as Jack McFarland
Regarding the colorful character he portrays on “Will & Grace,” Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes explains, “Jack is highly neurotic, extremely outspoken, a little bitter, maybe even borderline obsessive-compulsive. However, underneath all that, he is a caring soul and a good friend to Will (Eric McCormack).”
Hayes, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000 for “Will & Grace,” 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. He also appeared in the university’s productions of “Burn This” and “Love for Love.”
After his college experience, Hayes began working in the Chicago theater community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theatre for a few years, where he appeared in several of their productions. He composed original music for a production of “Antigone” at the Steppenwolf Theatre and appeared in the original production of “Role Play” at the Organic Theater.
An alumnus of the famed Second City improvisational comedy group, Hayes also 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 including “Missing Persons,” “Silk Stalkings” and “Tough Target.” He also starred in the television movie “A&P,” based on the short story by John Updike.
On the big screen, Hayes played the title role in the art-house hit “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss,” which won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. This past summer, Hayes starred as the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit “Cats and Dogs.” He has also been honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award, a TV Guide Award, an American Comedy Award and two Golden Globe nominations.
A resident of Los Angeles, Hayes is currently hobby-less. His birthday is June 26.