Will & Grace star Sean Hayes is a multi-talented entertainer. He is an actor, singer, producer, and comedian. Born in Chicago on June 26, 1970, Hayes who is of Irish descent gravitated towards acting from a very young age. His first film role was as an extra in the film Lucas (1986) which was shot at his high school, Glenbard West High in Glen Ellyn, Chicago. After studying piano performance at Illinois State, Hayes performed as a classical pianist for a while before dabbling into improv comedy and then stand-up comedy. In order to better his chances at succeeding in the entertainment industry, Hayes relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 and two years later, he hit it big with his role as Jack McFarland, a flamboyant gay man in Will & Grace.
For his role as Jack McFarland, Sean received seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, he won his first nomination in 2000. He was also nominated 5 consecutive times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Sean Hayes has won three SAG Awards for his role and an American Comedy Award.
How Much Is Sean Hayes Worth?
Just like the star actors in ace TV shows like Friends, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory etc, Sean Hayes has made the bulk of his TV wealth from Will & Grace. Like the aforementioned TV shows, stars of Will & Grace, Sean Hayes inclusive, often negotiate a pay rise dependent on the popularity of the show. Back in 1998, he was reportedly earning $400,000 for each episode of the show.
His numbers enjoyed an exponential rise and hit its peak in 2006 when Hayes earned $600,000 per episode. The show was brought to an end that year after running for 8 long seasons. To the delight of fans and of course, Sean’s bank account, the show was revived in 2017, picking up from where it was left off in season 8.
For the revival, Hayes who in 2004 made the smart move of establishing his production company, Hazy Mills Productions, assumed the dual role of actor and executive producer. Into the first season of the revived show, that is season 9, reports surfaced that Sean Hayes alongside other top casts of the show was earning $250,000 for each episode. Hayes’ numbers were certain to rise should the show’s revival have what it takes to excite her fans like it originally did.
During the run of Will & Grace, Sean Hayes involved himself with other jobs. He appeared in films like Pieces of April (2003) and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004). In the small screen, he appeared in Scrubs, Martin and Lewis, and hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
After Will & Grace first ended in 2006, Hayes got busy with his production company. He became the executive producer of shows such as Hot in Cleveland, Grimm, The Soul Man, Sean Saves the World. One of Hayes’ most successful work from his production company is the game show, Hollywood Game Night which he created.
Hayes is also known for his numerous voice roles. In recent years he has voiced characters in Monsters University, How Murray Saved Christmas, and The Emoji Movie.
In a ballpark figure, Sean Hayes’ net worth is pegged at $18 million dollars. Some of his assets include a 4-bedroom house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles which he bought in 2001 for $1.6 million.
Is He Gay, Who is The Husband?
Sean Hayes was made popular by a gay role and consequently, his sexuality has been one of the major talking points anytime the actor’s name pops up. Hayes’ homosexuality was somewhat of an open secret in Hollywood until 2010 when he hinted for the first time that he is gay. The hint came in an interview with The Advocate.
In November 2014 word got out that Sean Hayes had married his partner of 8 years, a certain Scott Icenogle in a private ceremony during the Thanksgiving holiday. Scott is a composer.
Hayes has always been gay, since his high school years. He kept it hidden from his brothers and parents until he turned 18 years old. Upon telling his mom, she asked him to go see a therapist as it was not God’s will for his life. Hayes revealed in a 2016 interview with Playbill magazine that he regretted keeping his sexuality a secret from the world for so long.