He is widely known for his role as Jack Mc Farland in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, one American Comedy Award, and six Golden Globes nominations.
He also portrayed comedian Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis.
He worked as a classical pianist, and served as a music director at the Pheasant Run Theater in St. He also composed original music for a production of Antigone at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Hayes moved to Los Angeles in 1995, where he found work as a stand-up comedian, stage actor and as an actor in television commercials, including the 1998 Doritos ad, featuring Ali Landry, which aired during the Super Bowl.
After graduating from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Hayes attended Illinois State University.
Neither is the physical production especially helpful. Hayes, Chenoweth and the excellent supporting cast — including Dick Latessa — benefit from Ashford’s direction: The staging of pop songs has rarely been as sharp as it is in this show. “Promises, Promises” is a candy-flavored ride that more than delivers on its title. For this story to work, both Chuck and Fran must be young and dewy-eyed, just like the movie’s radiant Shirley Mac Laine (25 at the time) and charmingly vulnerable Jack Lemmon (34 but seeming years younger).which features a book by Neil Simon and songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, comes fully to life only briefly, at the beginning of its second act, when a comic volcano named Katie Finneran erupts into molten hilarity.Otherwise the white-hot charms this musical is said to have once possessed are left sleeping. Most of today’s audience, admittedly, is unfamiliar with the show and won’t carp at the changes.Critics applaud Sean Hayes’ timing and a standout performance by Katie Finneran, but feel that Kristin Chenoweth is miscast, the choreography uninspired and the set inappropriate.Though no one was expecting a Burt Bacharach/Neil Simon revival to blow the top off of Broadway, critics were disappointed that Rob Ashford didn’t create something a little more exciting and cohesive from the source material and talent on hand.AN ACT OF GOD returned to Broadway at The Booth Theatre on June 6, 2016 and ran in a critically acclaimed limited engagement through September 4, 2016.