Jonathan Daniel 'Jon' Hamm (born March 10, 1971) is an American actor and director. For much of the mid-1990s, Hamm lived in Los Angeles as a struggling actor, but later appeared in multiple television series, including Providence, The Division, What About Brian and Related. In 2000 he made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood's space adventure, Space Cowboys. The following year, Hamm appeared in the independent comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) in a minor role. Hamm gained recognition for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men, which premiered in July 2007. His performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2008.