Bryan Batt

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Bryan Batt
Batt in September 2009
Born (1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 60)
Alma materTulane University
Occupation(s)Actor, author
Years active1988–present
Tom Cianfichi
(m. 2014)

Bryan Batt (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor best known for his role in the AMC series Mad Men as Salvatore Romano, the closeted art director for the Sterling Cooper agency. Primarily a theater actor, he has had a number of starring roles in movies and television as well. His performance in the musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever earned him one of New York City's more unusual honors, a caricature at Sardi's.[1]

Early life[edit]

Batt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Gayle (Mackenroth), an amateur actress, dancer, and civic activist, and John Batt.[2][3][4] His family founded and ran the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park.[5] He attended and graduated from Isidore Newman School (a preparatory school in New Orleans) and Tulane University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On September 28, 2014, Batt married his long-time partner Tom Cianfichi, an event planner.[7] Batt and Cianfichi own a home decor and furnishings store, Hazelnut, on Magazine Street in New Orleans.[5] In 2010, Batt published a memoir about his mother entitled She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother. She died in December 2010.[3][8] In 2011, he published a second book, Big, Easy, Style, which focuses on interior design and home furnishings.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Jeffrey Darius
1997 Kiss Me, Guido Tino
1999 Hit and Runway Carlos
2011 Brawler Fat Chucky
2011 Nine Lives: A Musical Adaption Live Billy Grace
2013 B-Side Andrews
2013 Wiener Dog Nationals Judge Brown
2013 12 Years a Slave Judge Turner
2013 Parkland Malcolm Kilduff
2013 The Last of Robin Hood Orry-Kelly
2015 Zipper Bob Fisher
2015 Sam Alexander Blondell
2015 The Runner Mark Lavin
2016 The Book of Love Dr. Melvin
2016 A Boy Called Po Randall Bane
2016 Abattoir Chester
2016 LBJ Jim Rowe
2017 Mississippi Murder Bernard
2017 Wiener Dog Internationals Judge Brown
2018 Tales from the Hood 2 John Lloyd Video
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Ludo
2019 I Hate Kids Rev. McGooley
2019 Darlin The Bishop
2020 Easy Does It Officer Owens
2020 Don't Look Back Rev. Farmer Also known as Good Samaritan
2021 Night Teeth Gio
TBA American Reject Buddy Bisk Post-production
TBA I'll Be Watching TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 As the World Turns Teddy Episode: "1.10423"
2003, 2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hugo, Hutton Mays Episodes: "Suite Sorrow", "Trophy Wine"
2007–2009 Mad Men Salvatore Romano Regular role (seasons 1–3)
2009 Ghost Whisperer Maitre D' Episode: Do Over (s5e4)
2010 Ugly Betty Spencer Cannon Episodes: "The Past Presents the Future", "Hello Goodbye"
2015–2016 Scream Mayor Quinn Maddox Recurring role (seasons 1–2)
2016 NCIS Dalton Greenbrick Episode: "Sister City: Part I"
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Dalton Greenbrick Episode: "Sister City: Part II"
2019 The Simpsons Philip Hefflin / Carl (voice) Episode: "Mad About the Toy"
2019 Tales of the City Chris Bauer Episode: "The Price of Oil"
2019 EastSiders Richard Episodes: "Both Sides Now", "Always Upwards"
2020 The Blacklist Antony Eagleton Episodes: "Victoria Fenberg"



Year Title Role Venue
1992 Cats Munkustrap Winter Garden Theatre
1987 Starlight Express Rocky I/Greaseball Gershwin Theatre
1993 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Reuben/Pharaoh Minskoff Theatre
1994 Sunset Boulevard u/s Joe Gillis/Ensemble Minskoff Theatre
1994 Beauty and the Beast Lumiere Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
1997 The Scarlet Pimpernel standby Percy/Pimpernel Minskoff Theatre
1999 Saturday Night Fever Monty Minskoff Theatre
2000 Seussical Alternate Cat in the Hat Richard Rodgers Theatre
2004 La Cage aux Folles standby Albin Marquis Theatre


Year Title Role Venue
1986 Too Many Girls Al Equity Library Theatre
1990 Grease Kenicke Darien Dinner Theater,
1990 The Golden Apple Patroclus York Theater
1991 Give My Regards to Broadway Choir Carnegie Hall
1993 Jeffrey Darius/Man in bed WPA Theatre & Minetta Lane Theatre
1996-98 Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back Various Triad Theater
1998-98 Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act Performer Stardust Theatre
1998 I Love New York Performer Rainbow and Stars
1998 Ascendancy Performer Rattlestick Theatre
1998 In the Beginning Performer Maine State Theatre
2022 To My Girls Bernie Tony Kiser Theater


  • Evita – Che (Carousel Dinner Theater)
  • Grease – Kenicke (Darien Dinner Theater)
  • Trixie True: Teen Detective – Dick Dickerson (Boston Post Road Stage Co.)
  • Romeo and Juliet – Paris (New Orleans Center Stage)
  • The Lover – John (New Orleans Center Stage)
  • Action – Jeep (New Orleans Center Stage)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 Drama Desk Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Forbidden Broadway Cleans
Up Its Act
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2008 Won
2009 Won


  • She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir (Random House, 2010), ISBN 978-0-307-58885-2
  • Big, Easy Style (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2011), ISBN 978-0-307-59190-6


  1. ^ "Bryan Batt & Kristin Chenoweth Get Hung Up At Sardi's Jan. 20 Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine", Playbill. January 21, 2000.
  2. ^ "Bryan Batt Biography (1963–)". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  3. ^ a b Paula Devlin, "Gayle Batt, civic activist and mother of actor Bryan Batt, dies at 79", Times-Picayune, December 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries | New Orleans, LA". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  5. ^ a b Joyce Wadler, "An Actor Really Sells His Material", The New York Times, August 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Sue Strachan, "Persona: Bryan Batt", New Orleans Magazine, January 2009.
  7. ^ "Mad Men's Bryan Batt Weds Longtime Partner Tom Cianfichi". Us Weekly. October 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Craig Wilson, "Q&A: 'Mad Men' star Bryan Batt and his tribute to mom Gayle", USA Today, May 6, 2010.
  9. ^ Needles, Tim. "We talk with Mad Men's Bryan Batt". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved 25 January 2012.

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