Jon Hamm

Actor
A versatile character actor on series television and in feature films, Jon Hamm became a star following his critically hailed performance as the complex Madison Avenue advertising executive Don Draper on the 1960s-set ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

7 Days in Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Narrator

Black Mirror 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Mirror 2000 - 2001, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mad Men 2000 - 2004, 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Minions 2015 (Movie)

Herb Overkill (Voice)

Providence 2000 - 2004, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2000 - 2004, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Million Dollar Arm 2014 (Movie)

JB (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Web Therapy 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Archer 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 ESPY Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Congress 2013 (Movie)

Dylan Truliner (Voice)

The Greatest Event in Television History 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sound and the Fury 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Compson (Actor)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Sucker Punch 2011 (Movie)

High Roller/Doctor (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Tina Fey: Mark Twain Prize 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Jake Ehrlich (Actor)

Powder 2010 (Movie)

Matt Trent (Actor)

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Brogan (Voice)

Stolen 2010 (Movie)

Tom Adkins, Sr. (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Town 2010 (Movie)

FBI S.A. Adam Frawley (Actor)

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2008 (Tv Show)

Host

The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 (Movie)

Michael Granier (Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

Skydiving Guide Chris Knarl (Actor)

Charmed 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

Captain Matt Dillon (Actor)

The Trouble With Normal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Young Pilot No 2 (Actor)

All-Star Celebrity Bowling (Tv Show)

Himself

Clear History (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Performer

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself
Producer (3)

Rogue 2000 - 2004, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killing Bono 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A versatile character actor on series television and in feature films, Jon Hamm became a star following his critically hailed performance as the complex Madison Avenue advertising executive Don Draper on the 1960s-set "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007-2015). Hamm had come a long way from his one-line feature debut in "Space Cowboys" (2000), which led to a recurring role as a wholesome firefighter on "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2002) and a meatier supporting role in the indie comedy, "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2002). Following a small part in "When We Were Soldiers" (2002), he appeared as Inspector Nate Basso on "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-04), a procedural drama about a team of female police officers. Once that series was axed, Hamm had recurring roles on "What About Brian" (ABC, 2006-07) and "The Unit" (CBS, 2006-09) before landing his career-defining lead role on "Mad Men." As Draper, Hamm exuded both swagger and heartache as the complicated lead character, beneath whose seemingly stable family life lurks duplicity and betrayal. His award-winning role opened doors for higher profile projects like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008), "The Town" (2010), and voicing Brogan in "Shrek Forever After" (2010), making the handsome actor one of the most sought-after in Hollywood. As the series wound down, Hamm went back to his early roots as a comic actor with appearances in the enormous comedy hit "Bridesmaids" (2011) and various television comedies.

Relationships

Deborah

Mother
Hamm lived with mother after his parents divorced Died of died of abdominal cancer when Jon was 10 years old

Daniel Hamm

Father
Ran the family's interstate trucking business Raised Jon with his mother after his ex-wife passed away Died in 1991, ten years after Jon's mom passed away

Jennifer Westfeldt Actor

Companion
Met in 1997 when they co-starred in Westfeldt's off-Broadway play "Lipschtick" Hamm had small roles in her films "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001), "Ira and Abby" (2006), and "Friends with Kids" (2012)

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

St. Louis , Missouri
Performed in several theater productions

Columbia University

New York , New York 1993
Attended on a theater scholarship

John Burroughs High School

St. Louis , Missouri 1989
Private school

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
Won a scholarship, but returned home after the death of his father left him shaken

Milestones

2015

Appeared as professional assassin The Falcon on prequel series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"

2015

Played a recurring role as cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne on Tina Fey series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

2015

Co-starred as Herb Overkill in animated hit "Minions"

2014

Made multiple appearances on the TV sitcom "Parks and Recreation"

2014

Starred in sports drama "Million Dollar Arm"

2012

Starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in British-American comedy-drama "A Young Doctor's Notebook"

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids" alongside writer, director, and real-life companion Jennifer Westfeldt

2011

Co-starred in "Sucker Punch," an action-fantasy film written and directed by Zack Snyder

2011

Acted opposite Kristen Wiig in the hit comedy "Bridesmaids"

2010

Appeared in recurring role of Derrick Childrens on Adult Swim comedy "Childrens Hospital"

2010

Cast in the ensemble crime drama "The Town," directed by Ben Affleck

2009

Appeared in a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) love interest Dr. Drew Baird

2008

Cast as Dr. Michael Granier, a NASA official in the remake of the 1951 sci-fi movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

2007

Featured in "Ira and Abby," a star-studded romantic comedy written by and starring girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt

2007

Cast in breakthrough role as Don Draper, the creative director of Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency, on the AMC series "Mad Men"; made directing debut with fifth season premiere

2006

Guest starred in a recurring role on the CBS drama "The Unit"

2006

Landed a recurring role on the ABC drama "What About Brian"

2002

Appeared in "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson

2002

Played Inspector Nathan Basso on the Lifetime series "The Division"

2001

Appeared in the indie feature "Kissing Jessica Stein," written, produced and directed by girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt

2000

Had a recurring role as wholesome firefighter Burt Ridley on NBC's "Providence"

2000

Made feature debut with a small one-line role in "Space Cowboys"

1997

Cast in the off-Broadway play "Lipschtick" (would later become the film "Kissing Jessica Stein"); met future girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt while starring together

Bonus Trivia

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Hamm and fellow actor Paul Rudd became close friends as teenagers, when Hamm was a high school student and Rudd was a freshman at the University of Kansas.

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While a fraternity brother at the University of Texas chapter of Sigma Nu, Hamm took part in a hazing incident that led to the fraternity chapter's closure; legal charges against Hamm were dismissed in August 1995 after he successfully completed probation.

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Hamm revealed to the U.K. magazine The Observer in September 2010 how he struggled with chronic depression after the death of his father at the age of 20.

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After college, Hamm returned to his high school to teach a freshman drama class, where one of his students was a teenage Ellie Kemper, later his co-star on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

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Hamm was a fixture on the Los Angeles alternative-comedy scene during his days as a struggling actor, including playing a weekly poker game with Scott Aukerman, Michael Ian Black, and David Wain.

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"He’s really good at doing bits. As soon as you start talking to Jon, you realize he speaks in the terminology of comedy. He has an ability to give it a Leslie Nielsen-type quality. He can play something with no awareness when that’s what’s required." -- Seth Meyers on Hamm's comedy instincts, GQ, March 22, 2015

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"Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, ’Um, it’s hard to be a baby-heart surgeon.’ Being an actor is actually pretty easy, if you can memorize lines." -- GQ, March 22, 2015

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