Sean Maher

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Sean Maher
Sean Maher by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sean Maher in 2012
Born (1975-04-16) April 16, 1975 (age 39)
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Years active 1999–present
Partner(s)

Sheryl Sutherland (2001-04)

Paul (unknown surname) (2006–present)
Children 2

Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity.[1]

Early life[edit]

Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York to Joseph and Margaret Maher.[2] After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997.[3] He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods.[4]

Career[edit]

Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the Fox show The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.

He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley's Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg's new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian's Song.

In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television's pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).

In 2011 Maher landed a role in the television series The Playboy Club. He played Sean, a closeted gay man who is in a sham marriage with a closeted lesbian Playboy Bunny. He appeared in eight episodes, in 2011 and 2012, in another series, Make It or Break It, as the character Marcus. He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon's 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

In 2014, Maher starred as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in "Son of Batman", a direct-to-video animated film. It is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Personal life[edit]

Maher and his partner Paul have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010).[5] Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad.[5] He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Serenity Simon Tam
2005 Living 'til the End Jack Whilton
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Don John
2012 Best Friends Forever Sean
2014 BFFs J.K. aka Heads We Do
2014 Son of Batman Dick Grayson / Nightwing Voice
2015 The Old Hag Syndrome Alex Upcoming film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Ryan Caulfield Main role (7 episodes)
2000 Party of Five Adam Matthews Recurring role (7 episodes)
2000–2001 $treet, TheThe $treet Chris McConnell Regular role (12 episodes)
2001 Hostage Rescue Team TV film
2001 Brian's Song Brian Piccolo TV film
2002–2003 Firefly Dr. Simon Tam Main role (14 episodes)
2003 CSI: Miami Carson Mackie Episode: "Spring Break"
2004 CSI: Miami Carson Video game
2005 Halley's Comet Bret Fennow TV film
2005 Dive from Clausen's Pier, TheThe Dive from Clausen's Pier Kilroy TV film
2005 Ghost Whisperer Conor Donovan Episode: "Mended Hearts"
2006 Wedding Wars Ted Moore TV film
2009 Drop Dead Diva Marcus Newsome Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Jasper / Wilson Episode: "Bleeding Heart"
2010 Human Target Aaron Cooper Episode: "Embassy Row"
2010 Warehouse 13 Sheldon Episode: "Mild Mannered"
2011 Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club Sean Beasley Main role (7 episodes)
2011–2012 Make It or Break It Marcus Recurring role (8 episodes)
2013 EastSiders Paul Webseries (3 episodes)
2013-2014 Arrow Mark Scheffer / Shrapnel Episodes: "Blast Radius" and "Suicide Squad"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Sean Maher". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sean Maher Firefly profile". (August 29, 2007). BuddyTV. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Stransky, Tanner (September 26, 2011). "'Playboy Club' star Sean Maher opens up about his sexuality: 'This is my coming out ball'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 

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