Banks at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
Jonathan Ray Banks|
January 31, 1947 (age 71)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Indiana University Bloomington|
(m. 1968; div. 1970)
Gennera Banks (m. 1990)
Jonathan Ray Banks (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 role as former police officer turned hitman Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad, and its spin-off Better Call Saul. Earlier he was well-reviewed as Frank McPike in Wiseguy. He has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Early life and education
Banks was born in Washington, D.C. His mother was Elena (Adams) Banks (October 13, 1917 – September 16, 2012). He graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD in 1965, and attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a classmate of actor Kevin Kline. During that time, they participated in a production of The Threepenny Opera together. Banks dropped out of the university to join a touring company of Hair as a stage manager. He toured Australia with the Hair company.
In 1974, Banks moved to Los Angeles and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. He notably starred in the 1974 sex PSA Linda's Film on Menstruation, which was referenced by John Oliver in an episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focusing on sex education. The episode aired on August 9, 2015, and Banks appeared at the end of the segment, ridiculing the content of said PSA. He co-starred in 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop, which are among his best known roles. 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. 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. 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 several TV shows. In 2014, he had a recurring role as Buzz Hickey in the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Community. Banks reprised his role as Mike Ehrmantraut as a regular in the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul, for which he earned his third Emmy nomination in season 1. In April 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University.
He also plays Walt in the 2018 thriller film The Commuter.
Banks married his first wife in 1968. Together, they had one daughter. After his divorce in 1970, Banks married his second wife in 1990. From this marriage, they had fraternal twins. Banks also has a stepdaughter from this marriage.
|1978||Coming Home||Marine at Party|
|1978||The Cheap Detective||Cabbie|
|1978||Who'll Stop the Rain||Marine|
|1979||The Rose||Television Promoter|
|1980||Stir Crazy||Jack Graham|
|1981||Gangster Wars||Dutch Schultz|
|1984||The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension||Lizardo Hospital Guard|
|1984||Beverly Hills Cop||Zack|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Clyde Klepper|
|1992||There Goes the Neighborhood||Handsome Harry|
|1993||Boiling Point||Max Waxman|
|1994||Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion||Shelby Valentine|
|1995||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Scotty|
|1996||Dark Breed||Commander Joseph Shay|
|1999||Let the Devil Wear Black||Satch|
|2001||Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles||Milos Drubnik|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Lance|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Stelter|
|2008||Proud American||Mr. Moretti|
|2013||Roar||Bernie Warren||Short film|
|2014||Authors Anonymous||David Kelleher|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Detective Hatcher|
|2018||Incredibles 2||Rick Dicker||Voice|
|1977||Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn||Michael|
|1979||She's Dressed to Kill||Rudy Striker|
|1983||The Invisible Woman||Darren|
|1983||Murder Me, Murder You||Janos Saracen|
|1986||The Fifth Missile||Ray Olson|
|1986||Who Is Julia||Jack Bodine|
|1991||Don't Touch My Daughter||Ryter|
|1997||Melanie Darrow||Arthur Abbott|
|1998||Dollar for the Dead||Col. Skinner|
|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|
|1983||Whiz Kids||N/A||Episode: "Programmed For Murder"|
|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: The Series||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|
|1994–95||SeaQuest 2032||Maximillian Scully||2 episodes|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Max Jupe||Episode: "Murder by Friendly Fire"|
|1997–98||Fired Up||Guy Mann||28 episodes|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||Bruce Locatelli||Episode: "Murder by Remote"|
|2000–01||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"|
|2004–06||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"|
|2006–07||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||Bloodline||Leo Killpriest||Unsold TV pilot|
|2013||Body of Proof||Glenn Fitz||Episode: "Daddy Issue"|
|2013–15||Axe Cop||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2014||Community||Buzz Hickey||11 episodes|
|2014||Mike Tyson Mysteries||The Wizard (voice)||Episode: "Is Magic Real?"|
|2015–present||Better Call Saul||Mike Ehrmantraut||29 episodes|
|2015||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||Mr. Flowers||3 episodes|
|2015||Major Lazer||The Law (voice)||Episode: "Escape from Rave Island"|
|2015||Gravity Falls||Filbrick Pines (voice)||Episode: "A Tale of Two Stans"|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Composite Superman (voice)||Episode: "Magical Friendship"|
|2015||The Expanse||Executive Officer||Episode: "Dulcinea"|
|2015||MythBusters||Himself||Episode: "Supernatural Shooters"|
|2016–2017||Skylanders Academy||Eruptor (voice)||12 episodes|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Dr. Erwin||Episode: "Ken's Professor"|
|2017-2018||Tangled: The Series||Quirin (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||James Gordon (voice)|
|2018||Lego The Incredibles||Rick Dicker (voice)|
Awards and nominations
- "Jonathan Banks". TVGuide.com.
- "Jonathan Banks". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- ‘Better Call Saul’s’ Jonathan Banks Remembers His Start as a ‘Music’ Man. Variety.
- "Jonathan Banks of 'Breaking Bad' appears in '70s period PSA". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Watch Breaking Bad's Mike learn about menstruation in a 1974 PSA". The A.V. Club.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sex Education (HBO). YouTube. August 9, 2015.
- "Jonathan Banks as Mike". AMC. Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Goldman, Eric (August 20, 2013). "Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks Joins Community". IGN. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Kenneally, Tim (January 27, 2014). "'Breaking Bad' Prequel 'Better Call Saul' Enlists Jonathan Banks". TheWrap.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- "Indiana University to present Jonathan Banks with an honorary degree". IU Bloomington Newsroom. March 7, 2016.
- "Batman: Arkham Knight's cast includes Jonathan Banks and John Noble". Destructoid. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "Gravity Falls: "A Tale Of Two Stans"". 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2017-01-23.