Football fans who also watch Mad Men were shocked Thursday when they realized the man singing the national anthem prior to the Sugar Bowl college football game between Alabama and Oklahoma looked an awful lot like the guy who played Sal on Mad Men. In fact, it was Sal from Mad Men, also known as actor Bryan Batt:
The 50-year-old Batt is a native of New Orleans, where the game was played, and he’s also an accomplished stage and screen actor, who has even authored two books. You may have noticed him in a brief role last year in “12 Years a Slave.”
Batt played Sal Romano, the tragic, closeted art director at the original incarnation of Sterling Cooper, in the show’s first three seasons. But Batt disappeared from Mad Men, never to return, after the character was fired.
Speaking of the Sugar Bowl, there was a widespread listings error Thursday night:
Just watching the Rose Bowl live from New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/xvsVSZTpxp
— Rob Iracane (@iracane) January 3, 2014