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Sean Hayes

Sean Patrick Hayes was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. His father, Ronald, a lithographer, left the family when Sean was a young child, leaving his mother to raise Sean and his four siblings as a single mother. His mother, Mary, works at a food bank. Sean supported himself as a classical pianist and as a member of a pop band for five years, while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and orchestral conducting. He began his post-collegiate professional career in Chicago theatre, as musical director at the Pheasant Run Theater for several years, appearing on stage in several productions as well. He also appeared in the original production of "Role Play" at the Organic Theatre.An alumnus of Chicago's famed Second City improvisational comedy group, Hayes had gigs as a stand-up comic, performing at The Comedy Club in Los Angeles. While still in Chicago, Hayes won roles in television shows as well as the television movie A & P (1996), based on a story by John Updike, before landing the role which earned him an Emmy Award in 2001 - Jack McFarland - on the hit NBC comedy series Will & Grace (1998). He has also been honored with a SAG Award, an American Comedy Award and a TV Guide Award as well as with two Golden Globe Nominations. Hayes made his feature film debut in 1998 in the title role of the art-house hit Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), which won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. He also co-starred in the box-office hit Cats & Dogs (2001) for Warner Bros Studios.Of Irish descent, Sean Hayes makes his home in Los Angeles with his long time boyfriend, now husband (as of November 2014), Scotty Icenogle, a Los Angeles music producer.

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Jun 26, 1970 In Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Crowded 2016-03-15

Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 26 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Will & Grace
Crowded Unknown 2016-03-15
The Millers Kip Finkle 11 episodes, 2014-2015 2013-10-03
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Sean Saves the World Sean Harrison 15 episodes, 2013-2014 2013-10-03
Smash Unknown 2012-02-06
The Soul Man Unknown 2012-06-20
Portlandia Unknown 2011-01-11
Grimm Unknown 2011-10-28
Up All Night Unknown 2011-09-14
Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown 2010-03-05
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Parks and Recreation Unknown 2009-04-09
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Kyle XY Unknown 2006-06-26
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
The Comeback Unknown 2005-06-05
Tom Goes to the Mayor Unknown 2004-11-14
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Will & Grace Jack McFarland 246 episodes, 1998-2020 1998-09-21
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Silk Stalkings Unknown 1991-11-07
Rugrats Unknown 1991-08-11
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11