After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men’s final episode aired in 2015. Matthew Weiner’s depiction of the lavish lifestyle and dominant sexism of the advertising industry of the 60’s came to a close in a finale that was widely praised by critics and fans alike.
But before then, back in July 2007, the very first episode hit TV screens and changed the landscape forever. In the following years the cast of characters changed dramatically, and once it was over, they continued to work in a wide range of projects. Let’s have a look into what they look like today and what they’re up to.
1. Anne Dudek as Francine Hanson
Dudek appeared in a number of roles across television in the years since the show ended, including a recurring role in CW’s The Flash.
2. Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
Hendricks’ career has taken her from TV to film, including the comedy series Another Period and recently seen in the movie Dark Places.
3. Michael Gladis as Paul Kinsey
Since he left Mad Men, Gladis has continued to act in television, namely with recurring roles in Reckless and House of Lies.
4. Rich Sommer as Harry Crane
Sommer has appeared in a number of popular shows since the conclusion of the series, including Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Love, and the new Netflix show GLOW. In addition to this, he hosts a podcast about tabeltop games called “Cardboard!”
5. John Slattery as Roger Sterling
As well as some cameos as Tony Stark’s father Howard in a number of Marvel movies, Slattery starred in the Oscar-winning Spotlight, and took on the role of Eisenhower in the biopic Churchill. He starred alongside Sommer in Wet Hot American Summer, and narrated a documentary series called “The Real Mad Men of Advertising”.
6. Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
Kartheiser starred in the various shows and movies, including the program Casual. According to the actor, he sold his Brooklyn penthouse for $1.3 million in favour of simple living.
7. Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper
Shipka has a recurring role in the FX series Feud, and provides voice acting for number of video games.
8. January Jones as Betty Francis
Jones has a key role in the critically-acclaimed comedy series The Last Man on Earth, and announced that she is working as a spokeseperson with Oceana to save endangered sharks.
9. Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
Morse has performed on Broadway and on television, starring in American Crime Story and providing voice performance for the animation Teen Titans Go!
10. Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Moss has been incredibly busy, starring in the film High-Rise and being nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on the Broadway production of The Heidi Chronicles. Since then she was the lead actress in drama Top of the Lake, and is currently starring in the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.
11. Alison Brie as Trudy Campbell
After a central role in the comedy shows Community and Bojack Horseman, and appearing in the comedy film How To Be Single, Brie is now the lead in Netflix’s GLOW.
12. Mark Moses as Duck Phillips
Moses acted in the TV series The Last Ship, and is currently starring in crime drama Incorporated.
13. Maggie Siff as Rachel MenkenAfter appearing in the young adult sci-fi film The 5th Wave, Siff took on a lead role in the Showtime series Billions.
14. Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Jon Hamm has been very busy since his lead turn on the show, appearing in comedy series’ Wet Hot American Summer, Children’s Hospital and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Recently he appeared in the heist comedy-drama Baby Driver.
15. Bryan Batt as Salvatore Romano
After he left the show Batt has starred in Scream: the TV series, continued to act on stage, and written two books. Batt also owns a home decor and furnishings store, that he runs alongside his partner.
16. Aaron Staton as Ken Cosgrove
Staton has continued to work in television, most notably in the television series Ray Donovan and more recently in A Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
If there’s one major take away from all of this, it is that these actors and actresses have aged remarkably well. Luckily for us, it seems like the forces of television are snapping them all up for a variety of roles on the small screen. While we’re on the subject of influential TV Shows, have you seen what the cast of The Wire look like now 15 years after it first aired??