Sean Maher at the 2013 WonderCon.
April 16, 1975 |
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Sheryl Sutherland (2001-04)Paul (unknown surname) (2006–present)
Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York. After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997. He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods.
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 $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.
He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley's Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg's new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian's Song.
In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television's pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).
In 2011 Maher landed a role in the television series The Playboy Club. He played Sean, a closeted gay man who is in a sham marriage with a closeted lesbian Playboy Bunny. He appeared in eight episodes, in 2011 and 2012, in another series, Make It or Break It, as the character Marcus. He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon's 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
Maher and his partner Paul have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.
|2005||Living 'til the End||Jack Whilton|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Don John|
|2012||Best Friends Forever||Sean|
|2013||Heads We Do||J.K.||Post-production|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Ryan Caulfield||Main role (7 episodes)|
|2000||Party of Five||Adam Matthews||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2000–2001||$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)|
|2013-2014||Arrow||Mark Scheffer / Shrapnel||Episodes: "Blast Radius" and "Suicide Squad"|
- "Biography for Sean Maher". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Sean Maher Firefly profile". (August 29, 2007). BuddyTV. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- 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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