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Also Known As: Jonathan Daniel Hamm Died:
Born: March 10, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor

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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- ). 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...

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- ). 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.

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 Clear History (2013)
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 Sucker Punch (2011)
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 Howl (2010)
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 Town, The (2010)
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 Stolen (2009)
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 Ten, The (2007)
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 Ira & Abby (2006)
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1994:
After college, taught eighth grade acting at his old high school, John Burroughs
1995:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career
1997:
Cast in the off-Broadway play "Lipschtick" (would later become the film "Kissing Jessica Stein"); met future girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt while starring together
2000:
Feature debut with a small one line role in "Space Cowboys"
2000:
Had a recurring role as wholesome firefighter Burt Ridley on NBC's "Providence"
2001:
Appeared in the indie feature "Kissing Jessica Stein," written, produced and directed by girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt
2002:
Appeared in "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson
2002:
Played Inspector Nathan Basso on the Lifetime series "The Division"
2006:
Landed a recurring role on the ABC drama "What About Brian"
2006:
Guest starred in a recurring role on the CBS drama "The Unit"
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
2007:
Featured in "Ira and Abby," a star-studded romantic comedy written by and starring girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt
2008:
Cast as Dr. Michael Granier, a NASA official in the remake of the 1951 sci-fi movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
2009:
Appeared in a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) love interest Dr. Drew Baird
2010:
Cast in the ensemble crime drama "The Town," directed by Ben Affleck
2011:
Co-starred in "Sucker Punch," an action-fantasy film written and directed by Zack Snyder
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 TV Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series
2011:
Acted in the hit comedy "Bridesmaids"
2012:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids" alongside writer, director, and real-life companion Jennifer Westfeldt
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -
University of Missouri: St. Louis , Missouri -
John Burroughs High School: St. Louis , Missouri - 1989
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1993

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