SEAN HAYES, American Actor, born; An Emmy award-winning actor and comedian. He is perhaps best known for his role as Jack McFarland in the sitcom Will & Grace. Hayes has played both Gay and straight characters during his time as an actor but, until recently, like most closet cases, refused to discuss his sexual orientation in public. He has stated, “When you see me play Jack, I want you to believe that that’s a gay character. After Will & Grace is over, when I play a straight character, I want you to believe that, too.”
Oh. Ok. I sympathize, Sean…we both went to the same high school in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. More recently, however, he came out as Gay in an interview for The Advocate magazine in March 2010. Answering the charge he had skirted the issue of his sexuality for too long, Hayes was reported as saying “I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the Gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate.”
Hayes made his Broadway debut alongside Kristin Chenoweth in the April 2010 Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises. He has received a nomination for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. He was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.
Hayes was host of the 64th Annual Tony Awards in June 2010 on CBS. At the Tonys he and costar Chenoweth enjoyed a sloppy, tongue-filled make-out, followed by Hayes giving his costar a gentle smack on her butt, in response to Newsweek critic, Ramin Setoodeh saying he wasn’t “believable” playing a straight romantic lead and was “wooden.” Watching her walk offstage, Hayes said, “I know what you’re thinking – she’s too short for me.”
In November 2014 Hayes announced that he had married his partner of eight years, Scott Icenogle.