[[caption-width-right:240:Wham, bam, thank you Hamm.]]

-->''"I came in the DawsonsCreek era; it was all about tiny guys who looked like teenagers, and I haven't looked like a teenager ever. [[YoungerThanTheyLook So I was, like, auditioning to be their dads.]] [[PlayingGertrude At 25.]]"''

'''Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm''' (born 1971 in UsefulNotes/StLouis) is an American actor best known for his role as Don Draper on ''MadMen''. Since the show's premiere in 2007, he's gained additional exposure as a comic actor with roles in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' and the Kristen Wiig film ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'', as well as three ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' hosting stints (in seasons 34, 35, and 36. He has cameoed in between, particularly in the LindsayLohan/Jack White episode, where he appeared as a back-up host should Lohan go back to her diva, drug-addicted ways and be unable or unwilling to host). Additionally, he's appeared in more dramatic roles recently, including the remake of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008'', the film based on ''Literature/{{Howl}}'', and a critically acclaimed turn in ''[[Film/TheTown The Town]]''.

Fun fact: Hamm taught drama at his old high school, the John Burroughs School in St. Louis, for several years in the 1990s, and two of his former students are notable in their own right: Creator/EllieKemper, who played Erin in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' and stars in ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' (in which he appeared), and Beau Willimon, writer of ''Film/TheIdesOfMarch'' and creator of the American version of ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}''.

!! Provides examples of:

* {{Aesop}}: He often espouses things about wanting "freedom" and "Freedom from fear". See The High Roller and Don Draper.
* AsHimself: He appeared as himself in two installments of Creator/AdultSwim's ''Series/TheGreatestEventInTelevisionHistory'', quite a feat considering [[spoiler:he dies in the first one]].
* BigNameFan: He's a big fan of the [[NationalHockeyLeague St. Louis Blues]].
* {{Bromance}}: He and Creator/PaulRudd have been very close friends since college.
* TheCameo:
** In ''Film/ASingleMan'' he is the man who makes the phone call regarding Jim's death. A very fitting cameo given the similarities in production values and setting between this work and ''Mad Men'' (Dan Bishop is behind both as production designer).
** He also appears in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Can I Be Frank (With You)", wherein he gives a closing [[AnAesop message]] about [[spoiler:how domestic violence is none of your business, and, regardless of what you think you see, you should just keep your eyes down, keep walking, and refrain from trying to be a hero.]]
* ClosetGeek: Many comedy writers and actors have stated that Hamm is a ''big'' comedy geek and constantly quotes lines from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' and ''{{Anchorman}}''.
** His podcast appearances of late have revealed that Mr. Hamm is definitely out of the closet and is simply the handsomest geek of all.
** Hamm is from St. Louis and is a big Cardinals fan, providing the narration for the Cardinals 2011 World Series championship film.
** He also appeared on a charity bowling game on Podcast/NerdistPodcast.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: While he's a colossal comedian, there are a number of roles where his characters are meanies.
** [[Series/MadMen Don Draper]] is a narcissistic womanizer who only cares about living his life his own way.
** [[Film/TheTown Agent Frawley]] is an obsessive and selfish cop who would do anything to take down Doug [=MacRay=] and his gang of bank robbers.
** Ted from ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' is arguably the worst of the bunch, given his arrogant and selfish nature. Unlike Don or Frawley, he has no redeeming features.
* MrFanservice: Near-universally regarded as one of the handsomest actors currently working.
* NonIndicativeName: Despite [[LargeHam his name]], his performances are usually very intense and understated and many of his characters are extremely level-headed and stoic. He's also a very skilled DeadpanSnarker when he goes for laughs. His time on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' especially his turn in a live action ''Ambiguously Gay Duo'' skit, show that he's more than capable of busting out the ham if he chooses, and he's simply holding out on us.
* OneOfUs: He's a big ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' fan.
* PermaStubble: Sometimes deliberately, sometimes not; even when he's clean-shaven, his very dark hair and rather pale skin give him a five o'clock shadow pretty much all the time.
* PunnyName: Many puns have been based on his last name. He even did an ''[=SNL=]'' sketch hawking "Jon Hamm's John Ham, the ham you can eat in the bathroom."
* StarMakingRole: Redefining modern masculinity in the process, Don Draper put him on everybody's radar, and in the cover of plenty of magazines about fashion, style and general handsomeness.
* TakeThat: The farewell of his "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkIPwx7_6Vg Ask a grown man]]" piece:
-->You're probably all too young to watch ''Mad Men'' ...so uh... I dunno... enjoy ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Without qualification. No wonder he's so good as Don Draper; he looks like he's stepped out of a movie of the time period.
** To quote Liz from ''Series/ThirtyRock'': "He looks like a cartoon pilot!"
** It's good he and Alec Baldwin didn't share scenes. The "Tall, Dark and Handsome" meter would have gone into overload and exploded.