As a teenager, he was an extra in Winona Ryder's first movie, Lucas (1986), which was filmed at his high school, Glenbard West. He made his professional film debut in the independent film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), which brought him wide attention and caught the attention of executives who cast him in the NBC comedy television series Will & Grace, as Jack McFarland, a flamboyantly gay, frequently unemployed actor. The show became a long-running hit and Hayes performance as Jack earned him seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations (200006) as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the Emmy for his first nomination.
Hayes success led to film appearances in Cats & Dogs (2001), as Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis (2002), Pieces Of April (2003), The Cat In The Hat (2003) and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004). He has also guest starred in several television programs, including Scrubs and 30 Rock.
In 2005, he was executive producer for Situation: Comedy for Bravo, a reality show like Project Greenlight but for sitcoms. He also executive produced the two winning scripts, chosen by NBC: The Sperm Donor and Stephen's Life. He guest-starred in 2006 in the Adult Swim cameo-filled show Tom Goes to the Mayor. The actor currently is busy with his own production company, Hazy Mills, with Todd Milliner, his producing partner from college.
In 2007, Hayes was featured in a major role as Thomas in Rob Reiner's film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
On July 5, 2008, Hayes made his New York stage debut as Mr. Applegate / Devil in New York City Center's Encores! production of Damn Yankees opposite Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson.
In a 2008 New York Times interview, Hayes revealed he is working on a television project called BiCoastal about "a guy with a wife and kids in California and a boyfriend in New York."
Hayes has played gay and straight characters during his time as an actor, and will be playing a bisexual character in the upcoming BiCoastal, but he has refused to discuss his sexual orientation in public. He has stated, When you see me play Jack, I want you to believe that thats a gay character. After Will & Grace is over, when I play a straight character, I want you to believe that, too.
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Sean Hayes - filmography
Sean Hayes facts
5 most recent filmsThe Three Stooges - 3.0 stars
The Three Stooges - Blu-ray - 2.5 stars
The Bucket List - Blu-ray - 4.0 stars
Soul Men - 3.5 stars
Soul Men - Blu-ray - 3.5 stars
5 highest-rated filmsWill And Grace - Season 5 - Episodes 1-4 - 4.0 stars
Will And Grace - Season 5 - Episodes 9-12 - 4.0 stars
Will And Grace - Season 5 - Episodes 13-16 - 4.0 stars
Will And Grace - Season 5 - Episodes 21-24 - 4.0 stars
Will And Grace - Season 5 - Episodes 5-8 - 4.0 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsThe Three Stooges - Blu-ray - 2.5 stars
The Cat In The Hat - 2.5 stars
The Three Stooges - 3.0 stars
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss - 3.0 stars
Pieces Of April - 3.0 stars
Most frequent co-starsEric McCormack - 29 times - show films
Debra Messing - 29 times - show films
Megan Mullally - 27 times - show films
Rowena King - 3 times - show films
Lara Grice - 3 times - show films
Most frequent directorsJames Burrows - 22 times - show films
none - 9 times - show films
Rob Reiner - 3 times - show films
Malcolm D. Lee - 3 times - show films
Bobby Farrelly - 2 times - show films