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Jon Hamm Biography – Childhood, Acting Journey & Relationship

Jon Hamm Biography

Jon Hamm is a celebrated actor, producer, and director who is best known for his appearance in the TV show, Mad Men. He has also worked on many other successful projects such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Good Omens, 30 Rock, Baby Driver, Million Dollar Arm, The Report, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His performances in the aforementioned projects not only wowed the audiences but also earned Jon numerous award nominations.

Well, thanks to his flourishing acting career, Hamm has garnered many admirers who want to know all about him. Thus in this biography, we will take a detailed look at Jon’s life before and after fame, childhood, career, and love life.

Where Is Jon Hamm From?

The Mad Men star was born Jonathan Daniel Hamm, in St. Louis, Missouri, US on 10th March 1971. He grew up alongside his two siblings, Julie Schulte and Jennifer Hinze but further information regarding his sisters is unknown. Jon Hamm’s parents, Daniel Hamm and Deborah Hamm divorced when he was just two years old. His mother worked as a secretary whereas his father managed a family trucking company.

After his parent’s divorce, Jon Hamm was raised by his mother in St. Louis, Creve Coeur. However, after losing his mom to colon cancer at the age of ten, Jon lived in Normandy with his father and grandmother. Sadly, Hamm’s dad passed away when the actor was 20.

What School Did Jon Hamm Attend?

As for his education, Jon was enrolled at the private school, John Burroughs School where he played baseball and football. He was also on the swim team and reportedly dated actress Sarah Clarke while in school.

Hamm graduated from high school in 1989 and then enrolled at the University of Texas. There he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and was arrested after participating in a hazing accident. He was in his third year at the time and was not convicted of a crime. Rather, he made a plea deal and completed probation and the charges were dismissed in 1995.

Following the incident, Jon transferred to the University of Missouri in his home state. He completed his college studies there and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993. Following this, he reportedly returned to his former high school to teach acting.

When Did Jon Hamm’s Acting Journey Start?

As per various sources, Jon Hamm’s first foray into acting was in first grade when he played Winnie-the-Pooh. But the art did not interest young Jon and he did continue to act. But as a 16-year-old, Hamm starred in the school production of Godspell as Judas and enjoyed the experience but still did not pursue acting seriously.

But after moving back to Missouri from Texas, Jon answered an advertisement from a theater seeking individuals for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was cast in the production and Hamm followed it up with other roles including Leon Czolgosz in the musical Assassins. These experiences seem to have made a big impact on the St. Louis native’s life as he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment world.

What Projects Has Jon Hamm Worked On?

Even though he wanted to work in the entertainment field and moved to LA to do so, Jon Hamm had a hard time booking projects early on. He acted in theater, waited tables, and also served as a set designer while auditioning for various roles. His first on-screen appearance, as per IMDb, was in an episode of Ally McBeal in 1997. However, he was uncredited for this work.

Then in 2000, Jon landed the part of Burt Ridley in the drama series, Providence. While the contract was only for one episode, it grew to 19 and helped Hamm launch his acting career. That same year he also appeared in The Hughleys, The Trouble with Normal and Space Cowboys. Jon’s career saw a massive boost after he played the recurring character, Nate Basso in the show, The Division between 2002 and 2004. He continued to appear in many other TV shows such as Charmed, What About Brian, and The Unit.

Jon Hamm’s breakthrough came in 2007 after he was chosen to play the protagonist, Don Draper in the AMC drama Mad Men. He went through numerous auditions and booked the part, with over 80 candidates. The show was a massive hit and Hamm managed to not only charm the audience but also receive critical acclaim for his performance. He starred on the show till its final season in 2015 and even served as the executive producer.

Between playing Don Draper in Mad Men from 2007 to 2015, Jon also appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. A few of these projects are listed below:

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Sucker Punch
  • Friends with Kids
  • 30 Rock
  • Family Guy
  • Archer
  • A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories
  • Black Mirror
  • Web Therapy
  • Childrens Hospital
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Following this, Jon Hamm continued his television journey playing varied roles in shows such as TripTank, The Amazing Gayl Pile, Legion, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bless the Harts, American Hostage, and many more. He has also found much success in his film career having worked on Minions, Baby Driver, Nostalgia, The Report, Lucy in the Sky, No Sudden Move, Top Gun: Maverick, and many more.

How Rich Is Jon Hamm?

Having found much success in his career in the entertainment industry, Jon Hamm’s net worth stands at $45 million now seems plausible. He has already appeared in more than 100 projects and must have earned a massive sum from each of them. Moreover, Hamm has served as a producer in many television and podcast series and even directed a few episodes of Mad Men.

Besides, Jon Hamm’s fortune also comes from the many commercials he has appeared in over the years. He is also known for providing a voice for various characters in animated projects as well as narrating videos and movies. Well, it is evident that Jon’s net worth of $45 million has benefitted from his career in the industry.

Who Is Jon Hamm Dating?

Much like his professional success, the talented actor has also found much happiness in his personal life. He is currently dating Anna Osceola and the pair were first linked together in 2020. Jon Hamm’s girlfriend, Anna is also an actress and the pair first met in 2015 while filming Mad Men. While their relationship did not start until much later, Jon talked about being comfortable with his life with Anna. He also has not ruled out the possibility of getting married and having kids.

But before Osceola, Hamm had been in a long-term relationship with another actress. He and Jennifer Westfedt started dating in 1997 and ended their romance in 2015. Despite being together for over 15 years, the former pair were not married.

Well, at the moment, Jon is happily living his life with his current partner, Anna Osceola. We wish him more happiness and success in the coming days.