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Jon Hamm is one of the most likeable and humble stars today, but success didn't come easy for the Midwestern actor, who proved that patience really does pay.
Moving to Los Angeles in the mid-90s, it was more than a decade before Hamm landed "Mad Men" and became a breakthrough sensation. But ever since starring as the now iconic Don Draper, the actor has found work aplenty, appearing in hits like "The Town" and sitcom "30 Rock." This summer, Hamm is back on the silver screen in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," where he stars as a sports agent trying to turn Indian cricket players into baseball stars.
From competing on a cheesy dating show to his surprising first movie director, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Jon Hamm.
1. Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Deborah and Daniel Hamm. His mother was a secretary, while his father ran a family trucking company. »
- Jonny Black
Washington, May 11: Jon Hamm unveiled his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in New York by taking a selfie.
The wax figure is decked out in a debonair-looking grey suit, Fox News reported.
Ironically, Hamm, who stars in the AMC drama 'Mad Men,' arrived at the unveiling wearing a grey suit.
Hamm said that he posed for the figure last year, and it took months to craft the figure.
Hamm was joined by his longtime girlfriend, actress Jennifer Westfeldt, who kept marveling at how uncanny the figure looked like him. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
From the moment suave, brooding Don Draper entered the pop culture ether, Jon Hamm, along with his new sex symbol status, was shot into the stratosphere of fame. Not that he takes any of the attention too seriously. "It's silly," he tells People with a laugh. "First of all, it's completely arbitrary. Point me to 50 people online who think I'm super sexy, I'll point you to 50 more who say he's old and looks like my dad. It's not universal. If you buy into that, you're crazy." What is universal? The fact that Hamm, who will bid farewell to his iconic »
- Aili Nahas
False alarm, people… Jon and Jen are doing just fine! Jon Hamm updated Us Weekly on his relationship with longtime flame, Jennifer Westfeldt, at the L.A. premiere of Million Dollar Arm Tuesday, May 6. His chat follows a report that questioned whether Hamm was secretly dating his Mad Men costar Elisabeth Moss. "Unfortunately Jen can't be here tonight," Hamm, 43, told Us of Westfeldt, "because she's on stage in New York City." (Westfeldt, 44, is currently starring in Steven Soderbergh's off-Broadway production of The Library.) The AMC star [...] »
This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »
- Drew McWeeny
Lesson learned this week on Broadway: if he does not like what you wrote about him, James Franco will call you “a little bitch”. Franco, who made his Broadway debut this week in Of Mice and Men opposite Bridesmaids charmer Chris O’Dowd, took on the New York Times’ Ben Brantley on Instagram, making it the 453rd silly thing he’s done this year. (Or is it incredibly shrewd and constant self-promotion? One cannot be sure.) In more benevolent news, a bevy of much-loved stage, film, and TV triple threats returned to their roots, including Audra McDonald (channeling the haunted spirit of Billie Holiday, »
- Jason Clark
Is Megan doomed on Mad Men? Certainly, her marriage to Don seems to be on the rocks, but there are also those persistent rumors that Megan could be murdered, à la Sharon Tate — a theory strengthened by many could-be clues in last Sunday's season premiere. When Vulture caught up with Jon Hamm last night at the Public Theater’s opening night fête for The Library — he was positively beaming when his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, who stars for director Steven Soderbergh in the play, emerged at the after-party — we asked for his take on the Megan-is–Sharon Tate line of thinking. "I don’t give very much credence to it," said Hamm. "Although, certainly it was on people’s minds in the world of the show. It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t know how much validity there is to it. But it’s a great compliment that »
- Jamie Sharpe
Before Jon Hamm was Mad Men's main man, he was just another slightly awkward guy looking for love on a TV dating game show. Thanks to recently unearthed footage of Jon's 1995 appearance on The Big Date, the world got to see the actor's pre-fame "fabulosity" at its finest. Jon himself was also treated to this blast from the past, and on Tuesday's The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, he poked some fun at his younger self. In a vintage clip from the cringe-worthy appearance, Jon promised prospective date Mary Carter a "fabulous foot massage." Craig wanted to know if Jon, now 43, gives his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt "the ol' foot massage" like he promised this »
At this point, we take for granted the fact that Jon Hamm is pretty much the most handsome, most charming, funniest man currently living. But apparently that wasn't always the case.
