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Morning Man Encore: John Slattery! posted August 24, 2010

If there were an Emmy for television’s sexiest Silver Fox, Mad Men star John Slattery might just edge out CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a very close vote!

Actually, the 48-year-old Slattery is nominated for an Emmy this year – his third in a row – for his performance as the dapper, devilish ad executive Roger Sterling on Mad Men.

In an interview in last Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Slattery was asked who’s more suave — Roger Sterling or John Slattery?

He said: “Definitely Roger Sterling. I mean, who could come up with those lines? Roger sees opportunities to say things, and he looks around the room and goes, “Really? No one is going to say this? This is too good a moment to let pass.” We’re sitting down to a meeting and he says, “I heard one of our colleagues made a Yetta Wallenda-size misstep.” And the guy says, “Who?” I say, “You know, the tightrope walker. They got her off the sidewalk with a hose last week.” One of the Flying Wallendas. And we’re trying to land this guy’s account.”

Slattery, married to actress Talia Balsam who also appears on Mad Men, has been landing roles in movies and on television since the late 80s and gradually became more and more well-known from his recurring roles on the series Homefront, Ed, Jack & Bobby and as Gabby’s lover, Victor, during a season of Desperate Housewives. He also memorably played a politician dating Carrie Bradshaw in an episode of Sex and the City.

But it is Mad Men that has finally made him a star and just might make him an Emmy winner. We’ll find out on Sunday!

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