John Slattery

John Slattery
Slattery in 2008
Born John M. Slattery Jr.
(1962-08-13) August 13, 1962
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Catholic University of America, BFA 1984
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s)
Talia Balsam (m. 1998)
Children 1[1]

John M. Slattery Jr. (born August 13, 1962)[2] is an American actor and director known for his role as Roger Sterling in the AMC drama series Mad Men. Slattery's other acting credits include the role of Howard Stark in cameo appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man 2, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. He has received four Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and two Critics' Choice Television Awards for Mad Men[3] and was part of the Mad Men ensemble cast that won two SAG Awards.

In 2013, Slattery directed his first feature film, God's Pocket (2014), which he co-wrote with Alex Metcalf. The film, based on a 1983 novel of same name by Pete Dexter, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films.[4]

Early life

Slattery was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Joan (née Mulhern), a retired CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant.[5][6] He is one of six children.[7] Slattery is of Irish descent and was raised Roman Catholic.[8] He attended high school at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Catholic University of America in 1984.[9]

Slattery said when he was younger, he loved both TV and movies, staying up late to watch them and making it very hard to wake up in the morning. As a young boy, he dreamed of being a baseball player.[10]

Career

Apart from his role on Mad Men, Slattery is also known for roles such as union organizer Al Kahn on Homefront; Senator Walter Mondale in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon; as political adviser Tommy Flannigan in the HBO series K Street; guest appearances as Will Truman's brother Sam on Will & Grace; as Michael Cassidy, Amy's estranged husband, on Judging Amy; politician Bill Kelley on Sex and the City; principal Dennis Martino on Ed; and college president Peter Benedict on Jack and Bobby. In March 2007, he began a series of appearances on Desperate Housewives portraying Victor Lang, Gabrielle Solis's (Eva Longoria) second husband, until his character's death in Season 4. In December 2009, Slattery appeared on The Colbert Report in a faux commercial advertising gold.[11]

Slattery played Paul Moore, boyfriend of Katherine Watson (portrayed by Julia Roberts) in the film Mona Lisa Smile, and he portrayed Howie in David Lindsay-Abaire's play, Rabbit Hole. He had a small part as a teacher in the film Sleepers. He also appeared as a government promoter in the Clint Eastwood feature Flags of our Fathers and as CIA official Henry Cravely in Charlie Wilson's War. He was cast as Bert Miller, father of the leading female character, in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and in The Adjustment Bureau played Richardson, a mid-level agent in the mysterious paranormal agency called the Bureau. Slattery narrates the audiobook version of Don DeLillo's 2007 novel Falling Man, Stephen King's 2008 psychological horror novel Duma Key, and Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms.

In 2015, Slattery portrayed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. in the Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated drama film Spotlight, and also appeared in the Netflix comedy series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, for which he earned a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.

Personal life

Slattery is an avid athlete who both skis and surfs.[12] He married actress Talia Balsam in 1998; they have one son together, Harry Slattery.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995A Woman of Independent MeansDwightUncredited
1996City HallDetective George
1996Hallmark Hall of FameWill Kidder
1996Eraser FBI Agent Corman
1996SleepersRob Carlson
1997FedsMichael Mancini
1997My Brother's WarDevlin
1997Red MeatStefan
1998HarvestSheriff Johnson
1998The Naked ManFerris
1998Where's Marlowe?Kevin Murphy
2000TrafficADA Dan Collier
2001Sam the ManMaxwell Slade
2002Bad CompanyRoland Yates
2003The Station AgentDavid
2003Mona Lisa SmilePaul Moore
2004NoiseDetective Rutherford
2004Dirty Dancing: Havana NightsBert Miller
2006The SituationColonel Carrick
2006Flags of our FathersBud Gerber
2007UnderdogMayor
2007Reservation RoadSteve Cutter
2007Charlie Wilson's WarCravely
2010Iron Man 2Howard Stark
2011The Adjustment BureauRichardson
2011ReturnBud
2012In Our NatureGil
2013BluebirdRichard
2015Ted 2Shep Wild
2015Ant-ManHoward StarkCameo
2015SpotlightBen Bradlee Jr.
2016Captain America: Civil WarHoward Stark
2017ChurchillDwight D. Eisenhower

