Denis O’Hare

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Actor

Birth Date: January 17, 1962

Age: 62 years old

Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri

American character actor Denis O'Hare found lasting fame from his roles in supernatural thrillers, especially his partnership with famed producer Ryan Murphy. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent the majority of his youth in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. After college at Chicago's Northwestern University, he moved to New York to work in theater. He appeared in Off-Broadway productions before making his Broadway debut in 1995's "Racing Demon." On screen, he began securing small roles in television shows like "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-99). In film, Woody Allen cast the actor in a small role in "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), starring Sean Penn. O'Hare would appear again with Penn in the political drama "Milk" (2008), playing anti-gay California politician John Briggs. Like numerous theater actors, he made numerous appearances on Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). He also had a recurring role on the family drama "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-11). After roles in films such as "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and "Baby Mama" (2008), with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, he began gaining traction as a film actor. His appearance as an immigration agent investigating the relationship between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in "The Proposal" (2009) provided additional audience recognition. He stepped squarely into the limelight, however, when he was cast as Russell Edgington in HBO's "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14). Playing the ambitious vampire king, he became one of television's most unique villains. He continued his supernatural run with help from Murphy. The producer cast the actor in the first season of "American Horror Story" (Fox, 2011- ) as the "Burned Man." He would return to the series in the third season "American Horror Story: Coven," playing the butler to a coven of witches, in the fourth, "American Horror Story: Freak Show," as the con artist partner of Emma Roberts, and would have roles in the fifth and six seasons as well. The actor had a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy in "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-16) and its spinoff "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access, 2017- ). Similarly, he lent his talents to the series "The Comedians", "This Is Us" (NBC), and "Big Little Lies" (HBO), in recurring parts. He never stopped working in film, with prominent roles in "J. Edgar" (2011), "Dallas Buyer's Club" (2013), "Late Night" (2019), and "The Goldfinch" (2019). On television, he joined the cast of Joss Whedon's Victorian-themed thriller "The Nevers" (HBO, 2020- ) playing a ruthless surgeon.

Credits

American Horror Story: DelicateStream

Actor
Dr. Andrew Hill
Series
2023

American Horror Story: New York CityStream

Actor
Henry
Series
2022

Infinite Storm

Actor
Dave
Movie
2022

American Horror Story: Double FeatureStream

Actor
Holden Vaughn
Series
2021

The Nevers

Actor
Dr. Edmund Hague
Series
2021
49%

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!

Actor
old Max
Special
2020

Late Night

Actor
Brad
Movie
2019

The Goldfinch

Actor
Lucius Reeve
Movie
2019

Bottom of the 9th

Actor
Officer Lonergan
Movie
2019

The Day Shall Come

Actor
Andy
Movie
2019

Swallow

Actor
Erwin
Movie
2019

A Second Chance

Actor
Movie
2019

Couch Surfing

Guest
Show
2018

LizzieStream

Actor
John Morse
Movie
2018
66%

Danger One

Actor
Craddock
Movie
2018

The Parting Glass

Actor
Daniel
Movie
2018

The Parting Glass

Producer
Movie
2018

The Parting Glass

Screenwriter
Movie
2018

When We RiseStream

Guest Star
Jim Foster
Miniseries
2017
82%

Big Little LiesStream

Actor
Ira Farber
Series
2017
89%

The Good FightStream

Guest Star
Series
2017
95%

The Accidental WolfStream

Actor
Series
2017

NovitiateStream

Actor
Archbishop McCarthy
Movie
2017
86%

Allure

Actor
William
Movie
2017

This Is UsStream

Guest Star
Jessie
Series
2016
94%

American Horror Story: Roanoke

Actor
William van Henderson/Dr. Elias Cunningham
Show
2016

From Nowhere

Actor
Movie
2016

Army of One

Actor
Agent Doss
Movie
2016

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Actor
Edgar Allan Poe
Movie
2016

American Horror Story: HotelStream

Actor
Liz Taylor
Series
2015

Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed

Guest
Show
2015

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Actor
Stanley
Show
2014

Rake

Guest Star
Graham Murray
Show
2014

The JudgeStream

Actor
Doc Morris
Movie
2014
48%

The PyramidStream

Actor
Miles Holden
Movie
2014
13%

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Actor
Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
Movie
2014

The Normal HeartStream

Actor
Hiram Keebler
Movie
2014
94%

American Horror Story: Coven

Actor
Spalding
Show
2013

BansheeStream

Guest Star
Special Agent Robert Phillips
Series
2013
90%

Dallas Buyers ClubStream

Actor
Dr. Sevard
Movie
2013
92%

Families Like Yours

Actor
Movie
2013

C.O.G.

Actor
Jon
Movie
2013

American Horror StoryStream

Actor
Larry Harvey
Series
2011
76%

5,000 Feet is the Best

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Pilot
Movie
2011

The Eagle

Actor
Lutorius
Movie
2011

J. EdgarStream

Actor
Albert Osborne
Movie
2011
43%

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

Guest
Show
2010

Edge of Darkness

Actor
Moore
Movie
2010

The Good WifeStream

Guest Star
Judge Charles Abernathy
Series
2009
93%

An Englishman in New York

Actor
Show
2009

RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

Guest
Series
2009

DuplicityStream

Actor
Duke Monahan
Movie
2009
65%

The ProposalStream

Actor
Mr. Gilbertson
Movie
2009
45%

An Englishman in New York

Actor
Phillip Steele
Movie
2009

True BloodStream

Actor
Russell Edgington
Series
2008
68%

Baby MamaStream

Actor
Dr. Manheim
Movie
2008
63%

Quarantine

Actor
Randy
Movie
2008

MilkStream

Actor
John Briggs
Movie
2008
93%

ChangelingStream

Actor
Dr. Jonathan Steele
Movie
2008
62%

Pretty Bird

Actor
Chuck
Movie
2008

Rocket Science

Actor
Doyle Hefner
Movie
2007

Michael ClaytonStream

Actor
Mr. Greer
Movie
2007
90%

A Mighty HeartStream

Actor
John Bussey
Movie
2007
79%

Charlie Wilson's WarStream

Actor
Harold Holt
Movie
2007
82%

Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot

Actor
Mike
Movie
2007

Brothers & SistersStream

Guest Star
Travis March
Series
2006
79%

Justice

Guest Star
Series
2006
63%

Half NelsonStream

Actor
Jimbo
Movie
2006
91%

Stephanie Daley

Actor
Frank
Movie
2006

Angel

Actor
Henry
Movie
2005

Once Upon a Mattress

Actor
Prince Dauntless
Movie
2005

Heights

Actor
Andrew
Movie
2005

Derailed

Actor
Jerry
Movie
2005

Garden StateStream

Actor
Albert
Movie
2004
86%

CSI: MiamiStream

Guest Star
Series
2002

Law & Order: Criminal IntentStream

Guest Star
Father Shea
Series
2001

CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

Guest Star
Series
2000

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Father Chris Shea
Series
1999
78%

Saint Maybe

Actor
Reverend Emmett
Movie
1998

River Red

Actor
Father
Movie
1998

St. Patrick's Day

Actor
Russell
Movie
1997

Law & OrderStream

Guest Star
Series
1990

American MastersStream

Actor
Franchise
1986

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