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Actor John Slattery played Julia Roberts's love interest in the film Mona Lisa Smile, and a government official in the World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers.
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John Slattery was born August 13, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts. His first professional acting job came in 1987, in the play The Lisbon Traviata. Soon came his first TV role on The Dirty Dozen: The Series. For the next decade he worked steadily on TV, with guest and recurring roles. In 2007,
he held a recurring role on Desperate Housewives. Soon after he landed the lead role on Mad Men.
Actor. Born August 13, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts. Slattery was raised in a large Irish-Catholic family (four older sisters, one younger brother) in the suburbs of Boston. He majored in theater at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Like many aspiring young actors, Slattery then moved to New York City to try his hand at auditions. To support himself, he worked as a limousine driver and then as a waiter - with considerably less success than he'd later have as an actor. "I was a terrible waiter," he recalled years later with a laugh.
His first professional acting job came in 1987, playing opposite Nathan Lane in the Terrence McNally play The Lisbon Traviata. Soon came his first television role, a six-episode guest spot as Pvt. Dylan Leeds on Dirty Dozen: The Series. For the next decade Slattery worked steadily on television, with guest and recurring roles in shows such as China Beach, Party of Five, Ed, Law and Order and Will & Grace.
In 2000, John Slattery appeared in the hit HBO series Sex and the City in a memorable guest spot as a politician with an unusual sexual fetish. The high-profile gig landed him a series of movie roles. He played Julia Roberts's love interest in the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile, and a government official in the World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. In 2007, he held a recurring role on the television series Desperate Housewives - his most visible job up to that point.
It was during his stint on Desperate Housewives that Slattery received a call to audition for the lead role of Don Draper on Mad Men, a new drama set in the 1960s advertising world. When he arrived for the audition, producers confessed that they had already hired another actor, Jon Hamm, for the lead. They wanted Slattery to play the supporting role of Roger Sterling, the womanizing, hard-drinking co-owner of the agency where the show takes place.
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