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.

He currently stars as Frank Winter on the WGN America series Manhattan.

Career[edit]

Education[edit]

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.

Theatre[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dangerous Music Tyler Short film
1992 The Bet Henry Short film
1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade Louis Simpson Television film
1994 Only You Dwayne
1994 The Ref Old Baybrook Policeman
1995 Comfortably Numb Priest
1996 Eddie Joe Nader
1996 Sin #8 Unknown Short film
1997 The Ice Storm Mark Boland
1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! Arthur Pape
1998 Finding North Travis Furlong
1999 The General's Daughter Captain Goodson
1999 The Bone Collector Dr. Barry Lehman
1999 The Lady in Question Paul Kessler Television film
2000 Hamlet Horatio Television film
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Unknown Television film
2001 The Anniversary Party Jerry Adams
2001 A Glimpse of Hell Unknown Television film
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Rogers Edens Television film
2002 Changing Lanes Carlyle
2005 Flightplan David
2005 Silver Bells Lawrence Television film
2006 The Ex Wesley's dad
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Sergeant Keyes Beech
2006 A House Divided President Russell Television film
2006 Infamous Jack Dunphy
2007 Freedom Writers Brian Gelford
2007 The Hunt for the Boston Strangler Narrator Television film
2007 Secrets of the Moon Landings Narrator Television film
2007 The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising John Stanton
2007 Then She Found Me Alan
2008 Living Proof Blake Rogers Television film
2008 The Real George Washington Narrator Television film
2009 Lincoln: American Mastermind Narrator Television film
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Deputy Mayor LaSalle
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Theodore Galloway
2010 Civil Unions: A Love Story Unknown Short film
2012 My Eleventh Unknown
2012 Pitch Perfect Dr. Mitchell

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Trent Episode: "Here's a Quick and Easy Recipe for Leftovers"
1994 NYPD Blue Paul Gaines Episode: "Good Time Charlie"
1997 Nothing Sacred Dr. Elliott Episode: "Speaking in Tongues"
1998 Law & Order Charles Thatcher Episode: "Castoff"
1998 3rd Rock from the Sun Rick Episode: "The Greatest Dickdater"
1998 Sex and the City Tom Episode: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Dennis Kohler Episode: "Zen and Art of Murder"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Assistant District Attorney 2 episodes
2001 NYPD Blue Phillip Connor Episode: "Mom's Away"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Sidney Cornfeld Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2002–2006 Law & Order Aaron Solomon 4 episodes
2002 Hack Dr. Martin Shane Episode: "Obsession"
2003–2004 It's All Relative Philip Stoddard 22 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Randall Fuller Episode: "Con-Text"
2005 Alias Father Kampinski Episode: "In Dreams..."
2006–2007 Undercover History Narrator 6 episodes
2006 Stacked Headmaster Keenan Episode: "The Headmaster"
2006 Brothers & Sisters Major Guinness Episode: "Light the Lights"
2007 Heartland Bill Episode: "Pilot"
2008 In Plain Sight Donald Fraser/Donald Ferguson Episode: "Don of the Dead"
2009 Timewatch Narrator Episode: "The Real Bonnie and Clyde"
2010–2013 The Big C Sean Tolkey 40 episodes
2010 Law & Order: LA Congressman Thomas Nelson Episode: "Pasadena"
2011–2013 The Good Wife Neil Gross 6 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Ben Tucker Episode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Mark Easton 3 episodes
2012–2013 The New Normal Father Michael 3 episodes
2013 Hannibal Dr. Sutcliffe Episode: "Buffet Froid"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tom Moore Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2014 Modern Family Dr. Clark Episode: "Under Pressure"
2014 Manhattan Frank Winter Episode: "You Always Hurt the One You Love"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play The New Normal Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Big C: Hereafter Nominated

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