Jonathan Daniel Hamm is an actor, producer, and director. He was born on March 10, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, Daniel, ran a truck company and his mother, Deborah, was a secretary. When he was two years old, his parents got divorced, and he moved to Creve Coeur to live with his mother. He has an Irish, a German and English descendant. He has two step-siblings. At the age of ten-years-old, his mother died of Colon Cancer, and he moved with his father. When he was in first grade, he did a role in Winnie the Pooh. At age 16 he was cast in “Godspell” as Judas.
He did his schooling from John Burroughs School, Ladue. In school, he was part of baseball, swimming and football teams. There he dated actress Sarah Clarke. When he turned 20, he lost his father. In 1989, he enrolled himself in University of Texas. There he got into an incident involving Mark Sanders. A group beat him while Hamm leads him with claws of hammers under Mark’s genitals. He was dismissed of all charges in 1995 after he served his term. After this, he got into the University of Missouri. He did a part in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after an audition.
Later, he did the role of Leon Czolgosz in “Assassins.” In 1993, he completed his graduation with Bachelors of Arts in English. He permanently moved to Los Angeles. He lived in a house with other aspiring actors. He started doing theater suchasFlavius in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Even after having connections in the acting world, he couldn’t get roles according to his age. He received roles of older characters because of his appearance. William Morris dropped him because he failed to get roles for three long years. He started working as a waiter and a set designer for a porn company. He has set age thirty as his deadline to make it in the industry. In 1997, he formed a relationship with Jennifer Westfeldt, an actress, and screenwriter.
In 2000, he bagged a role in Providence, a drama series of NBC network. He did the show for over 19 episodes after which he quit the job of waitressing. In the same year, he gave his first film debut with Space Cowboys. He started getting more significant roles in movies such as “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “We were Soldiers.” He had made it before he turned 30 during the shoot of ‘We are Soldiers.” During 2002-2004, he did the role of a police inspector named Nate Basso in a TV series called “The Division.” He made small appearances in TV shows like What About Brian, Related, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, The Sarah Silverman Program, and The Unit. In 2007, he got a breakthrough with bagging a role of Don Draper in Mad Men, a drama series on AMC. He earned the part after competing with 80 candidates. He said that he never thought that he would get the part. The makers of the show also thought that he was too handsome for the role but ultimately went with him as he had the same past as the character. Eric Ladin, cast in Mad Men, says that he admires Hamm as he never gave up on acting. He took inspiration from his father to play Draper. The show got released in 2007 with acceptance from the audience with excellent reviews for Jon.
In 2008, he received Golden Globe Award under the category “Best Actor in the TV series-Drama.” He also garnered nominations for “Primetime Emmy Award” and “The Screen Actors Guild Award” under the categories “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor” respectively. In 2009, he received under the same categories for the Golden Globe Award and Screen Guild Award. The series ended in 2015 with a total of seven seasons. He received his first Primetime Emmy Award under the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.”Hamm bagged the role in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in 2008. It became a commercial success. He also hosted two episodes of “Saturday Night Live.”
He did three episodes of 30 Rock, NBC comedy show. The Primetime Emmy Award nominated him three times for the category “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series” for various shows. In 2009, he played his first leading role in “Stolen.” In 2010, he did a cameo in Shrek Forever After. He did the role of FBI agent in “The Town” starring Ben Affleck. It was his first role which was different from the character from Mad Men, Don Draper. In Howl he played Jack Ehrlich, a defense attorney. He appeared on the show “The Simpsons” as an FBI supervisor. In 2011, he appeared in Sucker Punch, an action-fantasy movie which Zach Snyder directed. He did a supporting role of Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. In the same year, he did the movie called “Friends with Kids.” He co-starred in “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” an Ovation TV dark comedy, with
Daniel Radcliffe. He did roles in Unbreakable KimmySmidt, MinionsandWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. In 2015, he filmed action comedy “Keeping Up with Joneses.” He will film Baby driver in 2017. He loves golfing and playing tennis. He is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, a National Hockey League team. He is also a cricket fan which is due to Daniel Radcliffe who introduced him to the sport. He is a huge admirer of comic books. He has been the voice actor for Mercedes-Benz and American Airlines.