Jonathan Ray Banks (born January 31, 1947 in Washington, DC) is an American actor. With his hangdog expression and gruff, deep voice, Banks is often cast as authority figures on both sides of the law, sinister figures or otherwise extremely deadpan characters. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane!, 48 Hours, and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his roles in the TV shows Wiseguy, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.
- 1980 Airplane! as Gunderson
- 1980 Stir Crazy as Jack Graham
- 1982 48 Hours as Algren
- 1984 Gremlins as Deputy Brent
- 1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as Lizardo Hospital Guard
- 1984 Beverly Hills Cop as Zack
- 1992 Freejack as Mark Michelette
- 1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as Scotty
- 1996 Flipper as Dirk Moran
- 2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as Milos Drubnik
- 2002 Dark Blue as James Barcomb
- 2007 Reign Over Me as Stelter
- 2013 Identity Thief as Paolo
- 2017 Mudbound as Pappy McAllan
- 2018 The Commuter as Walt
- 2018 Incredibles 2 as Rick Dicker (voice)note
- 1985 Otherworld as Kommander Nuveen Kroll
- 19871990 Wiseguy as Frank McPike
- 1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Battle Lines" as Golin Shel-la
- 1994: Highlander, as Mako in the season 2 episode "Under Color of Authority"
- 19971998 Fired Up 1997 as Guy Mann
- 2000 The Trouble With Normal as Dr. Lowell
- 20062007 Day Break as Shadow Man / Conrad Detweiler
- 2007 Dexter as FBI Deputy Director Max Adams
- Breaking Bad as Mike Ehrmantraut
- 2014 Community as Buzz Hickey
- 2015 Gravity Falls as Filbrick Pines (voice)
- 2016 Skylanders Academy as Eruptor (voice)
- 20172020 Tangled: The Series as Quirin (voice)
- 2020 F is for Family as Big Bill Murphy (voice)
Video Game Roles
- 2015 Batman: Arkham Knight as Commissioner James Gordon (voice)
- Badass Baritone: Has an impressively deep and raspy voice.
- Chronically Killed Actor: And he's very aware of it.I've died so many times. I'm 65. On my 40th birthday, my girlfriend gave me a reel with ways I had died, whether it was by knife, or electrocution or drowning or being thrown off a building or whatever it might have been. I've died a lot of times!
- He Also Did: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver brought attention to a 1974 sex ed video where he played the boyfriend of a girl who just got her first period (and he showed up at the end of the episode to refute its implication that getting a period makes you good at bowling).