Actor Jon Hamm may be best known for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, but the veteran actor has been hustling around town for almost two decades and has had movie appearances in We Were Soldiers and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Hamm’s most recent big-screen performance was in Ben Afflick’s The Town, alongside Affleck and Rebecca Hall.
Here is what you need to know about the dapper Don:
1. He Is 44 Years Old
Born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, young Jonathan Daniel Hamm was raised by a single mother after his parents divorced when he was a toddler. Tragedy came early in Hamm’s life after the loss of his mother to colon cancer and he moved in with his father.
“Well, I was forced to grow up very early because I lost my mother when I was 10,” Hamm told The Guardian. “So that tends to take a lot of childhood out of the equation and you become very aware of adult things.”
Hamm’s first experience in acting came playing Judas in a high school production of Godspell.
His father died when Jon was 20.
2. Before Moving to Hollywood, Jon Hamm Worked as a High School Drama Teacher
Following his graduation from the English department of the University of Missouri, Hamm returned to his old high school, John Burroughs School, and taught drama to aspiring actors. Among his pupils: Ellie Kemper of The Office and Bridesmaids fame.
“He’s so kind,” Kemper told Seth Meyers, talking about Hamm. “He’s like an uncle to all of these people from our high school who go out to LA to and try to pursue acting.”
3. He Has Been Dating Actress Jennifer Westfeldt For Almost 17 Years
Hamm and longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt have been together for close to two decades, and despite recent rumors that the pair had split, Hamm and the 45-year-old Connecticut native have been going strong. But don’t expect to hear wedding bells for the couple any time soon. Hamm explains:
“It was never a discussion. I think marriage often is an arrangement between families more than an arrangement between the two people involved,” Hamm told Playboy magazine last year. “I don’t have a particularly defined example of marriage in my life. My parents got divorced when I was two and never remarried. So it doesn’t mean anything to me.”
4. He Recently Completed a 30-Day Stint in Alcohol Rehab
“With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction,” his rep said in an issued statement. “They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”
5. He’s…um…Well Endowed
Leaving no stone unturned, TMZ confirmed the rumor around town that Hamm was packing heat. Candid pictures of the star’s commando stylings brought on shock and awe amongst Hamm’s more admiring fans.