American actor Jonathan Edward Bernthal is best known as Shane Walsh on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead. Besides, he is also prominent for his performance in movies as The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Baby Driver, Wind River, Widows, and Ford v Ferrari.
Recently, Bernthal appeared in Netflix's The Punisher and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here are seven interesting facts to know about Jonathan.
Bernthal is 43 years old as of now; he was born on September 20, 1976. Jonathan stands 5 feet and 11 inches tall (1.8 m) and weighs 77 kg.
He had joined Skidmore College after high-school but eventually dropped out. Heeding the advice of his acting teacher, Alma Becker, he attended the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.
While at Moscow, he was discovered by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater and later obtained his graduate-level certificate in Harvard.
He has two siblings: Nicholas Bernthal, a orthopedic surgeon and professor at UCLA, and Tom Bernthal, an Emmy winning former producer for NBC and CEO of a consulting agency, Kelton Global.
Bernthal was born in Washington, D.C., to a Jewish family. His parents, Joan Lurie and Eric Lawrence "Rick" Bernthal, a formal lawyer, were both from Ashkenazi Jewish families.
Jon's paternal grandfather, Murray Bernthal, was a musician and producer. His great paternal grandfather, Samuel Bernthal, emigrated to New York from Sareth, Buchenland, Austrian Empire.
Jonathan's maternal grandfather was born in Munich, Germany. Other ancestors of Jon were emigrants of Russia, Poland, and Lithuania.
Bernthal's Instagram feed is mostly filled with pictures of his family. He has 2.2 millions followers on Instagram. The 43 years old actor joined Twitter on February 2013, where he has 618.2k followers as of now.
For Jonathan, 2017 was a prolific year, starring in five movies and, at the same time, garnering audience praise as Punisher in the Daredevil. In 2020, he reprised the role of Trigon in animated film, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Currently, Bernthal has five movies that are scheduled to release in 2020 and 2021. He is debuting as a producer in the play Small Engine Repair. Other films in post-production are Those Who Wish Me Dead alongside Angelina Jolie, The Many Saints of Newark along with Vera Farmiga, King Richard along with Will Smith, and Untitled Nora Fingscheidt project with Sandra Bullock.
After a minor role in theater, television, and movies, Bernthal attained critical success after appearing as Shane Walsh in AMC's The Walking Dead. He received $80,000 for every episode in the show.
Following years, Bernthal appeared in commercially successful movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Baby Driver, Ford v Ferrari. His estimated salary per episode in Netflix's Daredevil and its spin-off, The Punisher, is $350,000. Bernthal's successful works in movies and television shows can be credited to his net worth of $8 million.
Bernthal is married to Erin Angle, a trauma nurse, since September 25, 2010. Erin is the niece of former professional wrestler Kurt Angle.
Bernthal and Angel's wedding ceremony was held in Potomac, Maryland, where they were married by Bernthal's acting teacher, Alma Becker.
The couple has three children: Henry Bernthal, born in August 2011, Billy Bernthal, born in January 2013, and Adeline Bernthal, born in February 2015. The family resides in Ojai, California.
Bernthal portrayed the character Frank Castle / Punisher in the Marvel Comics-based television series Daredevil. Punisher was introduced in season second and appeared in altogether twelve episodes. As a matter of fact, Jon is the first American born-actor to play as Frank Castle in a live-action adaption since Thomas Jane.
In April 2016, Netflix ordered a spin-off series of Daredevil that would be centered on the much-loved character Punisher. Bernthal reprised his role in the spin-off, The Punisher, which completed its second season in 2019.
Along with Bernthal, the show featured actors Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Deborah Ann Woll, Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, and Giorgia Whigham.