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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 musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever earned him one of New York City's more unusual honors, a caricature at Sardi's.

Personal life

Batt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Gayle (Mackenroth), an amateur actress, dancer, and civic activist, and John Batt. His family founded and ran the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park. He attended and graduated from Isidore Newman School, a preparatory school in New Orleans and Tulane University where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. While Batt played a closeted character in Mad Men, the actor 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.

Bryan Batt lives with his partner, Tom Cianfichi, an event planner. Batt and Cianfichi have been together more than 25 years; they met while performing Evita in Akron, Ohio. Batt was playing Che and Cianfichi was the understudy for Magaldi. Batt and Cianfichi own a home decor and furnishings store, Hazelnut, on Magazine Street in New Orleans. In 2010 Batt published a memoir about his mother entitled She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother; she died in December 2010. In 2011 Clarkson Potter published his second book, Big, Easy, Style, which focuses on interior design and home furnishings.

Theater

  • 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 and Juliet - Paris (New Orleans Center Stage)
    • The Lover - John (New Orleans Center Stage)
    • Action - Jeep (New Orleans Center Stage)

Television

  • Mad Men (AMC) - Salvatore Romano (Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated 2007, won 2008, 2009)
  • Guess Who's Coming to Decorate (Style)
  • Rescue Me (FX)
  • Guiding Light (CBS)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
  • The Cosby Show (NBC)
  • Pulp Comics Special featuring Caroline Rhea (Comedy Central)
  • As the World Turns (CBS)
  • Ugly Betty (ABC) - Spencer ("The Past Presents the Future")
  • Scream (MTV) - Quinn Maddox (Recurring)

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