Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm is an American actor and director. For much of the mid-1990s, Hamm lived in Los Angeles as a struggling actor, but later appeared in multiple television series, including Providence, The Division, What About Brian, and Related. In 2000 he made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood's space adventure, Space Cowboys. The following year, Hamm appeared in the independent comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) in a minor role.
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South by Southwest Film Fest to world premiere 'Baby Driver' with Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm
LATimes - 24 days
The year’s film festival calendar continues to roll right along, with the South by Southwest Film Festival on Tuesday announcing  its feature film program. The SXSW event in Austin, Texas, has become established in the festival landscape as a vital place for discovering new talent as well as a...
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30+ Things Authors can Share on Social Media
Huffington Post - 29 days
Even if you've already figured out which social networks are driving traffic to your book and/or website, like many people, you may have a tough time deciding what exactly to share on social media. Here are 34 fun ideas for you to consider as you begin kicking your social media--and book promotion--into high gear. Ask Fans for Input - Ask your fans to review your book, or who their favorite characters are - they may even give you an idea for a future book or novella, but more importantly, you'll keep them engaged! Share Quotes - Use Canva to pull together an easy image, whether using a quote from your book, a quote about your book, or even just fun memes (those funny pictures with text you see people sharing). Share Books You Love - Not every post has to be self-promotion, and in fact, it shouldn't be. Share a book that you really enjoyed, and what you loved about it. This will give another author a potential boost, but it also sets you up as a valuable resource to help ...
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Beyond Pokemon Go: augmented reality catches Jon Hamm at Sundance - about 1 month
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Attendees at the Sundance Film Festival can use augmented reality (AR) to hang out with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm or assemble a human brain, as makers of the new immersive technology seek to engage independent filmmakers.
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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'Moonlight,' 'Arrival' And 'Zootopia' Make AFI's List Of 2016's Best Movies
Huffington Post - 3 months
The American Film Institute announced its picks for the 10 best movies and television shows of 2016 on Thursday. The former list includes the three ostensible Oscar front-runners: “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea.”  AFI’s selections are a reliable indicator of which movies earn Best Picture nominations from the Oscars each January. Since the category expanded to as many as 10 slots in 2009, 76 percent of Best Picture nominees have also been recognized by AFI. Notable titles missing from the 2016’s list include “20th Century Women,” “Hidden Figures,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Patriots Day.” AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “La La Land” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” “Silence” “Sully” “Zootopia” AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR “The Americans” “Atlanta” “Better Call Saul” “The Crown” “Game of Thrones” “The Night Of” “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” “Stranger Things” “This Is Us” “Vee ...
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Sundance Announces Premieres Lineup for 2017 Festival
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
The premieres section, often a top draw at the festival because of its star power, this year will feature actors such as Cate Blanchett, Jon Hamm and Peter Dinklage.
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Would You Have A Threesome With Billy Eichner and Jon Hamm?
Huffington Post - 3 months
One was recently profiled in the New Yorker. The other has an Emmy. Both are bombarding people on the street. In his latest video, the ever-hilarious Billy Eichner welcomes Jon Hamm to “Billy on the Street” for a round of everyone’s favorite game, “Would you have a threesome with me and Jon Hamm?” Tough question, particularly if you are married with children. No surprise, though: Some people said yes and won a crisp dollar bill. Well played. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Jay Cutler, Jon Hamm, Jesse Eisenberg &#8212 Wrigley guest list goes A-list
Chicago Times - 4 months
The Cubs usually boast an impressive celebrity guest list for playoff games. It just exploded. Dwyane Wade and Jay Cutler from the Bulls and Bears. Mark Prior and Kerry Wood reunited. Actors Jon Hamm and Jesse Eisenberg give Game 3 at Wrigley Field a tinge of Hollywood gala. Those are just several...
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'Keeping Up With the Joneses' flubs its comedy mission
CNN - 4 months
'Keeping Up With the Joneses' review Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot play spies in Zach Galifianakis comedy
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new ...
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Jon Hamm Talks the Benefits of Therapy
ABC News - 4 months
Actor opens up about his weekly sessions and his stint in rehab last year.
