Wham, bam, thank you Hamm.
Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm
"I came in the Dawson's Creek era; it was all about tiny guys who looked like teenagers, and I haven't looked like a teenager ever. So I was, like, auditioning to be their dads. At 25."
(born 1971 in St. Louis
) is an American actor best known for his role as Don Draper on Mad Men
. Since the show's premiere in 2007, he's gained additional exposure as a comic actor with roles in 30 Rock
and the Kristen Wiig film Bridesmaids
, as well as three Saturday Night Live
hosting stints (in seasons 34, 35, and 36. He has cameoed in between, particularly in the Lindsay Lohan
/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 The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
, the film based on Howl
, and a critically acclaimed turn in 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: Ellie Kemper
, who played Erin in The Office
and stars in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
(in which he appeared), and Beau Willimon, writer of The Ides of March
and creator of the American version of House of Cards
Provides examples of:
- Aesop: He often espouses things about wanting "freedom" and "Freedom from fear". See The High Roller and Don Draper.
- As Himself: He appeared as himself in two installments of [adult swim]'s The Greatest Event In Television History, quite a feat considering he dies in the first one.
- Big Name Fan: He's a big fan of the St. Louis Blues.
- Bromance: He and Paul Rudd have been very close friends since college.
- The Cameo:
- In A Single Man 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 American Dad! episode "Can I Be Frank (With You)", wherein he gives a closing message about 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.
- Closet Geek: Many comedy writers and actors have stated that Hamm is a big comedy geek and constantly quotes lines from Kids in the Hall 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 Nerdist Podcast.
- Mean Character Nice Actor: While he's a colossal comedian, there are a number of roles where his characters are meanies.
- Don Draper is a narcissistic womanizer who only cares about living his life his own way.
- 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 Bridesmaids is arguably the worst of the bunch, given his arrogant and selfish nature. Unlike Don or Frawley, he has no redeeming features.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite 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 Deadpan Snarker when he goes for laughs. His time on Saturday Night Live, 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.
- One of Us: He's a big Simpsons fan.
- Punny Name: 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."
- Star-Making Role: 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.
- Take That: The farewell of his "Ask a grown man" piece:
You're probably all too young to watch Mad Men
...so uh... I dunno... enjoy The Hunger Games
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: 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 30 Rock: "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.