How much is Jon Hamm worth?
|Net Worth:||$40 Million
|Date of Birth:||March 10, 1971|
|Country:||United States of America|
As a smoldering 1960s ad man romancing a bevy of tulle-skirted beauties on Mad Men and giving Ben Affleck a run for his money in the blockbuster The Town.
Who Is Jon Hamm
For a guy like Jon Hamm, it seems like it was only a matter of time. He is, as longtime friend Paul Rudd describes, “one of those unfair guys who are good-looking, really funny and good at everything.” And though it would take him some 13 years to become a star, no one could say he didn’t deserve it.
American actor Jon Hamm has a net worth approaching $40 million dollars, as of 2020.
Jon Daniel Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was only two years old, so he lived with his mother in a St. Louis suburb and saw his father on the weekends. Sadly, his mother became sick and died of colon cancer when he was only 10.
He went back to live with his father, grandmother and two half sisters –“difficult in the best of circumstances,” he once described it—and found an outlet in the prestigious John Burroughs Prep School, where he excelled as both athlete and performer. Hamm got out of the Midwest for a few years to attend the University of Texas, but he would not be there long. Soon after leaving, Hamm’s grandmother died, and soon after that, his father died as well. By age 20, he had lost both of his parents.
Paying His Dues
Hamm went back to his home state, finishing school at the University of Missouri where he was active in the theater. After graduation, Hamm got a job teaching drama at his former high school, but he aspired for more. He had visited longtime friend and actor Rudd in 1992 in Hollywood, and moved to Southern California for good in 1995 with little but a car and $150. He managed to get an agent and a manager, but didn’t land any work for three years. “I came in the Dawson’s Creek era,” he remembers, “it was all about tiny guys who looked like teenagers, and I haven’t looked like a teenager ever.”
So the 24-year-old Hamm worked as a waiter and set designer, was dropped from his agency and struggled amongst the masses to break through. He decided to set a deadline: if he hadn’t made it by the time he was 30, he would give up. And that was just the kick he needed, because once he established a failure date, work began to trickle in.
“That Guy Has Lived”
He was cast in a play co-written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt that would later become a film, Kissing Jessica Stein. He and Westfeldt would begin dating and fall in love. He had a one-episode contract for the television drama Providence, which was then lengthened to 19 episodes, allowing him to quit waiting tables. He had a series of small roles in film and television throughout the early 2000s, with recurring roles on The Division, The Unit and What About Brian. He was generally offered dramatic parts, but is a “comedy nerd,” according to Tina Fey, and got to flex his comedic muscles in The Sarah Silverman Program and 30 Rock.
Then, after 12 years of dues-paying toil, he was cast above 80 hopefuls as Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men. Hamm didn’t think the role would go to him. It was too good with too many contenders, but he was the right fit – a little too perfect, with a strong inner life. Just like Don Draper, he lost his parents early and had to fight for what he had. Recalls Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, “Jon walked out of the room and I said, ‘That guy has lived.’”
Hamm has lived, and is finally living well. He went from miscellaneous handsome guy to full-fledged star in a single television season, and with a face like that, and the talent and wit to back it up, it’s easy to see now that it was only a matter of time.
Defining Quote “I had a pretty serious mullet back in the day.”