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Backstage Buzz: Bringing Broadway to the Potomac
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Plus Jon Hamm’s ‘Oh, Hello’ gag, and Stephen Sondheim reflects on a flop that became a cult favorite.
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Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis of 'Keeping Up With the Joneses' make unlikely pals
LATimes - 6 months
Fall movie guide: 'Sully,' 'Girl on the Train' and more Sept. 1, 2016, 8:03 a.m. The fall movie season is here and there are dozens of new films from Hollywood and beyond vying for moviegoers' attention. From mega-budget franchise films to low-budget indies, from family-friendly 'toons to thought-provoking...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Hamm
  • 2015
    Age 43
    Hamm filmed the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses in the spring of 2015, which also stars Zach Galifianakis and Gal Gadot and will be released in October 2016 after being pushed back seven months.
    More Details Hide Details His other upcoming film roles include the drama Aardvark, science fiction film Marjorie Prime (both 2016), political thriller High Wire Act, and Edgar Wright's comedy crime film Baby Driver (both 2017).
    He had a number of roles in 2015, in the comedy shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, as well as the animated comedy Minions, as the voice of Herb Overkill.
    More Details Hide Details Minions was a major box office success; despite mixed reviews, it grossed a total of over $1 billion worldwide.
    In September 2015, Hamm and Westfeldt announced they were ending their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Although his role as Don Draper required Hamm to smoke, he gave up smoking when he was 24. On set he does not smoke actual cigarettes, but rather herbal cigarettes that do not contain tobacco or nicotine.
    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 on and producing the series.
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    In March 2015, Hamm's representative confirmed that Hamm had recently completed inpatient treatment for alcoholism.
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    In 2013, American Airlines debuted a commercial titled "Change is in the Air", featuring Hamm's voice-over.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In an interview with Men's Fitness, Hamm said, "Look at Justin Bieber or whoever. You’re like, ‘What the f**k, man? What are you doing? Why?’ There’s no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame." Hamm told Elle UK, “We’re at a place where the idea of being ‘elite’ is somehow considered negative Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated.” In an interview with Shortlist, he said, "All I can say is that I don’t get Miley Cyrus, I don’t get Katy Perry, I don’t get One Direction. I don’t get why that’s a thing." He did also express how it might make him sound. ""I’m getting older, I’m slowly morphing into that the guy who stands on his lawn and shakes his fist and shouts “Get off my lawn!”"
  • 2012
    Age 40
    He co-starred with Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor's Notebook, playing an older version of Radcliffe's character, from December 2012 to December 2013.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    On December 12, 2010, Hamm made a guest appearance as an FBI supervisor on Fox's animated series The Simpsons.
    More Details Hide Details Returning to film, he appeared in Zack Snyder's action-fantasy movie Sucker Punch (2011), 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 (2011), which he produced alongside his then-partner Jennifer Westfeldt; the story centers around a group of friends whose lives are changed as the couples in the group begin to have children. He has a recurring role in the sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, as the servant of sociopathic billionaire Dave Mountford (Blake Harrison). The role is later revealed to, in fact, be a fictionalized version of Hamm complaining that being made into Dave's servant has required him to be written out of four episodes of Mad Men.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    In 2009, Hamm guest starred in three episodes of the NBC situation comedy show 30 Rock, as Drew Baird, a doctor who is a neighbor and love interest of Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey).
    More Details Hide Details For these performances, he received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Hamm's film projects post-2009 include the independent mystery thriller Stolen (2009) and his first leading role, in which he plays a man trying to demystify the circumstances surrounding his son's kidnapping. The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck stated that the feature never came together, and that Hamm was unable to do much with his "underwritten role". Hamm had a voice cameo in the animated feature Shrek Forever After (released in May 2010), as an ogre leader named Brogan. Also that year, he appeared as an FBI agent in The Town (2010), with Ben Affleck; after receiving "about 40 scripts that were all set in the 60s, or had me playing advertising guys", Hamm was pleased that the film offered a role "the opposite to Don Draper". The feature received generally favorable reviews and earned $144 million worldwide.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    Hamm hosted Saturday Night Live, season 34, episode 6, on October 25, 2008, and played various roles, including Don Draper in two sketches.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to host again on January 30 and October 30, 2010.
