Jonathan Edward Bernthal (born September 20, 1976) is an American actor. Bernthal began his career in minor roles on Broadway and theater before guest starring on various television shows. He gained critical acclaim and prominence for his portrayal of Shane Walsh on the AMC series The Walking Dead (2010–2012; 2018). He later starred in supporting and leading roles in various critically acclaimed films including The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Fury, Sicario (both 2014), The Accountant (2016), Baby Driver, Wind River (both 2017), and Widows (2018).
Bernthal at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Jonathan Edward Bernthal
September 20, 1976
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Residence||Ojai, California, U.S.|
Harvard University (GrDip)
Erin Angle (m. 2010)
|Relatives||Murray Bernthal (paternal grandfather)|
Adam Schlesinger (first cousin)
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Theater
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Bernthal was born in Washington, D.C., to Joan Lurie (née Marx) and Eric Lawrence "Rick" Bernthal, a former lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP and currently chair of the board of directors for the US Humane Society. His paternal grandfather was musician and producer Murray Bernthal. He has two brothers, Nicholas, an orthopedic surgeon and professor at UCLA, and Thomas, a former producer for NBC News. Bernthal and his family are Jewish.
Bernthal grew up in Cabin John, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. He attended the Sidwell Friends School, graduating in 1995. He has often described his younger self as a "troublemaker." After high school, Bernthal studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, but later dropped out. At the advice of Alma Becker, his acting teacher at Skidmore, Bernthal joined the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. During his time there, he played catcher on a Russian professional baseball team.
2002–2009: Early careerEdit
Bernthal was discovered while at the Moscow Art Theatre by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he studied there as a graduate-level certificate student and completed his studies in 2002. After graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater. He is a method actor.
Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theater company, the now defunct Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series such as Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother.
Bernthal relocated to Los Angeles in 2006. He booked his first regular role on a television series with the CBS sitcom The Class; the show was canceled after one season. After this, he had roles in films such as Day Zero and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center.
Television and The Walking Dead: 2009–2013Edit
In 2009, Bernthal was a series regular on the ABC television series Eastwick, and starred alongside actress Jaime Ray Newman (his future co-star in The Punisher); Eastwick was canceled after one season. In 2010, Bernthal portrayed Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on the HBO miniseries The Pacific.
Bernthal found critical success portraying 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 and was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards. Bernthal reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City, in which he portrayed LAPD Detective Joe Teague, a police officer working in a corrupt 1940s Los Angeles, which was canceled after one season.
During this period, Bernthal had supporting roles in the 2009 Ben Stiller comedy film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as mobster Al Capone, the 2010 Roman Polanski thriller The Ghost Writer, and the 2011 Woody Harrelson-feature Rampart, and also guest starred in episodes of TV shows such as Numbers and Harry's Law. In 2011, Bernthal performed in the premiere of dark comedy play Small Engine Repair. The play was critically acclaimed; critics praised Bernthal's performance for his "energy and wit" and he was nominated for an Ovation Award. After its world premiere run, Small Engine Repair was transferred to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater, with Bernthal signing on to reprise his role. However, filming commitments made Bernthal withdraw from the play and he was replaced by James Badge Dale.
In 2013, Bernthal had supporting roles in the crime drama film Snitch, and the sports comedy film Grudge Match Bernthal played Brad in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street. He played southerner Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis in the 2014 World War II film Fury, with critics praising the cast of the film.
Bernthal next appeared in Denis Villeneuve's 2015 action drama film Sicario, which won numerous awards and received positive reviews from critics. 2015 also saw Bernthal in supporting roles in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, winner of the US Grand Jury Prize for drama at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and We Are Your Friends.
