Renowned for his work on stage and screen, Denis O’Hare has established a strong presence in the industry as a skillful, in-demand character actor. He most recently rejoined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s award-winning FX horror anthology, American Horror Story for its third season. Also starring Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven is set to premiere on October 9, 2013.
O’Hare will next be seen in the independent feature, C.O.G., which premiered as part of the Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, also starring Jonathan Groff, Corey Stoll, and Casey Wilson, is directed and adapted by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from the popular David Sedaris short story of the same name.
O’Hare also recently completed production on a series of upcoming films. First, he joined the cast of Dallas Buyers Club, a film based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual man in the 1980’s whose diagnosis of AIDS forced him to smuggle medication into the U.S. Also starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, the film recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in December 2013. Under the direction of Ryan Murphy, Denis will also soon star in HBO’s The Normal Heart, alongside Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, and Julia Roberts. Adapted from the award-winning play by Larry Kramer, the film chronicles a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Furthermore, O’Hare will also soon star in two upcoming horror pictures — The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1976 film, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and Site 146, directed by Grégory Levasseur.
On television, O’Hare appeared in two seasons of the hit HBO series, True Blood, as Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi. Concurrently, O’Hare was also recently seen on television in his recurring roles of Larry Harvey, in the FX series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy, for which he received an Emmy® nomination, and Judge Charles Abernathy in the acclaimed CBS series, The Good Wife. O’Hare’s additional television credits include roles on Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Miami, Bored to Death, Law & Order, and 100 Centre Street.
On screen, O’Hare has appeared in a varied and interesting slate of films. His most recent credits include Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, and Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle, co-starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. O’Hare’s additional film credits include roles in Edge of Darkness, with Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone; The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds; Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity, with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Tom Wilkinson; An Englishman in New York; Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on the best-selling short stories by David Foster Wallace; Milk, opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsh; Quarantine; Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, opposite Angelina Jolie; Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; Pretty Bird; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; Awake; The Babysitters, opposite John Leguizamo and Cynthia Nixon; Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, opposite George Clooney and Tilda Swinton; Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot; Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, with Angelina Jolie; Rocket Science; Half Nelson, with Ryan Gosling; Stephanie Daley; Derailed, opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston; Heights; Zach Braff’s Garden State; Alejandro González-Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn; Sweet and Lowdown; River Red; and St. Patrick’s Day.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, O’Hare was raised in Southfield, Michigan, prior to his graduation from Northwestern University. He spent twelve years as a stage actor in Chicago before moving to New York in 1992. After acting in numerous Regional and Off-Broadway productions, O’Hare made his Broadway debut in 1995 in David Hare’s Racing Demon, directed by the esteemed Richard Eyre. He soon returned to the Great White Way in the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, before landing the role of “Cusins” in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Most recently, Denis starred as the Baker, alongside Amy Adams, in the Public Theater’s summer staging of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, Into the Woods. O’Hare also recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of An Iliad, a one-man stage retelling of Homer’s famous poem, which he co-authored with Lisa Peterson, for which he earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, an Obie Award for Special Citation, a Patrick Lee Theater Bloggers Award for Outstanding Solo Show/Performance, as well as Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations.
Among his other theatrical credits include Elling, with Brendan Fraser and Jennifer Coolidge, Inherit the Wind, with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy; Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out, for which his role of Mason Marzac earned him the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, Lucille Lortel, and Broadway.com Audience Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Play; Assassins, for which he earned a Tony® nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; and Sweet Charity, for which he earned a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, a nomination for the Outer Critics Circle Award, and two Broadway.com Audience Awards.
O’Hare currently resides in New York City.