Jon Hamm

Jonathan Daniel Hamm is an American actor and producer best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC television drama series Mad Men.
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.
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 then had leading roles in Million Dollar Arm, Keeping Up with the Joneses, and Beirut, and supporting roles in The Town, Sucker Punch, Bridesmaids, Baby Driver, Tag, and Bad Times at the El Royale. Hamm has received 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performances in or production of Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
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 . He has also provided his voice for the animated films Shrek Forever After and Minions, along with the second season of the FX series Legion.
His most recent works include portraying the angel Gabriel in the Amazon Prime Video miniseries television adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book, Good Omens. In 2020 he played himself in episode 8, Season 10 of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Early life

Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Deborah Hamm 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 the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur with his mother until her death from colon cancer when he was 10 years old. Hamm then lived with his father and grandmother in Normandy, Missouri.
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 at the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Upsilon chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. There, Hamm was arrested for participating in a violent hazing incident in November 1990. Mark Sanders was beaten with a paddle and a broom by other fraternity members, while Hamm led Sanders around the fraternity house with a hammer claw around Sanders' testicles; Sanders' clothes were also set afire. The incident resulted in the fraternity being shut down on campus. Hamm made a plea deal and completed probation under the terms of a deferred adjudication; the charges were dismissed during August 1995.
Hamm later transferred to 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.

Acting career

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.

Early work

Not wishing to stay in a "normal career", Hamm relocated to Los Angeles permanently during 1995 with an automobile and $150. He moved into a house with four other aspiring actors and began working as a waiter while attending auditions. He acted in theatre, including as Flavius in a production of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens with the Sacred Fools Theater Company.
Looking older than his age, he found it difficult to find work as an actor, despite representation by the William Morris Agency. During 1998, having failed to obtain any acting jobs after three years, he was terminated as a client by William Morris.
Hamm continued working as a waiter and, briefly, as a set designer for a softcore pornography movie. After repeatedly failing to get promising roles, Hamm set his 30th birthday as a deadline to succeed in Hollywood, stating:
During 2000, Hamm obtained the role of romantic firefighter Burt Ridley on NBC's drama series Providence. His one-episode contract grew to 19, and enabled him to quit waiting tables. Hamm made his feature movie debut with one line in Clint Eastwood's space adventure Space Cowboys ; more substantial roles followed in the independent comedy movie Kissing Jessica Stein and the war film We Were Soldiers. During filming that movie, he turned 30. His career was bolstered by his playing the recurring role of police inspector Nate Basso on Lifetime's television series The Division, from 2002 to 2004. Other minor roles followed on the television series What About Brian, , Related, Numb3rs, The Unit, and The Sarah Silverman Program. Hamm's Mad Men castmate Eric Ladin has said that one of the reasons he admires Hamm is that while he "made it" later than most actors, Hamm never gave up on acting.

