John Benjamin Hickey

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John Benjamin Hickey
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Hickey at the 13th Annual Broadway Barks Benefit, at Shubert Alley in New York City, July 9, 2011
Born (1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 51)
Plano, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

John Benjamin Hickey (born June 25, 1963) is an American actor with a career in stage, film and television. He won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart.

On Broadway, he originated the role of Arthur in Terrence McNally's play Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995, a role he would recreate for the 1997 film version. He played Clifford Bradshaw in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, and played Reverend John Hale in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. He recently played Sean, the homeless brother of Cathy the main character on the Showtime series The Big C.



Hickey graduated from Plano Sr. High School, Plano Texas 1981 and attended Texas State University - San Marcos from 1981–1983, where he was active in the theater department.[1] He earned his bachelor's degree in English at Fordham University in 1985.[2]

Film and television[edit]

On film, in addition to his role in Love! Valour! Compassion! Hickey played the lead in the 1998 independent film Finding North and played American novelist and playwright Jack Dunphy in the 2006 Truman Capote biopic Infamous, along with supporting roles in a number of other films, including The Ice Storm and The Anniversary Party. He has also appeared in Flightplan, Flags of Our Fathers, Freedom Writers, Then She Found Me, the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Bet and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

Hickey's best-known television role is perhaps that of Philip Stoddard on the short-lived gay-themed ABC sitcom It's All Relative. Since It's All Relative, Hickey has appeared on Alias, Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, Stacked, Heartland, In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Modern Family.


In addition to Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and The Crucible, he was cast in the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart, for which he earned a Tony Award. He has also been in a production of Mary Stuart.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hickey was born in Plano, Texas. He is openly gay;[4] his longtime partner is Modern Family writer Jeffrey Richman.[5]


