Jonathan Banks

Biography

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Jonathan Banks (born January 31, 1947) is an American character actor in film and television. He tends to play villains.

Banks dropped out of Indiana University to join a touring company as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and stayed on working in theatre there. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. Probably his best-known movie roles are in two films starring Eddie Murphy: 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop. In 48 Hrs. he plays a character who is a friend of the lead and is killed by the villain, beginning the lead characters' story. In Beverly Hills Cop, he plays a villain who kills the lead characters' friend and begins his story. Other movie roles include appearances in Armed and Dangerous, Freejack, Flipper, Airplane!, Gremlins, Murder Me, Murder You, and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. His most recent film to date is the 2007 film Reign Over Me.

His biggest break on television, came with the series Wiseguy, in which he played Frank McPike for four years, a role which led to an 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 TV series Otherworld, as Kommander Neveen Kroll and in the sitcom Fired Up.

Banks has also made guest appearances on TV shows including Alias, CSI, Day Break, Highlander: The Series, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House and Walker Texas Ranger. Most recently, Banks appeared in the final Season Two episodes of Dexter, and in episodes of ER, Cold Case, and Shark, Modern Family. In the second season finale of Breaking Bad, Banks appeared as a mysterious character named Mike. Banks was made a series regular for the third season.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jonathan Banks (born January 31, 1947) is an American character actor in film and television. He tends to play villains.

Banks dropped out of Indiana University to join a touring company as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and stayed on working in theatre there. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. Probably his best-known movie roles are in two films starring Eddie Murphy: 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop. In 48 Hrs. he plays a character who is a friend of the lead and is killed by the villain, beginning the lead characters' story. In Beverly Hills Cop, he plays a villain who kills the lead characters' friend and begins his story. Other movie roles include appearances in Armed and Dangerous, Freejack, Flipper, Airplane!, Gremlins, Murder Me, Murder You, and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. His most recent film to date is the 2007 film Reign Over Me.

His biggest break on television, came with the series Wiseguy, in which he played Frank McPike for four years, a role which led to an 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 TV series Otherworld, as Kommander Neveen Kroll and in the sitcom Fired Up.

Banks has also made guest appearances on TV shows including Alias, CSI, Day Break, Highlander: The Series, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House and Walker Texas Ranger. Most recently, Banks appeared in the final Season Two episodes of Dexter, and in episodes of ER, Cold Case, and Shark, Modern Family. In the second season finale of Breaking Bad, Banks appeared as a mysterious character named Mike. Banks was made a series regular for the third season.

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Gender Male

Known Credits 98

Birthday 1947-01-31

Place of Birth Washington - District of Columbia - USA

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Jonathan Ray Banks

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 The Commuter
2016 Term Life as Harper
2016 The Yard(5 episodes) as Narrator
2015 The Expanse(1 episode) as Executive Officer
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship
2015 Better Call Saul(22 episodes) as Mike Erhmantraut
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 as Detective Hatcher
2014 Authors Anonymous as David Kelleher
2014 Bullet as Carlito Kane
2013 Identity Thief as Paul
2013 Watercolor Postcards
2013 Bloodline as Leo Killpriest
2012 Proud American as Mr. Moretti
2009 Modern Family(2 episodes)
2009 Community(1 episode) as Professor Buzz Hickey / Major Dick
2009 Community(10 episodes) as Professor Buzz Hickey
2009 Castle(2 episodes) as Bruce Kirby
2009 Lie to Me(1 episode)
2008 Eli Stone(1 episode)
2008 Breaking Bad(43 episodes) as Mike Ehrmantraut
2007 Life(1 episode)
2007 Reign Over Me as Stelter
2006 Dexter(2 episodes)
2006 Shark(2 episodes)
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass as Lance
2005 E-Ring(4 episodes)
2003 Joan of Arcadia(1 episode)
2003 Two and a Half Men(1 episode) as Pawn Broker
2003 R.S.V.P. as Walter Franklin
2003 MythBusters(1 episode) as Self
2002 Dark Blue as James Barcomb
2002 Without a Trace(1 episode)
2001 Alias(2 episodes)
2001 Proximity as Price
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as Milos Drubnik
2000 The District(1 episode)
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(2 episodes)
1999 Trash as Judge Callum
1999 Foolish as Numbers
1999 Let The Devil Wear Black as Satch
1998 Harvey as C.J. Lofgren
1998 Dollar for the Dead as Col. Skinner
1997 A Thousand Men and a Baby as Father O'Riley
1997 Fired Up(28 episodes)
1996 Flipper as Dirk Moran
1996 Wiseguy
1996 Dark Breed as Joseph Shay
1995 Last Man Standing as Doc
1994 Due South(1 episode)
1994 ER(1 episode)
1994 Body Shot as Simon Devereaux / Blake Donner
1994 seaQuest DSV(2 episodes)
1993 Diagnosis: Murder(1 episode)
1993 Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair as Joe Scoman
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger(2 episodes)
1993 Boiling Point as Max Waxman
1993 Blind Side as Aaron
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood as Handsome Harry
1992 Freejack as Mark Michelette
1991 Don't Touch My Daughter as Charles Ryter
1990 Honeymoon Academy as Pitt
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)
1988 Pin as PIN (voice)
1987 Wiseguy(87 episodes)
1987 Cold Steel as Iceman
1986 Armed and Dangerous as Clyde Klepper
1986 Assassin as Earl Dickman
1986 Matlock(1 episode)
1986 The Fifth Missile as Ray Olson
1985 Hollywood Beat(1 episode)
1985 Otherworld(8 episodes)
1984 Crazy like a Fox(1 episode)
1984 Beverly Hills Cop as Zack, Maitland's Thug
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1984 Nadia as Gheorge Comaneci
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick(1 episode)
1983 Murder Me, Murder You as Janos Saracen
1982 48 Hrs. as Algren
1982 Frances as Hitchhiker
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1982 Cagney and Lacey(1 episode)
1982 T. J. Hooker(2 episodes)
1981 Falcon Crest(8 episodes)
1981 Simon & Simon(3 episodes)
1981 The Gangster Chronicles as Dutch Schultz
1981 The Gangster Chronicles(12 episodes)
1981 Hill Street Blues(2 episodes)
1980 Desperate Voyage as Louis
1980 Airplane! as Gunderson
1980 Sanford(1 episode)
1979 The Rose
1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst as Pato
1978 The Word as Young LeBrun
1978 Who'll Stop the Rain as Marine
1977 The Girl in the Empty Grave as Courtland Gates
1977 Lou Grant(1 episode)
1977 Carter Country(1 episode)
1974 The Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1972 The Waltons(1 episode)

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