Will and Grace has afforded Sean the luxury of being able to pick and choose the roles he now plays, as he is already financially secure. He feels he now can work because he loves it, not because he needs the money, which is important to him.
At the end of the first season of Will and Grace, NBC bought the cast a Porsche each ... Sean sold his for $70,000 and banked the money as he has a fear of losing all his money.
Sean's father, Ronald, was a lithographer, and his mother, Mary, was a director of a non-profit food bank.
In 2003, Sean played Jerry Lewis to Jeremy Northam's Dean Martin in the CBS TV Movie, Martin and Lewis. He avoided contact with Jerry Lewis before the filming, but met up with him afterwards. Both actors received favorable reviews.
In the summer of 2008, Sean appeared in a revived stage version of the four-Tony Award winning musical, Damn Yankees.
Sean Hayes is allergic to cats.
While starring on Will and Grace, Sean appeared in 2 of NBC's public service announcements The More You Know. His topics were anti-prejudice & hate crimes and anti-smoking.
Sean's character of Jack, along with the rest of the cast from Will & Grace were named number 81 in "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".
He was offered his own spinoff for his character Jack from Will & Grace, but he decided against it after seeing Matt LeBlanc's failure in Joey.
In 2006, he guest-starred in the Adult Swim cameo-filled show Tom Goes to the Mayor.
He is the youngest of five children (Dennis, Kevin, Mike and Tracey); they were brought up by their mother when his father left when he was five years old.
In 2005, Hayes executive produced Situation Comedy for Bravo, a reality show like Project Greenlight for sitcoms. He also executive produced the two winning scripts, chosen by NBC: The Sperm Donor and Stephen's Life.
Sean and the cast and crew of Will & Grace had to attend a sexual harrasment seminar, after which he dropped his pants and underwear in the parking lot and screamed "Does this constitute sexual harrassment?!"
Awards Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Programs for 64th Annual Tony Awards. Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace (2000 - Won / 2001-2006 Nomination) Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, for Will and Grace (2001-Nomination / 2002-2003-Win / 2004-2005 - Nomination / 2006 - Won). Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, for Will and Grace (2001-Win / 2002-2005-Nomination) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Martin and Lewis (2003-Nomination)
He's a close friend of actress Rosa Blasi. He attended her wedding to Giants Fullback Jim Finn on February 14, 2004.
The first thing he bought after he made some money was a concert grand piano.
He drives a Toyota Camry.
As a teenager, Sean Hayes was an extra in Winona Ryder's first movie, Lucas, filmed at Sean's High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
He attended Illinois State University in 1992, where he studied music and theatre.
He saved a man's life in 2001. Courtney Cunninghan, 33, reported that two men stopped him near the driveway of his Los Angeles home, and then robbed him and shot him in the leg. Hayes who was driving in L.A.'s mid-Wilshire district when he noticed Cunningham lying in the street. The actor then pulled over to help the victim, ripping off his shirt and pressing it against Cunningham's wound to stop the bleeding. He then called 911 on his cell phone and waited for paramedics to arrive.
His first big break was landing a national tour with Kenny Rogers for a Christmas show.
He is 5' 11" in height.
He has never said what whether he is gay or straight. He wants people to believe he can play any role, whether it's gay or straight.
He is good friends with Cher.
(on the production of a show called "Cornerstone", on competing churches being put together by his company, Hazy Mills Productions)
Sean: I'm fascinated with religious extremism of any kind, the righteousness of it, and with different interpretations of seemingly the same idea.
Sean: (asked to reveal his favourite "Will And Grace" episode) A Chorus Line. Matt Damon pretends to be gay so he can join the gay men's chorus.
Sean: Slowly, people are seeing outside the box and realizing that I became an actor to play other roles, not just one role for the rest of my life.
Sean: Nobody makes me laugh.
Sean: I had seen little clips here and there throughout my life of Jerry Lewis, but I never really sat down and watched what he did.
Sean: I got one letter at the very beginning, like, in the first season, saying - from a woman who was very religious, very Christian, saying how wrong she thought the show was, but she thinks it's the funniest show on television.
Sean: I actually like working with the other three actors on the show. I almost said no to the role, too.
Sean: Being an actor, the less people know about my personal life, the more open-minded they can be about each role I play.
Sean: When I came out of my mom's womb, I had 'sitcom' stamped on my forehead.
Sean: (On Jack). Jack is highly neurotic, extremely outspoken, a little bitter, maybe even borderline obsessive-compulsive. However, underneath all that, he is a caring soul and a good friend to Will.
Sean: We'll have a class-A facility in four to five years.
Sean: We're not saying we have the answer. If we did, we would have just made a hit sitcom.
Sean: I'm a hamster person. No - that's so bizarre, I don't know what that means. Please don't say that. Now everybody is going to go, "Do you like hamsters? Why did you say hamsters? Do you have a collection of hamsters?" I'll never live that down. Please don't use that.
Sean: He did a nice job. He's been my No. 1 starter for four years, but his pitch count got too high. If we make a couple plays, he doesn't make as many pitches.
Sean: Our first priority is to make people laugh.
Sean: I'm nervous and scared, but it should also be fun.
Sean: I tripped making my entrance, knocked over the light and caught the set on fire.