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Also Known As: Sean P Hayes, Sean Patrick Hayes Died:
Born: June 26, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, stand-up comic, musician, composer, waiter

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After gaining notice for a series of Dorito's commercials and the gay indie "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998), Sean Hayes earned a place in comedy history for his role on network TV's first gay-character-helmed sitcom, "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). For eight highly-rated seasons, his role of Jack - the flamboyant sidekick of a straitlaced gay lawyer (Eric McCormack) - was not only a favorite of viewers but was a significant catalyst for more widespread acceptance of the gay community in the general media. The Emmy-winning Hayes weathered criticism for playing coy as to his own sexuality during the show's run, but came out in 2010, finding himself at the center of a media controversy about the ability of gay actors to play "straight." Outside of his firm footing as a major player in primetime, Hayes primarily appeared in character roles on the big screen, demonstrating his wisecracking charm and impeccable comic timing.

After gaining notice for a series of Dorito's commercials and the gay indie "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998), Sean Hayes earned a place in comedy history for his role on network TV's first gay-character-helmed sitcom, "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). For eight highly-rated seasons, his role of Jack - the flamboyant sidekick of a straitlaced gay lawyer (Eric McCormack) - was not only a favorite of viewers but was a significant catalyst for more widespread acceptance of the gay community in the general media. The Emmy-winning Hayes weathered criticism for playing coy as to his own sexuality during the show's run, but came out in 2010, finding himself at the center of a media controversy about the ability of gay actors to play "straight." Outside of his firm footing as a major player in primetime, Hayes primarily appeared in character roles on the big screen, demonstrating his wisecracking charm and impeccable comic timing.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Emoji Movie, The (2017)
3.
 Monsters University (2013) Terri
4.
 Hit and Run (2012)
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 Igor (2008)
9.
 Soul Men (2008)
10.
 Bucket List, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

2001:
Voiced Mr. Tinkles, a feline out to take over the world in the feature "Cats & Dogs"
2003:
Voiced the fish in the film adaptation of the beloved literary classic "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"
2004:
Played Josh Duhamel's manager in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"
2005:
Executive produced (with Todd Milliner) the unscripted Bravo series "Situation: Comedy"
2008:
Cast in the Encores! production of "Damn Yankee" directed by John Rando at City Center
2010:
Voiced character of Mr. Tinkles the Persian cat in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
2010:
TV series executive producing debut, "Hot in Cleveland" (Nick at Nite)
2012:
Co-starred as Larry in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
2012:
Guest starred on NBC sitcom "Up All Night"
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Education

Glenbard West High School: Glen Ellyn , Illinois -
Illinois State University: Normal , Illinois - 1992

Notes

"Being an actor, the less people know about my personal life, the more open-minded they can be about each role I play." --Sean Hayes quoted in Daily News, July 19, 1998.

"Hayes is happy being true to to his sexuality on the new series as [co-star Brad] Rowe is to his, cast in straight roles." --From Los Angeles Times, July 23, 1998.

"There are some actors who, the second you ask them if they're playing a gay role, they say 'I'm straight! I'm straight and I'm married. I have two kids and I'm straight. Did I mention I'm straight? I'm straight. Wouldn't it be great if they didn't say that? Then you might actually believe they're gay?"-Hayes Entertainment Weekly November 22, 2002

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father:
Ronald Hayes. Lithographer. Was an alcoholic; would often abandon family.
mother:
Mary Hayes. Works at a food bank.
brother:
Dennis Hayes. Warehouse manager. Born c. 1963.
brother:
Kevin Hayes. Salesman. Born c. 1964.
brother:
Michael Hayes. Graphic designer. Born c. 1965.
sister:
Tracey Hayes. Police officer. Born c. 1967.
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