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SEAN HAYES (Mr.Tinkles), who gained wide fame as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's long-running hit comedy "Will & Grace,” has earned critical acclaim for his roles in theater, television and film, and recently added producing to his repertoire.

Hayes grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and conducting. Following college, Hayes worked in the Chicago theater community, serving as music director at the Pheasant Run Theatre. He appeared in several of their productions as well as the original production of "Role Play” at the Organic Theater.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes performed standup at the Comedy Club, and starred in the television movie "A&P,” based on a John Updike story. In 1998, he landed the role of Jack on "Will & Grace,” for which he received an Emmy Award and six additional Emmy nominations, four SAG® Awards, two TV Guide Awards, an American Comedy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations. His other notable television projects include guest roles on "Scrubs” and "30 Rock” and the role of Jerry Lewis in the telefilm "Martin & Lewis,” for which he earned a SAG® Award nomination.

Hayes recently received a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut performance starring in "Promises, Promises,” based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award®-winning film, "The Apartment.” Previously, he appeared on stage in the New York City Center production of "Damn Yankees,” with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson.

His film credits include "The Bucket List,” opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman; "Soul Men”; "Igor”; "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss”; "Pieces of April”; the voice of Mr. Fish in "The Cat in the Hat”; and "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.” He first voiced the maniacal Mr. Tinkles in the 2001 box office hit "Cats & Dogs.”

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 and garnered wide critical praise. The company's additional projects include "Eight Days a Week,” "What News?” and "Hot in Cleveland,” a scripted comedy for TV Land that premiered in June, starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli.


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