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 on July 9, 2011
Born (1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 59)
EducationTexas State University, San Marcos
Fordham University (BA)
Juilliard School (GrDip)
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Jeffrey Richman

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.

Early life[edit]

Hickey was born in Plano, Texas, and graduated from Plano Sr. High School[1] in 1981. He attended Texas State University - San Marcos from 1981–1983, where he was active in the theater department. He earned his bachelor's degree in English at Fordham University in 1985.[2][3]


On Broadway, he originated the role of Arthur in Terrence McNally's play Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995,[4] a role he recreated for the 1997 film version.[5]

He played supporting roles in a number of films including The Ice Storm (1997)[6] and The Anniversary Party (2001).[7] He has also appeared in Flightplan, Flags of Our Fathers, Freedom Writers, Then She Found Me, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Bet[6] and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.[8]

He played Clifford Bradshaw in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.[9] In that same year, he played the lead in the independent film Finding North.[10]

On Broadway, he played Reverend John Hale in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.[9]

Hickey played American novelist and playwright Jack Dunphy in the 2006 Truman Capote biopic Infamous.[11] Hickey played Philip Stoddard on the short-lived gay-themed sitcom It's All Relative.[12] 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.

He appeared in the 2011 Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, for which he won the Tony Award, Featured Actor in a Play.[9] He was in the Broadway revival of Mary Stuart in 2009, as the Earl of Leicester.[13][14]

From 2010 to 2013, he appeared on The Big C and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the final season of the series,[15] subtitled Hereafter. Hickey starred as scientist Frank Winter on the TV series Manhattan, which concluded on December 15, 2015 after two seasons and 23 episodes.[16]

In 2015, he appeared Off-Broadway at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre in the play Dada Woof Papa Hot by Peter Parnell.[17]

In 2018 he appeared in the world premiere of Matthew Lopez's new play The Inheritance, inspired by E.M. Forster's novel Howards End, creating the role Henry Wilcox at London's Young Vic and then transferring to the West End.[18]

On September 30, 2021, Hickey was cast as Father Callahan in the adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot for Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Hickey is gay. Since 2003 his partner has been screenwriter and television producer Jeffrey Richman.[20]



Source: TCM;[21] AllMovie[22]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dangerous Music Tyler Short film
1992 The Bet Henry Short film
1994 The Ref Old Baybrook Policeman
1994 Only You Dwayne
1995 Comfortably Numb Priest
1996 Eddie Joe Nader
1996 Sin #8 Short film
1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! Arthur Pape
1997 The Ice Storm Mark Boland
1998 Finding North Travis Furlong
1999 The General's Daughter Captain Goodson
1999 The Bone Collector Dr. Barry Lehman
2001 The Anniversary Party Jerry Adams
2002 Changing Lanes Carlyle
2005 Flightplan David
2006 Infamous Jack Dunphy
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Keyes Beech
2006 The Ex Wesley's dad
2007 Freedom Writers Brian Gelford
2007 Then She Found Me Alan
2007 The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising John Stanton
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Deputy Mayor LaSalle
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Theodore Galloway
2010 Civil Unions: A Love Story Short film
2012 Pitch Perfect Dr. Mitchell
2014 Get on Up Richard
2014 Big Stone Gap Theodore Tipton
2014 My Eleventh
2015 Truth Mark Wrolstad
2016 Tallulah Stephen Mooney
2016 Barry Professor Gray
2017 Hostiles Captain Royce Tolan
2018 Forever My Girl Pastor Brian Page
2018 Mapplethorpe Sam Wagstaff
2020 Sublet Michael
TBA Salem's Lot Father Callahan Post-production


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"
1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade Louis Simpson (voice) Television film
1995 New York News Episode: "You Thought the Pope Was Something"
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"
1999 The Lady in Question Paul Kessler Television film
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Miniseries
2000 D.C. Various 4 episodes
2000 Hamlet Horatio Television film
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Hickey 2 episodes
2001 A Glimpse of Hell Television film
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Roger Edens 2 episodes
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Sidney Cornfeld Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2001 The Guardian The Hudson's Attorney Episode: "Loyalties"
2001 NYPD Blue Phillip Connor Episode: "Mom's Away"
2002–06 Law & Order Aaron Solomon 4 episodes
2002 Hack Dr. Martin Shane Episode: "Obsession"
2003–04 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..."
2005 Silver Bells Lawrence Television film
2006–07 Undercover History Narrator 6 episodes
2006 Justice Lloyd Barrett Episode: "Wrongful Death"
2006 Brothers & Sisters Major Guinness Episode: "Light the Lights"
2006 Stacked Headmaster Keenan Episode: "The Headmaster"
2006 A House Divided President Russell Television film
2007 The Hunt for the Boston Strangler Narrator Television film
2007 Heartland Bill Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Critical Situation Narrator Episode: "Nightmare on Mount Hood"
2007 Secrets of the Moon Landings Narrator Television film
2008 The Real George Washington Narrator Television film
2008 In Plain Sight Donald Fraser / Donald Ferguson Episode: "Don of the Dead"
2008 Living Proof Blake Rogers Television film
2009 Timewatch Narrator Episode: "The Real Bonnie and Clyde"
2009 Lincoln: American Mastermind Narrator Television film
2010–13 The Big C Sean Tolkey 40 episodes
2010 Past Life Sid Episode: "Running on Empty"
2010 Law & Order: LA Thomas Nelson Episode: "Pasadena"
2011–16 The Good Wife Neil Gross 8 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Ben Tucker Episode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012–13 The Mob Doctor Mark Easton 3 episodes
2012–13 The New Normal Father Michael 3 episodes
2013 Hannibal Dr. Sutcliffe Episode: "Buffet Froid"
2014 Modern Family Dr. Clark Episode: "Under Pressure"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tom Moore Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2014–15 Manhattan Frank Winter 22 episodes
2015 Difficult People Fred Episode: "Pledge Week"
2017 The Good Fight Neil Gross 2 episodes
2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Bill Watson Television film
2017 Mom Dr. Sellers Episode: "A Few Thongs and a Hawaiian Funeral"
2019 Jessica Jones Peter Lyonne 3 episodes
2021 In Treatment Colin 6 episodes
2021 HouseBroken Various voices 3 episodes
2021 Gossip Girl Roy Sachs 3 episodes


Source: IBDB,[23] IOBDB[24]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The End of the Day Jonathan Toffler/Young Graydon Off-Broadway
1992 On the Bum Oskar Off-Broadway
1994–1995 Love! Valour! Compassion! Arthur Pape Off-Broadway
1995 Broadway
1996 Blue Window Griever Off-Broadway
1997 God's Heart David Off-Broadway
1998–1999 Cabaret Clifford Bradshaw Broadway
2002 The Crucible Reverend John Hale Broadway
2009 Mary Stuart Earl of Leicester Broadway
2011 The Normal Heart Felix Turner Broadway
2015 Dada Woof Papa Hot Alan[25][26] Off-Broadway
2017 Six Degrees of Separation Flan Kittredge Broadway
2018 The Inheritance Henry Wilcox Young Vic & West End
2019–2020 Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Mary Stuart Nominated
2011 Tony Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play The Normal Heart Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Big C: Hereafter Nominated
2020 Tony Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play The Inheritance Nominated


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