JONATHAN BANKS

Actor
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   USA: Steve Lovett Management

Jonathan Banks is an American actor with a prolific career in both film and television. He began his acting career in the 1970s, although his training as an actor started earlier, studying theater at Indiana University.

Among the countless projects Banks has been a part of, his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” and its spin-off “Better Call Saul” stands out. This character has earned him numerous accolades and has cemented his reputation as a versatile and deeply committed character actor.

In terms of his experience in the world of cinema, Banks has participated in a wide variety of movies. He appeared in significant films in the 80s, such as “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop”. His ability to portray tough and authoritative characters has made him a regular in roles of police officers or villains.

In addition to his success on television, Banks has received several awards and recognitions throughout his career, being nominated multiple times for the Emmy Awards for his role in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”.

These nominations underline his ability to create compelling and memorable characters.

Jonathan Banks was born on January 31, 1947, in Washington D.C., United States. From a young age, he showed a great interest in dramatic arts, which eventually led him to study theater at Indiana University. Although he began his career in theater, Banks soon moved to television and film, where he found significant success and recognition.

Banks studied at Indiana University, but did not graduate. Instead, he moved to Australia, where he worked in various jobs before returning to the United States to pursue his acting career. His career started on the stage, participating in various theatrical productions. His ability to portray a wide range of characters quickly caught the attention of agents and directors.

Banks made his big screen debut in the movie “Coming Home” (1978). However, his first significant role was in the movie “Airplane!” (1980), where he played an air traffic controller. During the 80s and 90s, Banks excelled in supporting roles in movies like “48 Hrs.” (1982) and “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984). His ability to portray tough and often villainous characters made him a popular choice for these types of roles. On television, he appeared in series like “Wiseguy”, where he played Agent Frank McPike, a role that earned him critical recognition.

His most famous role came with the series “Breaking Bad” (2008-2013), where he played Mike Ehrmantraut, a former police officer turned trusted man of a powerful drug lord. His performance earned him critical acclaim and audience praise. He continued his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the “Breaking Bad” spin-off, “Better Call Saul”, where his character was further developed, showcasing his complexity and emotional depth.

Banks has been nominated several times for Emmy Awards for his work in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”. Although he has not won, these nominations are a testament to his skill and talent as an actor. In addition to Emmy nominations, he has been recognized at various festivals and award ceremonies for his work in film and television.

Jonathan Banks is recognized for his ability to bring to life complex and often morally ambiguous characters. His acting style, which typically includes a mix of intensity and subtlety, has influenced many actors.

Jonathan Banks’ career is characterized by his versatility and his ability to capture the essence of every character he plays, making him one of the most respected actors of his generation.

  • 2015-2022 “Better Call Saul” (TV series) / Created by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould / High Bridge Productions
  • 2019 “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (feature film) / Directed by Vince Gilligan / Netflix
  • 2018 “Redbad” (feature film) / Directed by Roel Reiné / Farmhouse Film & TV
  • 2018 “The Commuter” (feature film) / Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra / StudioCanal
  • 2016 “Term Life” (feature film) / Directed by Peter Billingsley / PalmStar Media
  • 2014 “Community” (TV series) / Created by Dan Harmon / Krasnoff Foster Productions
  • 2014 “Horrible Bosses 2” (feature film) / Directed by Sean Anders / BenderSpink
  • 2014 “Bullet” (feature film) / Directed by Nick Lyon / SC Films International
  • 2013 “Identity Thief” (feature film) / Directed by Seth Gordon / Aggregate Films
  • 2009-2012 “Breaking Bad” (TV series) / Created by Vince Gilligan / High Bridge Productions
  • 2007 “Reign Over Me” (feature film) / Directed by Mike Binder / Relativity Media
  • 2007 “Dexter” (TV series) / Created by James Manos Jr. / Showtime Networks
  • 2006 “Bay Break” (TV series) / Created by Paul Zbyszewski / Gross Entertainment
  • 2004-2006 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (TV series) / Created by Anthony E. Zuiker / Alliance Atlantis Communications
  • 2002 “Dark Blue” (feature film) / Directed by Ron Shelton / United Artists
  • 2001 “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” (feature film) / Directed by Simon Wincer / Bungalow Productions
  • 1999 “Foolish” (feature film) / Directed by Dave Meyers / No Limit Films
  • 1997-1998 “Fired Up” (TV series) / Created by Paul Slansky, Arleen Sorkin / Grammer Productions
  • 1996 “Flipper” (feature film) / Directed by Alan Shapiro / Universal Pictures
  • 1995 “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” (feature film) / Directed by Geoff Murphy / Warner Bros.
  • 1993 “Boiling Point” (feature film) / Directed by James B. Harris / Hexagon Films
  • 1992 “Freejack” (feature film) / Directed by Geoff Murphy / Morgan Creek Entertainment
  • 1987-1990 “Wiseguy” (TV series) / Created by Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo / Stephen J. Cannell Productions
  • 1987 “Falcon Crest” (TV series) / Created by Earl Hamner Jr. / Amanda & MF
  • 1986 “Armed and Dangerous” (feature film) / Directed by Mark L. Lester / Columbia Pictures
  • 1985 “Otherworld” (TV series) / Created by Roderick Taylor / Universal Television
  • 1984 “Beverly Hills Cop” (feature film) / Directed by Martin Brest / Paramount Pictures
  • 1984 “Gremlins” (feature film) / Directed by Joe Dante / Warner Bros.
  • 1982 “48 Hrs.” (feature film) / Directed by Walter Hill / Paramount Pictures
  • 1981 “The Gangster Chronicles” (TV series) / Directed by Richard C. Sarafian / Universal Television
  • 1980 “Stir Crazy” (feature film) / Directed by Sidney Poitier / Columbia Pictures
  • 1980 “Airplane!” (feature film) / Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker / Paramount Pictures
  • 1979 “The Rose” (feature film) / Directed by Mark Rydell / Twentieth Century Fox
  • 2023 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2023 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Online Film & Television Association for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2023 Awarded the Peabody Award for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2022 Best Supporting Actor – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2021 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2019 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2018 Awarded the Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards
  • 2017 Best Supporting Actor at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  • 2017 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2016 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2015 Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Television Awards for “Better Call Saul”
  • 2013 Best Supporting Actor – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA for “Breaking Bad”
  • 2013 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards for “Breaking Bad”
  • 1989 Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Emmy Awards for “Wiseguy”
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