Jonathan Banks

31 Jan 1947


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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Filmography (35 titles)

(movie, 2018)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Pepijn)
(movie, 2018)
···Incredibles 2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Rick Dicker (voice))
(movie, 2018)
···The Commuter
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Walt)
(movie, 2017)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Pappy McAllan)
(movie, 2016)
···Term Life
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Harper)
(movie, 2014)
···Horrible Bosses 2
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Detective Hatcher)
(movie, 2014)
···Authors Anonymous
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as David Kelleher)
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carlito Kane)
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carlito Kane)
(movie, 2013)
···Identity Thief
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Paul)
(movie, 2007)
···Reign Over Me
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Stelter)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Milos Drubnik)
(movie, 2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Price)
(movie, 1997)
···A Thousand Men and a Baby
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Father O'Riley)
(movie, 1996)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Dirk Moran)
(movie, 1996)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Dirk Moran)
(movie, 1996)
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as C.J. Lofgren, cab driver)
(movie, 1993)
···Boiling Point
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Max Waxman)
(movie, 1993)
···Blind Side
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Aaron)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joe Scoman)
(movie, 1992)
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Mark Michelette)
(movie, 1991)
···Don't Touch My Daughter
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ryter)
(movie, 1989)
···Honeymoon Academy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Pitt)
(movie, 1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as PIN (voice))
(movie, 1986)
···Armed and Dangerous
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Clyde Klepper)
(movie, 1986)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Earl Dickman)
(movie, 1986)
···The Fifth Missile
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ray Olson)
(movie, 1986)
···Who Is Julia?
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jack Bodine)
(movie, 1984)
···Beverly Hills Cop
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Zack, Maitland's Thug)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Deputy Brent)
(movie, 1983)
···The Invisible Woman
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Darren)
(movie, 1982)
···48 Hrs.
Genre: Thriller, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Algren)
(movie, 1980)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Gunderson)
(movie, 1979)
···The Rose
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor
(movie, 1977)
···The Girl in the Empty Grave
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Courtland Gates)