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Dirty Dozen: The SeriesPvt. Dylan Leeds7 episodes
1989Father Dowling MysteriesDougEpisode: "The Man Who Came to Dinner Mystery"
1991Under CoverGraham ParkerEpisode: "Sacrifices - Part 2"
1991China BeachDr. BobEpisode: "Hello Goodbye"
1991Before the StormGraham ParkerTelevision movie
1991Under CoverGraham ParkerTelevision movie
1991–1993HomefrontAl Kahn38 episodes
1995Ned & StaceySamEpisode: "Threesome"
1998From the Earth to the MoonWalter MondaleEpisode: "Apollo One"
1998Party of FiveJay Mott2 episodes
1998BeckerPeterEpisode: "Man Plans, God Laughs"
1998–1999MaggieDr. Richard Meyers11 episodes
1998Law & OrderArlen LevittEpisode: "Tabloid"
1999Will & GraceSam Truman2 episodes
1999–2000Judging AmyMichael Cassidy3 episodes
2000Sex and the CityBill Kelley2 episodes
2000Law & OrderDr. Richard ShipmanEpisode: "Stiff"
2001–2002EdDennis Martino17 episodes
2002A Death in the FamilyJay FollettTelevision movie
2003K StreetTommy Flannegan10 episodes
2004The Brooke Ellison StoryEd EllisonTelevision movie
2004–2005Jack & BobbyPeter Benedict21 episodes
2007Desperate HousewivesVictor Lang14 episodes
2007–2015Mad MenRoger Sterling85 episodes
2009–2013The Cleveland ShowMayor Larry Box (voice)3 episodes
2009The Colbert ReportJohn Slattery (From Prescott Financial)Episode: "Alicia Keys"
201030 RockSteven AustinEpisode: "Brooklyn Without Limits"
2011The SimpsonsRobert Marlowe (voice)Episode: "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants"
2013Arrested DevelopmentDr. Norman2 episodes
2015Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek SandersonNarrator1 episode
2015Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampClaude Dumet6 episodes
2015Documentary Now!William H. SebastianEpisode: "Kunuk Uncovered"
2016VeepCharlie Baird6 episodes

Theater

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 The Lisbon Traviata Paul Off-Broadway
1990 Mi Vida Loca Paco Off-Broadway
1992 The Extra Man Daniel Off-Broadway
1993 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Kenny Broadway
1995 Night and Her Stars Charles Van Doren Off-Broadway
1997 Three Days of Rain Walker/Ned Off-Broadway
2000 Betrayal Robert Broadway
2006 Rabbit Hole Howie Broadway
2016 The Front Page Hildy Johnson Broadway

Video game

YearTitleVoice role
2012DishonoredAdmiral Havelock

As director

YearTitleNotes
2010–2013 Mad Men 5 episodes
2014 God's Pocket Feature film
2016–2017 Love 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2015 Gotham Independent Film Award Ensemble Performance Spotlight Won
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Spotlight Won
Satellite Award Best Cast in a Motion Picture Spotlight Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Robert Altman Award Spotlight Won

References

  1. Helena de Bertodano (2013-04-08). "John Slattery on ageing, drinking, and how he'd like Mad Men to end". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. "Celebrity birthdays on Aug. 13". The Miami Herald. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. "Emmys.com". Emmys.com. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. Siegel, Tatiana. "Sundance: IFC Films Acquires U.S. Rights to John Slattery's 'God's Pocket'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. Patrick Pacheco (May–June 2012). "John Slattery: A Boston Man Gone Mad". Boston Common Magazine. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. Stephanie M. Peters (23 September 2007). "John Mulhern, 80; lawyer triumphed on ice, in politics". The Globe. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  7. "Mad Men's' John Slattery: Rise of the silver fox". The Daily News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  8. Handy, Bruce (2009-08-13). "Mad Men Q&A: John Slattery". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2010-08-15. “I grew up Irish Catholic in Boston...”
  9. "Alumni". The Catholic University of America Office of Admissions. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  10. Doyle, Stacey (May 4, 2012). "John Slattery Talks to Boston Common Magazine About 'Mad Men' and More". Boston Common Magazine. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  11. "Prescott Financial - Gold, Women & Sheep". The Colbert Report. December 15, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  12. Friedman, Devin (April 2012). "On the Cover: John Slattery". GQ. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
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