Love him! John Benjamin Hickey has starred in some of the most beloved plays of the last decade & a half, beginning with a play I am crazy for, Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! & Broadway revivals of Cabaret, The Crucible, & The Normal Heart, where his performance as Felix Turner earned him the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In accepting his Tony Award, after listing a large number of people in his life, & after glancing at his notes, Hickey stated: “thank you to my wise, my wonderful, my exceedingly patient Jeffrey Richmond, my partner.” Richmond is a writer on Modern Family.
Currently, Hickey plays Sean, the homeless brother of the main character, on the Showtime series, The Big C, which I am going to watch starting with episode #1 this summer. Why have I passed on this show when I just love Laura Linney & Hickey.
On film, he repeated his Broadway role in Love! Valour! Compassion! , a film I love. Hickey played gay American novelist & playwright Jack Dunphy in the 2006 Truman Capote biopic- Infamous, along with supporting roles in other films, including Post Apocalyptic favorites-The Ref & The Ice Storm, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Transformers 2, Flags Of Our Fathers & The Anniversary Party. On TV Hickey played Philip Stoddard on ABC's short-lived gay-themed sitcom It's All Relative. Other TV appearances: Alias, Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, Stacked, Undercover History, Heartland, In Plain Sight, Law & Order: LA. He was terrific in Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows.
I appreciate creative, interesting, engaging character actors that continue to work in all media.
Hickey lives with Richmond in NYC & LA. He turns 49 years old today.