Happy Birthday: Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm.jpgJon Hamm

Born: March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

(On landing his role in Mad Men (2007)) It was amazing. I read the script, and it was for AMC, and I thought, “They’ve never done anything that’s remotely like a TV show, so what’s that going to be like?” I read the script for Mad Men (2007) and I loved it. Then, I realized that a guy who wrote for The Sopranos (1999), Matt Weiner, created it, so I thought, “Okay, that’s pretty cool”. But I never thought they’d cast me-I mean, I thought they’d go with one of the five guys who look like me but are movie stars. Obviously, they didn’t. I literally had to go through six or seven auditions. They flew me to New York to meet all the people at AMC. My final audition was at that bar on the roof of the…

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