucas (1986), which was filmed at his high school. He made his professional debut in the independent film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), which brought him wide attention. +more The same year, he was cast as Jack McFarland, a flamboyantly gay and frequently unemployed actor, in the NBC comedy series Will & Grace. The show became a long-running hit and Hayes' performance earned him seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the award for his first nomination. He was also nominated for six Golden Globe Awards for his performance.
Hayes also made film appearances in Cats & Dogs (2001), as Jerry Lewis in 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 also the voice of Brain in the 2008 film Igor, and has guest-starred in television shows such as Scrubs and 30 Rock. +more In 2005, he was executive producer for Bravo's Situation: Comedy, a reality television series about sitcoms. He also executive produced The Sperm Donor and Stephen's Life, the two winning scripts that were chosen by NBC. He guest-starred in 2006 in the Adult Swim cameo-filled show Tom Goes to the Mayor (S2E15, "Bass Fest").
Hayes appeared as Thomas in the film The Bucket List (2007). On July 5, 2008, he made his New York stage debut as Mr. +more Applegate / Devil in New York City Center's Encores! production of Damn Yankees.
He also appeared as Mr. Hank Humberfloob and provided the voice of "The Fish" in The Cat in the Hat. +more In a 2008 interview in The New York Times, 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. He made his Broadway debut in the April 2010 Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises. He received a nomination for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Hayes was host of the 64th Annual Tony Awards on June 13, 2010, on CBS. In 2010, he reprised the role of Mr. +more Tinkles, the evil white Persian cat, in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. On November 15, 2010, he appeared in 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 film The Three Stooges (2012).
Aware that his role in Will & Grace "wouldn't go on forever," Hayes teamed up with friend Todd Milliner, whom he met at Illinois State University, to create the television production company Hazy Mills Productions in 2004. Hayes was co-executive producer of the TV Land original comedy series Hot in Cleveland, which premiered in June 2010 and ran for six seasons. +more He was also a co-executive producer of the NBC series Grimm, as well as creator and executive producer on another NBC series, Hollywood Game Night. Other television series produced by the company include The Soul Man and Sean Saves the World.
Hayes and his husband, Scott Icenogle, produce lip-sync videos under their YouTube channel, The Kitchen Sync. They lip-synced to songs such as Trouble and Burnitup! He was the host of An All Star Tribute to James Burrows.
Hayes starred in the Broadway production An Act of God, June 6 to September 4, 2016, after engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
He and his husband wrote a book named Plum, which is about how the sugar plum fairy got her wings. Hayes has always had an interest for the Nutcracker and memorized the whole musical piece.
Hayes has also guest starred as Buddy Wood on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Hayes starred in and was one of the executive producers for the Netflix Series Q-Force, released September 2, 2021.
Hayes refused to discuss his sexual orientation for many years, saying he believed that audiences would therefore be more open-minded about his characters. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate, he appeared to imply that he is gay, stating: "Really? You're gonna shoot the gay guy down? I never have had a problem saying who I am. +more I am who I am. " He also indicated that he was in a relationship. He feels he has "contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I'm open to it. " He received an honorary PhD from Illinois State University in February 2013.
In November 2014, Hayes announced that he had married his partner of eight years, Scott Icenogle.
In October 2017, while appearing on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hayes revealed that he had been hospitalized with a rare condition in which his small intestine burst. The intestine was successfully repaired.
|1998||Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss||Billy Collier|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Brain Pod #13||Voice|
|2001||Cats & Dogs||Mr. Tinkles||Voice|
|2003||Pieces of April||Wayne|
|2003||The Cat in the Hat||Mr. +more Hank Humberfloob / Voice of the Fish|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Richard Levy the Shameless|
|2005||Roberto the Insect Architect||Narrator|
|2007||The Bucket List||Matthew|
|2008||Soul Men||Danny Epstein|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Mr. Tinkles||Voice|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Larry Fine|
|2012||Hit and Run||Sandy Osterman|
|2013||Monsters University||Terri Perry||Voice|
|2014||How Murray Saved Christmas||Edison Elf||Voice|
|2017||The Emoji Movie||Steven||Voice|
|2020||Lazy Susan||Susan O'Connell|
|2022||Am I Ok?||Stu|
|1996||Silk Stalkings||Roger||Episode: "Services Rendered"|
|1998-2006, 2017-2020||Will & Grace||Jack McFarland||246 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 (2002-2003, 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 (2000-2005) Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2001-2006) 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 (2004-2005) Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2002-2005) 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|
|2001||Rugrats||Talent Show Director (voice)||Episode: "And the Winner Is. +more/Dil's Bathtime/Bigger Than Life"|
|2001||Scrubs||Nick Murdoch||Episode: "My Super Ego"|
|2001||Saturday Night Live||Himself/Host||Episode: "Sean Hayes/Shaggy"|
|2002||Martin and Lewis||Jerry Lewis||Television film Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie|
|2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Tour Guide||Episode: "Bass Fest"|
|2006||Lovespring International||Victor||Episode: "A Rear Window"|
|2006||Will & Grace: Say Goodnight Gracie||Jack McFarland||Television film|
|2006-2007||Campus Ladies||Marshall||2 episodes|
|2007||30 Rock||Jesse Parcell||Episode: "Hiatus"|
|2008||Man Stroke Woman||Various||Television film|
|2010||64th Tony Awards||Host||Television special Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program|
|2010-2015||Hot in Cleveland||Chad||Episode: "One Thing or a Mother" Also executive producer; 124 episodes|
|2011-2017||Grimm||Executive producer; 108 episodes|
|2012-2016||The Soul Man||Executive producer; 11 episodes|
|2012||Portlandia||Sean||Episode: "Cops Redesign"|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Buddy Wood||Episode: "Lucky"|
|2012||Up All Night||Walter||4 episodes|
|2013||Smash||Terrence Falls||3 episodes|
|2013||American Dad!||Foster (voice)||Episode: "Lost in Space"|
|2013-2014||Sean Saves the World||Sean Harrison||15 episodes Also executive producer; 15 episodes|
|2013-2020||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||2 episodes Also creator, executive producer; 6 episodes|
|2014-2015||The Millers||Kip Finkle||11 episodes|
|2014||The Comeback||Himself||Episode: "Valerie Gets What She Really Wants"|
|2015||The Late Late Show||Himself/Guest Host||3 episodes|
|2016||Crowded||Executive producer; 13 episodes|
|2016||Maya & Marty||Himself/various||2 episodes|
|2016||An All Star Tribute to James Burrows||Himself/Host||Television special Also executive producer|
|2016||Hairspray Live!||Mr. Pinky||Television special|
|2017-2020||Tangled: The Series||Pete the Guard (voice)||21 episodes|
|2019||Live in Front of a Studio Audience||Mr. Frank Lorenzo||Episode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"|
|2020, 2022||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself/Host||6 episodes|
|2021||Q-Force||Steve Maryweather (voice)||Main role|
|2010-2011||Promises, Promises||Chuck Baxter||Broadway Nominated-Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated-Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical|
|2015||An Act of God||God||US Tour|
|2016||An Act of God||God||Broadway|
|2022||Good Night, Oscar||Oscar Levant||Goodman Theatre|
Sean Hayes. Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group. 1999.