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Jonathan Banks

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Birth dateJanuary 31, 1947(age 69)
Place of birthWashington, D.C., U.S.
SpouseGennera Banks (1990-present)
Marnie Fausch Banks (1968-1970) (divorced)

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Jonathan Ray Banks (born January 31, 1947) is an American actor in film and television.

Banks was born in Washington, D.C. in 1947. His mother worked for the CIA. Banks attended Indiana University Bloomington where he was a classmate of Kevin Kline. During that time, they participated together in a production of The Threepenny Opera.

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, Walker Texas Ranger, Dexter, ER, Cold Case, Shark, and Modern Family.

In the second season finale of Breaking Bad, Banks appeared in a scene-stealing role as a 'fixer' named Mike. Positive reaction to this appearance led to this character becoming a series regular for the third season, including a memorable and critically acclaimed monologue in the penultimate episode of that season. Banks' Mike has continued to appear during the fourth season.

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