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Jonathan Banks is an American actor. His birth name is Jonathan Ray Banks. He is famous for his roles in the films Airplane

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Jonathan Banks Biography

Jonathan Banks is an American actor. His birth name is Jonathan Ray Banks. He is famous for his roles in the films Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop.

Jonathan Banks

He has received criticism for his roles as a former police officer turned hitman Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He has also received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Jonathan Banks Age | Family

He was born on January 31, 1947, in Washington, D.C.  His mother was Elena (Adams) Banks (October 13, 1917 – September 16, 2012). Banks married his first wife in 1968. The couple had one daughter. After his divorce in 1970, Banks married his second wife in 1990. They had fraternal twins. Banks also has a stepdaughter from this marriage. Banks have three children Claudio Jon Henry Banks, Joanna Rae Banks Morgan, and Rebecca Elena Banks.

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Jonathan Banks Career

Jonathan first performed on stage in 1974 before venturing into television as well. He then appeared in the 1976 drama series ‘Barnaby Jones’ as well as the TV film ‘The Macahans’. He then appeared in the movies ‘Coming Home’, ‘The Cheap Detective’, ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’, ‘The Rose’, ‘Airplane’ and ‘Stir Crazy’. In 1981, the actor was cast as Dutch Schultz in the drama ‘The Gangster Chronicles’.

A year later, he did the movies ‘Frances’ and ‘48 Hrs’. Soon after this, he got featured in the series ‘Hill Street Blues’. In 1984, Banks played Zack in the flick ‘Beverly Hills’. The following year, he played the character of Kommander Nuveen Kroll in the drama ‘Otherworld’. After this, he got featured in the TV series ‘Falcon Crest’ in 1987. The same year, he was cast as Frank McPike in the series ‘Wiseguy’.

A year later, the American actor lent his voice to the character of Pin for the movie ‘Pin’. From 1992 to 1999, he did a number of films including ‘Freejack’, ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’, ‘Boiling Point’, ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’, ‘Flipper’, ‘Dark Breed’, ‘Let the Devil Wear Black’, ‘Foolish’ and ‘Trash’. During this time period, Banks also became a part of several TV projects such as ‘Blind Side’, ‘Highlander:

The Series’, ‘Matlock’, ‘Tales from the Crypt’, ‘Due South’, ‘SeaQuest 2032’, ‘Fired Up’ and ‘Dollar for the Dead’. In 2000, he appeared in the drama ‘The Trouble with Normal’. After this, he acted in the movies ‘Proximity’, ‘Dark Blue’ and ‘R.S.V.P’. In 2006, Banks played Shadow Man in the drama ‘Day Break’. The same year, he did the flick ‘Puff, Puff, Pass’. He was then cast as Mike Ehrmantraut in the drama series ‘Breaking Bad’ in 2009.

After finishing the series, the actor lent his voice to various characters of ‘Axe Cop’. In 2014, Banks appeared in the series ‘Community’. The same year, he also got featured in the movies ‘Bullet’, ‘Authors Anonymous’ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2’. After this, he joined the cast of ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Skylanders Academy’.

Jonathan Banks Movies | TV Shows






1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Buck
1978 Coming Home Marine at Party
1978 The Cheap Detective Cabbie
1978 Who’ll Stop the Rain Marine
1979 The Rose Television Promoter
1980 Airplane! Gunderson
1980 Stir Crazy Jack Graham
1981 Gangster Wars Dutch Schultz
1982 Frances Hitchhiker
1982 48 Hrs. Algren
1984 Gremlins Deputy Brent
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lizardo Hospital Guard
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Zack
1986 Armed and Dangerous Clyde Klepper
1987 Cold Steel Iceman
1988 Pin Pin Voice
1990 Honeymoon Academy Pitt
1992 Freejack Michelette
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 Flipper Dirk Moran
1996 Dark Breed Commander Joseph Shay
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
2002 R.S.V.P Walter Franklin
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Lance
2007 Reign Over Me Stelter
2008 Proud American Mr. Moretti
2012 Watercolor Postcards Ledball
2013 Identity Thief Paolo
2013 Roar Bernie Warren Short film
2014 Bullet Carlito Kane
2014 Authors Anonymous David Kelleher
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Detective Hatcher
2016 Term Life Harper
2016 Alibi Billy Short film
2017 Mudbound Pappy McAllan
2018 The Commuter Walt
2018 Incredibles 2 Rick Dicker Voice
2018 Redbad Pepin Herstal

