Jonathan Ray Banks (born January 31, 1947) is an American actor. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane! (1980), 48 Hrs. (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) and Mudbound (2017). He has received critical acclaim for his role as Frank McPike in Wiseguy (1987–1990), as well as Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad (2009–2012) and its spin-off, Better Call Saul (2015–). He has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Banks at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Jonathan Ray Banks
January 31, 1947
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Indiana University Bloomington|
|Spouse(s)||Marnie Fausch (m. 1968; div. 1970)
Gennera Banks (m. 1990)
Early life and education
Banks was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Elena (Adams) Banks, worked for the CIA and later served as a professor at Indiana State University. He attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a classmate of actor Kevin Kline. During that time, they participated in a production of The Threepenny Opera together. Banks dropped out of the university to join a touring company of Hair as a stage manager. He toured Australia with the Hair company.
In 1974, Banks moved to Los Angeles and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. He notably starred in the 1974 sex PSA Linda's Film on Menstruation, which was referenced by John Oliver in an episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focusing on sex education. The episode aired on August 9, 2015, and Banks appeared at the end of the segment, ridiculing the content of said PSA. He co-starred in 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop, which are among his best known roles. 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. 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. 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 several TV shows. In 2014, he had a recurring role as Buzz Hickey in the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Community. Banks reprised his role as Mike Ehrmantraut as a regular in the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul, for which he earned his third Emmy nomination in season 1. In April 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University.
|1978||Coming Home||Marine at Party|
|1978||The Cheap Detective||Cabbie|
|1978||Who'll Stop the Rain||Marine|
|1979||The Rose||Television Promoter|
|1980||Stir Crazy||Jack Graham|
|1981||Gangster Wars||Dutch Schultz|
|1984||The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension||Lizardo Hospital Guard|
|1984||Beverly Hills Cop||Zack|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Clyde Klepper|
|1992||There Goes the Neighborhood||Handsome Harry|
|1993||Boiling Point||Max Waxman|
|1995||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Scotty|
|1996||Dark Breed||Commander Joseph Shay|
|1999||Let the Devil Wear Black||Satch|
|2001||Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles||Milos Drubnik|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Lance|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Stelter|
|2008||Proud American||Mr. Moretti|
|2013||Roar||Bernie Warren||Short film|
|2014||Authors Anonymous||David Kelleher|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Detective Hatcher|
|1976||Barnaby Jones||Vince Gentry||Episode: "Dead Heat"|
|1976||The Macahans||Woodward||Television film|
|1977||Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn||Michael||Television film|
|1977||Family||Attendant||Episode: "Taking Chances: Part I"|
|1977||Barnaby Jones||Car Salesman||Episode: "Duet for Dying"|
|1977||Carter Country||Bob Phillips||Episode: "The Fireside Burnside Budget Chat"|
|1979||Lou Grant||Clay Starkes||Episode: "Kidnap"|
|1979||The Waltons||Jeb Sanders||Episode: "The Wager"|
|1979||Lou Grant||Cyrus||Episode: "Sweep"|
|1979||She's Dressed to Kill||Rudy Striker||Television film|
|1980||Little House on the Prairie||Jed||Episode: "Darkness Is My Friend"|
|1980||Desperate Voyage||Louis||Television film|
|1981||Lou Grant||Intruder||Episode: "Rape"|
|1981||Sanford||Al||Episode: "Cal the Coward"|
|1981||The Gangster Chronicles||Dutch Schultz||13 episodes|
|1981||Best of the West||Hombre||2 episodes|
|1982||Report to Murphy||Vinny||Episode: "Papillon"|
|1982||T. J. Hooker||Danny Scott||Episode: "The Witness"|
|1983||T. J. Hooker||Freddy Baker||Episode: "The Hostages"|
|1983||Hill Street Blues||Reggie||2 episodes|
|1983||Whiz Kids||Episode: "Programmed For Murder"|
|1983||The Invisible Woman||Darren||Television film|
|1983||Murder Me, Murder You||Janos Saracen||Television film|
|1984||Jessie||Ernie Ross||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Cagney & Lacey||Keith Edsin||Episode: "Old Debts"|
|1984||Nadia||Gheorge Comaneci||Television film|
|1985||Otherworld||Kommander Nuveen Kroll||8 episodes|
|1985||Hunter||Detective Gary Krewson||Episode: "The Big Fall"|
|1986||The Fifth Missile||Ray Olson||Television film|
|1986||Assassin||Earl Dickman||Television film|
|1986||Who Is Julia||Jack Bodine||Television film|
|1987||Falcon Crest||Kolinksi||8 episodes|
|1987||Designing Women||Eldon Ashcroft IV||Episode: "101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station"|
