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Jon Hamm moves from 'Mad Men' pitches to baseball pitches

May 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM ET

Jon Hamm's handsome face is a TV staple, as he won a Golden Globe for his breakthrough role as Don Draper on AMC's "Mad Men." And while he's appeared in movies — "Bridesmaids," "Friends With Kids" and "The Town" among them — it's that small-screen persona for which he's best known.

Image: "Mad Men"
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The "Mad Men" star came to Hollywood with $150 and has worked his way up the ladder of movie and TV stardom.

But everything may change this weekend, when Hamm's new movie, the Disney sports flick "Million Dollar Arm," opens in 3,000 theaters nationwide. Hamm plays J.B. Bernstein, an American sports agent who set up a reality show in India to try and find a cricket player who could transfer his talents to Major League Baseball.

The film, based on a true story, has all the elements of the trademarked uplifting Disney movie. Critics are calling it corny but charming, with Hamm predictably playing the ladies' man who overlooks the gorgeous med student (Lake Bell) next door, and who discovers that the fish-out-of-water young Indians bring out his fatherly side.

Bell, Alan Arkin, Aasif Mandvi and "Life of Pi" star Suraj Sharma also star, but this is Hamm's movie, his first shot at a leading film role. If it's a huge success, you can expect to see more of the handsome actor outside the "Mad Men" ad offices. Page through our slideshow to see how he arrived at this point.

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