Genre Year Title Episode Role Notes
TV series 1990 Days and Nights of Molly DoddThe Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's a Quick and Easy Recipe for Leftovers" Trent
Short film 1991 Dangerous Music Tyler 24 minutes
Short film 1992 BetThe Bet Henry 21 minutes
TV film 1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade Louis Simpson voice actor
TV series 1994 NYPD Blue "Good Time Charlie" Paul Gaines
Film 1994 Only You Dwayne, Faith's fiancé
Film 1994 RefThe Ref Old Baybrook Policeman
Film 1995 Comfortably Numb Priest
TV series 1995 New York News "You Thought the Pope Was Something"
Film 1996 Eddie Joe Nader
Short film 1996 Sin #8
TV series 1997 Nothing Sacred "Speaking in Tongues" Dr. Elliott
Film 1997 Ice StormThe Ice Storm Mark Boland
Film 1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! Arthur Pape
TV series 1998 3rd Rock from the Sun "Great Dickdater""The Great Dickdater" Rick
Film 1998 Finding North Travis Furlong
TV series 1998 Law & Order "Castoff" Charles Thatcher 05 episodes total
TV series 1998 Sex and the City "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" Tom
TV series 1999 Homicide: Life on the Street "Zen and the Art of Murder" Dennis Kohler
Film 1999 General's DaughterThe General's Daughter Captain Goodson
Film 1999 Bone CollectorThe Bone Collector Dr. Barry Lehman
TV film 1999 Lady in QuestionThe Lady in Question Paul Kessler
TV series 2000 D.C. "Truth"
Congressman Owens
TV film 2000 Hamlet Horatio
TV series 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Misleader"
Assistant District Attorney
TV film 2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder
Film 2001 Anniversary PartyThe Anniversary Party Jerry Adams
TV series 2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Slaves of Las Vegas" Dr. Sidney Cornfeld
TV series 2001 GuardianThe Guardian "Loyalties" Hudson's AttorneyThe Hudson's Attorney
TV film 2001 Glimpse of HellA Glimpse of Hell
TV film 2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Roger Edens
TV series 2001 NYPD Blue "Mom's Away" Phillip Connor
Film 2002 Changing Lanes Carlyle
TV series 2002 Hack "Obsession" Dr. Martin Shane
TV series 2002 Law & Order "DR 1-102" Aaron Solomon 05 episodes total
TV series 2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent "Con-Text" Randall Fuller
TV series 2003 It's All Relative "Pilot"
"Truth and Consequences"
"Hell's Kitchen"
"Take Me Out"
"The Doctor Is Out"
"Waking Uncle Paddy"
"Road Trippin' "
"Thanks, But No Thanks"
"Artistic Differences"
"The Santa That Came to Dinner"
Philip Stoddard 22 episodes total
TV series 2004 It's All Relative "Doggy-style"
"Fight for Your Invite to Party"
"What's Up"
"Our Sauce, It Is a Beauty"
"Ready, Aim, Sing"
"Tackleboxxx/The Love Below"
"Cross My Heart"
"A Long Day's Journey Into Leonard's"
"Oscar Interruptus"
"Who's Camping Now"
"Philip in a China Shop"
Philip Stoddard 22 episodes total
TV series 2004 Law & Order "C.O.D." Aaron Solomon 05 episodes total
TV series 2005 Alias "In Dreams" Father Kampinski
Film 2005 Flightplan David
TV series 2005 Law & Order "Mammon" Aaron Solomon 05 episodes total
TV film 2005 Silver Bells Lawrence
TV series 2006 Brothers & Sisters "Light the Lights" Major Guinness
Film 2006 Ex, TheThe Ex Wesley's Dad
Film 2006 Flags of Our Fathers Sergeant Keyes Beech
TV film 2006 House DividedA House Divided President Russell
Film 2006 Infamous Jack Dunphy
TV series 2006 Justice "Wrongful Death" Lloyd Barrett
TV series 2006 Law & Order "Profiteer" Aaron Solomon 05 episodes total
TV series 2006 Stacked "Headmaster""The Headmaster" Headmaster Keenan
TV series 2006 Undercover History "Amelia Earhart" Narrator voice actor; 6 episodes total
Film 2007 Freedom Writers Brian Gelford
TV series 2007 Heartland "Pilot" Bill
TV film 2007 Hunt for the Boston StranglerThe Hunt for the Boston Strangler Narrator voice actor
TV documentary 2007 Secrets of the Moon Landings Narrator voice actor
Film 2007 Seeker: The Dark Is RisingThe Seeker: The Dark Is Rising John Stanton
TV series 2007 Critical Situation "Nightmare on Mt. Hood" Narrator voice actor; also known as Situation Critical
Film 2007 Then She Found Me Alan
TV series 2007 Undercover History "Hunt for Hitler""The Hunt for Hitler"
"The Hunt for the Boston Strangler"
"J. Edgar Hoover"
Narrator voice actor; 6 episodes total
TV series 2008 In Plain Sight "Don of the Dead" Donald Ferguson/Donald Fraser
TV film 2008 Living Proof Blake Rogers, Dr. Slamon's friend and fellow scientist
TV documentary 2008 Real George WashingtonThe Real George Washington Narrator voice actor
TV series 2008 Undercover History "Unabomber: The Secret History"
"Undercover Titanic with Bob Ballard"
Narrator/Himself voice actor; 6 episodes total
TV film 2009 Lincoln: American Mastermind Narrator voice actor
Film 2009 Taking of Pelham 123The Taking of Pelham 123 Deputy Mayor LaSalle
TV series 2009 Timewatch "Real Bonnie and Clyde""The Real Bonnie and Clyde" Narrator voice actor
Film 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Theodore Galloway
TV series 2010 Big CThe Big C "Pilot"
"Summer Time"
"There's No C in Team"
"Playing the Cancer Car"
"Blue-Eyed Iris"
"Taking Lumps"
"Two for the Road"
"Happy Birthday, Cancer"
"The Ecstasy and the Agony"
"Divine Intervention"
"New Beginnings"
"Everything That Rises Must Converge"
"Taking the Plunge"
Sean Tolkey 36 episodes total
TV series 2010 Law & Order: LA "Pasadena" Congressman Thomas Nelson
Short film 2010 Civil Unions: A Love Story 04 minutes
TV series 2011 Big CThe Big C "Losing Patients"
"Musical Chairs"
"Sexual Healing"
"Cats and Dogs"
"The Little c"
"Goldilocks and the Bears"
"The Last Thanksgiving"
"A Little Death"
"How Do You Feel?"
"Fight or Flight"
"The Darkest Day"
"Crossing the Line"
Sean Tolkey 36 episodes total
TV series 2011 Gifted ManA Gifted Man "In Case of Exposure" Ben Tucker
TV series 2011 Good WifeThe Good Wife "Great Firewall" Neil Gross 03 episodes total
TV series 2012 Big CThe Big C "Thin Ice"
"What's Your Story?"
"Bundle of Joy"
"Family Matters"
"Face Off"
"Life Rights"
"How Bazaar"
"Vaya Con Dios"
"Fly Away"
Sean Tolkey 36 episodes total
TV series 2012 Good WifeThe Good Wife "Live from Damascus"
"Two Girls, One Code"
Neil Gross 03 episodes total
TV series 2012 Mob DoctorThe Mob Doctor "Family Secrets" Mark Easton
Film 2012 My Eleventh
TV series 2012 The New Normal "The God-Parent Trap"
"Dog Children"
"The Big Day
Father Michael 3 episodes Total
Film 2012 Pitch Perfect Dr. Mitchell
TV series 2013 Big CThe Big C "Quality of Life"
"You Can't Take it with You"
"Quality of Death"
"The Finale"
Sean Tolkey 36 episodes total
TV series 2013 HannibalHannibal "Buffet Froid" Dr. Sutcliffe
TV series 2014 Modern FamilyModern Family "Under Pressure" Dr. Clark
TV series 2014 ManhattanManhattan Frank Winter


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