5' 10" dark brown-haired, blue-eyed actor Sean Maher is widely popular among TV viewers as Simon Tam, Serenity's resident doctor, on Fox's short-lived cult-hit science fiction television series “Firefly” (2002-2003) and in its feature-length adaptation, “Serenity” (2005).
An NYU graduate, Maher began acting on stage before making his TV debut on the short-lived Fox primetime series “Ryan Caulfield: Year One” (1999). He also appeared in such shows as "Party of Five," "The $treet," "CSI: Miami" and "Ghost Whisperer," as well as in the ABC remake of "Brian's Song" (2001; he starred as Brian Piccolo, a football player stricken with terminal cancer) and A&E's Movie of the Week "Wedding Wars" (2006). The actor also played the lead role in writer/director Amanda Goodwin's independent film "Living 'til the End" (2006).
Childhood and Family:
In Pleasantville, New York, Sean Maher was born on April 16, 1975, to Joseph and Margaret Maher. He was raised in Westchester County, New York.
Maher graduated from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, at the same time as actors Eddie Cahill and Eyal Podell. He was trained at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York (NYU), where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama in 1997. Maher also studied theater with the Tisch School of the Arts in London, The Collaborative Arts Project Twenty-One, Shakespeare Scenework, the Experimental Theater Wing, and the Playwright's Horizons Theater School.
Maher is currently single and lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Stung by the acting bug while appearing in a play at summer camp, Sean Maher was seen on stage in Federico García Lorca's tragic play "Yerma" and the musical "Into the Woods." An NYU graduate, Maher also studied theater with the Tisch School of the Arts in London, The Collaborative Arts Project Twenty-One, Shakespeare Scenework, the Experimental Theater Wing, and the Playwright's Horizons Theater School. His theater credits include regional productions of "Doors," "Berlin, Berlin," "Over the Tavern, Part II," "Book of the Night" and "Severity's Mistress."
In 1999, two years after graduating from NYU, Maher landed his first big break on Fox's primetime series "Ryan Caulfield: Year One," in which he played the title role of the rookie cop. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after two episodes. Six other episodes were produced but never broadcast.
Entering the new millennium, Sean scored the recurring role of Adam Matthews, a love interest for Neve Campbell's Julia Salenger, on Fox's dramatic television series "Party of Five." He also worked on Fox's drama about a small brokerage house located in New York City Wall Street, "The $treet" (2000-2001), in which Maher portrayed slick trader Chris McConnell. Afterward, Maher was cast as Brian Piccolo, a football player stricken with terminal cancer, in the ABC remake of "Brian's Song" (2001), opposite Mekhi Phifer. That same year, he also appeared in CBS’ unsold drama pilot "HRT" (aka “Hostage Rescue Team”).
Maher struck the big time again in 2002 when he was cast as Simon Tam, Serenity's resident doctor, on Fox's short-lived cult-hit science fiction/drama television series "Firefly." Premiering on September 20, 2002, the show was canceled in August 2003 after only eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. Despite the series' relatively short life span, it won an Emmy in 2003 for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series" and found success in its DVD release. Maher was also spotted as a guest in an April 2003 episode of CBS' forensic drama series "CSI: Miami."
2005 saw Maher reprise his “Firefly” role in the feature-length adaptation, “Serenity,” written and directed by the series' creator Joss Whedon. He commented, “I think time was a big thing. We had a lot more time to tell a story then when we were shooting the series. But to me it felt so similar to the show, everything just felt a little more spectacular. It felt a little grander. There was a wonderful feeling of redemption to come back with these people. It was a great reunion, so it was a wonderful energy.”
During that same year, Maher also starred as a chief resident in Fox's failed TV series "Halley's Comet" and Lifetime’s original movie "The Dive from Clausen's Pier," an adaptation of Ann Packer’s novel in which he co-starred opposite Michelle Trachtenberg. He also guest starred as a ghost in an episode of CBS’ television fantasy series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, "Ghost Whisperer," and played the lead role of Jack, a buttoned-down estate planner who lives out the year as a hopeless agoraphobic after being told by a psychic about his impending death, in writer/director Amanda Goodwin's independent film, "Living 'til the End."
In 2006, TV viewers could catch him as Ted Moore, the boyfriend of a gay wedding planner (played by John Stamos), in A&E's Movie of the Week "Wedding Wars," which also starred Eric Dane and Bonnie Somerville.