Jon Hamm was able to break into Hollywood and establish himself thanks to his childhood friend Paul Rudd who was already working in the industry.
By Vic Medina | Posted
If you’re a fan of actor Jon Hamm, you can thank Marvel superhero Ant-Man for providing the Mad Men the actor had a career. During an appearance this week on The Howard Stern ShowHamm recounted how his entry into Hollywood was courtesy of actor Paul Rudd, who was a friend of his back home in the Midwest and gave him the contacts he needed to find an agent.
Their friendship dates back 30 years, and when Hamm came to Los Angeles to become an actor, Rudd (already an established actor), was more than willing to help.
“He’s always been that way,” Hamm says of Rudd’s helpful and kind personality, which he claims isn’t an act. He reconnected with Rudd when he moved to California and asked for “one phone number” of someone he could talk to in the acting business. Rudd gave him his former manager’s number, which in turn helped Jon Hamm find an agent.
At the time, Rudd appeared in the 1995s clueless and 1996 Romeo + Juliet, and also worked as a DJ. He, Monday night football broadcaster Joe Buck and Jon Hamm were all friends living in the Los Angeles area, but only Rudd had a “Hollywood career”, as well as long hair and a Duran Duran jacket, as Hamm recalled. Despite having an agent and going through a “million auditions,” Hamm failed to land a single role, according to The AV Club.
That would all change in the 2000s, as Jon Hamm found steady work on shows like Providence, The divisionand What about Brian?as well as small roles in movies like space cowboys and We were soldiers.
It wasn’t long, however, before he was thrown into Mad Men like Don Draper, and his career took off. Jon Hamm would appear in all 92 episodes of the show over seven seasons, earning eight Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He will win his only Emmy in 2015, for his work in mad men last season.
He would earn four more Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his work on NBC. 30 Rock and those of Netflix The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In the years since Mad MenJon Hamm has appeared in a number of successful films, including The city, Sucker Punch, baby driver, Bad weather at the El Royale, Richard Jewelland No sudden movement.
This year, Hamm returned to television for a few limited appearances, including a new stint on Apple TV+. The morning showas well as FX Fargo and Amazon Prime Video good omens.
Jon Hamm is currently promoting his latest film, the comedy reboot Chevy Chase Fletchentitled Confess, Fletch. He also appeared in the biggest movie of the year, Top Gun: Maverick, and he also played himself in a series of Progressive Insurance commercials. Meanwhile, his pal Paul Rudd is about to complete his Ant-Man trilogy with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniaslated to hit theaters in February 2023.