|1987–1990||Wiseguy||Frank McPike||74 episodes|
|1991||Don't Touch My Daughter||Ryter||Television film|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Shel-la||Episode: "Battle Lines"|
|1993||Blind Side||Aaron||Television film|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Mako||Episode: "Under Colour of Authority"|
|1994||Matlock||Jack Starling||Episode: "The P.I."|
|1994||Walker, Texas Ranger||Shelby Valentine||Episode: "Deadly Reunion"|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||William||Episode: "The Assassin"|
|1995||Due South||Garret||Episode: "Heaven and Earth"|
|1995||Women of the House||Jim Sugarbaker||2 episodes|
|1994–1995||SeaQuest 2032||Maximillian Scully||2 episodes|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Commanding Officer Max Jupe||Episode: "Murder by Friendly Fire"|
|1997–1998||Fired Up||Guy Mann||28 episodes|
|1998||Dollar for the Dead||Col. Skinner||Television film|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||Bruce Locatelli||Episode: "Murder by Remote"|
|2000–2001||The Trouble With Normal||Dr. Lowell||2 episodes|
|2001||The District||Monya Pastov||Episode: "Fools Russian: Part I"|
|2003||Alias||Frederick Brandon||2 episodes|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Frank Hardwyck||Episode: "Skin"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Sheriff Mike Rakowski||Episode: "Jump"|
|2004–2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bobby Jensen||2 episodes|
|2005||E-Ring||Adm. Cooper||4 episodes|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Lyle Chase||Episode: "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Sal Marcello||Episode: "Check Your Head"|
|2006–2007||Day Break||Shadow Man||7 episodes|
|2007||Dexter||FBI Deputy Director Max Adams||2 episodes|
|2008||ER||Robert Truman||Episode: "Atonement"|
|2008||Shark||Jason Normandy||2 episodes|
|2008||Life||Nathan Gray||Episode: "Crushed"|
|2008||Eli Stone||Agent Johnathan Maine||Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"|
|2009||Lie to Me||Ex-FBI Agent Bitcher||Episode: "Sacrifice"|
|2009||Cold Case||John Clark||Episode: "Jackals"|
|2009||Castle||Bruce Kirby||Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"|
|2009–2012||Breaking Bad||Mike Ehrmantraut||25 episodes|
|2011||Modern Family||Donnie Pritchett||Episode: "The Musical Man"|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Pawn Broker||Episode: "A Fishbowl Full of Glass Eyes"|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Oscar Duarte||Episode: "Long Gone"|
|2012||Ringer||Remy Osterman||2 episodes|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Steve Wyatt||Episode: "Ben's Parents"|
|2012||Vegas||Angelo LaFlatta||2 episodes|
|2013||Body of Proof||Glenn Fitz||Episode: "Daddy Issue"|
|2013–2015||Axe Cop||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2014||Community||Buzz Hickey||11 episodes|
|2014||Mike Tyson Mysteries||The Wizard (voice)||Episode: "Is Magic Real?"|
|2015–present||Better Call Saul||Mike Ehrmantraut||28 episodes|
|2015||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||Mr. Flowers||3 episodes|
|2015||Major Lazer||The Law (voice)||Episode: "Escape from Rave Island"|
|2015||Gravity Falls||Filbrick Pines (voice)||Episode: "A Tale of Two Stans"|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Composite Superman (voice)||Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship"|
|2015||The Expanse||Executive Officer||Episode: "Dulcinea"|
|2016–present||Skylanders Academy||Eruptor (voice)||12 episodes|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Dr. Erwin||Episode: "Ken's Professor"|
|2017||Tangled: The Series||Quirin (voice)||Episode: "What the Hair!?"|
|2017||Shut Eye||Episode: "Purple Heart"|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||James Gordon (voice)|
Awards and nominations
- "Jonathan Banks". TVGuide.com.
- "Jonathan Banks". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Q&A: 'Breaking Bad' Star Jonathan Banks on Mike's Turmoil". Rolling Stone.
- "MIRACULOUS". Terre Haute Tribune Star.
- "Elena Adams Banks". Terre Haute Tribune Star.
- ‘Better Call Saul’s’ Jonathan Banks Remembers His Start as a ‘Music’ Man. Variety.
- "Jonathan Banks of 'Breaking Bad' appears in '70s period PSA". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Watch Breaking Bad's Mike learn about menstruation in a 1974 PSA". The A.V. Club.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sex Education (HBO). YouTube. August 9, 2015.
- "Jonathan Banks as Mike". AMC. Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Goldman, Eric (August 20, 2013). "Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks Joins Community". IGN. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Kenneally, Tim (January 27, 2014). "'Breaking Bad' Prequel 'Better Call Saul' Enlists Jonathan Banks". TheWrap.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- "Indiana University to present Jonathan Banks with an honorary degree". IU Bloomington Newsroom. March 7, 2016.
- "Batman: Arkham Knight's cast includes Jonathan Banks and John Noble". Destructoid. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "Gravity Falls: "A Tale Of Two Stans"". 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2017-01-23.