International recognition

Hamm landed his breakthrough role during 2007, when he was cast from more than 80 candidates as the protagonist character Don Draper, in AMC's drama series Mad Men. In the series, set in a fictional 1960s Madison Avenue advertising agency, he plays a suave, married advertising executive with an obscure past. He recalled, "I read the script for Mad Men and I loved it. I never thought they'd cast me—- I mean, I thought they'd go with one of the five guys who look like me but are movie stars". He believes that an actor with a "proven track record" would likely have been chosen if another network had broadcast the show. He went through numerous auditions; each time he explained to the casting directors what he could bring to the character, if given the part. Alan Taylor and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner initially thought Hamm was too handsome for the role but ultimately decided, "it was perfect to cast sort of the perfect male in this part". Weiner also sensed that the actor had suffered early loss of his parents, which was similar to Draper's backstory. Hamm says that he used memories of his father to portray Draper, a well-dressed, influential man of business and society hiding great inner turmoil and experiencing changes in the world beyond his control.
Mad Men debuted on July 19, 2007, with almost 1.4 million viewers. It developed a loyal audience, with Hamm receiving strong reviews. Robert Bianco of USA Today was complimentary of Hamm's performance, describing the actor's interpretation of Draper as a "starmaking performance". The Boston Globes Matthew Gilbert termed Hamm a "brilliant lead".
For his work, Hamm won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama during 2008. Also during 2008, he was nominated for both the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. During 2009, Hamm was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award in the same category, and received another Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. During 2010, Hamm received his third Golden Globe Award nomination. Mad Men concluded its seven-season run on May 17, 2015. Hamm received his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series on September 20, 2015 after receiving 12 Emmy nominations for acting for and producing the series.
Hamm's next film role was for the 2008 science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. Although the movie received mixed reviews, it was successful financially, earning $230 million worldwide. Hamm hosted Saturday Night Live, season 34, episode 6, on October 25, 2008, and played various roles, including Don Draper in two sketches. He returned as host again on January 30 and October 30, 2010. During 2009, Hamm guest-featured in three episodes of the NBC television situation comedy show 30 Rock, as Drew Baird, a doctor who is a neighbor and love interest of Liz Lemon's. For these performances, he received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Hamm's first leading film role came with the independent mystery thriller Stolen in 2009, in which he played a police officer whose son has been missing for eight years. Hamm had a minor voice role in the animated feature Shrek Forever After—released during May 2010—, as an ogre leader named Brogan. Also that year, he appeared as an FBI agent in the movie The Town, with Ben Affleck. After having received "about 40 scripts that were all set in the 60s, or had me playing advertising guys", Hamm was pleased that the movie offered a role "the opposite to Don Draper". The feature received generally favorable reviews and earned $144 million worldwide.
His next acting role was as defense attorney Jake Ehrlich in the independent film Howl, based on Allen Ginsberg's eponymous 1956 poem. On December 12, 2010, Hamm made a guest appearance as an FBI supervisor on Fox's animated series The Simpsons. He featured in Zack Snyder's action-fantasy film Sucker Punch, as the character High Roller, and the doctor. He also had a supporting role in the comedy Bridesmaids as Kristen Wiig's "rude and arrogant sex buddy". Hamm was next seen in the independent feature Friends with Kids, which he produced alongside his then-partner Jennifer Westfeldt. The story concerns a group of friends whose lives are changed as the couples in the group begin to have children.
He had a recurring role in the situation comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret in 2012, as the servant of socio-pathic billionaire Dave Mountford. Hamm hosted the 21st ESPYS Awards on July 17, 2013. The next year, he played sports agent J.B. Bernstein in Disney's sports drama Million Dollar Arm. He co-featured with Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor's Notebook, playing an older version of Radcliffe's character, from December 2012 to December 2013. In December 2014, Hamm guest starred in a special Christmas episode of the British science fiction anthology series Black Mirror, titled "White Christmas". He had a number of roles during 2015, in the comedy shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and . He was featured in the animated comedy Minions, as the voice of Herb Overkill. Minions was a major box office success; despite mixed reviews, it grossed a total of over $1 billion worldwide.
Hamm featured in the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, alongside Zach Galifianakis and Gal Gadot; the film was filmed during the spring of 2015, and was released during October 2016 after being delayed seven months. He appeared in the science fiction film Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Edgar Wright's comedy crime film Baby Driver, which premiered at the 2017 South by Southwest Festival, and the drama Aardvark, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2018, Hamm appeared in the drama Nostalgia and the political thriller Beirut. Hamm appeared in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?".
In 2017 Hamm joined the BBC and Amazon's television adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens as the Archangel Gabriel.

Personal life

Hamm was in a relationship with actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt from 1997 to 2015. In an interview discussing his relationship with Westfeldt, Hamm said: "We may not have a piece of paper that says we're husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend. What we have is much deeper and we both know that. To me, people get married when they're ready to have kids, which I'm not ruling out." Along with Westfeldt, Hamm has appeared in Gap-related campaign advertisements. During April 2009, Hamm and Westfeldt formed their own production company, Points West Pictures. Hamm and Westfeldt are advocates of animal rescue and have adopted a mixed breed dog named Cora from the Much Love Animal Shelter in California.
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.
During March 2015, Hamm's representative confirmed that Hamm had recently completed inpatient treatment for alcoholism. Additionally, Hamm reported developing vitiligo during the filming of Mad Men.

Sports and related endorsements

Hamm is an avid golfer and tennis player, and a devoted fan of the National Hockey League 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 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. In 2018 he narrated the video The Saint Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot presented by the Saint Louis Browns Historical Society.

Other product endorsements

During March 2010, Mercedes-Benz hired Hamm as their new voice actor for the S400 Hybrid campaign. During 2013, American Airlines debuted a television commercial titled "Change is in the Air", featuring Hamm's voice-over. Hamm is an American Airlines frequent flier, and his Mad Men character Don Draper often spoke of aspiring to win such accounts as American Airlines. Hamm has also appeared in several commercials in an ongoing ad campaign for H&R Block income tax services. He also appears in ongoing ads for SkipTheDishes.


Internationally considered as a sex symbol, Hamm was named one of Salon.coms Sexiest Man Living in 2007 and one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2008. During November 2008, Entertainment Weekly named him one of their Entertainers of the Year. He again was named one of the magazine's Entertainers of the Year during 2010. Hamm also won GQs "International Man" award during September 2010.



2000Space CowboysYoung Pilot No. 2
2001Kissing Jessica SteinCharles
2002We Were SoldiersCapt. Matt Dillon
2006Ira & AbbyRonnie
2007The TenChris Knarl
2008The Day the Earth Stood StillDr. Michael Granier
2009A Single ManHank AckerleyVoice, Uncredited
2009StolenTom Adkins Sr.
2010Shrek Forever AfterBroganVoice
2010The A-TeamAgent LynchUncredited
2010The TownAdam Frawley
2010HowlJake Ehrlich
2011Sucker PunchHigh Roller / Doctor
2012Friends with KidsBenAlso producer
2013The CongressDylan TrulinerVoice
2014Million Dollar ArmJ. B. Bernstein
2015MinionsHerb OverkillVoice
2016Keeping Up with the JonesesTim Jones
2017Marjorie PrimeWalterAlso executive producer
2017Baby DriverJason "Buddy" Van Horne
2017AardvarkCraig Norman
2018NostalgiaWill Beam
2018BeirutMason Skiles
2018TagBob Callahan
2018Bad Times at the El RoyaleLaramie Seymour Sullivan
2019The ReportDenis McDonough
2019Lucy in the SkyMark Goodwin
2019The Jesus RollsPaul Dominique
2019Richard JewellFBI Agent Tom Shaw
2021Vice AdmiralPost-production
TBAWild Mountain ThymeAdamPost-production


