Who is Jonathan Banks?
American actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington, D.C. USA, on 31 January 1947, meaning that his zodiac sign’s Capricorn and has American nationality. He’s had roles in over 170 movies and TV series, and is perhaps best known for his playing of Mike Ehrmantraut in what’s rated one of the best series of all time: the crime thriller “Breaking Bad”. Vince Gilligan created the series, which starred Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, and follows a chemistry teacher who’s begun manufacturing and selling meth now that he’s learned that he’s terminally ill; it aired from 2008 to 2013, and won 170 of its 417 award nominations.
Education and early life
Jonathan was raised in Chillum Heights, Maryland as an only child, solely by his mother Elena Adams Banks who worked for the CIA as a secretary, while she also worked as a private secretary to Admiral Chester William Nimitz; Jonathan hasn’t shared any details concerning his father. Elena passed away on 16 September 2012, aged 94.
Jonathan studied at Northwood High School, and was urged by his mother to focus on his education, as she believed that graduating from college would mean that he’d have a steady source of income. He matriculated in 1965 and then enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied together with famous American actor Kevin Kline; the two became interested in acting together, and starred alongside in a production of “The Threepenny Opera”.
Jonathan was made a member of the touring cast of the play “Hair”, and travelled to New Zealand and Australia; this initial success made him drop out of college, but in April 2016, Indiana University awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Roles in movies
Jonathan’s debut film role was his playing of Johnny Stanton in the 1974 short movie “Linda’s Film on Menstruation”, and some of his following roles were in the drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, the mystery “The Girl in the Empty Grave”, and the drama “The Night They Took Miss Beautiful”, all released in 1977.
He gained recognition in 1982, when cast to play Algren in the critically acclaimed action crime comedy “48 Hrs.”, which Walter Hill directed, and which starred Annette O’Toole, Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte; it follows a police officer who’s teamed up with an intelligent criminal in an attempt to catch a killer, and the movie won two of its four award nominations.
Some of Jonathan’s other notable performances in the ‘80s were in the 1984 fantasy horror comedy “Gremlins”, the 1986 action science fiction thriller “Assassin”, and the 1989 comedy drama “Honeymoon Academy”.
The year 1993 saw him play Max in the hit crime action “Boiling Point”, written and directed by James B. Harris (based on the novel “Money Man” by Gerald Petievich), and which starred Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper and Lolita Davidovich; it follows two sociopathic killers whose next target is the police. What also marked the ‘90s for Jonathan was his portrayal of Numbers in the 1999 comedy “Foolish”, directed by Dave Meyers, and which starred Eddie Griffin, Master P and Amie Petersen – it tells the story of two brothers who are trying to succeed as comedians.
Some of Jonathan’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the 2001 action adventure comedy “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”, the 2006 comedy “Puff, Puff, Pass”, and the 2007 drama “Reign Over Me”.
In 2014, he portrayed Detective Hatcher in the crime comedy “Horrible Bosses 2”, written and directed by Sean Anders, and which starred Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman. It follows three colleagues who’ve chosen to quit their jobs to launch their own business, and the movie won one of its seven award nominations.
Jonathan’s three most recent film roles have been in the short crime fantasy “They Came and Left”, the crime action “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” both in 2019, and the 2022 animated crime action “Catwoman: Hunted” (voice role).
Roles in TV series
Jonathan’s debut TV series role was his playing of Woodward in the 1976 episode “The Macahans” of the western “How the West Was Won”, and the remainder of the decade saw him appear in an episode of the crime mystery “Barnaby Jones”, the drama “Family”, and the crime drama “Most Wanted”.
In 1985, he was cast to play Kroll in the action adventure fantasy “Otherworld”, created by Roderick Taylor, and which starred Sam Groom, Gretchen Corbett and Tony O’Dell; it follows a family who’ve been thrown into another dimension.
In 1987, Jonathan played Frank Kolinski in eight episodes of the romantic drama “Falcon Crest”, and from 1987 through 1990, he starred as Frank McPike in the hit crime mystery “Wiseguy”, created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo, and which also starred Jim Byrnes and Ken Wahl. It follows Organized Crime Bureau agent Vincent Terranova, and the series won four of its 30 award nominations.
From the short-lived TV series Women of the House (1995)
Some of Jonathan’s most notable performances in the ‘90s were perhaps in the comedy “Women of the House”, another comedy “Fired Up”, and the crime mystery “Diagnosis Murder”.
He appeared in an episode or two of over 10 series in the 2000s, and also played Shadow Man in seven episodes of the 2007 action science fiction “Day Break”, created by Paul Zbyszewski, and which starred Taye Diggs, Moon Bloodgood and Victoria Pratt. It follows Detective Brett Hopper who’s been framed for shooting lawyer Alberto Garza, and has now been stuck living the same day over and over again; the series was nominated for three awards.
Since 2015, Jonathan’s been reprising his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the critically acclaimed crime drama “Better Call Saul”, created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and in which Jonathan’s starring alongside Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk. It follows the life of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill, and the series has won 46 of its 342 award nominations.
Jonathan sang the song “Love Is Like A Heat Wave” in the 1997 episode “In Your Dreams” of the series “Fired Up”.
He’s been featured in the documentary movies “Better Call Saul: It’s a Bad, Bad World”, “Better Call Saul: Signs of Saul”, and “Better Call Saul: The Return of Gus Fring”, all released in 2018.
Jonathan’s the writer of the upcoming drama movie “The Damaged”.
He’s made a guest appearance in talk-shows “Celebrity Page”, “The Night Time Show” and “Show Me More”, amongst many others.
Awards and nominations
Jonathan’s won nine of his 46 award nominations, including five Primetime Emmy nominations for his performance in “Better Call Saul”.
Some of his wins include a 2015 Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, a 2015 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and a 2022 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Network/Cable Television Series, all for his performance in “Better Call Saul”.
Love life and wife
Jonathan’s married twice. He wed non-celebrity American Marnie Fausch on 9 September 1968, in a private ceremony attended by not more than 100 people; they have a daughter together, but divorced in 1970.
Since December 1990, Jonathan’s been married to Gennera, another non-celebrity American, who prefers to stay away from media, and thus not a lot about her has been disclosed. Jonathan and Gennera have fraternal twins together, and she has a stepdaughter from a previous relationship/marriage.
Jonathan hasn’t spoken of other women whom he’s dated – he’s married to his second wife Gennera as of December 2022, and has fraternal twins with her, as well as a daughter with his first wife Marnie Fausch.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Jonathan’s house was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire on 8 November 2018.
He doesn’t have an Instagram account, but there’s a fan account which is today followed by more than 15,000 people, and there are 21 pictures and videos uploaded onto it.
Jonathan’s been physically active since his teenage years, and is a skilled martial artist.
He’s travelled to nearly all of the US states, and has also been to every continent multiple times, with the exception of the Antarctic.
Jonathan’s donated money to a number of charity organizations.
His favorite actors are Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt, and some of his favorite movies are “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, “Now Is Everything” and “The Two Popes”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Jonathan’s age is 75. He has brown eyes and is bald, weighs around 170lbs (76kgs), and is 5ft 8ins (1.74m) tall.
Jonathan’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $5 million, as of December 2022.