Following its debut on AMC in 2007, Mad Men became a pivotal series in what is now considered the era of Peak Television. Even when every other network turned down the chance to pick up this soon-to-be hit drama, Matthew Weiner's period piece series found a home at the cable station, and it resulted in one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed series in recent history. With a talented ensemble of great actors, Mad Men's cast received heaps of praise and a number of awards to boot. Following the show's end in 2015, what have they been working on now? Let's take a look and see.
Jon Hamm (Don Draper)
As Don Draper, the creative director of Sterling Cooper, Jon Hamm became a star through his leading man role in Mad Men. Previously a TV actor with credits on Providence, Ally McBeal, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, and The Division, as well as film roles in Space Cowboys, Kissing Jessica Stein, and We Were Soldiers, Hamm's breakthrough role paved the way for appearances in A Single Man, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Town, Million Dollar Arm, and Bridesmaids.
Following his Emmy-winning performance in Mad Men, Hamm starred in Keeping Up with the Joneses, Marjorie Prime, Baby Driver, Beirut, Tag, Bad Times at the El Royale, and The Report. He was last seen in Richard Jewell and The Jesus Rolls. In television, Hamm starred in A Young Doctor's Notebook, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Good Omens. He'll next be seen in Top Gun: Maverick and Wild Mountain Thyme.
Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)
Playing Peggy Olson, who was once Don's secretary before moving up the corporate ladder, Elisabeth Moss played a pivotal role in Mad Men. Prior to her role in Mad Men, Moss was best known for her work on The West Wing, Anywhere But Here, The Missing, and Girl, Interrupted. During her time on Mad Men, Moss was also seen in Get Him to the Greek, On the Road, Listen Up Philip, The One I Love, and Top of the Lake.
Following this career-defining role, Moss has continued to find success and acclaim through her Emmy-winning performance in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. She also starred in The Square, The Old Man & The Gun, Her Smell, The Kitchen, High-Rise, Truth, Queen of Earth, and most recently, The Invisible Man and Shirley earlier this year. Next, Moss will be seen in The French Dispatch and Next Goal Wins.
Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)
In the role of Pete Campbell, the eventual junior partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Vincent Kartheiser played a primary character throughout the entirety of Mad Men's run. A stage actor who became a film and TV performer, Kartheiser was previously seen in the TV series Angel and films like Alpha Dog, Alaska, and Dandelion. As the actor starred in this hit series, he was also seen/heard in In Time, Rango, Elektra Luxx, and Days Out of Days.
Following Kartheiser's time in Mad Men, Kartheiser starred in My Friend Dahmer, The Most Hated Woman in America, A Kind Of Murder, Most Likely To Murder, Das Boot, and Crypto. Kartheiser also had a starring role in last year's Proven Innocent and in episodes of The OA. He was most recently seen in Netflix's The Social Dilemma.
January Jones (Betty Draper)
As Betty Draper, the wife (then ex-wife) of Don Draper, January Jones provided an Emmy-nominated performance in Mad Men. Previously a model, Jones starred in Anger Management, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and We Are Marshall.
Through the success of the show, Jones found roles in Unknown, X-Men: First Class, Seeking Justice, Pirate Radio, Sweetwater, and Good Kill. She also narrated 2015's documentary Unity. When Mad Men wrapped, the actress became a main cast member on Fox's The Last Man on Earth before it ended in 2018. She appeared in The Politician and voiced a character in Animals before she starred in Netflix's short-lived series Spinning Out earlier this year.
Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway)
In the role of Joan Holloway, the office manager of Sterling Cooper, Christina Hendricks provided a lively presence throughout Mad Men's revered run. Formerly a model, Hendricks entered the acting business in the late '90s, where she starred in Showtime's Beggars and Choosers and in ER, The Court, Firefly, Kevin Hill, and more before she landed her Mad Men role. During this time, Hendricks also starred in Life As We Know It, Drive, The Family Tree, I Don't Know How She Does It, Ginger & Rosa, Detachment, Struck By Lightning, God's Pocket, and Lost River.
Following her Mad Men commitments, Hendricks starred in Zoolander 2, The Neon Demon, Bad Santa 2, Fist Fight, and Pottersville, as well as shows like Another Period, Tin Star, The Romanoffs, and Hap and Leonard. Hendricks is now on NBC's Good Girls.
Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)
Playing the part of Sally Draper, the eldest child of Don and Betty, Kiernan Shipka found her fame through this acclaimed drama series. As a child actress, Shipka previously appeared in Monk, Heroes, MadTV, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and she was later seen in Land of the Lost, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and Very Good Girls when the series came to a close. She also lent her voice to The Legend of Korra.
Most notably, Shipka starred in the title role of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which was canceled earlier this year. The actress also starred in The Blackcoat's Daughter, Let It Snow, and Feud: Bette and Joan. Next, Shipka will star in Quibi's Swimming with Sharks.
John Slattery (Roger Sterling)
As Roger Sterling, a senior partner and accounts executive at Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency, John Slattery was a prominent player in Mad Men, notably after the first season. Prior to Mad Men, Slattery starred in movies like Eraser, Traffic, Bad Company, The Station Agent, Mona Lisa Smile, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and Flag of Our Fathers, and in TV shows like Homefront, Party Of Five, Under Cover, Jack & Bobby, Desperate Housewives, and Maggie.
