Aaron Staton is an American actor best known for playing the character of Ken Cosgrove on AMC’s drama series ‘Mad Men’ from 2007 to 2015. He has also garnered fame for his voice role as Cole Phelps in the video gaming series ‘L.A. Noire’ for which he earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Performer. Born in Huntington, West Virginia, Staton primarily grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. Following his graduation from Terry Parker High School, he went on to attend Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. In 2004, he had his first stage performance in the Broadway production of ‘Mamma Mia!’ The following year, the actor landed a role on television and soon started his career on the big screen as well. Since then, Staton has emerged as one of the most prolific TV actors in the world of American showbiz. He is admired for his dedication and brilliant acting skills. Behind the screen, the humble actor is a loving husband and the father of three sons.
After Aaron Staton’s first Broadway role in ‘Mamma Mia!’ in 2004, he was cast in a television commercial. He then appeared in an episode of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in 2005. The following year, he featured in the role of Daniel in the drama series ‘7th Heaven’. In 2007, he was cast as Ken Cosgrove in the period drama television series 'Mad Men'. Primarily set in the 1960s at a fictional advertising agency in New York City, the series follows the day-to-day working of advertising agencies along with the personal lives of its main characters. ‘Mad Men’ garnered much appreciation for its acting, writing, directing and historical authenticity. Till date, it has won several awards, including five Golden Globes and 16 Emmys.
Also in 2007, Staton made his film debut in the thriller 'Descent'. He featured in the successful films ‘The Nanny Diaries’ and ‘August Rush’ as well. ‘The Nanny Diaries’ is about a college graduate who starts working as a nanny for a dysfunction wealthy family. On the other hand, ‘August Rush’ focuses on a young musical prodigy who runs from an orphanage to unravel the mystery of his birth. In 2008, the actor made a guest appearance in the episode titled "A New Leper in the Colony” of ‘Imaginary Bitches’. Two years later, he appeared in the lead role in the short film ‘Boy Meets Girl’.
From 2011 to 2013, Staton appeared in the dramas ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Newsreaders’ and ‘Person of Interest’. He later starred as Mike Neary in the movie 'Preservation' alongside Wrenn Schmidt, Cody Saintgnue and Pablo Schreiber. In 2015, he got to play the role of Greg Donellen in the crime drama ‘Ray Donovan’.
During 2016 and 2017, the actor starred as JD in ‘Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce’, a comedy-drama about a self-help author who gradually starts finding solace in new adventures and friends as she faces her impending divorce. During this time period, he also played the role of Captain Ronald Dreyfuss in the British drama series ‘My Mother and Other Strangers’.
The year 2018 saw Staton appear in the TV series ‘For the People’, ‘Castle Rock’ and ‘God Friended Me’. Since 2018, he has also been portraying the character of Butch Sears in the crime drama web TV series 'Narcos: Mexico'. The series focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico and also stars actors Michael Peña, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Diego Luna, Alyssa Diaz and José María Yazpik.
As a voice actor, Aaron Staton has lent his voice to the character of Cole Phelps in the action-adventure video game ‘L.A. Noire’ (2011). Initially launched for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game follows a police officer who solves several cases across five divisions.
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Family & Personal Life
Aaron Staton was born on August 10, 1980, in Huntington, West Virginia, USA, to Susan Staton. He studied at Terry Parker High School and graduated from there in 1998. In 2004, he began attending Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, eventually earning his BFA in Theater degree.
On December 18, 2006, Staton married actress Connie Fletcher. The couple has three sons: Grady, Connor and Beckett.