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Denis O’Hare is one of today’s busiest actors in the movie, television, and stage worlds.
Recently seen opposite George Clooney in the award-winning Michael Clayton, he again stars for that film’s director Tony Gilroy in the upcoming Duplicity. In addition to Milk, his 2008 film appearances include John Erick Dowdle’s Quarantined, David Ross’ The Babysitters, Michael McCullers’ hit Baby Mama, and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. Among his other films are Ryan Fleck’s Half Nelson (opposite Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling), Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, Jeffrey Blitz’ Rocket Science, Hilary Brougher’s Stephanie Daley, Chris Terrio’s Heights, Zach Braff’s Garden State, Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s The Anniversary Party, Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, and (also for Focus Features and with Sean Penn) Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams.
Mr. O’Hare is best known to television viewers for his second-season recurring role on Brothers & Sisters; he has also appeared several times on Law & Order, among other guest roles. His telefilms include Marion Meyer’s Alexander Hamilton, Michael Pressman’s Saint Maybe, and Kathleen Marshall’s musical Once Upon a Mattress (with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman).
The Kansas City native got his BS from Northwestern University. He has since starred onstage in both the U.S. and the U.K. In both countries, he originated the role of Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s play Take Me Out, under the direction of Joe Mantello. His portrayal brought Mr. O’Hare the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Audience Award as voted through www.broadway.com, and the Clarence Derwent Award.
He was again a Tony Award nominee under Mr. Mantello’s direction for Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins. His other Broadway appearances include the recent revivals of Sweet Charity (which earned him a Drama Desk Award), Inherit the Wind, Major Barbara, and Cabaret. He has twice won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, for his performances in Voice of the Prairie and Hauptmann. He starred in the latter, as Richard Hauptmann, in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Mr. O’Hare’s next stage work is off-Broadway, starring in the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s winter 2009 production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, under the direction of Austin Pendleton.