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Place of Birth Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birthday 1947-01-31
Also Known As Jonathan Ray Banks


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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.


2018Redbad as Pepijn
2018Incredibles 2 as Rick Dicker (voice)
2018The Commuter as Walt
2017Mudbound as Pappy McAllan
2016Term Life as Harper
2015Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship
2014Horrible Bosses 2 as Detective Hatcher
2014Authors Anonymous as David Kelleher
2014Bullet as Carlito Kane
2013Identity Thief as Paul
2013Watercolor Postcards as Ledball
2012Proud American as Mr. Moretti
2007Reign Over Me as Stelter
2007Murder 101: College Can be Murder as Det. Frank Chambers
2006Puff, Puff, Pass as Lance
2003Bloodline as Leo Killpriest
2002Dark Blue as James Barcomb
2002R.S.V.P. as Walter Franklin
2001Proximity as Price
2001Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as Milos Drubnik
1999Trash as Judge Callum
1999Foolish as Numbers
1999Let The Devil Wear Black as Satch
1998Dollar for the Dead as Col. Skinner
1997A Thousand Men and a Baby as Father O'Riley
1996Harvey as C.J. Lofgren
1996Flipper as Dirk Moran
1996Dark Breed as Joseph Shay
1995Last Man Standing as Doc
1994Body Shot as Simon Devereaux / Blake Donner
1993Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair as Joe Scoman
1993Boiling Point as Max Waxman
1993Blind Side as Aaron
1992There Goes the Neighborhood as Handsome Harry
1992Freejack as Mark Michelette
1991Don't Touch My Daughter as Charles Ryter
1990Honeymoon Academy as Pitt
1988Pin as PIN (voice)
1987Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love as Luke Dickson
1987Cold Steel as Iceman
1986Who Is Julia? as Jack Bodine
1986Armed and Dangerous as Clyde Klepper
1986Assassin as Earl Dickman
1986The Fifth Missile as Ray Olson
1984Beverly Hills Cop as Zack, Maitland's Thug
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as Lizardo Hospital Guard
1984Nadia as Gheorge Comaneci
1984Gremlins as Deputy Brent
1983Murder Me, Murder You as Janos Saracen
198248 Hrs. as Algren
1982Frances as Hitchhiker
1981Gangster Wars as Dutch Schultz
1980Desperate Voyage as Louis
1980Airplane! as Gunderson
1979She's Dressed To Kill as Rudy Striker
1979The Rose
1979The Ordeal of Patty Hearst as Pato
1978Who'll Stop the Rain as Marine
1977The Girl in the Empty Grave as Courtland Gates
1974Linda's Film on Menstruation as Johnny

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