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Sean Hayes is an American actor and pianist who played Jack McFarland in Will & Grace.

Jack McFarland

Prior to being cast, Hayes worked as a stage actor and musician in Chicago. He also appeared in a Doritos commercial in 1998. However it wasn't until he starred as the lead in the gay-themed independent film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) that he got the attention of the producers of Will & Grace.

Casting

Hayes admitted that he liked the script for Will & Grace but threw it away because he was at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah at that time and could not afford airfare just to audition. When he did audition for Jack, he met with producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Hayes recalls that as he was leaving the room, without turning around he told the producers, "and don't check out my ass on the way out" and slammed the door.[1]

Portrayal

Hayes' portrayal has gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jack, being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series consistently throughout the show's run and winning three SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the Emmy on the first year. However, Jack's character also met some criticism mostly for perpetuating the camp stereotype for gay men.

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Result
1999 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2000 American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick Won
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Viewers For Quality Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
2001 American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick Won
TV Guide Awards Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series Won
2002 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actor, Comedy Nominated
2003 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick Won
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick Nominated
2006 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

Notes

  • Hayes appeared as Buddy Wood in Parks and Recreation, in which Megan Mullally has a recurring role.

Media

Sean hayes s9

Shooting for season 9 in 2017.

Eric sean kiss

During ribbon cutting celebration of first day of season 9 on set

Sean Hayes - Doritos Commercial (1998)00:57

Sean Hayes - Doritos Commercial (1998)

Sean Hayes' 1998 commercial for Doritos which aired during the Super Bowl XXXII.

Justin Bieber's Sorry on a Giant Piano (w Sean Hayes)03:21

Justin Bieber's Sorry on a Giant Piano (w Sean Hayes)

Sean Hayes on The Late Late Show (2016).

Sean Hayes hosting the 64th Tony Awards09:50

Sean Hayes hosting the 64th Tony Awards

Sean Hayes wins 2000 Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series02:36

Sean Hayes wins 2000 Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

External links

References

  1. Will And Grace Premiere (NBC) Sean Hayes #1

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