A talented stage actor who made a name for himself in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, John Benjamin Hickey has also appeared on such popular television shows as Sex and the City and Homicide: Life in the Streets. Simultaneously making a bid for the big screen with roles in The Ice Storm (1997) and Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997), Hickey began gaining momentum in such big budget efforts as The Bone Collector and The General's Daughter (both 1999). After leaning back toward his stage roots with television's Hamlet in 2000, Hickey appeared in Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh's searing showbiz satire The Wedding Party in 2001. He worked steadily in small parts in movies such as Changing Lanes, Flightplan, and Infamous, and landed a major role for Clint Eastwood in the 2006 World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. He appeared in Freedom Writers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 before landing a major role in the Showtime series The Big C opposite Laura Linney.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Won an Obie Award for his 1995 performance in Love! Valour! Compassion! and played the same character in the 1997 film version.
- Attended the Juilliard School with Laura Linney, and has worked with her on cable's The Big C and in The Crucible on Broadway.
- Considers Edward Albee one of the greatest playwrights and is a big fan of A Delicate Balance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
- Has been directed by longtime friend Joe Mantello in five plays and one movie.