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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. 

Full Name Bryan Batt
Date Of Birth March 1, 1963
Place Of Birth New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height 6′ (1.83 m)
Profession Actor
Education Isidore Newman School, Tulane University
Nationality American
Spouse Tom Cianfichi (m. 2014)
Parents John Batt, Gayle Batt
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Movies 12 Years a Slave, The Runner, The Last of Robin Hood, Jeffrey, Funny People, Wiener Dog Internationals, Abattoir, Brawler, Sam, The Book of Love, Po, B-Side, The Palooka
TV Shows Mad Men
1 [on his role of Salvatore Romano in ‘Mad Men’] I’ve played tons of different characters and some are gay and some are straight. I thought the character description that Matthew [Weiner] wrote he is clearly gay to modern audiences, but in the 1960s no one knows. Basically, all I did was I had to play as straight as possible and monitor my movements, and how I held my cigarette. That was a little flourish that I could have fun with.
1 Batt and his longtime romantic partner, Tom Cianfichi, were together for 25 years before getting married on September 28, 2014, in New Orleans.
2 Release of his memoir, “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother”. [April 2010]
3 Living in New Orleans between filming episodes of Mad Men (2007). [March 2008]
4 Starring off-Broadway in the premiere of the latest edition of Forbidden Broadway (FB Cleans Up Its Act). [1998]
5 Stand in and understudy for the character of Percy/Pimpernel in The Scarlet Pimpernel. [1999]
6 Standing by for the role of Albin in the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles. [April 2005]
7 Nominated for a Drama Desk award for his role in Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act. [1999]
8 Starring in the Broadway remake of Saturday Night Fever (1977), in the role of “The DJ”. [1999]
9 Bryan Batt told The Huffington Post that he and his romantic partner, Tom Cianfichi, have been together since 1989.
10 Bryan Batt missed his first audition to play Salvatore on Mad Men (2007) because he and his boyfriend, Tom Cianfichi, already had a commitment to take their goddaughter, Ramsey Schmitz, to Paris to repay her for several things she had done for them during Hurricane Katrina (including evacuating Batt’s mother from New Orleans). The “Mad Men” showrunners asked Batt to come in again, and so after the Paris trip he was able to audition and get the role.
11 With his business and life partner, Tom Cianfichi, Batt co-owns a New Orleans home design and gift store called Hazelnut.


Title Year Status Character
Mississippi Murder 2016 completed Bernard
Untitled Strauss-Schulson Fogel Pilot 2016 TV Movie completed Brian
Abattoir 2016 Chester
Scream: The TV Series 2015-2016 TV Series Mayor Quinn Maddox
Po 2016 Randall Bane
The Book of Love 2016
NCIS 2016 TV Series Dalton Greenbrick
NCIS: New Orleans 2016 TV Series Dalton Greenbrick
The Runner 2015/I Mark Lavin
Sam 2015/I Alexander Blondell
The Palooka 2015 Short The Palooka
Wiener Dog Internationals 2015 Judge Brown
Socialwerk 2015 Short Plexipus Papadakis
Zipper 2015 Bob Fisher
The Last of Robin Hood 2013 Orry Kelly
Parkland 2013 Malcolm Kilduff
12 Years a Slave 2013 Judge Turner
Wiener Dog Nationals 2013 Judge Brown
B-Side 2013 Andrews
Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation Live 2011 Billy Grace
Brawler 2011 Fat Chucky
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003-2011 TV Series Hutton Mays / Hugo
Ugly Betty 2010 TV Series Spencer Cannon
Mad Men 2007-2009 TV Series Salvatore Romano
Ghost Whisperer 2009 TV Series Maitre D’
Funny People 2009 George’s Agent
Alma and King Noah’s Court 2005 Video Guard
Rescue Me 2004 TV Series Photographer #1
Hit and Runway 1999 Carlos
Pulp Comics: Caroline Rhea 1999 TV Movie Bachelor #2
Kiss Me, Guido 1997 Tino
Jeffrey 1995 Darius


Title Year Status Character
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Himself
King Cake: A Big Easy Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Almost Ready: The Story of Punk Rock in New Orleans Documentary filming Himself
Jimmy’s Music Club the Movie Documentary filming Himself
The Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Rocco’s Dinner Party 2011 TV Series Himself
The View 2010 TV Series Himself
The Emeril Lagasse Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2009 TV Series Himself
The Soup 2009 TV Series Himself
Straight from the Horses Mouth 2009 Video Himself
After Hours with Daniel Boulud 2008 TV Series Himself
The Making of ‘Mad Men’ 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Himself
Working in the Theatre 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men (2007)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men (2007)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2016 Festival Prize Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Best Actor Short The Palooka (2015)
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year Mad Men (2007)
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year Mad Men (2007)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men (2007)