The "Mad Men" Cast — Now and Then
Flashback to the summer of 2007, when the show started — back when AMC was the channel that aired “Batman Begins” incessantly, as opposed to the home of “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” — and you’ll find a cast of mostly fresh-faced actors with the occasional former teen idol mixed in. Before delving into season 7, take a look at the Mad Men cast before they entered the swinging world of 1960s Madison Avenue.
Jon Hamm: Now
As Don Draper
Hamm catapulted to fame as the mysterious Don Draper, an ad man who can woo you with a smile or an epic speech about floor wax.
Jon Hamm: Then
Before he was beloved by women and idolized by men, a 25-year-old Hamm turned up on the 1996 dating show “The Big Date.” Don Draper would jump out of his office window if he saw that his future included wavy '90s hair.
Jared Harris: Now
As Lane Pryce
Jared Harris brought class to Sterling Cooper as its financial officer. He also brought tragedy when he committed suicide in his office.
Jared Harris: Then
Yes, that was Harris opposite Matt LeBlanc as the older Will Robinson in the forgettable 1998 big screen version of “Lost in Space."
Robert Morse: Now
As Bert Cooper
Morse plays the level-headed voice of reason amongst his oft-hotheaded coworkers.
Robert Morse: Then
Morse is no stranger to the business world — you might remember him as the lead in the movie version of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Aaron Staton: Now
As Ken Cosgrove
As Sterling Cooper & Partners’ accounts man, Ken isn’t afraid to go above and beyond for a client. Even if that means taking a bullet.
Aaron Staton: Then
Pre-“Mad Men,” Staton bounced around on various shows. You might remember him as Daniel on “Seventh Heaven.”
Alison Brie: Now
As Trudy Campbell
Her role as Pete’s no-nonsense wife Trudy is where everyone first fell for Alison Brie’s charms.
Alison Brie: Then
Before “Mad Men” and “Community,” Brie turned up as a hairdresser on the Miley Cyrus Disney sitcom “Hannah Montana.”
January Jones: Now
As Betty Draper/Francis
With Betty Draper, January Jones has created an indelible portrait of a housewife becoming gradually unhinged.
January Jones: Then
Before stepping back to the 1960s, Jones was mostly known for roles in contemporary flicks like “Love Actually” and “American Wedding.”
Kiernan Shipka: Now
As Sally Draper
We’ve watched young Sally Draper (and actress Kiernan Shipka) grow up from precocious youngster to a self-possessed teenager.
Kiernan Shipka: Then
While “Mad Men” put her on the map, Kiernan played bit parts on shows like “Mad TV” and “Heroes.” Here she is in her much younger days on an episode of “Monk.”
Vincent Kartheiser: Now
As Pete Campbell
Kartheiser continually creeps us out as Pete Campbell, the scheming ad man we love to hate.
Vincent Kartheiser: Then
But as a '90s teen heartthrob, he had girls swooning in movies like “Little Big League” and “Alaska,” which he starred in opposite a young Thora Birch.
Jessica Paré: Now
As Megan Draper
Paré “Zou Bisou Bisou”’d right into our hearts as Don’s free-spirited actress wife, Megan.
Jessica Paré: Then
Montrealer Paré first caught the attention of American audiences as a schoolgirl who falls for her female pal (Piper Perabo) in the indie romance “Lost and Delirious.”
Christina Hendricks: Now
As Joan Holloway
Playing the sultry Joan, Christina Hendricks runs the office with style and wry wit.
Christina Hendricks: Then
A lighter-haired Hendricks turned up on shows like “Firefly” (she played Yolanda/Saffron/Bridget) and MTV’s racy soap “Undressed.”
John Slattery: Now
As Roger Sterling
Boozy Roger Sterling is a fan favorite for both his quick wit and his drunken antics. (Don’t let this guy near oysters.)
John Slattery: Then
Slattery first caught our attention as a randy senator with a really gross fetish (Google it, if you dare) on “Sex and the City.”
Elisabeth Moss: Now
As Peggy Olson
Over the course of seven seasons, we’ve watched Peggy progress from Don’s secretary to his rival in the ad game. We’ve also watched Elisabeth Moss transform into one of the best actors on the small screen.
Elisabeth Moss: Then
Before Sterling Cooper, Elisabeth Moss was best known for her role as the daughter of President Bartlet on “The West Wing.” You might remember her from this super-serious Excedrin ad that used to run all the time several years back.
Rich Sommer: Now
As Harry Crane
Sommer burst into the spotlight as Harry Crane, the snarky media buyer who leads Sterling Cooper into the brave new world of television.
Rich Sommer: Then
Fans of “The Devil Wears Prada” might remember him as Anne Hathaway’s pal Doug.
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