Sean Whalen is a professional actor, writer, producer and director from the
Washington D.C. area.
Sean holds acting workshops across the country teaching improv, scene study
and auditioning. He privately coaches actors and is one of the founders and
teachers at the Neighbors Comedy Dojo at Playhouse West which focuses on
improv and sketch comedy. Recently, Sean began teaching corporate improv for
teambuilding, fear of public speaking and conferences.
Like most actors, Sean moved to Los Angeles to study and perform at the famed
Groundling Theater. Later, he studied the Meisner technique at Playhouse West
which was founded by Bob Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum.
Sean began his career appearing in commercials for Little Caesar’s Pizza, TJ
Maxx, Bud Light, and many others. His most acclaimed commercial was the first-
ever “Got Milk?” commercial directed by Michael Bay in 1993.
His first major film role was in People Under the Stairs directed by Wes Craven.
Other films include Twister, Never Been Kissed, Jury Duty, That Thing You Do,
Men in Black, Employee of the Month, Waterworld, Batman Returns, Jersey
Boys, Seth Rogen’s Untitled Pickle Movie and Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell. He has
also appeared in low budget features including The FP, FP2 and Villisca.
Sean has also appeared in numerous television shows such as Lost,
Constantine, Castle, Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, Friends, Magnum PI and
Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has worked on shows for Disney and
Nickelodeon as well as having recurring roles on the shows the Bold and the
Beautiful, Unfabulous and the NBC comedy, Superstore.
In addition to acting, Sean has written several screenplays, television pilots, and
completed punch up work on several cartoons. He has written a couple of short
films. One of them, Turkey Cake, which he also directed, won best short at the
Rehobeth Film Festival and appeared at American Short Shorts in Japan. He is
currently working preproduction on Crust, a horror comedy he wrote, will direct
and star in. Sean has written for theater as well. He co-wrote a comedy entitled
Psyche on Vine.
In summer 2018 Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos asked Sean to create
and host a podcast for their network, Afterbuzz TV, one of the largest digital
networks on the web. The podcast is called Acting Class Weekly With Sean
Whalen, where he speaks to actors about the “Show and the Business” of the
Sean Whalen has a degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.