Before he became Don Draper, Jon Hamm made his living by playing a more masculine version of Piper Perabo’s Coyote Ugly character.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But according to actress Kelly Lynch (The L Word, Starz’s upcoming Magic City), the man who would be Dick Whitman did tend bar at the parties she’d throw with her husband, producer Mitch Glazer.

“He was the most gorgeous and adorable guy we’d ever met,” Lynch tells Xfinity TV. “All of the women would be lined up at the bar like alcoholics just to see him shake his martini shaker.” Lynch adds that even her young daughter was taken with Hamm: “We’d have these parties and we’d be like, Where’s Shane? And she’d be standing at the bar drawing pictures of Jon pouring drinks for people.” At least Little Lynch didn’t pull a Sally Draper and start mixing her own cocktails… or sneaking sips of abandoned glasses.

Stories of stars who once held odd jobs are nothing new. Rachel McAdams labored at a McDonald’s for three years. Hugh Jackman was once a professional clown. George Clooney made ends meet by selling insurance door-to-door. Still, the tale of Jon Hamm, Sexy Bartender, is one of my favorite “before they were famous” stories — if only because now I’m imagining him crooning “One Way or Another” while pouring liquor straight down a well-heeled lady’s throat.

If Jon Hamm were your barkeep, what drink would you ask him to make? And please, don’t say “Sex on the Beach.”

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