Marvel fans will surely recognize him in the recurring role as Howard Stark, Tony's late father. His first appearance was in Iron Man 2, and he returned to the role in additional MCU movies afterward, including Avengers: Endgame.
During his Mad Men time, Slattery also starred in Reservation Road, Charlie Wilson's War, Iron Man 2, The Adjustment Bureau, and Ted 2. And he directed 2014's God's Pocket. Shortly after Mad Men ended, Slattery appeared in 2015's Best Picture winner, Spotlight. Next, Slattery stars in Fox's upcoming Next.
Robert Morse (Bert Cooper)
In the role of Bert Cooper, the senior partner of Sterling Cooper, Robert Morse played an increasingly prominent role in the later seasons of Mad Men. A prestigious actor of the stage and screen with two Tonys, an Emmy, and a Grammy to his name, Morse was most notably seen in both the Broadway production and the film adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
During his time on Mad Men, for which he received several Emmy nominations, Morse also starred in The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vincente Fernandez. He did voice work for Sofia the First, The Legend of Korra, and Teen Titans Go! Following his role in this acclaimed AMC series, Morse has been seen in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson and Corporate. He returned to Broadway for a 2016 production of The Front Page.
Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)
Playing Ken Cosgrove, an account executive at Sterling Cooper, Aaron Staton was seen throughout the entirety of Mad Men's run. During his time in the show, Staton was also notably the actor behind Cole Phelps in the video game L.A. Noire, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Following Mad Men's run, he appeared in Castle Rock, Person of Interest, Ray Donovan, God Friended Me, Narcos: Mexico, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, The Good Wife, and Unbelievable. He also starred in films like Alex & The List, and Preservation. Next, Staton will be seen in Disney+ forthcoming mini-series, The Right Stuff.
Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)
As Harry Crane, a media buyer for Sterling Cooper, Rich Sommer was a constant presence throughout Mad Men's entire run. Prior to this hit series, Sommer was notably seen in The Devil Wears Prada. During his Mad Men time, Sommer also appeared in Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Giant Mechanical Man, The Office, Elementary, and The League.
Following Mad Men, Sommer starred in LBJ, Hello My Name Is Doris, Girlfriend's Day, Summer of '84, and A Futile and Stupid Gesture. He also lent his voice to Regular Show and appeared in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Love, GLOW, Masters of Sex, and Elena of Avalor. Recently, Sommer starred in HBO's Run. He's now a main role in The CW's In the Dark.
Mason Vale Cotton (Bobby Draper)
In the role of Bobby Draper, the middle child of Don and Betty Draper, Mason Vale Cotton played a primary role in the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons of Mad Men. He was previously on Desperate Housewives. Once his role in Mad Men came to a close, Cotton starred in Scales: A Mermaids Tale, Mad Families, and voiced the title character in Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie. He was last seen in 2017's short film, Super.
Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano)
As Salvatore Romano, the art director at Sterling Cooper, Bryan Batt was a main cast member during the first three seasons of Mad Men. Primarily known as a theater actor, Batt performed in Broadway productions of Cats, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Saturday Night Fever, Seussical, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat prior to his time in this hit drama series.
Following his role in Mad Men, Batt played a recurring role in MTV's Scream and made appearances in NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and EastSiders. He also starred in films like 12 Years a Slave, Parkland, LBJ, Tales From The Hood 2, and Billionaire Boys Club. Most recently, Batt produced and starred in Easy Does It. He'll next be seen in Don't Look Back, American Reject, and Night Teeth.
Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey)
Playing Paul Kinsey, a copywriter at Sterling Cooper, Michael Gladis was part of Mad Men's main cast throughout its first three seasons. Following his role in the hit series, which also included a guest star appearance in Season 5, the actor provided turns in Devil's Knot, Knights of Badassdom, Not Safe For Work, Terminator Genisys, and Armed Response.
On television, he starred in Eagleheart, Reckless, Extant, and Feed the Beast, and he appears in episodes of The Good Wife, Medium, Leverage, The Mentalist, Justified, House of Lies, Elementary, Lucifier, and Criminal Minds. Earlier this year, Gladis became a main cast member on Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. He'll also soon be seen in The Mental State.
Jared Harris (Lane Pryce)
In the role of Lane Pryce, the former financial officer at Sterling Cooper, Jared Harris gave an Emmy-nominated standout performance in the middle seasons of Mad Men. As a well-trained English actor, Harris starred in I Shot Andy Warhol, Natural Born Killers, The Last of the Mohicans, Far and Away, Dead Man, Happiness, Lost in Space, Mr. Deeds, Ocean's Twelve, Lady in the Water, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, among others, prior to his work in this series.
He also played a reoccurring role in Fringe. During his time on Mad Men, Harris was also seen in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In the following years, Harris starred in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Allied, Certain Women, and Poltergeist (2015). He was also in Cherynbol, The Crown, and Carnival Row. Next, he'll star in Morbius and AppleTV's Foundation.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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