John Benjamin Hickey

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.

John Benjamin Hickey
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
Plano, Texas, U.S.
EducationTexas State University, San Marcos
Fordham University (BA)
Juilliard School (GrDip)
Years active1990–present
Partner(s)Jeffrey Richman (2003 (2003)present)

Early life

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,[16] which concluded on December 15, 2015 after two seasons and 23 episodes.

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 the novel Howards End by E.M. Forster, creating the role Henry Wilcox at London's Young Vic and then transferring to the West End.[18]

Personal life

Hickey is openly gay.[19]



Source: TCM;[20] AllMovie[21]

1991Dangerous MusicTylerShort film
1992The BetHenryShort film
1994Only YouDwayne
1994The RefOld Baybrook Policeman
1995Comfortably NumbPriest
1996EddieJoe Nader
1996Sin #8N/AShort film
1997The Ice StormMark Boland
1997Love! Valour! Compassion!Arthur Pape
1998Finding NorthTravis Furlong
1999The General's DaughterCaptain Goodson
1999The Bone CollectorDr. Barry Lehman
2001The Anniversary PartyJerry Adams
2002Changing LanesCarlyle
2006The ExWesley's dad
2006Flags of Our FathersSergeant Keyes Beech
2006InfamousJack Dunphy
2007Freedom WritersBrian Gelford
2007The Seeker: The Dark Is RisingJohn Stanton
2007Then She Found MeAlan
2009The Taking of Pelham 123Deputy Mayor LaSalle
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTheodore Galloway
2010Civil Unions: A Love StoryN/AShort film
2012My EleventhN/A
2012Pitch PerfectDr. Mitchell
2014Get on UpRichard
2014Big Stone GapTheodore Tipton
2015TruthMark Wrolstad
2016TallulahStephen Mooney
2016BarryProfessor Gray
2017HostilesCaptain Royce Tolan
2018Forever My GirlPastor Brian Page
2018MapplethorpeSam Wagstaff

Television series

1990The Days and Nights of Molly DoddTrentEpisode: "Here's a Quick and Easy Recipe for Leftovers"
1994NYPD BluePaul GainesEpisode: "Good Time Charlie"
1997Nothing SacredDr. ElliottEpisode: "Speaking in Tongues"
1998Law & OrderCharles ThatcherEpisode: "Castoff"
19983rd Rock from the SunRickEpisode: "The Greatest Dickdater"
1998Sex and the CityTomEpisode: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
1999Homicide: Life on the StreetDennis KohlerEpisode: "Zen and Art of Murder"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAssistant District Attorney2 episodes
2001NYPD BluePhillip ConnorEpisode: "Mom's Away"
2001CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Sidney CornfeldEpisode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2002–06Law & OrderAaron Solomon4 episodes
2002HackDr. Martin ShaneEpisode: "Obsession"
2003–04It's All RelativePhilip Stoddard22 episodes
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentRandall FullerEpisode: "Con-Text"
2005AliasFather KampinskiEpisode: "In Dreams..."
2006–07Undercover HistoryNarrator6 episodes
2006StackedHeadmaster KeenanEpisode: "The Headmaster"
2006Brothers & SistersMajor GuinnessEpisode: "Light the Lights"
2006JusticeLloyd BarrettEpisode: "Wrongful Death"
2007HeartlandBillEpisode: "Pilot"
2008In Plain SightDonald Fraser
Donald Ferguson
Episode: "Don of the Dead"
2009TimewatchNarratorEpisode: "The Real Bonnie and Clyde"
2010–13The Big CSean Tolkey40 episodes
2010Law & Order: LAThomas NelsonEpisode: "Pasadena"
2011–16The Good WifeNeil Gross8 episodes
2011A Gifted ManBen TuckerEpisode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012–13The Mob DoctorMark Easton3 episodes
2012–13The New NormalFather Michael3 episodes
2013HannibalDr. SutcliffeEpisode: "Buffet Froid"
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTom MooreEpisode: "Wednesday's Child"
2014Modern FamilyDr. ClarkEpisode: "Under Pressure"
2014–15ManhattanFrank Winter22 episodes
2015Difficult PeopleFredEpisode: "Pledge Week"
2017The Good FightNeil Gross2 episodes
2017MomDr. SellersEpisode: "A Few Thongs and a Hawaiian Funeral"
2018Jessica JonesPeter Lyonne3 episodes

Television films

1994Normandy: The Great CrusadeLouis Simpson
1999The Lady in QuestionPaul Kessler
2000Perfect Murder, Perfect TownN/A
2001A Glimpse of HellN/A
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsRogers Edens
2005Silver BellsLawrence
2006A House DividedPresident Russell
2007The Hunt for the Boston StranglerNarrator
2007Secrets of the Moon LandingsNarrator
2008Living ProofBlake Rogers
2008The Real George WashingtonNarrator
2009Lincoln: American MastermindNarrator
2017The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBill Watson


Source: IBDB,[22] IOBDB[23]

1992The End of the DayJonathan Toffler/Young GraydonOff-Broadway
1992On the BumOskarOff-Broadway
1994–1995Love! Valour! Compassion!Arthur PapeOff-Broadway
1996Blue WindowGrieverOff-Broadway
1997God's HeartDavidOff-Broadway
1998–1999CabaretClifford BradshawBroadway
2002The CrucibleReverend John HaleBroadway
2009Mary StuartEarl of LeicesterBroadway
2011The Normal HeartFelix TurnerBroadway
2015Dada Woof Papa HotAlan[24][25]Off-Broadway
2017Six Degrees of SeparationFlan KittredgeBroadway
2018The InheritanceHenry WilcoxYoung Vic & West End

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play The Normal Heart Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Big C: Hereafter Nominated


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  17. Isherwood. "Review: ‘Dada Woof Papa Hot,’ About Gay Men and Parenthood", The New York Times, November 9, 2015
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