is a fictional character and the protagonist of AMC
's television series Mad Men
. He is portrayed by 2008 Golden Globe
winner Jon Hamm
. Until the third season finale, Draper was Creative Director of Manhattan
advertising firm Sterling Cooper. He became a founding partner at a new firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, after he and his superiors abandoned their old agency in advance of an unwanted acquisition.
Draper's character is partially based on Draper Daniels
, the creative head of the Leo Burnett advertising agency
in the 1950s who created the Marlboro Man
In 2009, the fictional Draper was named the most influential man in the world by Ask Men
ahead of such real-life figures as Michael Phelps
and Barack Obama
Most of the characters in the series know little, if anything, of Draper’s history and true identity; Harry Crane remarks in the third episode of the series, "Draper? Who knows anything about that guy? No one’s ever lifted that rock. He could be Batman
for all we know." Clues are given through flashbacks, confessions, and clandestine visits to figures from his past.
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