Jonathan Banks

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Jonathan Banks
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Banks at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Jonathan Ray Banks

(1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 74)
Alma materIndiana University Bloomington
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)
Marnie Fausch
(m. 1968; div. 1970)

Gennera Gonzalez Cebian
(m. 1990)
Children3

Jonathan Ray Banks[1] (born January 31, 1947)[2] is an American actor. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane! (1980), 48 Hrs. (1982), and Beverly Hills Cop (1984). He has received critical acclaim for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad (2009–2013), its spin-off series Better Call Saul (2015–present), and its sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019). He is also known for his breakthrough role as Frank McPike in Wiseguy (1987–1990).[3]

He has received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1989, 2013, 2015–2017, 2019) for his work on all three series, making him the only actor with nominations as a main cast member for three shows in this category, two of which feature him as the same character.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Banks was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Chillum Heights, Maryland. He was raised by a single mother, Elena Adams Banks (October 13, 1917 – September 16, 2012), who was a secretary in various federal government offices including the CIA. She was also a private secretary for top Naval officers such as Admiral Chester Nimitz.[5][6]

He graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring,[7] 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.[1] After graduating, he joined a touring company of Hair as a stage manager, and traveled to Australia and New Zealand.[8]

Career[edit]

1974–1990: Early work and recognition[edit]

In 1974, Banks moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in theater before picking up bit parts.[8] Also in 1974, Banks acted in the public service announcement (PSA) Linda's Film on Menstruation.[9]

His early film appearances include Who'll Stop the Rain (1978),[10] The Cheap Detective (1978),[11] Coming Home (1978),[12] and The Rose (1979).[13]

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he appeared in television films such as The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977),[14] Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn,[15] The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979),[16] She's Dressed To Kill (1979),[17] Rage (1980),[18] Desperate Voyage (1980).[19]

From 1980 to 1990, Banks acted in the films Stir Crazy (1980),[20] Airplane! (1980),[21] 48 Hrs. (1982),[22] Frances (1982),[23] Beverly Hills Cop (1984),[24] Gremlins (1984),[25] Buckaroo Banzai (1984),[26] Armed and Dangerous (1986),[27] Cold Steel (1987),[28] and Honeymoon Academy (1990).[29]

His television roles of the 1980s include the NBC series the Gangster Chronicles (1981), where he played Dutch Schultz,[30] and the short-lived science fiction series Otherworld (1985), where he portrayed the main antagonist.[31]

Banks achieved a career breakthrough with the role of Frank McPike in the television series Wiseguy, which he starred in from 1987 to 1990. His performance led to a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.[32] Although his character was primarily the hero's mentor and superior officer, stories occasionally featured McPike as hero.[33][34]

1991–2008: Subsequent roles[edit]

Banks's films in the 1990s include Freejack (1991),[35] Boiling Point (1993),[36] Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995),[37] Flipper (1996),[38] Dark Breed (1996),[39] Last Man Standing (1996),[40] A Thousand Men and a Baby (1997),[41] Melanie Darrow (1997),[42] Harvey (1999),[43] Millennium Man (1999),[44] Foolish (1999),[45] Let the Devil Wear Black (1999),[46] Thrash (1999),[47] and Outlaw Justice (1999).[48]

He also acted in television films such as Body Shot (1993)[49] and Shadow of Obsession (1995).[50]

In 1994, Banks had guest appearances in the television shows Matlock,[51] Highlander: The Series,[52] Walker, Texas Ranger,[53] and Tales from the Crypt.[54]

In 1996, Banks reprised the role of Frank McPike in the television film Wiseguy.[55]

His films in the early 2000s include Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001),[56] Face to Face (2001),[57] Downward Angel (2001),[58] Dark Blue.[59] (2003), Jam (2007),[60] Reign Over Me (2007),[61] and Proud American (2008).[62]

According to voice actor Nolan North, Banks was originally considered to play the role of Zoran Lazaravić in the 2009 video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but the role went to Graham McTavish.[63]

2009–present: Breaking Bad and other work[edit]

In 2009, Banks began starring as Mike Ehrmantraut in the second season of Breaking Bad. He became a series regular for the third, fourth, and fifth seasons. For his performance, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2013 ceremony.[64] In 2015, he reprised his role as Mike Ehrmantraut as a member of the main cast in the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul.[65] At the Emmy Awards, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at their 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 ceremonies.[66]

His films in the 2010s include Identity Thief (2013),[67] Bullet (2014),[68] Horrible Bosses 2 (2014),[69] Term Life (2016).[70] The Commuter (2018),[71] and Incredibles 2 (2018).[72]

Banks had a recurring role as Buzz Hickey in the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Community.[73]

In 2015, he voiced James Gordon in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight,[74] and was a guest on the MythBusters episode "Supernatural Shooters".[75]

Banks portrayed the main antagonist in the 2017 film Mudbound.[76][77] With his costars, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[78]

In 2020, Banks joined the cast of the Netflix animated series F Is for Family in its fourth season as Bill Murphy, father of the main character.[79]

Personal life[edit]

Banks married his second wife, Gennera Gonzalez Cebian, in 1990. They had fraternal twins, and Banks has a stepdaughter from this marriage.[1][2]

In April 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University.[80]

Banks lost his house during the 2018 Woolsey Fire.[81][82]

Filmography[edit]

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 Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Better Call Saul Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Mudbound Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2021 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

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