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Seven Facts of Better Call Saul Actor Jonathan Banks: Earnings From Television Show, His Work in the 1980s, & Personal Life

Dahlia Published On Wed Apr 15 2020   Modified On Wed Apr 15 2020
Seven Facts of Better Call Saul Actor Jonathan Banks: Earnings From Television Show, His Work in the 1980s, & Personal Life

Jonathan Ray Banks developed an interest in acting and stage work from an early age. With unwavering commitment and hard-work, Banks has crafted several memorable roles on both stage and big-screen. 

His almost five-decade spanning acting career has earned him admiration from both critics and colleagues. While Jonathan did not achieve overnight success, he has continuously perfected his skill as an actor, bringing versatility in each of his characters. Today, Banks is considered one of the most influential supporting actors of the present generation. Here we will discover some exciting facts of the veteran actor.

7. How old is Jonathan Banks?

Born on January 31, 1947, Jonathan Banks is 73 years old as of 2020. He stands 5 feet and 8½ inches tall (1.74 m) and is from Washington, D.C.

His mother, Elena Adams Bank, worked as a secretary in various federal government offices, including the CIA. She raised him as a single mother. Elena was also a professor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Jonathan's grandfather, Henry Sherman Adams, was a Monroe County farmer and stonecutter.

6. Was Classmate of actor Kevin Kline

After graduating from high school in 1966, Jonathan joined Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a contemporary of a fellow student and Academy award recipient Kevin Kline. Banks and Kline even appeared together in the stage production of The Threepenny Opera. 

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Jonathan dropped out of the University shortly after making the Dean’s List. He later joined the Hair touring company as a stage manager. Though he never completed his IU degree, Banks received an honorary doctoral degree during the annual IU Bloomington Honors Convocation in April 2016. 

5. Achieved Notability with Airplane!

Banks gained significant recognition after appearing as Gunderson in the parody film Airplane! in 1980. The movie achieved critical and financial success, grossing $158 million worldwide with a budget of $3.5 million. 

Jonathan appeared in several box office hits after Airplane!. In 1982, he played Detective Algren in the action comedy film 48 Hrs., which collected $78.9 million against the budget of $12 million. 

Two years later, Jonathan appeared in a supporting role in action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop, which became the highest-grossing film of 1984, with a box-office collection of $316.4 million.

4. Was Paid a Substantial Amount for Better Call Saul 

Jonathan Banks received $100,000 per episode for his portrayal of Mike Ehrmantraut in the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, according to Variety. 

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Jonathan Banks at the red carpet of SAG Awards in 2019. Source: Vogue

Jonathan's character is seen as the former Philadelphia police officer and hitman in the show. The amount he received in the series is slightly more than This is Us cast Sterling K. Brown and Justin Hartley. 

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Banks received $65,000 per episode for the first season of Better Call Saul as a supporting actor. 

3. Has a Net Worth of $4 Million

Banks made his television debut with series Barnaby Jones in 1976. Since then, he has appeared in dozens of television series including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dexter, Castle, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, and Parks and Recreation. 

The 73 years old actor made his big-screen debut in 1977 with drama film The Night They Took Miss Beautiful. Until now, he has appeared in altogether 47 movies, including the $1.243 billion-garnering computer-animated superhero film Incredibles 2. 

Besides, Banks also appeared in video games like Batman: Arkham Knight and Lego The Incredibles. The veteran actor has held nearly 200 acting roles, which can be credited to his net worth of $4 million.

2. Has A Twins With Second Wife

Jonathan is married to Genara Gonzalez Cebian Banks since 1990. Genara is an actress and gym manager who reportedly met Jonathan at the set of Honeymoon Academy, also titled For Better or for Worse.


Jonathan Banks and Genara Banks
Jonathan Banks and his wife Genara Banks at the Emmy awards. Source: PopSugar

Genara and Jonathan have a fraternal twin together: son 
Claudio Jon Henry Banks and daughter Rebecca Elena Banks. Jonathan is also the stepfather of Genara's daughter, Ruth Garcia Novoseletsky.

The 73 years old actor married his first wife, Marnie Fausch, on September 9, 1968. They have a daughter, Joanna Rae Banks Morgan, born on 1969. The following year, Marnie and Jonathan ended their marriage.

A piece of trivia- his step-daughter is an IU graduate, and another daughter, Rebecca, studied at The Media School of IU. Jonathan's grandfather had helped in laying the foundation of Franklin Hall, which is now the home of The Media School.

1. Earned Emmy Nominations for the Same Character in Two Different Shows

Banks played as Mike Ehrmantraut in the critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad from 2009 to 2012. For his performance in the series, Jonathan received a Emmy nomination in the category of outstanding supporting actor. 

The 73 years old actor reprised the role in the television series Better Call Saul, which is a prequel and spin-off of Breaking Bad. The series which premiered in 2015, led Jonathan to earn yet another Emmy nomination for the same category. As of now, Banks has been nominated five times at Emmy for playing as Mike Ehrmantraut. 

Interestingly, Banks is first and one of only two characters to appear in Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. 

Along with Jonathan Banks, the spin-off features actors like Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Michael McKean, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Dalton, and many more.