Jonathan Ray Banks (born January 31, 1947) 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 former police officer turned hitman Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad (2009–2013) and its spin-off Better Call Saul (2015–present). Earlier he was well-reviewed as Frank McPike in Wiseguy (1987–1990). He has received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1989, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019).
Banks at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
Jonathan Ray Banks
January 31, 1947
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Indiana University Bloomington|
(m. 1968; div. 1970)
Gennera Banks (m. 1990)
Early life and educationEdit
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 1966, 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 starred in the 1974 sex public service announcement (PSA) Linda's Film on Menstruation, which was referenced by John Oliver in a 2015 episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focusing on sex education. Banks appeared on the show, ridiculing the content of the PSA. He co-starred in 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop, and made 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.
|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||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|
|1994–1995||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|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||James Gordon|
|2018||Lego The Incredibles||Rick Dicker|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Jonathan Banks". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Jonathan Banks". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "'Breaking Bad' vet Jonathan Banks joins 'Community'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Elena Adams Banks". The Tribune-Star. September 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- Northwood Year Book 1966
- Gaydos, Steven (June 5, 2015). "'Better Call Saul's' Jonathan Banks Remembers His Start as a 'Music' Man". Variety. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Jonathan Banks of 'Breaking Bad' appears in '70s period PSA". Entertainment Weekly. August 28, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- Eakin, Marah (August 30, 2012). "Watch Breaking Bad's Mike learn about menstruation in a 1974 PSA". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sex Education (HBO). YouTube. August 9, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Mike Ehrmantraut/Jonathan Banks". AMC. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- 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 November 18, 2018.
- Kenneally, Tim (January 27, 2014). "'Breaking Bad' Prequel 'Better Call Saul' Enlists Jonathan Banks". TheWrap.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Indiana University to present Jonathan Banks with an honorary degree". IU Bloomington Newsroom. March 7, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Batman: Arkham Knight's cast includes Jonathan Banks and John Noble". Destructoid. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
- "Gravity Falls: "A Tale Of Two Stans"". July 13, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2018.