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Jon Hamm
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Hamm at PaleyFest in 2014
Born
Jonathan Daniel Hamm

March 10, 1971 (1971-03-10) (age 49)
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin
University of Missouri
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Jennifer Westfeldt 1997 - separated 2015

Jonathan Daniel Hamm (born March 10, 1971) is an American actor best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper for the AMC television drama series Mad Men (2007–2015).

For much of the mid-1990s, he lived in Los Angeles, making appearances in television series Providence, The Division, What About Brian, and Related. In 2000, he made his feature film debut in the space adventure film Space Cowboys. The next year, he had a minor role in the independent comedy Kissing Jessica Stein (2001).

He gained wide recognition when Mad Men began in July 2007. His performance earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2008 and again in 2016, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2015. He also directed two episodes of the show.

In 2008, Hamm appeared in a remake of the science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. His first leading film role was in the 2010 independent thriller Stolen. He also had supporting roles in the films The Town (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), and Bridesmaids (2011). Hamm has received 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performances in Mad Men, 30 Rock (2006–2013), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present).

His other television credits include featuring in the Sky Arts series A Young Doctor's Notebook and guest roles in Black Mirror, Parks and Recreation and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He has also provided his voice to the animated films Shrek Forever After (2010) and Minions (2015).

Early life

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Hamm on the set of The Town in September 2009

Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Deborah and Daniel Hamm. His father managed a family trucking company, and his mother was a secretary. He is of German, English, and Irish descent; his surname came from German immigrants.

Hamm's parents divorced when he was two years old, and he lived in St. Louis County in Creve Coeur with his mother until her death when he was 10 years old. Hamm then lived with his father in Clayton, Missourit.

His first acting role was as Winnie the Pooh in first grade. At 16, he was cast as Judas in the play Godspell, and enjoyed the experience, though he did not take acting seriously. He attended John Burroughs School, a private school in Ladue, where he was a member of the football, baseball, and swim teams. During this time, he dated Sarah Clarke, who became an actress. When Hamm was 20, his father died.

After graduation in 1989 Hamm enrolled in the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. Hamm then enrolled at the University of Missouri. At Missouri he answered an advertisement from a theater company seeking players for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, auditioned, and was cast in the production. Other roles followed, such as Leon Czolgosz in Assassins.

After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Hamm returned to his high school to teach eighth-grade acting. One of his students was Ellie Kemper, who later became an actress and stars with him in the Netflix original television series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Personal life

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Hamm, with former partner Jennifer Westfeldt, at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 2008

Hamm was in a relationship with actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt from 1997 to 2015.

Although his role as Don Draper required Hamm to smoke, he stopped smoking when he was 24 years old. On set he did not smoke actual cigarettes, but rather herbal cigarettes that do not contain tobacco or nicotine.

Hamm is an avid golfer and tennis player, and a devoted fan of the National Hockey League (NHL) team, the St. Louis Blues; he's even appeared in two television spots advertising for the team. He is a fan of the Major League Baseball (MLB) team the St. Louis Cardinals', and narrated the official highlight movie for the 2011 World Series, won by the Cardinals.

Hamm also narrates the Amazon NFL documentary series All Or Nothing since 2015. Also, in 2012, he played in the MLB Legend and Celebrity All Star Softball game as a member of the NL. He represented the Cardinals, and hit a home run during the game.

Filmography

Film

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Year Title Role Notes
2000 Space Cowboys Young Pilot No. 2
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Charles
2002 We Were Soldiers Capt. Matt Dillon
2006 Ira & Abby Ronnie
2007 The Ten Chris Knarl
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Michael Granier
2009 A Single Man Hank Ackerley Uncredited voice
Stolen Tom Adkins Sr.
2010 Shrek Forever After Brogan Voice
The A-Team Agent Lynch Uncredited
The Town Adam Frawley
Howl Jake Ehrlich
2011 Sucker Punch High Roller / Doctor
Bridesmaids Ted Uncredited
2012 Friends with Kids Ben Also producer
2013 The Congress Dylan Truliner Voice
2014 Million Dollar Arm J. B. Bernstein
2015 Minions Herb Overkill Voice
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Himself Cameo
Keeping Up with the Joneses Tim Jones
2017 Marjorie Prime Walter Also executive producer
Baby Driver Buddy
Aardvark Craig Norman
2018 Nostalgia Will Beam
Beirut Mason Skiles
Tag Bob Callahan
Bad Times at the El Royale Laramie Seymour Sullivan Post-production
2019 The New Mutants Mister Sinister Post-production'
The Torture Report Post-production
Pale Blue Dot Mark Goodwin Post-production
2020 Top Gun: Maverick Filming

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