The mayor in last night’s Mad Men looked familiar, right? The man who mightily refrained from grilling Betty Draper re: the whereabouts of her pledge pin was character actor Mark Metcalf. He’s probably best known for playing The Maestro on Seinfeld. What I hadn’t realized, until my viewing partner who apparently rocks harder than I do pointed it out to me, is that Metcalf was also the disapproving father in Twisted Sister’s video for “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (pictured, left) and the sadistic teacher in their “I Wanna Rock” video. He also played Neidermeyer in Animal House, The Master in Buffy the Vampire Slayer…and a cursory glance at Metcalf’s IMDB page indicates he’s guested for at least one episode on every TV show ever.

I like to think that somewhere in the back of Metcalf’s noggin as he screamed “What do you want to do with your life?!?!?!” — possibly butting up against the thought, “Fix my weird teeth, maybe” — was “Play the the mayor on Mad Men.” Goals are important. This concludes our Relatively Useless IMDB Check of the Day. Cheers to Mark Metcalf! “Ohhhhh…Maestro….

Episode Recaps

Thanks to costume designer Janie Bryant , Hamm's '60s ad man single-handedly revived an interest in the classic two-button suit.

Mad Men

Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the Emmy-winning ’60s-set drama

  • TV Show
  • 7
  • AMC
stream service