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, including NBC’s sophomore drama series “Grimm.”
He became a household name in 1998, when he landed the coveted role of Jack on WILL & GRACE. His portrayal garnered him an Emmy Award (along with six nominations), four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and received seven Golden Globe nominations. Hayes’ other notable television projects include well received guest roles on SCRUBS, 30 ROCK and PARKS AND RECREATION, as well as Martin & Lewis, a television film that starred Sean as Jerry Lewis for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
In 2011, Hayes received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical after making his Broadway debut, in the wildly successful “Promises, Promises” alongside Kristin Chenoweth. That same year, he won an Emmy Award for hosting the Tony Awards. 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.
This fall, Hayes also will make a guest appearance in a multi-episode arc on NBC’s UP ALL NIGHT as Ava’s (Maya Rudolph) former accompanist.