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

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.

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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.

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    Hats off -

    Jon Hamm, seen here in 2014, hit the big time as ad man Don Draper in "Mad Men," but has been acting since the mid-1990s, when he reportedly moved to L.A. with only a car and $150.

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    Taking a big swing -

    Hamm may finally break out as a feature film star with "Million Dollar Arm," opening in theaters on May 16, 2014. In the film, he plays sports agent JB Bernstein, who goes to India in the hopes of finding raw baseball talent.

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    Co-stars -

    Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who plays pioneering ad copywriter Peggy Olson on "Mad Men," are seen in New York on April 26, 2014.

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    Sunny day -

    Jon Hamm made an appearance with Muppet Murray on "Sesame Street" in 2014.

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    Lucky guy -

    Actors Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and Christina Hendricks surround Hamm at the AMC celebration of the "Mad Men" season 7 premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, Calif. on April 2, 2014.

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    Power couple -

    Hamm and longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on March 2, 2014.

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    Deal me in -

    Singer Kevin Jonas talks to Hamm over cards at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino and Bovet 1822 Gala benefiting artists for peace and justice in West Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 27, 2014.

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    Not so 'Mad' -

    Hamm and co-stars Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss attend the 14th annual AFI Awards Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 10, 2014.

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    Flying high -

    Jon Hamm and Kate Hudson on the set of the HBO movie "Clear History," which aired Aug. 10, 2013.

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    Lady in red -

    Hamm and Westfeldt arrive on the red carpet for the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sep. 22, 2013.

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    Emmy night -

    Tina Fey and Hamm stride onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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    The score was love-love -

    Hamm and Westfeldt visit the Moet & Chandon Suite at the 2012 U.S. Open in New York on Sep. 10, 2012.

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    Stormy weather -

    Will Ferrell, Beck, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Peretti, Hamm and Sarah Silverman attend the "We Hate Hurricanes" Comedy Benefit for AmeriCares at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2012.

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    Batter up -

    Hamm prepares to bat during the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on July 8, 2012.

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    Root, root, root for the home team -

    Actors David Koechner, Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Hamm, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during an interleague game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on June 22, 2012.

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    Ring my bell -

    Hamm and his "Mad Men" ex-wife January Jones ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March 21, 2012.

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    Here comes the bride -

    Director Paul Feig, producer Judd Apatow, actors Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Hamm, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey attend the premiere of' "Bridesmaids" at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles on April 28, 2011. Hamm plays Wiig's boorish boyfriend in the film.

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    Spirited -

    Hamm and Westfeldt arrive at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on Feb. 26, 2011.

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    At the bar -

    Hamm and Adam Scott filming "Friends with Kids" in 2011. Westfeldt also starred in, wrote, and directed the independent romantic comedy.

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    Fashionable -

    Hamm, GQ Magazine fashion editor Madeline Weeks and GQ magazine creative director Jim Moore attend the Rag & Bone Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Feb. 11, 2011.

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    Not easy being green -

    Hamm voices the character of ogre Brogan in the 2010 animated movie "Shrek Forever After."

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    Townie -

    Hamm plays FBI special agent Adam Fraley in the 2010 drama "The Town."

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    Fun at Fenway -

    Chris Cooper, Rebecca Hall, Hamm, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively attend the premiere of "The Town" at Fenway Park in Boston on Sep.14, 2010.

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    Get out while you're young -

    Actors Amber Riley, Tina Fey, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Cory Monteith, Jorge Garcie, Nina Dobrev, and Hamm perform in a "Glee"/"Born to Run" mashup at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010.

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    Golden girl -

    Hamm escorts actress Betty White across the stage at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010. The two actors were chosen to present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" won the award.

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    One of the guys -

    Hamm and Bradley Cooper attend Spike TV's 4th Annual "Guys Choice Awards" held at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on June 5, 2010.

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    Not so 'Mad' -

    January Jones, executive producer Matthew Weiner, Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and Vincent Kartheiser pose after "Mad Men" won the Golden Globe for best television drama series in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 17, 2010.

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    Presidential party -

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper, Westfeldt and Hamm attend the White House Correspondents' dinner cocktail party in Washington on May 9, 2009.

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    Ante up -

    Hamm attends the Seventh Annual World Poker Tour Invitational at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2009.

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    SAG VIP -

    Hamm and the cast of "Mad Men" accept the award for best ensemble in a drama series during the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2009.

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    Puppy love -

    Westfeldt and Hamm attend Much Love Animal Rescue's Shop 'Til You Drool at the 5th & Sunset Studios in Los Angeles on April 30, 2005.

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    Cop talk -

    Hamm, Nancy McKeon, Bonnie Bedelia, Taraji Henson, Tracey Needham and Lisa Vidal pose on the set of Lifetime's police drama "The Division" in 2001.

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    Early days -

    Hamm, seen with Paula Cale in 2000, played a firefighter in the NBC drama "Providence," one of his earliest roles.

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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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