Jonathan Banks

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Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 67)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present

Jonathan Ray Banks[1] (born January 31, 1947) is an American actor. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his roles in the TV shows Wiseguy and Breaking Bad.[2]

Early life[edit]

Banks was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Elena (Adams) Banks, worked for the CIA and was a professor at Indiana State University.[3][4][5] He attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a classmate of Kevin Kline. During that time, they participated in a production of The Threepenny Opera together.[1] Banks dropped out of the university to join a touring company as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and continued working with them there.

Career[edit]

In 1974, Banks moved to Los Angeles, California and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. His best known film roles are those he had in 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop. Other film roles include appearances in Armed and Dangerous, Buckaroo Banzai, Freejack, Flipper, Airplane!, Gremlins, Murder Me, Murder You, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, and Identity Thief. Banks' big break on television came in 1987 with the series Wiseguy, in which he played Frank McPike for four years, a role which led to a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.[6] Although his character was primarily the hero's mentor, stories occasionally featured McPike as hero. In 1981, he appeared as Dutch Schultz on the NBC series the Gangster Chronicles.[7] He also starred on the short-lived science fiction series Otherworld, as Kommander Nuveen Kroll, and in the sitcom Fired Up.

In the second season of Breaking Bad, Banks appeared as Mike Ehrmantraut. He became a series regular for the third, fourth, and fifth seasons. For the fifth season, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also made guest appearances on TV shows such as Alias, CSI, Castle, Day Break, Designing Women, Dexter, Highlander: The Series, Hunter, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Cold Case, Shark, Modern Family, CSI: Miami, Lie to me, Two and a Half Men, Vegas, and Parks and Recreation. In 2014, he had a recurring role as Buzz Hickey in the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Community.[8] Banks will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut as a series regular in the spinoff Better Call Saul.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Macahans Woodward Television film
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Michael Television film
1978 Coming Home Marine at Party
1978 The Cheap Detective Cabbie
1978 Who'll Stop the Rain Marine
1979 She's Dressed to Kill Rudy Striker Television film
1979 The Rose Television Promoter
1980 Desperate Voyage Louis Television film
1980 Airplane! Gunderson
1980 Stir Crazy Jack Graham
1981 Gangster Wars Dutch Schultz
1982 Frances Hitchhiker
1982 48 Hrs. Algren
1983 The Invisible Woman Darren Television film
1983 Murder Me, Murder You Janos Saracen Television film
1984 Gremlins Deputy Brent
1984 Nadia Gheorge Comaneci Television film
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lizardo Hospital Guard
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Zack
1986 The Fifth Missile Ray Olson Television film
1986 Assassin Earl Dickman Television film
1986 Armed and Dangerous Clyde Klepper
1986 Who Is Julia Jack Bodine Television film
1987 Cold Steel Iceman
1991 Don't Touch My Daughter Ryter Television film
1992 Freejack Michelette
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Handsome Harry
1993 Blind Side Aaron Television film
1993 Boiling Point Max Waxman
1994 Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion Shelby Valentine
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Scotty
1996 Flipper Dirk Moran
1998 Dollar for the Dead Col. Skinner Television film
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Satch
1999 Foolish Numbers
1999 Trash Judge Callum
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Milos Drubnik
2001 Proximity Price
2002 Dark Blue James Barcomb
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Lance
2007 Reign Over Me Stelter
2008 Proud American Mr. Moretti
2012 Watercolor Postcards Ledball
2013 Identity Thief Paolo
2014 Bullet Carlito Kane
2014 Authors Anonymous David Kelleher
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Detective Hatcher
2015 Term Life