    Hamm's next film role was in the 2008 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Although the film received mixed reviews, it was financially successful, earning $230 million worldwide at the box office.
    Also in 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.
    More Details Hide Details In 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. In 2010, Hamm received his third Golden Globe Award nomination. Mad Men concluded its seven-season run on May 17, 2015.
    For his work, Hamm won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    Mad Men debuted on July 19, 2007, with almost 1.4 million viewers.
    More Details Hide Details It quickly developed a loyal audience, with Hamm receiving strong reviews. Robert Bianco of USA Today was complimentary of Hamm's performance, calling the actor's interpretation of Draper was a "starmaking performance". The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert called Hamm a "brilliant lead".
    Hamm received his breakthrough role in 2007, when he was cast from more than 80 candidates as the protagonist character Don Draper, in AMC's drama series Mad Men.
    More Details Hide Details In the series, set in a fictional 1960s advertising agency, he plays a suave 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", and that an actor with a "proven track record" would likely have been chosen if another network had aired the show. He went through numerous auditions and explained each time 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 not been raised by his parents, similar to Draper's backstory.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    His career was further bolstered when he played the recurring role of police inspector Nate Basso on Lifetime's television series The Division, from 2002 to 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Other minor roles followed on the television series What About Brian, CSI: Miami, Related, Numb3rs, The Unit, and The Sarah Silverman Program. Hamm's Mad Men castmate Eric Ladin had said that one of the reasons he looks up to Jon is that while he "made it" later than most actors, Hamm never gave up on acting.
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, Hamm obtained the role of romantic firefighter Burt Ridley on NBC's drama series Providence.
    More Details Hide Details His one-episode contract grew to 19, and led him to quit waiting tables. Hamm made his feature film debut with one line in Clint Eastwood's space adventure Space Cowboys (2000); more substantial roles followed in the independent comedy Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) and the war film We Were Soldiers (2002), during filming of which he turned 30.
    In 2000, he made his feature film debut in the space adventure film Space Cowboys.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he had a minor role in the independent comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001). He gained wide recognition when Mad Men began airing in July 2007. His performance earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2008 and 2016 and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2015. He 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 also had supporting roles in The Town (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), and Bridesmaids (2011). Hamm has received 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performances in Mad Men, 30 Rock (2006–2013), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present).
  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, having failed to obtain any acting jobs after three years, he was dropped by William Morris.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm continued working as a waiter and, briefly, as a set designer for a softcore pornography film. After repeatedly failing to obtain promising roles, he set his 30th birthday as a deadline to succeed in Hollywood, stating:
  • 1997
    Age 25
    In 1997, Hamm began a relationship with actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt.
    More Details Hide Details They jointly own homes in Los Angeles and the Upper West Side in New York. In an interview discussion about 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 should 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. In 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.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    Not wishing to stay in a "normal career", Hamm moved to Los Angeles permanently in 1995 with an automobile and $150.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Finding employment as an actor was difficult, despite representation by the William Morris Agency, because, unlike other actors his age, he could not be cast in youth-oriented productions like Dawson's Creek, due to his older appearance.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    Hamm has known actor Paul Rudd for many years, and visited him in Hollywood in 1992.
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  • 1990
    Age 18
    There, Hamm was arrested for participating in a violent hazing incident that occurred in November 1990, involving another student, Mark Sanders.
    More Details Hide Details Sanders was beaten with a paddle and a broom, while Hamm was leading him around the fraternity house with the claw of a hammer beneath Sanders' genitals, and Sanders' clothes were set on fire. The incident led to the fraternity's being shut down on campus. Hamm completed the terms of a deferred adjudication, and the charges were dismissed in August 1995. Hamm then enrolled at the University of Missouri. At Missouri he answered an advertisement from a theater company looking for players in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, auditioned, and was cast in the production. Other roles followed, such as Leon Czolgosz in Assassins. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts 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 would go on to star in the Netflix original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which Hamm has a recurring role; another was Beau Willimon, who became a screenwriter.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Following graduation in 1989, Hamm enrolled at the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity.
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  • 1971
    Born on March 10, 1971.
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