Sean 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 he appeared in several of their productions.
In 1998, Hayes landed the role of Jack McFarland 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 Sean as Jerry Lewis for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 in the wildly successful musical “Promises, Promises” alongside Kristin Chenoweth. In addition to being nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for “Best Leading Actor in a Musical”, Hayes was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for the soundtrack for “Promises, Promises”. Hayes also joined a line-up of distinguished entertainers and was given the honor of hosting “The 64th Annual Tony Awards” telecast on CBS for which he won a 2010 Emmy Awards for his critically-acclaimed hosting duties.
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”.
Sean Hayes recently completed shooting “The Three Stooges” for The Farrelly Brothers in which he stars as the eye-poking Larry as played by Larry Fine. The popular comedy remake is scheduled for release on Friday, April 13th, 2012.