In a very short time, Sean P. Hayes has stolen the heart of many a TV viewer with his portrayal of the caustically witty, flamboyantly bitter Jack on NBC's Will & Grace. His performance has been widely praised by critics and audiences alike, leading some to the conclusion that his supporting role is one of the best reasons to tune in to the much-lauded show.
Born June 26, 1970, as the youngest of five children, Hayes has since compared his suburban Chicago upbringing to "being raised by a family of wild dingoes." After high school in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, he attended Illinois State University, where he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band. Following his graduation, where he was awarded a degree in performance and conducting, he went to work in the Chicago theater. For several years, he served as the musical director of the Pheasant Run Theater, often acting in productions in addition to writing music for them. He was also a member of the famed Second City improvisational group and performed standup comedy in clubs in Chicago and Los Angeles.