Jon Hamm is an American actor whose success in the acting industry came as a result of his tenacity. In a bid to pursue a bigger acting career, he moved to Los Angeles and was represented by the William Morris Agency. However, due to his physical appearance, he was unable to land any roles and consequently dropped by the agency after three years. Undeterred, he kept attending auditions while working as a waiter to make ends meet.
He finally got a role on NBC’s drama series Providence in 2000 and from there, his acting career took a turn for the better. Although he has appeared in numerous films and television series, Jon is widely known for playing the role of Don Draper, an advertising executive, in the series Mad Men; it aired on AMC cable network from 2007 to 2015.
For his performance on the show, he won two Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2008 and 2016. Also, he won the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In addition to that, he has also been nominated 16 times for Primetime Emmy Award as a result of his performance on Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Jon Hamm’s Bio
Born as Jonathan Daniel Hamm on March 10, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri, the actor is the son of Deborah Garner and Daniel Hamm. While his father worked as the manager of a family-owned trucking company, his mother was a secretary. When he was just a two-year-old toddler, his parent’s marriage packed up and following their divorce, he moved with his mother to St. Louis County in Creve Coeur where they lived together until eight years later when his mother died of colon cancer. Consequently, he moved in with his father in Clayton, Missouri, but sadly, when he was 20 years of age, death struck again, taking his father away and making him an orphan.
John Hamm played his first acting role as Winnie the Pooh when he was in first grade. He later played the role of Judas in the play Godspell at age 16 and despite enjoying the experience, he did not regard acting as something important. As a student of John Burroughs School in Ladue, he dated now-actress Sarah Clarke and was part of the baseball, swimming, and football teams. Upon his graduation from high school in 1989, Jon Hamm continued his education at the University of Texas but later left there for the University of Missouri.
During his time as a college undergraduate in Missouri, Jon Hamm responded to an audition advert for the production of the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and succeeded in getting a role. Upon graduating in 1993 with a B.A in English, he took a job in his high school as an eighth-grade acting teacher and among his students was Ellie Kemper who now stars with him in the television series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
In 1995, he made a permanent relocation to Los Angeles because he did not want to remain in a “normal career” as his teaching job. In LA, he moved into an apartment with four other wanna-be actors and took a job as a waiter while going for auditions. He took part in a few theatre productions but never got any film or TV role despite being registered under the William Morris Agency. This was largely due to the fact that he looked older than his age. Unfortunately, after three years of being represented by the agency without success, he was struck off their client list in 1998.
He continued waiting on tables to support himself and worked for a short time as a set designer for an adult movie. After his many attempts at getting promising roles failed, he got frustrated and set his 30th birthday as the deadline for him to leave the industry if he does not make it. Not long afterward, he was cast in his breakthrough role as the protagonist character, Don Draper, in Mad Men.
His Net Worth
The actor has appeared in leading film roles in movies such as Stolen (2009), Million Dollar Arm (2014), Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016), and Beirut (2018). In supporting roles, he has credits in Sucker Punch (2011), Baby Driver (2017), and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) among others. He has also featured in many television series, including Mad Men which earned him $275,000 as salary at the peak of the show.
Through his many years of being active in the industry since his breakthrough in 2000, Jon Hamm has garnered a net worth estimated at $30 million.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Jon Hamm Married or Dating?
Jon Hamm dated actress/screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt from 1997 to 2015 and since the end of their almost two-decade-long relationship, he has been linked to a number of women in Hollywood, including Dakota Johnson and Annabelle Wallis. However, the native of Missouri never made any comments on the speculations, making it unclear whether he dated any of the stars at any point.
In October 2018, Jon was in attendance at the Saturday Night Live after-party sequel to a tapping of its weekend show and as he left the party very late in the night, he was seen with a mysterious blonde. The duo appeared to be very comfortable in each other’s company as they made conversations while walking through the streets in New York City. We may never get to know who she is as Jon has chosen to remain tight-lipped on issues relating to his love life.
Height and Weight
The prolific actor stands at 6 feet 1 inch and weighs around 165 lb. He has brown hair and a pair of hazel-colored eyes. Aside from acting, Jon Hamm is an ardent golfer and player of tennis. This is probably how he manages to stay healthy and in shape.