1996The Big DateHimselfContestant
1997Ally McBealGorgeous Guy at BarEpisode: "Compromising Positions"; uncredited
2000The HughleysBuzzEpisode: "Lies My Valentine Told Me"
2000The Trouble with NormalJacksonEpisode: "Pilot"
2000–2001ProvidenceBurt Ridley18 episodes
2001Early Bird SpecialRed-Headed CopEpisode: "Pilot"
2002Gilmore GirlsPeyton SandersEpisode: "Eight O'Clock at the Oasis"
2002–2004The DivisionInspector Nate Basso66 episodes
2005'Dr. Brent Kessler2 episodes
2005Point PleasantDr. George Forrester2 episodes
2005CharmedJack BrodyEpisode: "Ordinary Witches"
2006Numb3rsRichard ClastEpisode: "Hardball"
2006RelatedDannyEpisode: "Related"
2006–2007The UnitWilson James5 episodes
2006–2007What About BrianRichard Povich6 episodes
2007The Sarah Silverman ProgramCable GuyEpisode: "Muffin' Man"
2007–2015Mad MenDon Draper92 episodes; also director and producer
2008, 2010Saturday Night LiveHimself 3 episodes
2009–201230 RockDr. Drew Baird7 episodes
2010The SimpsonsFBI Investigator Episode: "Donnie Fatso"
2010, 2012ConanDon Draper2 episodes
2010–2016Childrens HospitalDerrick Childrens
Arthur Childrens
6 episodes
2011Robot ChickenVarious voices2 episodes
2012The Increasingly Poor
Decisions of Todd Margaret
Himself4 episodes
2012Comedy Bang! Bang!HimselfEpisode: "Jon Hamm Wears A Light Blue Shirt & Silver Watch"
2012Martha SpeaksHam Johnson Episode: "Cora! Cora! Cora!/Cora Encore!"
2012MetalocalypseSultan Jamawa Episode: "Writersklok"
2012American Dad!Himself Episode: "Can I Be Frank "
2012Family GuyHimself Episode: "Ratings Guy"
2012, 2013The Greatest Event in Television HistoryRick Simon
Ghost of Jon Hamm
2 episodes
2012–2013A Young Doctor's NotebookOlder Doctor8 episodes; also executive producer
2013Bob's BurgersO.T. Episode: ""
2013ArcherCaptain Murphy 2 episodes
20132013 ESPY AwardsHimself Television special
2013Clear HistoryWill HaneyTelevision film
2013T.U.F.F. PuppyZach SnaptrapEpisode: Rat Trap
2014Web TherapyJeb Masters2 episodes
2014Black MirrorMatt TrentEpisode: "White Christmas"
2014–2015Parks and RecreationEd2 episodes
2015–2020Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtRichard Wayne Gary Wayne14 episodes
20157 Days in HellNarrator Television film
2015'Falcon4 episodes
2015Toast of LondonHimselfEpisode: "Hamm on Toast"
2016Wander Over YonderCartoon Lord Hater Episode: "The Cartoon"
2016Angie TribecaMcCormickEpisode: "Fleas Don't Kill Me"
2016The Last Man on EarthDarrellEpisode: "General Breast Theme with Cobras"
2016-2020All or NothingNarrator 40 Episodes
2016–2018The Amazing Gayl PileC.A.M. 8 episodes
2017SpongeBob SquarePantsDon Grouper Episode: "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?"
2017Tour de PharmacyNarrator Television film
2017Big MouthScallops Episode: "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah"
2018LegionThe Narrator 7 episodes
2018BarryHimselfEpisode: "Chapter Four: Commit... to YOU"
2018Random Acts of FlynessHimselfEpisode: "What are your thoughts on raising free black children?"
2018I Love You, America with Sarah SilvermanAbraham LincolnEpisode: "Hall of Presidents"
2018Big City GreensLouis Episode: "Big Deal"
2019Good OmensArchangel Gabriel5 episodes
2020Medical PoliceDoctor Derrick ChildrensEpisode: "Mature Group Action"
2020Curb Your EnthusiasmHimselfEpisode: "Elizabeth, Margaret, and Phillip"
2020WestleyEpisode: "Battle of the Wits"

Music videos

2011The Lonely Island "Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde"Bank Hostage
2011Herman Düne"Tell Me Something I Don't Know"Cadillac driver
2012Aimee Mann"Labrador"Tom Scharpling



Awards and nominations

Hamm has won an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others.