 Television Films





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


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
1994–1995 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 Bloodline Leo Killpriest Unsold TV pilot
2013 Body of Proof Glenn Fitz Episode: “Daddy Issue”
2013–2015 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 38 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 DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship Composite Superman(voice) Special
2015 The Expanse Executive Officer Episode: “Dulcinea”
2015 MythBusters Himself Episode: “Supernatural Shooters”
2016–2018 Skylanders Academy Eruptor (voice) 38 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Dr. Erwin Episode: “Ken’s Professor”
2017–2018 Tangled: The Series Quirin (voice) 3 episodes

Video games




2015 Batman: Arkham Knight James Gordon
2018 Lego The Incredibles Rick Dicker

Awards and nominations






1989 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Wiseguy


1990 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series


2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad


2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television


Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series


2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Better Call Saul


Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


2016 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film


Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film


Jonathan Banks Net Worth

Jonathan has a net worth of $4 million dollars.

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Jonathan Banks Breaking Bad

Jonathan plays Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad. Banks appears again in the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, reprising his role as Mike.

Jonathan Banks Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles.

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Banks has a height of  5 ft 8 ½ (174 cm)

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Jonathan Banks Interview


by Liz Shannon Miller Aug 8, 2018

While Banks didn’t have much to say about Season 4 at that stage, he did talk about the past — specifically how an instinct he had during the shooting of “Breaking Bad” perhaps contributed to a key part of Mike’s backstory. He also dug into larger issues of life and death, as well as his feelings toward Giancarlo Esposito. An edited transcript follows.

When production gets going on a new season of the show, I know they don’t tell you all that much about what’s to come. Do you like that?

I don’t ask that much. They’d probably tell me more if I asked but I like to see the scripts as they come. I don’t want to be thinking down the line somewhere.

So you really try to stay in the moment?

Yeah, yeah, absolutely. I don’t see that there’s any other way to do it. People say, “You know you die in ‘Breaking Bad.’” And my only answer to them is “Well, yeah, but you know you’re gonna die too.” You live.

In Season 3, what it was like reuniting with Giancarlo?

He is one of the great loves of all time. What a sweetheart. I mean, he plays this austere, very precise character and that’s not who he is at all. He’s this full of life kid… Giancarlo is just, Giancarlo’s wonderful, with one of the most positive attitudes about life, about how you approach it and what you do. Live it fully, yeah.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve gotten to do as part of this show?

Well, I think Gordon Smith is writing the one that we’re doing right now. And when Gordon wrote the backstory for my son and I really got to act [in Season 1, Episode 6, “Five-O”], that was my favorite moment.

That’s an incredible episode. Was that something they told you in advance: “By the way, you’ve got a big showcase coming up?”

This is how that went down. Years ago in one of the “Breaking Bad” episodes, I let my granddaughter out of the car and I had balloons, mylar balloons and I gave her a few of them. And then I send her up and say, “Your mom’s waiting for you, go on.” And then I take those balloons and go and black out a place and then go and shoot people.

I said to Vince, who was directing that episode, “That’s my granddaughter, but that is not my daughter.” I said, “Whatever has happened to Mike, happened because of his son.” So three, four years later, Peter said to me, “Remember when you said that about …” And here came the episode.

It must be nice, when you’re playing a character like this, to find out a key part of their backstory lines up with what you’d imagined. 

