O'Hare at the 2009 premiere of
An Englishman in New York
|Born||Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare
January 16, 1962
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Hugo Redwood (since 2011)|
Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare (born January 16, 1962) is an American actor noted for his award winning performances in Take Me Out and Sweet Charity as well as the HBO television show True Blood. He is also known for his supporting roles in the films Charlie Wilson's War, Milk, and Changeling and Dallas Buyers Club, playing doctors in both. In 2011 he starred as Larry Harvey in the FX series American Horror Story's first season and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. He returned to the show again in 2013, playing Spalding in American Horror Story: Coven.
Early life and education
Denis O'Hare was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, living in Southfield until he was 15, when his family moved to Wing Lake in Bloomfield Hills. His mother is a musician and he grew up playing the church organ.
O'Hare won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, where his character's lengthy monologues in which he slowly falls in love with the game of baseball were considered the main reason for his award. He won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Oscar Lindquist in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.
In 2003 O'Hare played a doctor in 21 Grams. In 2004 he played Charles J. Guiteau in the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, for which he was nominated for the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award. He lost to co-star Michael Cerveris who played John Wilkes Booth. Before appearing in those shows, he appeared on Broadway in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, in which he played Ernst Ludwig onstage and the clarinet in the show's orchestra, the "Kit Kat Band".
O'Hare was featured in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2008, he appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Brothers & Sisters. His feature film credits include The Anniversary Party, 21 Grams, Garden State, Derailed, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Half Nelson, Milk, Edge of Darkness, Charlie Wilson's War and Changeling.
In 2009, O'Hare portrayed Phillip Steele (an amalgam character based on Quentin Crisp's friends Phillip Ward and Tom Steele) in a television biopic on Crisp entitled An Englishman in New York. The same year he played therapist Dr. David Worth in the series Bored to Death (episode 1.3).
In 2010, O'Hare joined the cast of HBO's True Blood in its third season as Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi who is 2,800 years old. In 2011, he appeared in the film The Eagle as a Roman officer named Lutorius. Recently he has appeared in a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy on the television drama series The Good Wife. O'Hare also co-starred as Larry Harvey in FX's first season of American Horror Story, Murder House.
In 2012, O'Hare starred alongside Amy Adams and Donna Murphy as the Baker in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at The Public Theater. The production played at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, NYC from July 23 to September 1, 2012.
|1997||St. Patrick's Day||Russell|
|1999||Sweet and Lowdown||Jake|
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Ryan Rose|
|2001||21 Grams||Dr. Rothberg|
|2005||Derailed||Jerry the Lawyer|
|2007||Rocket Science||Doyle Hefner|
|2007||A Mighty Heart||John Bussey|
|2007||Michael Clayton||Mr. Greer|
|2007||The Babysitters||Stan Lyner|
|2007||Awake||Financial News Analyst|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Harold Holt|
|2007||Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot||Mike|
|2008||Baby Mama||Dr. Manheim|
|2008||Changeling||Dr. Jonathan Steele|
|2008||Milk||State Senator John Briggs||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2009||The Proposal||Mr. Gilbertson|
|2009||An Englishman in New York||Phillip Stele|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Subject #3|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Moore|
|2011||J. Edgar||Albert S. Osborn|
|2013||Dallas Buyers Club||Dr. Sevard||Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2014||The Normal Heart||Hiram Keebler||2014||The Pyramid||Holden|
|1993||Law & Order||Harold Morrissey||Episode: "Volunteers"|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Keating||Episode: "Paris, May 1919"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Carson||Episode: "Sins of the Father"|
|1995||The Wright Verdicts||Doyle||Episode: "Unlucky Star"|
|1996||Law & Order||James Smith||Episode: "Pro Se"|
|1997||Law & Order||Phil Christie||Episode: "Nullification"|
|1998||Saint Maybe||Reverend Emmett||Television movie|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jimmy Walp||Episode: "The Third Guy"|
|2001–02||100 Centre Street||Lou||3 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order||Father Richard Hogan||Episode: "Under God"|
|2005||Once Upon a Mattress||Prince Dauntless||Television movie|
|2006||Justice||Larry Bowers||Episode: "Death Spiral"|
|2007||American Experience||Henry Lee||Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tom Michaels||Episode: "Who and What?"|
|2007–09||Brothers & Sisters||Travis March||12 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Father Shea||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2009||Bored to Death||Dr. David Worth||Episode: "The Case of the Missing Screenplay"|
|2009–13||The Good Wife||Judge Charles Abernathy||7 episodes|
|2009–10||CSI: Miami||Evan Talbot||3 episodes|
|2010||American Experience||Benjamin Latrobe||Episode: "Dolly Madison"|
|2010–12||True Blood||Russell Edgington||20 episodes|
|2011–present||American Horror Story||Larry Harvey||8 episodes (Murder House)
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|Spalding||10 episodes (Coven)|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Father Shea||Episode: "Presumed Guilty"|
|2014||Rake||Graham Murray||Episode: "Cannibal"|
|1995||Racing Demon||Ewan Gilmour|
|2001||Major Barbara||Adolphus Cusins|
|2003–04||Take Me Out||Mason Marzac||Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
|2004||Assassins||Charles Guiteau||Nominated-Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical|
|2005||Sweet Charity||Oscar Lindquist||Nominated-Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical|
|2007||Inherit the Wind||E. K. Hornbeck|
|2012||Into the Woods||The Baker|
- 2003 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Male Performer (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actor (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Obie Award Outstanding Performance (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Take Me Out)
- 2003 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (Take Me Out)
- 2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Sweet Charity)
- 1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play (Hauptmann)
- 2003 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance (Take Me Out)
- 2004 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance (Assassins)
- 2004 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Assassins)
- 2005 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (Sweet Charity)
- 2005 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Onstage Pair (Sweet Charity)
- 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Sweet Charity)
- 2006 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance (Sweet Charity)
- 2007 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance (Inherit the Wind and A Spanish Play)
- 2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (American Horror Story)
- "'True Blood' star weds gay partner". Toronto Sun. July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- Chris Azzopardi (November 20, 2008). "The 'Milk' Man". Pride Source. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
- Marcus Sanford (June 25, 2007). "Hey There, Hi There, O'Hare! Alone Time With Out, Tony Award-Winning Actor Denis O'Hare". Queer Sighted. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
- Julie Yolles (January 10, 2008). "Staging a Coup". Hour Detroit. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
- "Notable Alumni". School of Communication, Northwestern University.
- Denis O'Hare Drops Some Hints About True Blood Season 3
- "A Talk With Denis O'Hare - Take Me Out's Mason Marzac", a CurtainUp interview
- "Denis O'Hare, Star File: Broadway.com Buzz". broadway.com. 2003-02-22. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "True Blood Star Denis O'Hare, Husband Hugo Redwood Planning to Adopt!". US Magazine. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Denis O'Hare.|
- Denis O'Hare at the Internet Broadway Database
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- Denis O'Hare - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Denis O'Hare