Maher speaking at the 2017 WonderCon
April 16, 1975|
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Paul (m. 2016)
Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York to Joseph and Margaret Maher. 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 played one of the main characters on the short-lived (dropped after seven episodes) Fox series 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 network 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.
Maher publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform. He and his husband Paul have two adopted children, a daughter and a son. Following the birth of their daughter in 2007, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad.
|2005||Serenity||Dr. Simon Tam|
|Living 'til the End||Jack Whilton|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Don John|
|Best Friends Forever||Sean|
|2014||BFFs||J.K.||aka Heads We Do|
|Son of Batman||Dick Grayson / Nightwing||Voice|
|2015||The Old Hag Syndrome||Alex|
|Batman vs. Robin||Dick Grayson / Nightwing||Voice|
|People You May Know||Joe|
|2016||Batman: Bad Blood||Dick Grayson / Nightwing / Batman||Voice|
|Justice League vs. Teen Titans||Dick Grayson / Nightwing||Voice|
|2017||Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||Dick Grayson / Nightwing||Voice|
|Beyond the Edge||Dr. Abe Anderson||Formerly known as ISRA-88|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Ryan Caulfield||Main role (7 episodes)|
|2000||Party of Five||Adam Matthews||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2000–2001||The $treet||Chris McConnell||Regular role (12 episodes)|
|2001||Hostage Rescue Team||TV film|
|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"|
|2005||Halley's Comet||Bret Fennow||TV film|
|The Dive from Clausen's Pier||Kilroy||TV film|
|Ghost Whisperer||Conor Donovan||Episode: "Mended Hearts"|
|2006||Wedding Wars||Ted Moore||TV film|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Marcus Newsome||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||The Mentalist||Jasper / Wilson||Episode: "Bleeding Heart"|
|Human Target||Aaron Cooper||Episode: "Embassy Row"|
|Warehouse 13||Sheldon||Episode: "Mild Mannered"|
|2011||The 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"|
|2015||Looking||Jake||Episode: "Looking for Home"|
|2018||9-1-1||Paul||Episode: "Full Moon (Creepy AF)"|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Carson||Video game|
|2013||EastSiders||Paul||Webseries (3 episodes)|
|2014||New Year||Narration||Animated exhibition by Adam Shecter|
- Greg Hernandez (7 April 2016). "Openly gay actor Sean Maher of Firefly fame is now married man". Gay Star News.
- "Sean Maher biography". SeanMaher.info. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- "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.
- "Past Exhibitions : 2014 : Adam Shecter". Eleven Rivington Gallery. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- Fowler, Matt (March 11, 2015). "Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion launch Indiegogo Campaign for Con Man". IGN. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
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