Denis O’Hare was born on January 17th, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As a teenager, he was in his school’s choir and in 1974 he went to his first audition, gaining a chorus part in a community theater production of Show Boat. In 1980, he left Detroit for Chicago to study theater at Northwestern University. He has become a renown theater actor and has received several awards for his work.
He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs. In 2008, he appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Brothers & Sisters.
In 2010, O’Hare joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood in its third season as Russell Edgington, the 2,800 year old vampire king of Mississippi. Recently he has appeared in a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy on the television drama series The Good Wife.
In 2011, he starred as Larry Harvey in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012. He returned to the show in 2013, playing Spalding in American Horror Story: Coven and once more as Stanley in American Horror Story: Freak Show, the latter for which he earned a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination. For his performance in American Horror Story: Hotel as Liz Taylor, O’Hare received universal critical acclaim.
Most recently, he appeared in three episodes of This is Us and has several films scheduled for release in 2017.
His feature film credits include The Anniversary Party, 21 Grams, Garden State, Derailed, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Half Nelson, Milk, Edge of Darkness, Charlie Wilson’s War, Dallas Buyer’s Club, and Changeling.