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Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks (born January 31, 1947) is an American character actor in film and television. He tends to play villains. Banks dropped out of Indiana University to join a touring company as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and stayed on working in theatre there. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. Probably his best-known movie roles are in two films starring Eddie Murphy: 48 Hrs. and Beverly Hills Cop. In 48 Hrs. he plays a character who is a friend of the lead and is killed by the villain, beginning the lead characters' story. In Beverly Hills Cop, he plays a villain who kills the lead characters' friend and begins his story. Other movie roles include appearances in Armed and Dangerous, Freejack, Flipper, Airplane!, Gremlins, Murder Me, Murder You, and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. His most recent film to date is the 2007 film Reign Over Me. His biggest break on television, came with the series Wiseguy, in which he played Frank McPike for four years, a role which led to an 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 TV series Otherworld, as Kommander Neveen Kroll and in the sitcom Fired Up. Banks has also made guest appearances on TV shows including Alias, CSI, Day Break, Highlander: The Series, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House and Walker Texas Ranger. Most recently, Banks appeared in the final Season Two episodes of Dexter, and in episodes of ER, Cold Case, and Shark, Modern Family. In the second season finale of Breaking Bad, Banks appeared as a mysterious character named Mike. Banks was made a series regular for the third season.

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Jan 31, 1947 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Waltons 1972-09-14
Latest Project:
Movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie 2019-10-11
Known For
Poster of Sanford
Movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Mike Ehrmantraut 2019-10-11
Movie The Commuter Walt 2018-01-11
Movie Redbad Pepijn 2018-06-28
Movie Incredibles 2 Rick Dicker (voice) 2018-06-14
Series Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Quirin (voice) 2017-03-24
Movie Mudbound Pappy McAllan 2017-11-16
Series Breaking Bad Mike Ehrmantraut 2008-01-20
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love Luke Dickson 1987-02-23
Series Wiseguy Frank McPike 1987-09-16
Movie Cold Steel Iceman 1987-12-11
Movie The Fifth Missile Ray Olson 1986-02-23
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Movie Who Is Julia? Jack Bodine 1986-10-26
Movie Armed and Dangerous Clyde Klepper 1986-08-15
Movie Assassin Earl Dickman 1986-03-19
Series Otherworld 1985-01-26
Movie Nadia Gheorge Comaneci 1984-06-11
Movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lizardo Hospital Guard 1984-08-15
Movie Gremlins Deputy Brent 1984-06-07
Movie Beverly Hills Cop Zack, Maitland's Thug 1984-11-29
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Movie Murder Me, Murder You Janos Saracen 1983-04-09
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series T. J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
Movie Frances Hitchhiker 1982-12-03
Movie 48 Hrs. Algren 1982-12-07
Series The Gangster Chronicles Dutch Schultz 1981-02-02
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie Gangster Wars Dutch Schultz 1981-04-09
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Series Sanford Unknown 1980-03-15
Movie Airplane! Gunderson 1980-07-02
Movie Desperate Voyage Louis 1980-11-29
Series Ike 1st Sergeant 1979-01-01
Movie The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Pato 1979-03-04
Movie The Rose 1979-11-07
Movie She's Dressed To Kill Rudy Striker 1979-12-10
Movie Who'll Stop the Rain Marine 1978-08-02
Series The Word Young LeBrun 1978-11-12
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Movie The Girl in the Empty Grave Courtland Gates 1977-09-20
Movie Linda's Film on Menstruation Johnny Stanton 1974-01-01
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14