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SEAN HAYES (Thomas) is best known to audiences for his starring role on the smash hit comedy series "Will & Grace.” His portrayal of the often self-absorbed but lovable Jack McFarland earned him seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations, from 2000 to 2006, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the Emmy for his first nomination as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an American Comedy Award. He also shared in a SAG Award won by the cast of "Will & Grace” for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, six Golden Globe nominations, and three more individual SAG Award nominations for his work on the series.

In 2002, Hayes took on the role of Jerry Lewis in the acclaimed television biopic "Martin and Lewis,” which chronicled the rise and eventual breakup of the legendary duo. Hayes earned another SAG Award nomination for his portrayal of Lewis.

A native of Chicago, Hayes attended Illinois State University and began his professional career in the Chicago theater community. He performed at the Organic Theatre and honed his comedic and improvisational skills through the Second City training program. While still in Chicago, Hayes worked in commercials and television projects, including the television movie "A&P,” based on a story by John Updike .

Hayes made his feature film debut in 1998 in the title role of the art house hit "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss,” which won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. He more recently co-starred with Nathan Lane, Josh Duhamel and Kate Bosworth in the romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” and was also seen in the independent film "Pieces of April.” In addition, Hayes lent his voice to the role of diabolic feline Mr. Tinkles in the family hit "Cats & Dogs” and was the voice of The Fish in the big-screen adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat,” in which he also appeared as Mr. Humberfloob.

In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first production, "Situation: Comedy,” a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in 2005 to wide critical praise. Current projects in development include "Grimm,” ”Man and Woman,” "The Ten Million Dollar Word,” "Cornerstone,” "Bi-Coastal,” "Eight Days a Week,” the remake of the classic comedy feature "Cinderfella” and ”The Most Annoying Man in the World.”

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