Name: Jon Hamm
Born As: Jonathan Daniel Hamm
Birthdate/place: March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, MO
Claim to Fame: his role of 1960s advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC series Mad Men.
Bio: Hamm shares that he became interested in acting in the first grade, when he was handpicked to play Winnie the Pooh. In his spare time he loves to golf and he is a big football fan.
After several unsuccessful tries, Hamm finally landed a role in 2000 as romantic firefighter Burt Ridley on NBC’s drama series Providence. Also in 2000, he made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood’s space adventure Space Cowboys. In 2001, Hamm appeared in a supporting role in the independent comedy Kissing Jessica Stein. He landed a role in the Lifetime’s television series The Division, from 2002 to 2004. Hamm’s break-through role came in 2007 when he was cast as the protagonist character Don Draper in AMC’s drama series Mad Men. The Boston Globe acknowledged that Hamm is a “brilliant lead”. For his work, he won a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 2008. Also in 2008 he was nominated for both a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2009, Hamm was again nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award in the same categories.
Hamm’s next film role was as Dr. Michael Granier in the 2008 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. In December 2008, Hamm finished filming the mystery thriller The Boy in the Box, a film about a small-town police chief who works to uncover the truth behind the mummified remains of a boy found in a box.