Jon Hamm thanks John Burroughs School families in emotional Emmy speech

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Impossible.

It was the theme of Jon Hamm’s acceptance speech during Sunday night’s Emmy telecast.

“There’s been a terrible mistake, clearly,” Hamm joked, finally winning on his 16th overall nomination, which includes eight nominations for his role as Don Draper on Mad Men.

After crediting his Mad Men co-stars, crew and the writers, Hamm spent the final moments of his speech thanking more than a dozen people “to whom I owe an incredible debt,” who made it possible for the actor to even be in the position to be such a success.

Hamm rattled off a series of names that may seem innocuous to some, but carried great meaning and weight to those for whom they were intended, and the John Burroughs School community at large.

Hamm, a graduate of John Burroughs, thanked the families who took him in after his mother passed away from colon cancer when he was just 10 years old.

He finished by thanking “Cora and Jen” for their positive influence on his life, referring to his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt and their dog.