I was in utter and complete agreement that you can have this guy, this tough guy doing whatever he’s doing  — but how did get here? And they gave me how he got there, which I was in complete agreement with.

Is there anything you feel like you still need to know about Mike?

Yes. That little boy came from somewhere.

You mean Mike’s son.

Yeah. Who is she? Who’s that woman? Where was that heartbreak, what happened there? I have a few theories.

Do you feel like the writers have their ideas?

I don’t know if they even concentrated on it yet. If the bug’s in their ear? For sure.

I’m along for the ride at this point. I just am. Wherever we’re going, we’re going. When I disagree with something, I’ll say so. But I mean, when they had him in the group therapy session with the daughter in that depressing room that you would have slit your wrists if you had to go into that group therapy. I went, “What are you doing, you’re putting Mike in a group therapy session, oh no, no.” Well, they said, “It’s for the daughter-in-law.” I went, “Okay, yeah.”

Just the concept of putting Mike in group therapy speaks to the idea of taking a character out of their comfort zone.

Yeah, and boy was that ever out of my comfort zone. It’s certainly out of my comfort zone. And that’s not to say that I condemn that, if people have that need that, however they get to where they’re going. It’s just, I really have a hard time with understanding, for me, Johnny Banks, when you’ve been in great pain or you’ve inflicted great pain on someone, that you somehow can make it okay. No, no, you can’t. Not in my mind. But it’s partly who you are, you keep going on, you keep going on for whatever reason.

I think suicide is cowardly. If you wouldn’t do it to another human being, why would you do it to yourself? But at the same time, who am I to judge someone else’s pain, their darkness? I have no idea how much pain they’re in, none, none. But I do think Mike would have eaten his gun had it not been for his granddaughter.

You know where there’s a line between you and him.

Yeah, yeah. I will tell you this, I have friends that have lost a child that had they not had … Dear friends, had they not had other children, I don’t know if they could have gone on.

Having played this character in this universe for so long, do you find yourself getting surprised by him?

No. There’s a short answer, no. A very brief short answer. No, they write this full dimensional, wonderful rich character for me. I’ll do Mike’s backstory forever. Because they’ve given me so much to work with.

I’ve never seen a scene with him where I was like, “Mike wouldn’t do that.” He always seems very centered in whatever he’s doing.

Yeah. I feel that way. My version of Mike … Mike’s been dark a long, long, long, time. They gave us the Vietnam veteran sniper and who was he before that, even as a kid. You think about the things you did as a kid that you regret or the hurt that you may have inflicted on someone. And we all have sometimes much greater degrees of that. So how dark? I haven’t even decided yet but I promise you, he’d been dark a long, long time. So then to hook up with Gus is, it’s a decision, yes. But is it any darker than other places that he’s been? No, it’s not.

Mike’s a character who knows how to handle things — the number of times we’ve seen him in a legit panic have been very, very few. Is it nice to play that? 

Yeah. It catches me a little off guard in that I could no more what, put tracers on a gas cap then fly to the moon. But playing that character and that precision, I like that. I like that because again, I go back to dimensions, look what else I’ve given him. Look what else they’ve given this character.

I feel like every once in a while I have to remind myself where he ends up at the end, because there is such a shift to him, especially when you see him with his granddaughter here.

But that’s his decency, that’s the only decent thing left in his life.


Listen, he killed his son. In his mind, he killed his son. So his only decency, maybe in a lifetime, for him, is that last chance with this young, little soul that he wants to be truthful. He wants her to be kind.

In the meantime, he’ll teach her how to use power tools.

Yup. And help him do something bad.

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From Hollywood to MAFS! Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks makes a very unexpected cameo on Married At First Sight

Married At First Sight got a taste of Hollywood this week thanks to an unexpected cameo from Hollywood star  Jonathan Banks this week.

The Breaking Bad actor popped up in the background during a scene with intruder bride Tamara Joy on Tuesday.

According to Pedestrian TV, the 72-year-old actor was in Sydney for a product launch last October, when MAFS was being filmed.

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