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Bryan Batt

Batt in September 2009
Born March 1, 1963 (1963-03-01) (age 46)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Bryan Batt (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor best known for his role in the AMC series Mad Men as Salvatore Romano, an art director for the Sterling Cooper agency. Primarily a theater actor, he has had a number of starring roles in movies and television as well. His performance in the stage adaptation of Saturday Night Fever earned him one of New York City's more unusual honors, a caricature at Sardi's.[1]


Personal life

Batt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Gayle Batt, an amateur actress and dancer.[2] He attended and graduated from Isidore Newman School, a preparatory school in New Orleans. Although Batt plays a closeted character in Mad Men, the actor himself is openly gay. He has played gay roles on film (Jeffrey and Kiss Me, Guido) and stage (La Cage aux Folles). In 2005, Batt told Playbill that he used to worry about the effect of coming out on his career:

When I played the lead in Sunset Blvd., the movie of Jeffrey was coming out, and I was petrified. Back then, every agent told you that if you want to play a straight role, you don’t come out. This was before Ellen [DeGeneres] came out. But now I couldn't give a rat’s ass. It’s normal to be gay.[3]

Bryan Batt lives with his partner, Tom Cianfichi, an events planner.[4] Batt and Cianfichi have been together more than eighteen years; they met while performing Evita in Akron, Ohio. Batt was playing Che Guevara, and Cianfichi was the understudy for Magaldi.[3] Batt and Cianfichi own a home decor and furnishings store, Hazelnut, on Magazine Street in New Orleans.





  • Broadway
  • Off-Broadway
    • Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up its Act! (OBC Recording, nominated for Drama Desk Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical)
    • Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back! - Various (Triad Theater, New Original Cast, OBC Recording)
    • Jeffrey - Darius (Minetta Lane,WPA/Christopher Ashley)
    • Too Many Girls - Al (ELT)
    • The Golden Apple - Patroclus (York Theater)
    • Give My Regards to Broadway (Carnegie Hall/David Bell)
    • I Love New York (Rainbow and Stars - Bistro Award, OBC Recording)
  • Los Angeles
    • Jeffrey - Darius ( Westwood Playhouse) LA Drama-Logue Award
  • Regional
    • Evita - Che (Carousel Dinner Theater)
    • Grease - Kenicke (Darien Dinner Theater)
    • Trixie True: Teen Detective - Dick Dickerson (Boston Post Road Stage Co.)
    • Romeo & Juliet - Paris (New Orleans Center Stage)
    • The Lover - John (New Orleans Center Stage)
    • Action - Jeep (New Orleans Center Stage)



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