Jonathan Banks

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Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born(1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 67)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1974–present
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This article is about the actor. For the boxer, see Johnathon Banks. For the American football player, see Johnthan Banks.
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born(1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 67)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1974–present

Jonathan Ray Banks[1] (born January 31, 1947) is an American actor. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his roles in the TV shows Wiseguy and Breaking Bad.[2]

Early life[edit]

Banks was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Elena, worked for the CIA and was a professor at Indiana State University.[3][4][5] He attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a classmate of Kevin Kline. During that time, they participated in a production of The Threepenny Opera together.[1] Banks dropped out of the university to join a touring company as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and continued working with them there.


In 1974, Banks moved to Los Angeles, California and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. His best known film roles are those he had in 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop. Other film roles include 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.[6] 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.[7] 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 TV shows such as Alias, CSI, Castle, Day Break, Designing Women, Dexter, Highlander: The Series, Hunter, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Cold Case, Shark, Modern Family, CSI: Miami, Lie to me, Two and a Half Men, Vegas, and Parks and Recreation. In 2014, he had a recurring role as Buzz Hickey in the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Community.[8] Banks will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut as a series regular in the spinoff Better Call Saul.[9]



1976The MacahansWoodwardTelevision film
1977Alexander: The Other Side of DawnMichaelTelevision film
1978Coming HomeMarine at Party
1978The Cheap DetectiveCabbie
1978Who'll Stop the RainMarine
1979She's Dressed to KillRudy StrikerTelevision film
1979The RoseTelevision Promoter
1980Desperate VoyageLouisTelevision film
1980Stir CrazyJack Graham
1981Gangster WarsDutch Schultz
198248 Hrs.Algren
1983The Invisible WomanDarrenTelevision film
1983Murder Me, Murder YouJanos SaracenTelevision film
1984GremlinsDeputy Brent
1984NadiaGheorge ComaneciTelevision film
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionLizardo Hospital Guard
1984Beverly Hills CopZack
1986The Fifth MissileRay OlsonTelevision film
1986AssassinEarl DickmanTelevision film
1986Armed and DangerousClyde Klepper
1986Who Is JuliaJack BodineTelevision film
1987Cold SteelIceman
1991Don't Touch My DaughterRyterTelevision film
1992There Goes the NeighborhoodHandsome Harry
1993Blind SideAaronTelevision film
1993Boiling PointMax Waxman
1994Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly ReunionShelby Valentine
1995Under Siege 2: Dark TerritoryScotty
1996FlipperDirk Moran
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackSatch
1999TrashJudge Callum
2001Crocodile Dundee in Los AngelesMilos Drubnik
2002Dark BlueJames Barcomb
2006Puff, Puff, PassLance
2007Reign Over MeStelter
2008Proud AmericanMr. Moretti
2012Watercolor PostcardsLedball
2013Identity ThiefPaolo
2014BulletCarlito Kane
2014Authors AnonymousDavid Kelleher
2014Horrible Bosses 2Detective Hatcher
2015Term Life


1976Barnaby JonesVince GentryEpisode: "Dead Heat"
1977FamilyAttendantEpisode: "Taking Chances: Part I"
1977Barnaby JonesCar SalesmanEpisode: "Duet for Dying"
1977Carter CountryBob PhillipsEpisode: "The Fireside Burnside Budget Chat"
1979Lou GrantClay StarkesEpisode: "Kidnap"
1979The WaltonsJeb SandersEpisode: "The Wager"
1979Lou GrantCyrusEpisode: "Sweep"
1980Little House on the PrairieJedEpisode: "Darkness Is My Friend"
1981Lou GrantIntruderEpisode: "Rape"
1981SanfordAlEpisode: "Cal the Coward"
1981The Gangster ChroniclesDutch Schultz13 episodes
1981Best of the WestHombre2 episodes
1982Report to MurphyVinnyEpisode: "Papillon"
1982T.J. HookerDanny ScottEpisode: "The Witness"
1983T.J. HookerFreddy BakerEpisode: "The Hostages"
1983Hill Street BluesReggie2 episodes
1984JessieErnie RossEpisode: "Pilot"
1984Cagney & LaceyKeith EdsinEpisode: "Old Debts"
1985OtherworldKommander Nuveen Kroll8 episodes
1985HunterDetective Gary KrewsonEpisode: "The Big Fall"
1987Falcon CrestKolinksi8 episodes
1987Designing WomenEldon Ashcroft IVEpisode: "101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station"
1987–1990WiseguyFrank McPike74 episodes
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineShel-laEpisode: "Battle Lines"
1994HighlanderMakoEpisode: "Under Colour of Authority"
1994MatlockJack StarlingEpisode: "The P.I."
1994Walker, Texas RangerShelby ValentineEpisode: "Deadly Reunion"
1994Tales from the CryptWilliamEpisode: "The Assassin"
1995Due SouthGarretEpisode: "Heaven and Earth"
1995Women of the HouseJim Sugarbaker2 episodes
1994–1995SeaQuest 2032Maximillian Scully2 episodes
1996Diagnosis: MurderMax JupeEpisode: "Murder by Friendly Fire"
1997–1998Fired UpGuy Mann28 episodes
2000Diagnosis: MurderBruce LocatelliEpisode: "Murder by Remote"
2000–2001The Trouble With NormalDr. Lowell2 episodes
2001The DistrictMonya PastovEpisode: "Fools Russian: Part I"
2003AliasFrederick Brandon2 episodes
2003Strong MedicineFrank HardwyckEpisode: "Skin"
2004Joan of ArcadiaSheriff Mike RakowskiEpisode: "Jump"
2004–2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBobby Jensen2 episodes
2005E-RingAdm. Cooper4 episodes
2006Ghost WhispererLyle ChaseEpisode: "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"
2006Without a TraceSal MarcelloEpisode: "Check Your Head"
2006–2007Day BreakShadow Man7 episodes
2007DexterFBI Deputy Director Max Adams2 episodes
2008ERRobert TrumanEpisode: "Atonement"
2008SharkJason Normandy2 episodes
2008LifeNathan GrayEpisode: "Crushed"
2008Eli StoneAgent Johnathan MaineEpisode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2009Lie to MeEx-FBI Agent BitcherEpisode: "Sacrifice"
2009Cold CaseJohn ClarkEpisode: "Jackals"
2009CastleBruce KirbyEpisode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
2009–2012Breaking BadMike Ehrmantraut25 episodes
2011Modern FamilyDonnie PritchettEpisode: "The Musical Man"
2011Two and a Half MenPawn BrokerEpisode: "A Fishbowl Full of Glass Eyes"
2011CSI: MiamiOscar DuarteEpisode: "Long Gone"
2012RingerRemy Osterman2 episodes
2012Parks and RecreationSteve WyattEpisode: "Ben's Parents"
2012VegasAngelo LaFlatta2 episodes
2013Body of ProofGlenn FitzEpisode: "Daddy Issue"
2013Axe CopBook CopVoice
3 episodes
2014CommunityBuzz Hickey11 episodes
2015Better Call SaulMike Ehrmantraut

Awards and nominations[edit]

1989Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWiseguyNominated
1990Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesWiseguyNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Drama Supporting ActorBreaking BadNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2013Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBreaking BadWon
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated


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