Ally McBeal (1997)
“Ally McBeal” was one of the most popular primetime shows of the 1990’s. Hamm had an incredibly small cameo as a bar goer. Nothing too significant, but any role in the show was a pretty big deal for a young actor.
Space Cowboys (2000)
“Space Cowboys” featured a star-studded cast, but was largely a massive disappointment. It also featured a very young Jon Hamm as a pilot in a bit role. Everybody’s got to start somewhere.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Jon Hamm’s first major movie role came in 2001 with “Kissing Jessica Stein.” Sure, the role wasn’t huge, but was significant enough to give him momentum and much more visibility.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Hamm had a decently sized part relative to his fame at the time. This was an extremely underrated Mel Gibson Vietnam epic. A fresh faced Jon Hamm chews up a ton of screentime early in the film as…you guessed it…a soldier.
Gilmore Girls (2002)
Hamm was only in one episode, but was able to continue his run of parts in significant works. Eventually, this would lead him to the role of a lifetime, but it would be several more years until that would happen.
CSI: Miami (2005)
Jon Hamm’s star was growing as he had a recurring role as a doctor on the best of the “CSI” incarnations. This also began to build Hamm’s credentials as potential TV breakout star.
The Unit (2006)
Aside from “Mad Men”, this is the most significant role in Jon Hamm’s career. Sure, the role was only recurring, but Hamm finally began to show the signs of a successful leading man in TV and in film.
The A-Team (2010)
This was essentially a cameo and nothing of any note, besides cashing in on Hamm’s fame. Nonetheless, this speaks to his growing stardom and burgeoning movie career.
Hamm was easily the best part of this incredibly overrated comedy. Jon was his sleazy best as his depravity truly knew no bounds. The car scene with he and Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest in the entire film.
Parks and Recreation (2014)
Hamm appeared only a couple of times, basically playing Don Draper as an incompetent National Parks employee. This was a lot of fun to see, but didn’t really amount to much as the show was reaching its close.