Sean Hayes serves as executive producer on NBC's new drama series "Grimm."
Hayes, who received critical acclaim for his roles in theater, television and film, quickly gained fame as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's "Will & Grace." In addition to working successfully and simultaneously in theater, film and television, Hayes has also added producing to his repertoire.
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 theater community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theatre for a few years where hme appeared in several of their productions.
After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes had gigs as a standup 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 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 starred Hayes as Jerry Lewis for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Hayes recently made his Broadway debut 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 film starred Hayes as Chuck Baxter, a young Consolidated Life Insurance Company employee who lends his apartment to his executives for their illicit affairs as a way for advancement within the company. Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in New York in the New York City Center production of "Damn Yankees" with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson.
In addition to being Tony Award-nominated for his role in "Promises, Promises," he also hosted the much-lauded event this year to rave reviews all across the board.
Previous 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."
He was recently cast as Larry Fine in the upcoming film "The Three Stooges." Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, this popular comedy remake is scheduled for release in 2012.
In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first production, "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. Additional projects include "Eight Days a Week" and "What News?" Hazy Mills is currently producing "Hot in Cleveland," a scripted comedy for TV Land starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. It has generated the highest ratings in the history of TV Land and continues to perform in the top 5 programs throughout the cable landscape every week. Additionally, the show received a nomination for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Betty White won the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.