John Slattery

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This article is about the actor. For the Colorado politician, see John Henry Slattery. For the Massachusetts politician, see John P. Slattery. For the Irish broadcaster, see Gascony Show.
John Slattery
Slattery on September 17, 2008
Born John M. Slattery, Jr.
(1962-08-13) August 13, 1962 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Talia Balsam (1998–present)
Children 1

John M. Slattery, Jr. (born August 13, 1962)[1] is an American actor and director, best known for his role as Roger Sterling on AMC's series Mad Men. He was part of the Mad Men ensemble that won two SAG Awards.

In 2013, Slattery directed his first feature film, God's Pocket (2014), which he also 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 to critical reviews, and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films.

Early years[edit]

Slattery was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Joan (née Mulhern), a retired CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant.[2][3] He is one of six children.[4] Slattery is of Irish descent and was raised Roman Catholic.[5] 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.[6] He 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.[7]

As a young boy, Slattery dreamed of being a baseball player.[8] Slattery is an avid athlete who both skis and surfs.[9] He married actress Talia Balsam in 1998, and together they have a son, Harry.

Acting career[edit]

Apart from his role as Roger Sterling, 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 Lang'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.[10]

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Before the Storm Graham Parker Television movie
1991 Under Cover Graham Parker Television movie
1995 A Woman of Independent Means Dwight Uncredited
1996 City Hall Detective George
1996 Hallmark Hall of Fame Will Kidder
1996 Eraser FBI Agent Corman
1996 Sleepers Fred Carlson
1997 Feds Michael Mancini
1997 My Brother's War Devlin
1997 Red Meat Stefan
1998 Harvest Sheriff Johnson
1998 The Naked Man Ferris
1998 Where's Marlowe? Kevin Murphy
2000 Traffic ADA Dan Collier
2001 Sam the Man Maxwell Slade
2002 A Death in the Family Jay Follett Television movie
2002 Bad Company Roland Yates
2003 The Station Agent David
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Paul Moore
2004 Noise Detective Rutherford
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Bert Miller
2004 The Brooke Ellison Story Ed Ellison Television movie
2006 The Situation Colonel Carrick
2006 Flags of our Fathers Bud Gerber
2007 Underdog Mayor
2007 Reservation Road Steve Cutter
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Cravely
2010 Iron Man 2 Howard Stark
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Richardson
2011 Return Bud
2012 Dishonored Admiral Havelock Video game
2012 In Our Nature Gil
2013 Bluebird Richard


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dirty Dozen: The Series Pvt. Dylan Leeds 7 episodes
1989 Father Dowling Mysteries Doug Episode: "The Man Who Came to Dinner Mystery"
1991 Under Cover John Slattery Episode: "Sacrifices - Part 2"
1991 China Beach Dr. Bob Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
1991–1993 Homefront Al Kahn 38 episodes
1995 Ned & Stacey Sam Episode: "Threesome"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Walter Mondale Episode: "Apollo One"
1998 Party of Five Jay Mott 2 episodes
1998 Becker Peter Episode: "Man Plans, God Laughs"
1998–1999 Maggie Dr. Richard Meyers 11 episodes
1998 Law & Order Arlen Levitt Episode: "Tabloid"
1999 Will & Grace Sam Truman 2 episodes
1999–2000 Judging Amy Michael Cassidy 3 episodes
2000 Sex and the City Bill Kelley 2 episodes
2000 Law & Order Dr. Richard Shipman Episode: "Stiff"
2001–2002 Ed Dennis Martino 17 episodes
Nominated—Prism Award for Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series
2003–present Arrested Development Dr. Norman 3 episodes
2003 K Street Tommy Flannegan 10 episodes
2004–2005 Jack & Bobby Peter Benedict 21 episodes
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives Victor Lang 14 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2006–2013 30 Rock Steven Austin Episode: "Brooklyn Without Limits"
2007–present Mad Men Roger Sterling 75 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009–10)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2010–11)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2008–11)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2008, 2011, 2013)
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Mayor Larry Box 4 episodes

As director[edit]


  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays on Aug. 13". The Miami Herald. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Patrick Pacheco (May–June 2012). "John Slattery: A Boston Man Gone Mad". Boston Common Magazine. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Stephanie M. Peters (23 September 2007). "John Mulhern, 80; lawyer triumphed on ice, in politics". The Globe. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mad Men's' John Slattery: Rise of the silver fox". The Daily News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Handy, Bruce (2009-08-13). "Mad Men Q&A: John Slattery". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2010-08-15. "“I grew up Irish Catholic in Boston...”" 
  6. ^ "Alumni". The Catholic University of America Office of Admissions. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Doyle, Stacey (May 4, 2012). "John Slattery Talks to Boston Common Magazine About 'Mad Men' and More". Boston Common Magazine. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Friedman, Devin (April 2012). "On the Cover: John Slattery". GQ. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Prescott Financial - Gold, Women & Sheep". The Colbert Report. December 15, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 

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