John Slattery
American actor
John Slattery
John M. Slattery Jr. is an American actor and director, best known for his role as Roger Sterling on AMC's series Mad Men. He has been nominated for many awards, and has won two SAG Awards with the Mad Men ensemble.
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Aisle View: The 2016 Ten Best List
Huffington Post - 2 months
2016: The Best New York Theatre Once again, the New York theatre world has had a banner year, with exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway and off. In a continuing trend, many of the selections are transfers from non-profits or new productions from Broadway non-profits. Little matter; the productions below for the most part transported their audiences. Let it be added that two top flight musicals which are likely to appear on most or all of this year's Ten Best Lists -- Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Falsettos -- have been omitted herein due to conflicts of interest. (I recently coauthored, with Dave Malloy, "The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway"; and in 1990 coproduced the original production of William Finn's Falsettoland.) Thus, both are officially unlisted but highly recommended -- and you only have until January 8 to see Falsettos, so what are you waiting for? DEAR EVAN HANSEN Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: M ...
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Stage Door: <i>The Front Page</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
It's 1928, a dirty press room in Chicago's Criminal Courts Building. Reporters are keeping a deathwatch on the jail, where anarchist Earl Williams (John Magaro) is waiting to be hanged for accidently shooting a black police officer. Williams' hanging has become a media circus: The mayor and police chief are days away from a reelection campaign -- and they need the black vote. Cynicism, indifference, political venality - it's all part of The Front Page, the dark comedy masterwork by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, now on Broadway at The Broadhurst. It exposes the vices of tabloid journalism with relish. The newsroom is either killing time or abuzz with the possibility of a scoop, any new twist on the case. Fastidious reporter Bensinger (Jefferson Mays) even asks if the hanging can move up a few hours -- so he can make the morning edition. At the top of the food chain is Hildy Johnson (an appealing, sassy John Slattery), who claims he wants out, and his demanding, schemin ...
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Newtown: Sandy Hook Promise Infuses a Documentary
The Huffington Post - 4 months
It's been nearly four years since the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: 26 dead, 20 at age 6, and the memory is still green. Documentarians Kim A. Snyder and Maria Cuomo Cole went to Newtown, Ct. shortly after the event, and spoke to family, friends, and survivors to get a picture of how a community grieves. Their film Newtown barely mentions the shooter, a young man of no particular politics who was armed with an assault rifle that he took from his mother's house after killing her. Newtown focuses on the community, detailing the aftermath for three families; we take in this tragedy's particularity: Newtown stands out from other horrendous shootings that followed. This could be our town, our school, children we know and love. As one bereaved father asks, what did we do wrong that morning sending our children off? Nothing. The children were where they should be, safe at school. At a luncheon at Le Cirque with John Slattery, Christine Ebersole, Delia Ephron, Mary Stuart Mast ...
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Aisle View: Stop The Presses!
Huffington Post - 4 months
John Slattery and Nathan Lane in The Front Page Photo: Julieta Cervantes That's not the sound of a fleet of flivvers backfiring that you hear at the Broadhurst on West 44th Street these nights. It's laughter, cascading and echoing like bullets from tommy guns of the St. Valentine's Day variety, circa 1928 Chicago. We are in 1928 Chicago, as it happens; not in a mob-run parking garage but in the press room of the Cook County Criminal Courts Building, which breeds its own sort of violence. Yes, The Front Page--Ben Hecht &amp; Charles MacArthur's classic comedy melodrama--is back on Broadway, as riproaring as ever. This production, happily, fires on all cylinders. We can't exactly call the cast of twenty-one (plus bit player/understudies) an all-star cast; they are not, all, what we might consider stars. But they are comic all-stars, anyway. To say that Walter Burns--that iconic, hard-boiled city editor who set the mold for hard-boiled city editors on stage and screen f ...
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John Slattery Gushes About His Role In Revived Broadway Classic 'Front Page'
NPR - 4 months
John Slattery, best known for his role in Mad Men, plays Hildy Johnson in the new Broadway production of The Front Page. He tells NPR's Scott Simon "it's a fantastic part in a fantastic play."
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Talia Balsam, George Clooney's Ex-Wife, Says He Is And Always Will Be 'Charming'
Huffington Post - 5 months
There’s no hard feelings between actress Talia Balsam and her ex-husband, George Clooney. Balsam, who was married to Clooney from 1989 to 1993, recently spoke to People about her divorce from the Academy Award winner, while fittingly promoting her new show, “Divorce.” The show follows a husband and wife, played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, as their marriage crumbles.  Church’s character, Robert DuFresne, doesn’t handle the situation so well, but Balsam assured People that her divorce from Clooney was much more amicable.  “If you’re trying to compare [George] to Thomas Haden Church’s character, not at all,” she explained, adding, “George is charming. He remains charming. I’ve worked with him.”  These days, it doesn’t seem Balsam dwells too much on her past relationship, telling the magazine that she’s “very happily married” to actor John Slattery. Clooney also seems to be happy these days, having just celebrated a “very romantic second anniversary” w ...
