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Also Known As: Jonathan R Banks Died:
Born: January 31, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, acting teacher

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A capable character actor who projected both menace and sympathy, Jonathan Banks spent the better part of a decade bouncing around in small film and television roles before finally winning notice as Zack, a murderous henchman in the hit action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984). Banks went on to earn both wider recognition and an Emmy Award nomination for his turn as Ken Wahl's cynical boss on the popular crime series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). But instead of taking that next step, Banks continued to struggle in a long stretch of guest appearances without a regular series role, while also being lost in the background in a number of films like "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995) and "Dark Blue" (2003). He did make himself known on the second season of "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) as an FBI agent in pursuit of the Bay Harbor Butcher, but even then he was unable to find that one breakout role that propelled his career. That all changed when he was cast as Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop-turned-drug fixer on the award-winning series "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). Finally, after decades of looking for that one defining role, Banks received the due he so richly deserved while opening new doors for his...

A capable character actor who projected both menace and sympathy, Jonathan Banks spent the better part of a decade bouncing around in small film and television roles before finally winning notice as Zack, a murderous henchman in the hit action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984). Banks went on to earn both wider recognition and an Emmy Award nomination for his turn as Ken Wahl's cynical boss on the popular crime series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). But instead of taking that next step, Banks continued to struggle in a long stretch of guest appearances without a regular series role, while also being lost in the background in a number of films like "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995) and "Dark Blue" (2003). He did make himself known on the second season of "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) as an FBI agent in pursuit of the Bay Harbor Butcher, but even then he was unable to find that one breakout role that propelled his career. That all changed when he was cast as Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop-turned-drug fixer on the award-winning series "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). Finally, after decades of looking for that one defining role, Banks received the due he so richly deserved while opening new doors for his already venerable career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Bullet (2014)
3.
 Identity Thief (2013)
4.
 Proud American (2008)
5.
 Reign Over Me (2007)
6.
 Jam (2007)
7.
 Dark Blue (2003) James Barcomb
8.
 Downward Angel (2001) Herod
9.
 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) Milos Drubnik
10.
 Face to Face (2001)
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1968:
Left college to stage manage company of "Hair"
:
Went to Australia with "Hair"; remained for two years directing companies of "Grease" and "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1974:
Based in Los Angeles as Frid in company of "A Little Night Music" starring Jean Simmons
1975:
Made TV debut in episode of "Barnaby Jones" (date approximate)
1977:
Made feature film debut as "Party Marine" in "Coming Home"
1981:
Played Dutch Schultz in "The Gangster Chronicles" series
1982:
Played Vinnie in "Report to Murphy" series
1984:
Co-starred as Zack in "Beverly Hills Cop"
1985:
Played Kommander Kroll in "Otherworld" series
:
Co-starred as Frank McPike in "Wiseguy" (CBS)
1994:
Wrote "Saturday Night Special", feature film released directly to video
1995:
Co-starred as Scotty in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"
1996:
Reprised role of McPike in "Wiseguy" TV-movie on ABC
:
Co-starred in the NBC sitcom "Fired Up"
2001:
Appeared in "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles"
2003:
Played a high-ranking cop in "Dark Blue"
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Education

Indiana University: Bloomington , Indiana -

Notes

During the mid-70s, Banks taught acting to inmates at the Terminal Island Federal Penitentiary in Los Angeles.

Banks coached a little league team in Beverly Hills in the late 80s. His assistant coach was actor James Caan.

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wife:
Marnie Fausch.
wife:
Genara Gonzalez Cebian. Actor, gym manager. Spanish; born c. 1957; met Banks on set of "For Better, For Worse".

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daughter:
Joanna Rae Morgan. Born c. 1969; mother, Banks' first wife; married.
step-daughter:
Ruth Garcia.
son:
Claudio Jonhenry Banks. Twin of Rebecca; born in July 1994; mother, Genara Banks.
daughter:
Rebecca Elena Banks. Twin of Claudio; born in July 1994; mother, Genara Banks.
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