Pete CampbellPlayed by Vincent Kartheiser


Perennial dissatisfaction fuels both Pete’s ambition and his success as an account man, as well as his failures as a husband. His old-money parents disapprove of his career choice, and Pete feels similarly unappreciated at work, no matter his level of success. While he can always count on his wife Trudy to offer support and counsel, Pete’s resentment for having moved to the suburbs gives him an excuse to cheat. Pete begins his career attempting blackmail and subterfuge to get ahead, but instead finds success through loyalty to Don and forward thinking business acumen. With his marriage beyond repair, Pete moves to California to help open the firm’s West Coast office. While he attempts to embrace the laid back California lifestyle, Pete finds again that he only feels at home in New York.

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Pete Campbell Quotes

“A man like you I’d follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn’t be the first. Am I right, buddy?”
Season 1, Episode 1: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
“I love you. I’m giving up my life to be with you, aren’t I?”
Season 1, Episode 1: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
“You know what? I have good ideas. In fact, I used to carry around a notebook and a pen, just to keep track. Direct marketing? I thought of that. It turned out it already existed, but I arrived at it independently. And then I come to this place, and you people tell me that I’m good with people, which is strange, because I’d never heard that before.”
Season 1, Episode 4: “New Amsterdam”
“You’re in the city now–it wouldn’t be a sin for us to see your legs. And if you pull your waist in a little bit, you might look like a woman.”
Season 1, Episode 4: “New Amsterdam”
Trudy: “I just don’t understand why the bear is talking.”
Pete: “The bear is not talking. It’s what the hunter imagines the bear to be thinking.”
Season 1, Episode 5: “5G”
“By the way…Matherton? He has the clap.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“The president is a product. Don’t forget that.”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“What do people do? Is that what you would do?”
Season 2, Episode 2: “Flight 1″
“I’m a red-blooded American male!”
Season 2, Episode 4: “Three Sundays”
“Hell’s bells, Trudy!”
Season 2, Episode 12: “The Mountain King”
“If I’m going to die, I want to die in Manhattan.”
Season 2, Episode 13: “Meditations in an Emergency”
“Why does it have to be like this? Why can’t I get anything good all at once?”
Season 3, Episode 1: “Out of Town”
“My great-great-grandfather Silas Dyckman would have turned his boat around if he had known that the city would one day be filled with cry babies.”
Season 3, Episode 2: “Love Among the Ruins”
“Puerto Rican girls buy brassieres.”
Season 4, Episode 4: “The Rejected”
“Christ on a cracker!”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“Yes, Don saved the company. Now go get rid of half of it.”
Season 4, Episode 12: “Blowing Smoke”