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Hayes is widely known as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's iconic sitcom "Will & Grace," which ran for eight years (1998-2006) and won an Emmy Award as best comedy in 2000.
Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and conducting. After his college experience, Hayes began working in the Chicago stage community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theater for a few years where he appeared in several of their productions.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes had gigs as a stand-up comic, performing at the Comedy Club, and starred in the television movie "A&P," based on the short story by John Updike. In 1998, Hayes received his big break and landed the role of Jack on "Will & Grace," for which he won an Emmy Award (and was nominated six times), four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two TV Guide Awards, an American Comedy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations.

Hayes' other notable television projects include well-received guest roles on "Scrubs" and "30 Rock," as well as "Martin & Lewis," a television film that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Jerry Lewis. Hayes appeared on multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom "Up All Night," in which he played a former colleague of Ava's (Maya Rudolph). He also made guest appearances on "Parks and Recreation," "Portlandia" and "Hot in Cleveland." In addition, he had an arc on "Smash" as a TV and film star making his Broadway debut.

Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 in the wildly successful "Promises, Promises," alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning film "The Apartment," starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, the play starred Hayes as Chuck Baxter, a young insurance employee who lends his apartment to his executives for their illicit affairs as a means for advancement within the company. In 2016, Hayes returned to Broadway as the title role in "An Act of God," for which he received glowing reviews.

Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in the New York City Center production of "Damn Yankees," with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson. In addition to receiving a Tony Award nomination for his role in "Promises, Promises," he also hosted the Tonys in 2011 to strong reviews.
Hayes starred as Larry Fine in the movie "The Three Stooges," directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, and was a voice actor in the box-office hit "Monsters University." Hayes' additional film credits include "The Bucket List," opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss," "Pieces of April," the voice of Mr. Fish in "The Cat in the Hat," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," "Igor," "Soul Men" and the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit "Cats and Dogs."

In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first project, "Situation: Comedy," a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in the summer of 2005 and garnered wide critical praise. For six seasons, Hazy Mills produced TV Land's hit comedy "Hot in Cleveland," starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Hazy Mills currently produces NBC's long-running drama "Grimm," a dark yet fantastical cop drama that takes place in a world where Grimm's Fairy Tale-inspired characters exist, as well as the network's successful reality series "Hollywood Game Night."

In 2017, Hayes played the role of Steven, the devil emoji in The Emoji Movie. 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.

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Sean Hayes STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2023
Oscar Levant

[Regional (US)]
Goodman Theatre's Premiere Production, 2021
Oscar Levant

[Motion Picture]
NBC Live Televised Production, 2016
Mr. Pinky

[Broadway]
Broadway Return Engagement, 2016
God

[US Tour]
West Coast Tour, 2015
God

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2010
Chuck Baxter

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Summer Stars Revival, 2008
Applegate


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Sean Hayes FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sean Hayes has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Sean Hayes has not appeared in the West End.

Sean Hayes has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Good Night, Oscar," the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for "Good Night, Oscar," Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Good Night, Oscar," Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Good Night, Oscar," Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Promises, Promises," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Promises, Promises."

Sean Hayes's next show will be Good Night, Oscar which opens on 4/24/2023 on Broadway.

Sean Hayes has won several awards for his performance in the Broadway play "Good Night, Oscar." These include the Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, the Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards.

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