Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Ray Banks appeared as Mike Ehrmantraut for the first time in the second season of Breaking Bad. He then became a series regular for the third, fourth and fifth seasons. For the latter, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Born in Washington, D.C. on January 31, 1947, he attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a classmate of 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 as a stage manager. He went to Australia with the company and continued working with them there.

In 1974 Banks moved to Los Angeles, California, and performed on stage before picking up bit parts on television. His best known film roles are probably those he had 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 character and is killed by the villain, beginning the lead character’s story. In Beverly Hills Cop he plays a villain who kills the lead character’s friend and begins his story. 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.

Jonathan 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 TV series Otherworld, as Kommander Nuveen Kroll, and in the sitcom Fired Up.

He has also made guest appearances on other TV shows such as Alias, CSI, Castle, Day Break, Designing Women, Dexter, Highlander: The Series, Hunter, Matlock, SeaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Women of the House, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Cold Case, Shark, Modern Family, CSI: Miami, Lie to me, Two and a Half Men, Vegas, and Parks and Recreation.


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