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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 June 1970Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
Birth NameSean Patrick Hayes
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net> and Rogers & Cowan

Spouse (1)

Scotty Icenogle (November 2014 - present)

Trivia (13)

Graduated from Illinois State University in 1992, where he had studied music and theatre.
As a teenager, Sean was an extra in Winona Ryder's first movie, also starring Corey Haim as the title character, Lucas (1986), which was filmed at Sean's High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
The first thing he bought after he made some money was a concert grand piano.
He saved a man's life in 2001. Courtney Cunningham, 33, reported that two men stopped him near the driveway of his Los Angeles home, then robbed him and shot him in the leg. Hayes was driving in L.A.'s mid-Wilshire district when he noticed Cunningham lying in the street. The actor stopped to help the victim, ripping off his own shirt and pressing it against Cunningham's wound to stop the bleeding. Hayes called 911 on his cell phone and waited for paramedics to arrive.
Close friends with actress Rosa Blasi, and attended her wedding to New York Football Giants fullback Jim Finn on February 14, 2004.
Hayes was listed as a potential nominee for the 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003), however, he failed to receive a nomination.
Classically trained pianist.
He was the youngest of the Will & Grace (1998) regular cast.
Wanted to star in a spin off series from Will & Grace (1998), but after seeing what happened to Friends (1994) spin off Joey (2004) on NBC, he decided against it.
He is of Irish ancestry.
Set to star in the Broadway revival of "Promises, Promises," also starring "Wicked" star Kristin Chenoweth. Previews started March 28, 2010, with regular performance opening on April 25, 2010. He and Kristin were scheduled to leave the show on December 26, 2010, but when closing was announced for January 2, 2011, both stars stayed for the entire run of the show. [March 2010]
Sean and his husband Scotty had been together for eight years before getting married. They managed to keep their engagement and impending wedding a secret, although his impending private wedding ceremony was almost "outted" when Sean was asked about the ring he was wearing on his left ring finger on The Talk (2010) the week before Thanksgiving. After evading the question, Hayes' publicist released a statement the next day, "Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time".
Announced that he and longtime boyfriend Scotty Icenogle had been married Thanksgiving week, November 2014, in a small private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles, the first week in December, by posting the announcement to his Facebook page with hashtag #TBT ("Throwback Thursday").

Personal Quotes (6)

When I came out of my mom's womb, I had 'sitcom' stamped on my forehead.
"Being an actor, the less people know about my personal life, the more open-minded they can be about each role I play".
When you see me play Jack, I want you to believe that that's a gay character. After Will & Grace (1998) is over, when I play a straight character, I want you to believe that, too. - Etcetera interview
If you see a movie and I'm in it, and the first thing you think of is who I'm sleeping with, then you're not watching the performance; you're watching the personality.
Really? You're gonna shoot the gay guy down? I never have had a problem saying who I am. I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never. [In The Advocate Magazine, responding to what he saw as negative prior coverage from The Advocate]
[When asked about the early pressures of playing a gay character, Jack, on "Will & Grace" starting in the late 1990s] I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.

Salary (2)

Will & Grace (1998) about $600,000 per episode for the 2005/ 2006 season.
Will & Grace (1998) $400,000 for each episode

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