Back in the misfit '90s, Hamm showed up on a dating show called "The Big Date" (courtesy of Vulture -- and, seriously, thank you). And, spoiler alert, he had really floppy hair.
The year was 1996 and the show, hosted by Mark L. Walberg, is a painful relic of a bygone era (even the camera movements seem covered in dust). In his segment, Hamm uses the word "fabulous" to an insane degree, summing up the evening as "a night of total fabulosity." Uh, if you say so Jon. It should probably come as no surprise that he gets passed over twice...
But this story has a happy ending, because Jon's life today really is fabulous (and he's been with »
- Drew Taylor
Before Jon Hamm was everyone's favorite sexy ad man, he was a struggling actor who was looking for love. Someone has unearthed a video of Jon's appearance on the forgotten '90s dating show The Big Date in 1996, where 25-year-old Jon attempted to convince one giddy woman to go on a date with him by promising "fabulous conversation" and a "fabulous foot massage." Spoiler alert: she doesn't pick Jon (we bet she's really regretting that choice now), and Jon went on to start dating his current partner, Jennifer Westfeldt. Watch a clip of Jon's appearance above, and prepare yourself for Jon's totally '90s haircut. Front Page Image Source: Getty / Tim Whitby »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Actor Jon Hamm, star of the upcoming Million Dollar Arm, was on hand to receive the CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Acting from Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn at The Walt Disney Studios Exclusive Presentation.
Hamm also introduced a Special Screening Of Million Dollar Arm on March 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A native of St. Louis, Hamm currently stars on AMC’s “Mad Men” as the high-powered, philandering advertising executive, Don Draper.
In 2012, Hamm starred in Friends With Kids (which he also produced), for writer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt, opposite Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Megan Fox. His previous film credits include Bridesmaids, Ben Affleck’s The Town, Zack Snyder’s fantasy thriller Sucker Punch, Shrek Forever After, in which he voiced the character ‘Brogan,’ The Day The Earth Stood Still, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Ira & Abby, Kissing Jessica Stein »
- Michelle McCue
Arguably the most well-attended and sought-after Oscar party belongs to Conde Nast’s Vanity Fair. Gaining admittance suggests both clout and perseverance. I was granted 30 minutes to take a look around the most powerful room in Hollywood. No notebook, tape recorder or interviews. I was provided a window placard for my car which declared the time of my admittance, I was issued a badge-like plastic contraption that included my name, which was announced – equal parts social graces and security measures – during the approach to party’s new location at 8680 Sunset Blvd.
11:15 p.m. The line of black SUV’s snaking east on Sunset Boulevard were filled with starlets and producers, some clasping golden statues, others looking to drown their sorrows.
- Alexandra Cheney
The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the cast of Roadside Attractions and Ld Entertainment’s romantic thriller “In Secret” as they gathered for the Los Angeles premiere on Feb. 6 at the ArcLight Hollywood.
Stratton said he was a fan of the book even before there was talk of a movie and called this project “a dream come true.” He also discussed the cast and the opportune timing that allowed actors like “Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac to work on the indie film.
“It was wild because everybody was at a specific moment in their career,” Stratton explained. “Oscar had just wrapped the Coen brothers movie and a week later he was on our set… And then you have »
- Andrea Seikaly
After starting off the third season of Girls with such a solid bang, it was perhaps inevitable that Lena Dunham‘s series would have to stall out at some point, and the fifth episode of the season (“Only Child”) is that stall out. While things start off extremely promisingly – with Hannah (Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) attending the funeral of her recently departed weirdo editor, David Pressler-Goings (John Cameron Mitchell) – things go downhill extremely quickly. Bugged out both by the appearance of a Mrs. Pressler-Goings (the divine Jennifer Westfeldt) and the news that all of her editor’s books are now “dead,” Hannah reacts, well, like Hannah – by pressing the widow for publishing contacts. Despite the interest of a new publisher, things aren’t exactly coming up Hannah, and when she kicks Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann) out of the apartment, it looks like a fight with Adam is on the horizon. Elsewhere »
- Kate Erbland
Hannah (Lena Dunham) continued to grieve the loss of her e-book contract during her editor David’s funeral, where she came face to face with David’s widow, Annalise (Jennifer Westfeldt). Hannah bothers Annalise into giving her the name of another editor she could talk to in the hopes of reviving her book, and she leaves the funeral with a new phone number in her pocket and hatred from Annalise.
