Jon Bernthal

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Jon Bernthal
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Jon Bernthal at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon
BornJonathan Edward Bernthal
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 38)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Erin Angle (2010–present)
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Jon Bernthal
Jon Bernthal Phoenix Comicon 2012.jpg
Jon Bernthal at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon
BornJonathan Edward Bernthal
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 38)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Erin Angle (2010–present)

Jonathan Edward "Jon" Bernthal[1] (born September 20, 1976)[2] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Shane Walsh on the AMC television series The Walking Dead and as Joe Teague in the TNT series Mob City, as well as for his roles in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Fury (2014).

Early life[edit]

Bernthal was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Joan Lurie (née Marx) and Eric Lawrence "Rick" Bernthal, a lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP.[1] His paternal grandfather was musician and producer Murray Bernthal.[3] He has two brothers, Nicholas and Thomas.[4] His family is Jewish. His maternal grandfather was from Germany, while Jon's other ancestors immigrated from Austria, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.[5] He graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

After high school, Bernthal studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and later attended The School of Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. During his time there, he played professional baseball in the European Professional Baseball Federation (Confédération Européenne de Baseball).[6] He was discovered by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated in 2002 from the American Repertory Theatre with a Master of Fine Arts.[6]


Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company, Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series like Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, How I Met Your Mother and many more.

Bernthal got his first regular role on a television series on the sitcom The Class, which was created by Friends co-creator David Crane. The show was cancelled after only one season.[7] After this he had roles in other films such as World Trade Center and Day Zero.

In 2009, Bernthal had a supporting role in the Ben Stiller comedy film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as mobster Al Capone. The same year he became a series regular on the television series Eastwick, which was cancelled after only one season.

Bernthal portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012, when his character was killed off. He was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards for his performance.[8]

In 2013, he appeared in the crime drama film Snitch. Bernthal reunited with Frank Darabont for the TNT series Mob City, in which he portrays Joe Teague, a police officer working in a corrupt 1940s Los Angeles.[9] He also had supporting roles in the Martin Scorsese directed film The Wolf of Wall Street and the sports comedy film Grudge Match.[10][11]

He played southerner Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis in the 2014 World War II film Fury, opposite Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bernthal married Erin Angle, the niece of professional wrestler Kurt Angle, on September 25, 2010.[7] They have two sons together, born in August 2011 and in February 2013.[13] He is a cousin of Adam Schlesinger, who performs with the band Fountains of Wayne. Together with his brother, Nicholas (an orthopaedic surgeon at UCLA), Bernthal runs a nonprofit organization called Drops Fill Buckets, described as an "impact-driven, entrepreneurial approach to making a difference".[14][15]

He has said that he has broken his nose 14 times during his life.[16]



2002Mary / MaryManny
2004Tony n' Tina's WeddingDominic
2004Revenge of the Middle-Aged WomanMan in office
2006World Trade CenterChristopher Amoroso
2007The Air I BreatheInterviewer
2007Day ZeroDixon
2008Bar StarzDonnie Pitron
2008A Line in the SandBanzai
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianAl Capone
2010The Ghost WriterRick Ricardelli
2010Date NightYoung man
2012RampartDan Morone
2013SnitchDaniel James
2013The Wolf of Wall StreetBrad BodnickNominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2013Grudge MatchB. J.
2014FuryGrady "Coon-Ass" Travis
2015Me & Earl & the Dying GirlMr. McCarthyPost-production
2015We Are Your FriendsPaigePost-production
2015Viena and The FantomesTBAPost-production


2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentLane RuddockEpisode: "Malignant"
2004Without a TraceAlex GenyaEpisode: "Bait"
2004Dr. VegasGregEpisode: "Dead Man, Live Bet"
2004Boston LegalMichael SheaEpisode: "Questionable Characters"
2005Jonny ZeroBrett ParishEpisode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"
2005CSI: MiamiHarry Klugman2 episodes
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSherm HempellEpisode: "Goliath"
2005How I Met Your MotherCarlosEpisode: "Purple Giraffe"
2006–2007The ClassDuncan Carmello19 episodes
2008Courtroom KFacklerPilot
2009–2010EastwickRaymond Gardener12 episodes
2010Numb3rsMike NashEpisode: "Growin' Up"
2010The PacificSgt. Manuel Rodriguez2 episodes
2010–2012The Walking DeadShane Walsh19 episodes
Nominated – Scream Award for Breakout Performance Male (2011)
2012Harry's LawLucas Trassino[17]Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2012Robot ChickenHawkeye / Mayor of Des Moines (voices)Episode: "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War"
2013Mob CityJoe Teague6 episodes
2015Show Me a HeroMichael H. Sussman


2011Small Engine RepairTerence SwainoOvation Awards for Acting Ensemble of a Play
Nominated – Ovation Awards for Lead Actor in a Play


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  2. ^ 33 on 9/20/2009, according to
  3. ^ "Murray Bernthal dies at 99". BWW News Desk. December 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Obituary – Murray Bernthal". The Post-Standard. December 12, 2010. 
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  6. ^ a b "Jon Bernthal"., Inc. 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Michael Segal Weddings". 
  8. ^ Patrick, Andy (April 30, 2010). "Exclusive: Sarah Wayne Callies Joins 'Walking Dead'". Entertainment Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "‘The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal officially joins TNT’s ‘L.A. Noir’ - Zap2it". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  10. ^ Napier, Jim. "Jon Bernthal Joins Martin Scorcese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET". Geektyrant Industries LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal Joins Stallone And De Niro In Grudge Match". 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 17, 2013). "'Walking Dead' Alum Jon Bernthal in Negotiations to Join Brad Pitt in David Ayer's 'Fury' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
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  14. ^ Blodgett, Lucy (January 27, 2012). "Drops Fill Buckets: Party With Jon Bernthal For Charity". The Huffington Post. 
  15. ^ "Drops Fill Buckets: Key Players". Drops Fill Buckets. 2011. 
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  17. ^ "Harry's Law Casts Jon Bernthal". TVLine. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 

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