Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) Is KFC's Latest New Colonel

Former 'Mad Men' Star Is Latest to Go Grey for the Fast Feeder

Published On
Oct 10, 2016

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KFC is using a fictional adman to hype the limited return of its Nashville Hot Chicken.

Vincent Kartheiser, better known as Pete Campbell to "Mad Men" fans, is the latest actor to step into a Colonel Sanders role. In Wieden & Kennedy Portland's latest work for the brand, he's playing the Nashville Hot Colonel and viewers can expect to see Mr. Kartheiser appear in a variety of ways in subsequent commercials.

Yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken was around during the years "Mad Men" portrayed. But Sterling Cooper and the agencies that followed did not do any work for the brand. (Thanks, FiveThirtyEight for the comprehensive Don Draper client list). Still, it's fun to imagine how Mr. Kartheiser's ad exec character would have tried to woo the KFC brass with a night in New York.

Mr. Kartheiser gets to wear an embellished version of the Colonel's white suit, including sparkling studded lapels. But you'll have to look carefully to find him in the first spot --he does not act in the first TV commercial, but appears throughout the 30-second spot on album covers, posters and other decorations in the bedroom of a teenage girl seemingly in love with the Nashville Hot Colonel and his chicken.

"Like KFC's Nashville Hot Chicken, I'm a bit of a rebel decked out in authentic Nashville flavor--a perfect combination of classic and cool," Mr. Kartheiser said in a statement.

When looking for someone to play the Nashville Hot Colonel, "KFC sought out a young actor with lots of hair and flair. Vincent's vintage good looks and piercing blue eyes made him perfect for the role," KFC said in a statement.

Nashville Hot Chicken was on the KFC menu from January through April and the chain said fans have been asking for it to return. It is back as a limited-time item and this time KFC will sell a Nashville Hot-style Chicken Little sandwich, along with the fried chicken pieces and tenders that were on the menu the first time around.

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Oct 10, 2016
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Agency :
Wieden & Kennedy-Portland
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Eric Baldwin
Creative Director :
Jason Kreher
Copywriter :
Ansel Wallenfang
Art Director :
Devin Gillespie
Producer :
Nicole Kaptur
Art Producer :
Heather Smith Harvey
Account Supervisor :
Kate Rutkowski
Account Director :
Jesse Johnson
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Tom Kuntz
Client Contact :
George Felix
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Eriks Krumins
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Emily Skinner
Director, Photography :
Neil Shapiro
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Mackenzie Cutler
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Gavin Cutler
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Pamela Petruski
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Gina Pagano
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Alex Thiesen
Visual Effects Producer :
Rebekah Koerbel
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Nathanael Horton
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Katrina Salicrup
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Leif Peterson
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Robert Murdock
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Matt Emigh
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Jared Hunter
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Tiffany Senft
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