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Biography

This manic comic performer initially supported himself as a musician before becoming an actor. After joining the legendary improv group Second City, he started appearing in TV commercials and series. But his life and career kicked into overdrive in 1998 when he played the lead role of a gay photographer obsessed with a model in the indie comedy Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. The pivotal year continued when he then signed on to Will & Grace as self-absorbed gay actor Jack McFarland, a part he essayed with charming flamboyance for eight seasons and for which he scored an Emmy Award, six Emmy nominations and six Golden Globe nominations. Although he appeared sporadically in outside projects---most notably playing Jerry Lewis in the TV-movie Martin and Lewis, creating a production company called Hazy Mills, executive producing the cable series Situation: Comedy and making his New York stage debut in Damn Yankees! in 2008---Hayes remained inextricably linked to his signature sitcom role. Off screen, he had long been protective of his private life until shedding light on his sexual orientation in a 2010 interview with The Advocate, saying, "I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never."

Fast Facts

  • Was an extra in the movie Lucas in 1986; the film was shot at his high school.
  • Studied piano, performance and conducting at Illinois State University, but left before graduating.
  • Supported himself for a time as a pianist and musician with the pop band Sounds from the Stairs.
  • Performed in a national tour of Kenny Rogers' Christmas show.
  • Was driving in L.A.'s mid-Wilshire district in 2001 when he noticed a wounded robbery victim lying in the street and pulled over to help him. Hayes reportedly ripped off his shirt and pressed it against the man's wound to stop the bleeding. He then called 911 on his cell phone and waited for paramedics to arrive.
  • Cofounded a production company called Hazy Mills.
  • In 2008, made New York stage debut in Damn Yankees!
  • Shed light on his sexual orientation in a 2010 interview with The Advocate: "I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never."

Awards

  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2010, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Kevin Hayes — Brother
  • Michael Hayes — Brother
  • Tracey Hayes — Sister
  • Dennis Hayes — Brother
  • Mary Hayes — Mother
  • Ronald Hayes — Father
  • Scott Icenogle — Husband

College

  • Attended Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Sean Patrick Hayes
  • Birth Place: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: June 26, 1970, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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