Denis O'Hare

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Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival 2.jpg
O'Hare at the 2009 premiere of
An Englishman in New York
Born Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare[1]
(1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Hugo Redwood (since 2011)[2]

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[edit]

O'Hare was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Margaret Karene (Kennedy) and John M. O'Hare.[3] He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, living in Southfield until he was 15, when his family moved to Wing Lake in Bloomfield Hills.[4] His mother was a musician and he grew up playing the church organ.[5]

As a teenager, O'Hare was in his school's choir and in 1974 he went to his first audition, gaining a chorus part in a community theatre production of Show Boat.[6]

In 1980, O'Hare left Detroit for Chicago to study theatre at Northwestern University.[7]


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,[8] 21 Grams, Garden State, Derailed, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Half Nelson, Milk, Edge of Darkness, Charlie Wilson's War and Changeling.

O'Hare during a Q&A section moderated by Dr. Rebecca Housel at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience.

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.[9] 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.

In 2013, O'Hare returned to American Horror Story for its third season, American Horror Story: Coven, where he portrayed Spalding, the house butler.

Personal life[edit]

O'Hare is of Irish descent and holds an Irish passport.[10]

O'Hare came out as gay while a student at Brother Rice High School (Michigan).[11] O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood and the couple have an adopted son.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 St. Patrick's Day Russell
1998 River Red Father
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Jake
2001 The Anniversary Party Ryan Rose
2001 21 Grams Dr. Rothberg
2004 Garden State Albert
2005 Derailed Jerry the Lawyer
2005 Heights Andrew
2006 Half Nelson Jimbo
2007 Rocket Science Doyle Hefner
2007 A Mighty Heart John Bussey
2007 American Loser Mike
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 Pretty Bird Chuck
2008 Baby Mama Dr. Manheim
2008 Changeling Dr. Jonathan Steele
2008 Quarantine Randy
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 Duplicity Duke Monahan
2009 An Englishman in New York Phillip Stele
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #3
2010 Edge of Darkness Moore
2011 The Eagle Lutorius
2011 J. Edgar Albert S. Osborn
2013 C.O.G. Jon
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"
2000 Hamlet Osric Television movie
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)
Stanley (Freak Show)
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Shea Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2014 Rake Graham Murray Episode: "Cannibal"


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hauptmannn Richard Hauptmann
1995 Racing Demon Ewan Gilmour
1998–2004 Cabaret Ernst Ludwig
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
2010 Elling Elling
2012 Into the Woods The Baker



O'Hare and James Franco, discussing their roles in the 2008 Gus Van Sant film Milk and its subject, Harvey Milk



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  2. ^ "'True Blood' star weds gay partner". Toronto Sun. July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
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  4. ^ Chris Azzopardi (November 20, 2008). "The 'Milk' Man". Pride Source. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Julie Yolles (January 10, 2008). "Staging a Coup". Hour Detroit. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Notable Alumni". School of Communication, Northwestern University. 
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  9. ^ Denis O'Hare Drops Some Hints About True Blood Season 3
  10. ^ "A Talk With Denis O'Hare - Take Me Out's Mason Marzac", a CurtainUp interview
  11. ^ "Denis O'Hare, Star File: Buzz". 2003-02-22. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  12. ^ "True Blood Star Denis O'Hare, Husband Hugo Redwood Planning to Adopt!". US Magazine. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 

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