Jon Bernthal –

Bernthal in The Walking Dead.

About Jon Bernthal (1976 – ____)

Jonathan Edward "Jon" Bernthal was born and raised in Washington, D.C., to Joan Lurie (née Marx) and Eric Lawrence "Rick" Bernthal, a lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP. His paternal grandfather was musician and producer Murray Bernthal. He has two brothers, Nicholas and Thomas. His family is Jewish.

After high school, Bernthal briefly studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and later attended The School of Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. During his time there, he played catcher on a semi-professional baseball team.

Bernthal was discovered by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated in 2002 from the American Repertory Theater with a Master of Fine Arts.

Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company, Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series such as Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. Bernthal booked his first regular role on a television series with the sitcom The Class, which was created by Friends co-creator David Crane. The show was cancelled after only one season. After this, he had roles in films such as World Trade Center and Day Zero.

In 2009, Bernthal had a supporting role in the Ben Stiller comedy film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as mobster Al Capone. The same year, he became a series regular on the television series Eastwick, which was cancelled after only one season.

In 2010, Bernthal portrayed Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Bernthal portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012 and was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards for his performance. That same year, he guest starred in an episode of NBC's legal comedy-drama series Harry's Law as Lucas Trassino. In 2013, he appeared in the crime drama film Snitch.

Bernthal reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City, in which he portrayed Joe Teague, a police officer working in a corrupt 1940s Los Angeles, which was subsequently cancelled after one season. He also had supporting roles in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and the sports comedy film Grudge Match (2013). He played southerner Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis in the 2014 World War II film Fury, opposite Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Logan Lerman.

Bernthal appears as a playable character in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a downloadable game mode "Exo Zombies". Bernthal next co-starred in Denis Villeneuve's action drama film Sicario, opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which won numerous awards and received positive reviews from critics.

In June 2015, Marvel announced that Bernthal would portray Frank Castle / The Punisher in the second season of Netflix's superhero series Daredevil, which was released on March 18, 2016. and is set to reprise the latter role in the Netflix series The Punisher.

In 2017, he appeared in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a crime comedy in which he played Griff. Also in 2017, he starred in Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut Wind River, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He will star in the Irish action thriller film Pilgrimage, alongside Tom Holland and Richard Armitage.

Bernthal married Erin Angle, the niece of professional wrestler Kurt Angle, on September 25, 2010 in Potomac, Maryland. They have two sons, Henry and Billy (born August 2011 and February 2013), and a daughter, Adeline (born February 2015). Bernthal is a cousin of Adam Schlesinger, bassist of the band Fountains of Wayne.

Together with his brother Nicholas, an orthopedic surgeon at UCLA, Bernthal runs a nonprofit organization called Drops Fill Buckets, described as an "impact-driven, entrepreneurial approach to making a difference".

Jon Bernthal's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2004Tony n' Tina's WeddingDominic Fabrizzi
2004Revenge of the Middle-Aged WomanMan in Office
2006World Trade CenterChristopher Amoroso
2007The Air I BreatheInterviewer
2007Day ZeroJames Dixon
2008Bar StarzDonnie Pitron
2008A Line in the SandBanzai
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianAl Capone
2010The Ghost WriterRick Ricardelli
2010Date NightYoung Man
2012RampartDan Morone
2013SnitchDaniel James
2013The Wolf of Wall StreetBrad Bodnick
2013Grudge MatchB. J. Rose
2014FuryGrady "Coon-Ass" Travis
2015Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMr. McCarthy
2015We Are Your FriendsPaige Morrell
2016Justice League vs. Teen TitansTrigon (voice)
2016The AccountantBraxton Wolff
2016The EscapeHolt
2017Wind River
2017Baby DriverGriff
2017PilgrimageThe Mute
2017Shot Caller
2017Sweet VirginiaSam
2017Viena and The Fantomes

Jon Bernthal's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentLane Ruddock
2004Without a TraceAlex Genya
2004Dr. VegasGreg
2004Boston LegalMichael Shea
2005Jonny ZeroBrett Parish
2005CSI: MiamiHarry Klugman
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSherm Hempell
2005How I Met Your MotherCarlos
2006–2007The ClassDuncan Carmello
2009–2010EastwickRaymond Gardener
2010Numb3rsMike Nash
2010The PacificSgt. Manuel Rodriguez
2010–2012The Walking DeadShane Walsh
2012Harry's LawLucas Trassino
2012Robot ChickenVarious voices
2013Mob CityJoe Teague
2015Show Me a HeroMichael H. Sussman
2015SuperMansionRat-A-Pult (voice)
2016DaredevilFrank Castle / Punisher

Memorable Quotes by Jon Bernthal

“ I mean, I hate when actors talk about how hard their job is. It's ridiculous, because we have the best job in the world. ”

“ I don't tweet. ”

“ If you can figure out how to get paid to do something you love, that's the dream. ”

“ I've never been a big gore guy. ”

“ I think it helps, as an actor, to never know when you're going to get that next script and you're done. ”

“ I did come to L.A. to try to get on TV and get in front of a camera, so I could have a stage career in New York. ”

Things You May Not Know About Jon Bernthal

He is the first live action actor to portray Frank Castle/The Punisher who was born after the character was created.

His nose has been broken a reported 13 times to date (2016).

Appears as Frank Castle in the TV series "Daredevil" plus starred with the original "Daredevil" movie star Ben Affleck in "The Accountant" (2016).

His parents are both from Ashkenazi Jewish families (Jon's maternal grandfather was born in Munich, Germany, and Jon's other ancestors immigrated from Austria, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania).

He is the first American born actor in 12 years to portray Frank Castle/The Punisher in a live action adaption.

One of Jon's two brothers is Tom Bernthal, a 3-time Emmy Award winning former producer for NBC and the founder and CEO of Kelton Global, a business consulting firm.

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Jon Bernthal in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)... bottom picture with Leonardo DiCaprio.
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As Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead (2010-2012)... first, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth pictures with Andrew Lincoln... second picture with Chandler Riggs... third picture with Laurie Holden and Irone Singleton... tenth and twelfth pictures with Sarah Wayne Callies...
Jon Bernthal, right, in The Pacific (2010).
Bernthal in The Accountant (2016).
In Snitch (2013).
Bernthal, Christopher Guest, and Alain Chabat in
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).
In Mob City (2013)... bottom picture with Milo Ventimiglia.
With Robert De Niro in Grudge Match (2013).
In Fury (2014)... with Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña
in third picture... with LaBeouf, Lerman, Peña, and Brad Pitt in bottom picture.
In Eastwick (2009-2010)... bottom picture with Paul Gross and Jaime Ray Newman
Jon Bernthal in Daredevil (2016).