He was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and started in the entertainment industry at 17 when he won a contest for Best Stand Up Comedian in Edmonton, Alberta. He then performed as a stand-up comedian for a few years in Vancouver, British Columbia, before moving to Toronto to act.
Banks has appeared in films including Bruiser (2001), Wild Iris (2001), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Phil the Alien (2004), Land of the Dead (2005), Cinderella Man (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and Pontypool (2009).
Among his television credits were guest appearances in Due South and Slings and Arrows, and as a member of the repertory cast of the A&E television series, A Nero Wolfe Mystery. He has had recurring roles in The Red Green Show and Little Mosque on the Prairie.
In February 2019, Banks faced criticism following an incident when, during a live television news report on a meeting responding to SiriusXM Canada's controversial plan to rebrand its Canada Laughs channel, he began licking CBC reporter Chris Glover's ear. Banks apologized the following day, calling himself an "idiot" for his behaviour.
|1996||Black Sheep||Clyde Spinoza|
|Holiday Affair||TV movie|
|1997||The Wrong Guy||Gas Station Guy|
|Dinner at Fred's||Talent Show MC|
|Bad to the Bone||Gun Salesman||TV movie|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||Ethan||TV movie|
|Howling at the Moon||TV movie|
|1998||Dirty Work||Creepy Man|
|Dog Park||Ge Groovy Lesh|
|Earthquake in New York||Statue Man|
|Naked City: A Killer Christmas||Jack||TV movie|
|1999||The Jesse Ventura Story||Brooklyn Park Mayor||TV movie|
|Dash and Lilly||Prison Guard||TV movie|
|Cheaters||State Speech Judge||TV movie|
|The Ladies Man||C&W Station Manager|
|2001||Club Land||Elegante announcer||TV movie|
|Kiss My Act||Stand-Up Comic||TV movie|
|Jason X||Fat Lou|
|Wild Iris||Handprint Clerk||TV movie|
|Knockaround Guy||Bar Partons|
|Prancer Returns||Charlie's Teacher||Straight-to-Video|
|2002||A Killing Spring||Hotel Manager||TV movie|
|American Psycho 2||Jim||Straight-to-video|
|Escape from the Newsroom||Martin||TV movie|
|Meet Prince Charming||Roger|
|2003||The Music Man||Train Conductor||TV movie|
|Deacons for Defense||Weber||TV movie|
|The In-Laws||Patient||TV movie|
|Rhinoceros Eyes||Hospital Orderly|
|The Republic of Love||Man at Folklore Museum||uncredited|
|The Piano Man's Daughter||Priest||TV movie|
|Fallen Angel||Birdie||TV movie|
|2004||Ham & Cheese||Barry's Boss at Canadian Theatre Company|
|Dawn of the Dead||Tucker|
|New York Minute||Ticket Window Guy|
|Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||E.R. Patient|
|Phil the Alien||Slim|
|Saint Ralph||Worker #1|
|2005||Riding the Bus with My Sister||Henry||TV movie|
|Land of the Dead||Butcher|
|Get Rich or Die Tryin||Prison Solitary Guard|
|2006||The Fountain||Dominican Monk|
|2007||How She Move||Mike Evans|
|Diary of the Dead||White Man|
|Lars and the Real Girl||Russell|
|Left of Dead||Michael Lymburner|
|2008||Hank and Mike||Leon the Neighbor|
|The Love Guru||EMT|
|Coopers' Camera||Sgt. Stevenson|
|Hooked on Speedman||Man in Wheelchair|
|2009||You Might as Well Live||Uncle Casper|
|Before You Say 'I Do'||Apartment Guy||TV movie|
|1991||The Kids in the Hall||Finacee||1 episodes|
|Due South||Norm Betz||1 episodes|
|1997||The Newsroom||Parking Guy||1 episodes|
|1998||The Red Green Show||Earl Battersty||2 episodes|
|Once a Thief||Wedding Bell Blues|
|Traders||No Fixed Address|
|Power Play||Brother in Arms|
|2001-2002||A Nero Wolfe Mystery||Multiple (Repertory player)||13 episodes|
|2007-2012||Little Mosque on the Prairie||Joe Peterson|
|2018||Star Falls||Security Guard||1 episodes|
- "Boyd Banks | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
- "Boyd Banks". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
- "Boyd Banks - Northernstars.ca". Northernstars.ca. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
- "Live on-air licking of Toronto TV reporter sparks Twitter outrage". Toronto Star, February 27, 2019.
- "Actor Boyd Banks sorry for licking CBC reporter on live TV, says there's 'no excuse' for his actions". CBC News Toronto, February 27, 2019.