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Barnaby Jones Vince Gentry Episode: "Dead Heat"
1977 Family Attendant Episode: "Taking Chances: Part I"
1977 Barnaby Jones Car Salesman Episode: "Duet for Dying"
1977 Carter Country Bob Phillips Episode: "The Fireside Burnside Budget Chat"
1979 Lou Grant Clay Starkes Episode: "Kidnap"
1979 The Waltons Jeb Sanders Episode: "The Wager"
1979 Lou Grant Cyrus Episode: "Sweep"
1980 Little House on the Prairie Jed Episode: "Darkness Is My Friend"
1981 Lou Grant Intruder Episode: "Rape"
1981 Sanford Al Episode: "Cal the Coward"
1981 The Gangster Chronicles Dutch Schultz 13 episodes
1981 Best of the West Hombre 2 episodes
1982 Report to Murphy Vinny Episode: "Papillon"
1982 T.J. Hooker Danny Scott Episode: "The Witness"
1983 T.J. Hooker Freddy Baker Episode: "The Hostages"
1983 Hill Street Blues Reggie 2 episodes
1984 Jessie Ernie Ross Episode: "Pilot"
1984 Cagney & Lacey Keith Edsin Episode: "Old Debts"
1985 Otherworld Kommander Nuveen Kroll 8 episodes
1985 Hunter Detective Gary Krewson Episode: "The Big Fall"
1987 Falcon Crest Kolinksi 8 episodes
1987 Designing Women Eldon Ashcroft IV Episode: "101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station"
1987–1990 Wiseguy Frank McPike 74 episodes
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Shel-la Episode: "Battle Lines"
1994 Highlander Mako Episode: "Under Colour of Authority"
1994 Matlock Jack Starling Episode: "The P.I."
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Shelby Valentine Episode: "Deadly Reunion"
1994 Tales from the Crypt William Episode: "The Assassin"
1995 Due South Garret Episode: "Heaven and Earth"
1995 Women of the House Jim Sugarbaker 2 episodes
1994–1995 SeaQuest 2032 Maximillian Scully 2 episodes
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Max Jupe Episode: "Murder by Friendly Fire"
1997–1998 Fired Up Guy Mann 28 episodes
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Bruce Locatelli Episode: "Murder by Remote"
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Dr. Lowell 2 episodes
2001 The District Monya Pastov Episode: "Fools Russian: Part I"
2003 Alias Frederick Brandon 2 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Frank Hardwyck Episode: "Skin"
2004 Joan of Arcadia Sheriff Mike Rakowski Episode: "Jump"
2004–2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Jensen 2 episodes
2005 E-Ring Adm. Cooper 4 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer Lyle Chase Episode: "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"
2006 Without a Trace Sal Marcello Episode: "Check Your Head"
2006–2007 Day Break Shadow Man 7 episodes
2007 Dexter FBI Deputy Director Max Adams 2 episodes
2008 ER Robert Truman Episode: "Atonement"
2008 Shark Jason Normandy 2 episodes
2008 Life Nathan Gray Episode: "Crushed"
2008 Eli Stone Agent Johnathan Maine Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2009 Lie to Me Ex-FBI Agent Bitcher Episode: "Sacrifice"
2009 Cold Case John Clark Episode: "Jackals"
2009 Castle Bruce Kirby Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
2009–2012 Breaking Bad Mike Ehrmantraut 25 episodes
2011 Modern Family Donnie Pritchett Episode: "The Musical Man"
2011 Two and a Half Men Pawn Broker Episode: "A Fishbowl Full of Glass Eyes"
2011 CSI: Miami Oscar Duarte Episode: "Long Gone"
2012 Ringer Remy Osterman 2 episodes
2012 Parks and Recreation Steve Wyatt Episode: "Ben's Parents"
2012 Vegas Angelo LaFlatta 2 episodes
2013 Body of Proof Glenn Fitz Episode: "Daddy Issue"
2013 Axe Cop Book Cop (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Community Buzz Hickey 11 episodes
2014 Mike Tyson Mysteries The Wizard (voice) Episode: "Is Magic Real?"
2015 Better Call Saul Mike Ehrmantraut

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1989 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Wiseguy Nominated
1990 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Wiseguy Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Supporting Actor Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Breaking Bad Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated

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