amm attended John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri, a private prep academy, where he was a member of the football, baseball, and swim teams. When Hamm was 16, he was cast in a play, and enjoyed the experience. Following graduation in 1989, he enrolled at the University of Texas, but dropped out during his sophomore year, following the passing of his father. Hamm moved back home to attend the University of Missouri, where he studied English. Hamm answered an advertisement from a theater company looking for players in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, auditioned, and was cast in the production.
After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Hamm returned to teach at his high school teaching eighth grade acting as a gesture of repayment for the school’s support during his adolescent years. He worked at the school as a faculty drama teacher.
Hamm received his break-through role in 2007 when he was cast as the protagonist character Don Draper in AMC’s drama series Mad Men. In the series, set in the 1960s fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency, he plays a suave advertising executive with a shadowy past. When Hamm read the script, he knew it would be good for his career. He ultimately thought he would not receive the part, admitting, “I read the script for Mad Men and I loved it. [...] 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.”
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