Jonathan Banks

Actor, Screenwriter, Acting teacher
A capable character actor who projected both menace and sympathy, Jonathan Banks spent the better part of a decade bouncing around in small film and television roles before finally winning notice as Zack, a murderous ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1947 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (122)

Better Call Saul 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Authors Anonymous 2014 (Movie)

David Kelleher (Actor)

Bullet 2014 (Movie)

Carlito Kane (Actor)

Community 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

Detective Hatcher (Actor)

Jam 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mike Tyson Mysteries 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Watercolor Postcards 2014 (Movie)

Ledball (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Body of Proof 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Identity Thief 2013 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Breaking Bad 1996 - 2000, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Due South 1994 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1996 - 1998, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parks and Recreation 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1996 - 2000, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ringer 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2001, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vegas 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two and a Half Men 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Day Break 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Proud American 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Moretti (Actor)

Shark 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder 101: College Can Be Murder 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

Stetler (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

E-Ring 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joan of Arcadia 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

James Barcomb (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 2001 (Movie)

Milos Drubnik (Actor)

Downward Angel 2001 (Movie)

Herod (Actor)

R.S.V.P. 2001 (Movie)

Walter Franklin (Actor)

The Trouble With Normal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trash 2000 (Movie)

Judge Callum (Actor)

Dollar For the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Foolish 1999 (Movie)

Numbers (Actor)

Harvey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Let the Devil Wear Black 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Thousand Men and a Baby 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Man Standing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Flipper 1996 (Movie)

Dirk Moran (Actor)

SeaQuest 2032 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Breed 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Assassin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Women of the House 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Body Shot 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Freejack 1992 (Movie)

Michelette (Actor)

Loretta Lynn: The Seasons of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Don't Touch My Daughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Steel 1987 (Movie)

Iceman (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

Clyde Klepper (Actor)

Rowdies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Otherworld 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys in Blue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

Zack (Actor)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

Deputy Brent (Actor)

Nadia 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

Lizardo Hospital Guard (Actor)

The Invisible Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Algren (Actor)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

Report to Murphy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Rage 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster Chronicles 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Gunderson (Actor)

G.I.'s 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Jack Graham (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Party Marine (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fighting Nightingales 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Television Promoter (Actor)

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

Marine (Actor)

Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Side (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Downpayment on Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Melanie Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Millennium Man (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare (Movie)

Ryter (Actor)

Outlaw Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Proximity (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Obsession (TV Show)

Actor

She's Dressed to Kill (TV Show)

Actor

The Expanse (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fifth Missile (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in the Empty Grave (TV Show)

Actor

The Macahans (TV Show)

Actor

The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is Julia? (TV Show)

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Wild Times (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A capable character actor who projected both menace and sympathy, Jonathan Banks spent the better part of a decade bouncing around in small film and television roles before finally winning notice as Zack, a murderous henchman in the hit action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984). Banks went on to earn both wider recognition and an Emmy Award nomination for his turn as Ken Wahl's cynical boss on the popular crime series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). But instead of taking that next step, Banks continued to struggle in a long stretch of guest appearances without a regular series role, while also being lost in the background in a number of films like "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995) and "Dark Blue" (2003). He did make himself known on the second season of "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) as an FBI agent in pursuit of the Bay Harbor Butcher, but even then he was unable to find that one breakout role that propelled his career. That all changed when he was cast as Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop-turned-drug fixer on the award-winning series "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). Finally, after decades of looking for that one defining role, Banks received the due he so richly deserved while opening new doors for his already venerable career.

Relationships

Ruth Garcia

Step-Daughter

Rebecca Banks

Daughter
twin of Claudio born in July 1994 mother, Genara Banks

Claudio Banks

Son
twin of Rebecca born in July 1994 mother, Genara Banks

Gennera Cebian

Wife
Spanish; born c. 1957 Met on set of "For Better, For Worse" Married December 1990

Marnie Fausch

Wife

Joanna Morgan

Daughter
born c. 1969 mother, Banks' first wife married

EDUCATION

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana
attended on scholarship; left in 1968 to stage manage "Hair" company

Milestones

2003

Played a high-ranking cop in "Dark Blue"

2001

Appeared in "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles"

1996

Reprised role of McPike in "Wiseguy" TV-movie on ABC

1995

Co-starred as Scotty in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"

1994

Wrote "Saturday Night Special", feature film released directly to video

1985

Played Kommander Kroll in "Otherworld" series

1984

Co-starred as Zack in "Beverly Hills Cop"

1982

Played Vinnie in "Report to Murphy" series

1981

Played Dutch Schultz in "The Gangster Chronicles" series

1977

Made feature film debut as "Party Marine" in "Coming Home"

1975

Made TV debut in episode of "Barnaby Jones" (date approximate)

1974

Based in Los Angeles as Frid in company of "A Little Night Music" starring Jean Simmons

1968

Left college to stage manage company of "Hair"

Went to Australia with "Hair"; remained for two years directing companies of "Grease" and "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Co-starred in the NBC sitcom "Fired Up"

Co-starred as Frank McPike in "Wiseguy" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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During the mid-70s, Banks taught acting to inmates at the Terminal Island Federal Penitentiary in Los Angeles.

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Banks coached a little league team in Beverly Hills in the late 80s. His assistant coach was actor James Caan.

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