During this time, Bernthal portrayed NAACP attorney Michael H. Sussman in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. He also, alongside actor Viggo Mortensen, executive produced the play The Time of Our Lies – The Life and Times of Howard Zinn, directed by frequent theater collaborator Josh Chambers. The Time of Our Lives was performed through the month of August 2014 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2015–present: Prominence in television and filmEdit
Marvel and The Punisher: 2015–2019Edit
In June 2015, Marvel announced that Bernthal would portray Frank Castle / The Punisher in season two of Netflix's superhero series Daredevil, which was released on March 18, 2016. While initially hesitant in joining a superhero franchise, Bernthal decided to take the role after admiring the performances of actors Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock / Daredevil) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) in the previous season of Daredevil. Critics commended Bernthal's performance as The Punisher, with IGN calling it "an absolutely stellar, gutting performance". Comic book writer and the Punisher's co-creator Gerry Conway called Bernthal's performance a favorite on-screen portrayal of the character and said, "Jon Bernthal gives The Punisher the kind of pathos that's underneath the tough guy and I really like that".
Despite not initially being ordered by Netflix, the network spun-off the character's self-titled series The Punisher, released on November 17, 2017. His portrayal of the title character in season one was commended as a "truly remarkable and intense performance" for its emotional depth and "possibly the best grizzly antihero performance among all of Marvel's Netflix series to date". Bernthal likes to perform his own stunts on the show. On December 12, 2017, it was announced that the show had been renewed for season two by Netflix, which was released on January 18, 2019. A month later, the show was canceled.
Work in film: 2015–presentEdit
In 2016, Bernthal co-starred in the Ben Affleck thriller The Accountant as Brax. He also was interviewed for the 2016 documentary Can't Be Stopped about the Los Angeles graffiti crew of the same name.
In 2017, he co-starred in Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut Wind River, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a crime comedy in which he played Griff, and prison drama Shot Caller. Additionally, Bernthal starred in Irish action thriller film Pilgrimage Set in 13th century Ireland, Bernthal plays The Mute in the film which resulted in the actor, who prefers to stay in character on film sets, choosing not to speak to the cast or crew for the first few weeks of production. Bernthal was praised for his acting, with The Hollywood Reporter remarking that Bernthal "steals the film with his intense, nearly wordless performance... with his buff physicality and commanding presence filling the screen".
On November 17, 2017, the initial season of The Punisher and the film Sweet Virginia were both released. In Sweet Virginia, Bernthal plays Sam, a gentle motel-owner with Parkinson's disease; critics praised his performance. During the press tours at this time Bernthal's interview on Jim Norton and Sam Roberts made news due to his description of Kevin Spacey (who had faced recent sexual assault charges) of making him uncomfortable on the set of Baby Driver. Bernthal stated that he "lost all respect" for Spacey and that "[Spacey] was a bit of a bully." In the same month, Bernthal was supposed to participate in the biographical 2018 film First Man, but left the project due to his daughter's illness.
In 2018, he appeared in Steve McQueen's heist thriller Widows, and reprised his The Walking Dead role of Shane Walsh in the season 9 episode "What Comes After". In 2019, he appeared in the independent adventure film The Peanut Butter Falcon, playing Shia LaBeouf's character's brother.
Bernthal will portray business magnate Lee Iacocca in a supporting role for James Mangold's upcoming action biographical drama Ford v Ferrari. Production began in the summer of 2018 and the movie is set to be released in November 2019. Cast in October 2016, Bernthal will also star in the film Stingray opposite Joel Edgerton which is expected to begin filming in 2019. He will also star in the drama Viena and the Fantomes.
Bernthal married Erin Angle, a trauma nurse, on September 25, 2010, in Potomac, Maryland. She is the niece of professional wrestler Kurt Angle. Bernthal and Angle were married by his acting teacher, Alma Becker. They have two sons, Henry and Billy (born August 2011 and January 2013), and a daughter, Adeline (born February 2015). Bernthal is a cousin of Adam Schlesinger, songwriter and bassist of the band Fountains of Wayne. The Bernthal family lives in Ojai, California.