Hannah calls the new publisher and, while she’s on this winning streak, decides to sit Adam (Adam Driver) and Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann) down and solve their problems. Adam accuses Caroline of being evil, ruining everything and having zero life goals. Hannah points out that the same could be said about Adam, and Caroline takes »
Hannah's behaviour is becoming increasingly self-centred, and it's wonderful to watch. But Jessa and Shoshanna need more to do
Spoiler Alert: this blog is published after the Us transmission; the UK broadcasts the episodes a week later.
• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode four blog
As if there was any doubt that Hannah Horvath was an only child: here's an episode title pointing it out. Hannah followed up last week's invention of a dead cousin with self-centredness so shocking you suspect even Marnie wouldn't go there, and now it seems to be coming back to bite her. Each season of Girls has done a fine job of ratcheting up the tension at this point; it pushes discomfort and awkward situations together with increasing frequency until imminent doom is certain. After this, it seems like Adam and Hannah may not be enjoying the happy life together that they were at the start. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Well, the happy Hannah Horvath of early Season 3 could only last so long, right?
When this new season of "Girls" began, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was on top of the world: She and Adam (Adam Driver) were happily co-habitating, her Ocd was under control and her e-book deal was back on track. And now, just five episodes in, it's all nearly come undone.
The episodes kicks off with Hannah attending her publisher David's funeral after his untimely demise last week, where she learns some shocking information. First, the man who was trolling for gay sex on Grindr the last time we saw him alive had a wife (Hey there, Jennifer Westfeldt!), but more importantly, Hannah's book, along with all of David's other projects, was being dropped by the publishing house.
Naturally, our favorite little narcissist loses all sense of decorum, actually uttering the words "So my book is dead?" at a »
What can we say about the latest photo of Jon Hamm out and about? He and longtime love Jennifer Westfeldt were walking their dog today near their home in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood. The couple kept it casual, Westfeldt in jeans and a short-sleeved top and Hamm, his arm tucked snugly around his girlfriend's shoudlers, in a T-shirt, baseball cap and...sweatpants. And once again, the Mad Men star was caught leaving little to the imagination in the, er, upper-part-of-his-pants department. But of course, at this point, we know that's just how he rolls. Even Jockey came calling last year in response to reports that underwear just isn't his thing, offering the Golden Globe-winning »
What do you get when you put Jon Hamm and Adam Scott together? Why, an adorable bromance, of course! We wonder if Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had anything to do with this budding friendship… The two actors were seen catching a movie with their significant others in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The group of four saw Wolf of Wallstreet at the ArcLight Hollywood and appeared to be all smiles after the Martin Scorsese drama. Hamm was seen in a casual outfit of jeans, a sweater, worn-in leather bomber jacket and a baseball cap. His partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, wore a burgundy coat to keep herself warm and clutched her leading man's hand as they walked to their »
Sometimes life gives you unexpected reasons to smile, and Jon Hamm and Adam Scott's double date is one of them. Last night, the longtime friends went to see The Wolf of Wall Street with their gals, Jennifer Westfeldt and Naomi Scott, at the ArcLight theater in La, but the fun didn't stop there. The two bearded men wore very similar outfits, rocking jeans and red plaid as they walked side by side with their ladies. Sound familiar? They did that with green onesies in Adult Swim's The Greatest Television Event in History and for a bit in Friends With Kids, too. Both couples smiled and laughed as they headed to the theater, with Adam and Jon keeping close to each other in their chain of four. But did they share a bucket of popcorn? That, we may never know. View Slideshow › »
- Alyse Whitney
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