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Hold the 'Front Page'! John Slattery, Nathan Lane to star in new Broadway revival
Chicago Times - 11 months
A major, star-studded revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's "The Front Page" — the 1928 play that romanticized Chicago newspapering, celebrated the achievements of "crummy hobos full of dandruff and bum gin," and came to define the news business in all its scooped-up, hacks-and-flacks glory...
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Michael Keaton: Aligning the Stars of Spotlight
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
When the New York Film Critics Circle named Michael Keaton Best Actor, the game changed for Spotlight. The ensemble cast had been honored at the Gotham Awards the night before; up until that point critics and pundits found it difficult to discern a lead actor among the fine ones in this movie. But this win for Keaton makes sense on so many levels: He portrays the Spotlight bureau chief Walter "Robby" Robinson who, as a character grows and changes in the manner of a classic protagonist, allowing Keaton to be considered for the prize he did not receive for his lead turn in last year's Birdman. The Best Supporting spot can go to Mark Ruffalo who plays Michael Rizendes, one of the key Spotlight reporters on the Boston Globe story about pervasive abuse of young people by Catholic priests. Bringing the film into sharper focus, Spotlight is about the media's role in the cover-up. At dinner at la Grenouille last Tuesday night, many of the cast Ruffalo, John Slattery, screenwriters Josh Singer ...
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'Spotlight' on America's Conscience: The Church, Jameis Winston and Refugees
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"It takes a village to raise them. It takes a village to abuse them. That's the truth of it." - Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) of Spotlight Rachel McAdams, Mark Rufalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery of Spotlight Michael Keaton's character, Walter "Robbie" Robinson, in the newly-released Spotlight, is seeking Boston Globe confirmation of the Archdiocese cover-up for 70 priests involved in child molestation. He passes the list to his longtime friend and attorney, "We all knew something was going on." His friend kicks him out of his house and then follows Robbie into the street and asks him why he didn't do anything -- if he knew something was going on. Robbie pauses and can only say, "I don't know." Spotlight 's portrayal of the 2001 investigation by the Globe's Spotlight unit (Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James) is an excellent snapshot of an entire city looking the other way. When a representative of a survivor' ...
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'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys. I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President's Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that's for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir). If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight. The riveting account of the Boston Globe's investigative team exposing the cover-up of widespread pedo ...
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'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys. I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President's Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that's for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir). If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight. The riveting account of the Boston Globe's investigative team exposing the cover-up of widespread pedo ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Slattery
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 50
    In 2013, Slattery directed his first feature film, God's Pocket (2014), which he co-wrote with Alex Metcalf.
    More Details Hide Details The film, based on a 1983 novel of same name by Pete Dexter, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films. Slattery was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Joan (née Mulhern), a retired CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant. He is one of six children. Slattery is of Irish descent and was raised Roman Catholic.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 44
    In March 2007, he began a series of appearances on Desperate Housewives portraying Victor Lang, Gabrielle Solis's (Eva Longoria) second husband, until his character's death in Season 4.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2009, Slattery appeared on The Colbert Report in a faux commercial advertising gold. Slattery played Paul Moore, boyfriend of Katherine Watson (portrayed by Julia Roberts) in the film Mona Lisa Smile, and he portrayed Howie in David Lindsay-Abaire's play, Rabbit Hole. He had a small part as a teacher in the film Sleepers. He also appeared as a government promoter in the Clint Eastwood feature Flags of our Fathers and as CIA official Henry Cravely in Charlie Wilson's War. He was cast as Bert Miller, father of the leading female character, in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and in The Adjustment Bureau played Richardson, a mid-level agent in the mysterious paranormal agency called the Bureau. Slattery narrates the audiobook version of Don Delillo's 2007 novel Falling Man, Stephen King's 2008 psychological horror novel Duma Key, and Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 35
    Slattery is an avid athlete who both skis and surfs. He married actress Talia Balsam in 1998, and together they have a son, Harry.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 21
    He attended high school at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Catholic University of America in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Slattery said when he was younger he loved both TV and movies, staying up late to watch them and making it very hard to wake up in the morning. As a young boy, he dreamed of being a baseball player. Apart from his role on Mad Men, Slattery is also known for roles such as union organizer Al Kahn on Homefront; Senator Walter Mondale in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon; as political adviser Tommy Flannigan in the HBO series K Street; guest appearances as Will Truman's brother Sam on Will & Grace; as Michael Cassidy, Amy's estranged husband, on Judging Amy; politician Bill Kelley on Sex and the City; principal Dennis Martino on Ed; and college president Peter Benedict on Jack and Bobby.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on August 13, 1962.
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