Tonight’s Menu: Sean Maher from Firefly, The Last Ship, Wolverine, Dr. Strange, Space Pants, and NASA’s SciFi Five in Five
SciFi Diner Podcast 280 – Our Interview with Sean Maher
(Simon Tam on Firefly and the Voice of Nightwing)
A Farpoint Interview
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Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975) is an American actor, who portrayed Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity.
Maher was born in Pleasantville, New York to Joseph and Margaret Maher. After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997. He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods.
Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the short-lived (dropped after seven episodes) Fox series The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.
He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley’s Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen’s Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg’s new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian’s Song.
In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star inLifetime Television’s pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).
In 2011 Maher landed a role in the television series The Playboy Club. He played Sean, a closeted gay man who is in a sham marriage with a closeted lesbian Playboy Bunny. He appeared in eight episodes, in 2011 and 2012, in another series, Make It or Break It, as the character Marcus. He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon’s 2012 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
In 2014, Maher starred as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in “Son of Batman”, a direct-to-video animated film. It is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
Maher and his husband Paul have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.