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'Mad Men' cast, before the fame

The 'Mad Men' Cast Before They Were on the Show

The period drama that started in 2007 has captivated audiences and won numerous awards, but do you know where a lot of the 'Mad Men' actors got their start?


Christina Hendricks, known for playing Joan Holloway, played the role of Rhiannon on the show 'Undressed.' The late night MTV soap ran from 1999-2002. Hendricks appeared in one episode in 1999, in which she was a college student with bangs. She's a beauty, but the script is ... painful.

Jon Hamm, who plays Donald Draper, was once a contestant on the game show "The Big Date." Sadly Jon lost.

Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson, once played the role of 'little girl' alongside Hulk Hogan in "Suburban Commando."

Vincent Kartheiser, who portrays Pete Campbell, played 'Connor' on an episode of 'Angel.'

January Jones, who plays Betty Francis, played the role of Jeannie in the film 'Love Actually.'

John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling, was in an ad for Sports Illustrated magazine.

Jared Harris, known for playing Lane Pryce, played Mac McGrath in the film 'Mr. Deeds.'

Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane, got his first big break playing the character of 'Doug' in 'The Devils wears Prada.'

Kevin Rahm, who plays Ted Chaough, once played 'Tim' on an episode of 'Friends.'

Jay R. Ferguson, known for playing Stan Rizzo, was in the classic film 'The Outsiders' where he played Ponyboy Curtis.

Harry Hamlin, who plays Jim Cutler, played 'Perseus' in the legendary film 'Clash of the Titans.'

And finally, Robert Morse, who plays Bert Cooper, once starred in the film 'How to Succeed in Business...' as J. Pierrepont Finch.

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Alison May 28 2014 at 1:23 PM

Jay Ferguson was on the TV show Outsiders...not the movie. C. Thomas Howell was Ponyboy in the movie.

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napa422 May 28 2014 at 12:35 PM

NEVER HEARD OF HER.. LOL

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b515 napa422 May 28 2014 at 8:26 PM

I guess we both have lives.

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Leslie May 28 2014 at 1:29 PM

Oh, look, a picture of Christina Hendricks when she was in middle school and only a D cup. LOL

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chuzzlawit Leslie May 28 2014 at 1:52 PM

When she weighed less than a pick up truck?

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Amber J chuzzlawit May 28 2014 at 3:33 PM

What is she suppose to weigh and look like in your eyes? Gieselle Bunchen(sp). Where in this case beauty is in the eye of the beholder, because I, think that Gieselle looks like a man, and is shaped like a boy. But hey, I know a lot of men and women think that she is what beauty is. If men and some women like bones with small breast and manly features. Far be it for me to tell them that they shouldn't.

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Lisa Dryman Clark June 12 2014 at 3:31 AM

Let us not forget that Christina Hendricks was also a temptress on "Firefly"!

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