Jon Hamm


Born: 10 March 1971
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Best known as: The handsome actor who plays Don Draper on TV's Mad Men

Jon Hamm played Don Draper, the creative and womanizing anti-hero of the hit TV series Mad Men, from 2007-2015. The show made Hamm, dark-haired and clasically handsome, into one of TV's most popular actors. Jon Hamm was described as a "sturdy, reliable character actor" by the All Movie Guide in his pre-Mad Men days. He had small roles in movies like Space Cowboys (2000, as "Young Pilot 2") and Kissing Jessica Stein (2001). On TV, his guest appearance on the series Providence in 2000 led to a regular role on the show for the next year, and over the next five years he made guest appearances on TV shows like Gilmore Girls (2002), Charmed (2005), CSI: Miami (2005), and The Unit (2006). But Mad Men changed all that. Jon Hamm turned heads as mysterious he-man Don Draper, and suddenly he was the Hollywood hunk du jour. He has since made repeat appearances on the show 30 Rock and starred with Rebecca Hall in the 2010 Boston crime flick The Town, directed by Ben Affleck, and in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids as Kristen Wiig's rich and oafish ex-boyfriend.

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Jon Hamm is 6 feet 0.5 inches tall, according to… Jon Hamm was nominated for an Emmy as best lead actor in a drama series every year from 2008-2014, but never won. The show Mad Men won Emmys for outstanding drama series in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011… Jon Hamm worked with his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, on the film Kissing Jessica Stein; she was the film’s star and co-writer.

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