Jon Bernthal

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Jon Bernthal
Jon Bernthal 2014.jpg
Bernthal at the premiere of Fury in October 2014
Born Jonathan Edward Bernthal
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 39)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Skidmore College
American Repertory Theatre
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Erin Angle (m. 2010)
Children 3

Jonathan Edward "Jon" Bernthal[1] (born September 20, 1976)[2] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Shane Walsh on the AMC television series The Walking Dead and as Joe Teague in the TNT series Mob City, as well as for his roles in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Fury (2014), and Sicario (2015). He will portray Frank Castle / The Punisher in the second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series Daredevil.

Early life[edit]

Bernthal was born and raised in Washington, D.C., the son of Joan Lurie (née Marx) and Eric Lawrence "Rick" Bernthal, a lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP.[1] His paternal grandfather was musician and producer Murray Bernthal.[3] He has two brothers, Nicholas and Thomas.[4] His parents are both Jewish (his maternal grandfather was from Germany, while Bernthal's other ancestors emigrated from Austria, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia).[5] He graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

After high school, Bernthal studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and later attended The School of Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. During his time there, he played catcher on a semi-professional baseball team.[6] He was discovered by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated in 2002 from the American Repertory Theatre with a Master of Fine Arts.[6]


Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company, Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series such as Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. Bernthal booked his first regular role on a television series with the sitcom The Class, which was created by Friends co-creator David Crane. The show was cancelled after only one season.[7] After this, he had roles in films such as World Trade Center and Day Zero. In 2009, Bernthal had a supporting role in the Ben Stiller comedy film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as mobster Al Capone. The same year, he became a series regular on the television series Eastwick, which was cancelled after only one season.

Bernthal at the New York Comic-Con in October 2011

In 2010, Berthnal portrayed Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Bernthal portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012, when his character was killed off. He was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards for his performance.[8] That same year, he guest starred in an episode of NBC's legal comedy-drama series Harry's Law as Lucas Trassino.[9] In 2013, he appeared in the crime drama film Snitch.

Bernthal reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City, in which he portrayed Joe Teague, a police officer working in a corrupt 1940s Los Angeles.[10] He also had supporting roles in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and the sports comedy film Grudge Match (2013).[11][12] He played southerner Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis in the 2014 World War II film Fury, opposite Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.[13]

Bernthal appears as a playable character in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a downloadable game mode "Exo Zombies". Bernthal next co-starred in Denis Villeneuve's action drama film Sicario, opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin.[14] In June 2015, Marvel announced that Bernthal would portray Frank Castle / The Punisher in the second season of Netflix's superhero series Daredevil, which will be released on March 18, 2016.[15] He will then star in the Irish action thriller film Pilgrimage, alongside Tom Holland and Richard Armitage.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Bernthal married Erin Angle, the niece of professional wrestler Kurt Angle, on September 25, 2010 in Potomac, Maryland.[7] They have two sons (born August 2011 and February 2013), and a daughter, Adeline (born February 2015).[17] Bernthal is a cousin of Adam Schlesinger, bassist of the band Fountains of Wayne.

Together with his brother Nicholas, an orthopaedic surgeon at UCLA, Bernthal runs a nonprofit organization called Drops Fill Buckets, described as an "impact-driven, entrepreneurial approach to making a difference".[18][19]

In December 2013, Bernthal claimed to have broken his nose 13 times.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mary / Mary Manny
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Dominic
2004 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Man in Office
2006 World Trade Center Christopher Amoroso
2007 The Air I Breathe Interviewer
2007 Day Zero James Dixon
2008 Bar Starz Donnie Pitron
2008 A Line in the Sand Banzai
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Al Capone
2010 The Ghost Writer Rick Ricardelli
2010 Date Night Young Man
2012 Rampart Dan Morone
2013 Snitch Daniel James
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Brad Bodnick Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2013 Grudge Match B. J. Rose
2014 Fury Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Mr. McCarthy
2015 Sicario Ted
2015 We Are Your Friends Paige Morrell
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Trigon (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2016 Viena and The Fantomes Completed
2016 The Accountant Brax Completed
2016 Pilgrimage The Mute In post-production
2016 Shot Caller In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lane Ruddock Episode: "Malignant"
2004 Without a Trace Alex Genya Episode: "Bait"
2004 Dr. Vegas Greg Episode: "Dead Man, Live Bet"
2004 Boston Legal Michael Shea Episode: "Questionable Characters"
2005 Jonny Zero Brett Parish Episode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"
2005 CSI: Miami Harry Klugman 2 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sherm Hempell Episode: "Goliath"
2005 How I Met Your Mother Carlos Episode: "Purple Giraffe"
2006–2007 The Class Duncan Carmello 19 episodes
2009–2010 Eastwick Raymond Gardener 12 episodes
2010 Numb3rs Mike Nash Episode: "Growin' Up"
2010 The Pacific Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez 2 episodes
2010–2012 The Walking Dead Shane Walsh 19 episodes
Nominated – Scream Award for Breakout Performance Male (2011)
2012 Harry's Law Lucas Trassino Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2012 Robot Chicken Hawkeye / Mayor of Des Moines (voice) Episode: "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War"
2013 Mob City Joe Teague 6 episodes
2015 Show Me a Hero Michael H. Sussman 4 episodes
2016 Daredevil Frank Castle / The Punisher Season 2

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Decker Voice, likeness, and motion-capture performance


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Small Engine Repair Terence Swaino Ovation Awards for Acting Ensemble of a Play
Nominated – Ovation Awards for Lead Actor in a Play


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  2. ^ "Looking Backward". Watertown Daily Times. September 20, 2009. Today's Birthdays: ... Actor Jon Bernthal is 33. 
  3. ^ "Murray Bernthal dies at 99". BWW News Desk. December 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Obituary – Murray Bernthal". The Post-Standard. December 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jon Bernthal". EthniCelebs. 
  6. ^ a b "Jon Bernthal". Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Michael Segal Weddings". 
  8. ^ Patrick, Andy (April 30, 2010). "Exclusive: Sarah Wayne Callies Joins 'Walking Dead'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Harry's Law Casts Jon Bernthal". TVLine. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2012). "CW's 'Beauty & The Beast', 'First Cut' Add To Casts; Jon Bernthal Set For TNT's 'Noir'". 
  11. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 19, 2012). "'Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal Joins 'Wolf Of Wall Street'". 
  12. ^ "The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal Joins Stallone And De Niro In Grudge Match". December 14, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 17, 2013). "'Walking Dead' Alum Jon Bernthal in Negotiations to Join Brad Pitt in David Ayer's 'Fury' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 29, 2014). "'Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Joins Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 9, 2015). "'Walking Dead' Star to Play Marvel Favorite the Punisher on Netflix's 'Daredevil'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ ""The Walking Dead’s" Jon Bernthal Goes On a 'Pilgrimage'". Bloody Disgusting. 
  17. ^ Webber, Stephanie (March 12, 2015). "Jon Bernthal, Former Walking Dead Star, Welcomes Daughter Adeline". Us Weekly. 
  18. ^ Blodgett, Lucy (January 27, 2012). "Drops Fill Buckets: Party With Jon Bernthal For Charity". The Huffington Post. 
  19. ^ "Drops Fill Buckets: Key Players". Drops Fill Buckets. 2011. 
  20. ^ Kessler, Mike (December 21, 2013). "Break Away from the Pack". Men's Health. 

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