Together with his brother Nicholas, an orthopedic surgeon at UCLA, Bernthal runs a nonprofit organization called Drops Fill Buckets, described as an "impact-driven, entrepreneurial approach to making a difference". He is also an advocate of pit bull ownership and is a spokesperson for the Animal Farm Foundation, which rescues and promotes the equal treatment of pit bulls. He has three pit bulls and they often accompany him to set; two of his dogs, Boss and Venice, made appearances in Bernthal's 2012 film Rampart.
|2004||Tony n' Tina's Wedding||Dominic Fabrizzi|
|Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman||Man in Office|
|2006||World Trade Center||Christopher Amoroso|
|2007||The Air I Breathe||Interviewer|
|Day Zero||James Dixon|
|2008||Bar Starz||Donnie Pitron|
|A Line in the Sand||Banzai|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Al Capone|
|2010||The Ghost Writer||Rick Ricardelli|
|Date Night||Young Man|
|Grudge Match||B.J. Rose|
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Brad Bodnick||Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast
|2014||Fury||Pfc. Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|Viena and the Fantomes||Unreleased|
|2015||Me and Earl and the Dying Girl||Mr. McCarthy|
|We Are Your Friends||Paige Morrell|
|2016||Justice League vs. Teen Titans||Trigon (voice)|
|The Accountant||Braxton Wolff|
|The Escape||Holt||Short film|
|2017||Wind River||Matt Rayburn|
|Shot Caller||Frank "Shotgun"|
|2019||The Peanut Butter Falcon||Mark|
|Ford v Ferrari||Lee Iacocca|
|2020||The Many Saints of Newark||Johnny Soprano||Post-production|
|TBA||Those Who Wish Me Dead||Post-production|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lane Ruddock||Episode: "Malignant"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Alex Genya||Episode: "Bait"|
|Dr. Vegas||Greg||Episode: "Dead Man, Live Bet"|
|Boston Legal||Michael Shea||Episode: "Questionable Characters"|
|2005||Jonny Zero||Brett Parish||Episode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"|
|CSI: Miami||Harry Klugman||2 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sherm Hempell||Episode: "Goliath"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Carlos||Episode: "Purple Giraffe"|
|2006–2007||The Class||Duncan Carmello||Main role|
|2009–2010||Eastwick||Raymond Gardener||Main role|
|2010||Numb3rs||Mike Nash||Episode: "Growin' Up"|
|The Pacific||Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez||2 episodes|
|2010–2012; 2018||The Walking Dead||Shane Walsh||Main role; 20 episodes|
Nominated – Scream Award for Breakout Performance – Male (2011)
|2012||Harry's Law||Lucas Trassino||Episode: "The Whole Truth"|
|2012; 2017||Robot Chicken||Shane Walsh, various roles||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2013||Mob City||Detective Joe Teague||6 episodes|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Michael H. Sussman||4 episodes|
|SuperMansion||Rat-A-Pult||Voice role; 3 episodes|
|2016||Daredevil||Frank Castle / Punisher||Main role (season 2)|
|2017–2019||The Punisher||Main role|
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2018)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor in Streaming Presentation (2019)
|2018–2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Ilan||2 episodes|
|2014||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||Corporal Jim Decker||Playable character in the downloadable game mode "Exo Zombies"|
|2019||Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands||Major Cole D. Walker||Also motion capture performance for downloadable content (DLC)|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint||Lieutenant Colonel Cole D. Walker||Also motion capture performance|
|1994||Scenes From The New World||Boots/ Waiter||Studio 1019|||
|1999||Cher Molière||Molière||Institute for Advanced Theater Training||International touring production|
|2000||Man of La Mancha||Sancho Panza||Moscow Art Theatre|||
|2000||Spring Awakening||Moritz Steifel||Moscow Art Theatre||Workshop production|
|2001||Othello||Lodovico||American Repertory Theater||u/s Iago|
|2002||Marat/Sade||Inmate||American Repertory Theater|||
|2002||This Is Our Youth||Dennis||Studio Theatre|||
|2002||The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||Arturo Ui||Ontological-Hysteric Theater|||
|2003||Fifth of July||Understudy||Signature Theatre|||
|2003||Proof||Hal||Portland Stage Company|||
|2007||Fat Pig||Carter||Geffen Playhouse||Replacement|
|2011||Small Engine Repair||Terence Swaino||Rogue Machine Theatre||Ovation Award for Best Acting Ensemble in a Play|
Nominated – Ovation Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play
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