He left the tour to attend Carnegie Mellon University but left after a year to make his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of Oklahoma!
Soon after, he appeared in the original Broadway companies of Urban Cowboy (musical), The Boy From Oz, The Frogs (musical), Sweet Charity, and as Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line.
Hanes was born in Jacksonville, Florida and was raised in Marietta, Georgia.
The fifth of seven children, Tyler was raised by his mother, Bonnie Hanes.
Hanes also appeared in the Broadway companies of Hairspray (musical) and On the Town (musical).
Off-Broadway, Tyler has starred in the musical "Juno", and Stephen Sondheim's "A Bed And A Chair: A NY Love Affair.” Tyler is currently starring as Rum Tum Tugger in the Broadway Revival of Cats (musical).
, the legacy of playing Luke Snyder, and dream roles. My mom’s name is Vanfossen, and her dad’s name was Marion, which wasn’t exactly a great name to grow up with a hundred years ago. I was named Evan so that I could be called Van, after him. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I think I’ve always tried to treat people well and with kindness. Even if I don’t like somebody, I’m not an ass about it. Having made that mistake really young, I realized I’d hurt other people and myself.
The Backlot: First of all: I just want to thank you for going by the name “Van.” It’s one of my favorite old Hollywood names. I missed out on potentially good friendships because I called them a funny name, and that was their name to me. TB: There is nothing like the fandom of soap operas.
Van admitted: actor Van Hansis is dating fellow actor Tyler Hanes.
"They're very happy and have been dating for a while now," says our source.
VH: I don’t think I’ve ever been cheated on, and I’ve never cheated on anybody. I guess I have a very un-dramatic relationship, so it’s fun to be in dramatic relationships onscreen. That’s the issue these characters have; they love each other, but they don’t respect each other. I think sometimes especially young people get really excited about the prospect of being in love and all this stuff, then they treat the person they love pretty awfully. Jeremy and Ian might be the only ones who are possibly capable of that at this point.
I think Kit’s found a really cool way of making characters who have archetypal behavior, but they’re not archetypes. The first character I related to was Cassie — that really entertaining girl who’s kind of a complete mess. (Source) TB: I watched the show and kept thinking, “I don’t relate to these people, but I’ve dated these people.” Did this show relate at all to your dating experiences? I’ve been in the same relationship for a long time now, and we’re very happy, my partner and I.
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