Facts About Jonathan Banks Every Breaking Bad Fan Should Know


Jonathan Banks is best known for his role of Mike Ehrmantraut in the wildly popular television series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Mike is old man you don’t wanna mess with. His strong, intense looks can make you shat in pants. He’s a tough guy and only cares about his granddaughter.
This role requires someone who looks badass and when Breaking Bad was to be made, Jonathan Banks was the person the produces zeroed down to.

In this post, you will know about some of the interesting facts about Jonathan Banks that most people don’t know.

1. Jonathan has been awarded with an honorary doctoral degree by Indiana University-

Years ago, Jonathan was a student at the Indiana state University, but later dropped out of it to join a touring company as a stage manager. In March 2016, Indiana University awarded him with an honorary doctoral degree of Human Letters. Indiana University is the first University to honour Jonathan. In fact, Jonathan’s mother studied and later taught at Indiana University and his two daughters are also graduates of Indiana University.


2. He has been type casted as a villain in real life too-

Over the course of his professional acting career, Jonathan Banks has played roles that portrayed him in the role of a bad guy, all thanks to his intense looks. But, he has been seen as a bad guy in real life too!

In an interview with Newsday, Jonathan admitted that in his early years, he was seen as a bad guy, all because of his looks.

He quoted “I’m not very pretty. Even when I was a youngster, back in D.C., at 18 you could drink, even at 18 I could walk into a bar and have no idea I wanted to get into a fight, and someone would come over and away we’d go. I just have that kind of look.”


3. Breaking Bad made him famous-

Actor Jonathan Banks is in the acting industry from the year 1976, but he was not much famous until “Breaking Bad” happened in the year 2009. Before that, Jonathan played negative roles in movies and television series.


4. He has been nominated for Emmy Award thrice, but has never won any-

Jonathan Banks is an industry veteran and it is natural that he would have won many awards. Emmy awards are the Oscars of Television shows. Jonathan has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards thrice (1989, 2013 and 2016)

He lost the first two Emmy Award and the results of third Emmy Awards is awaited.

We hope that this time Jonathan wins it.


5. He has appeared in “Two and a Half Men” and “Modern Family”-

Many people might have not noticed it, but Jonathan Banks has appeared in the very popular television series “Two and a Half Men” and “Modern Family”. He played the character of a Pawn Broker in Two and a Half Men; and the role of Donnie Pritchett in Modern Family.


6. He is emotional too-

Often people think that the actors are same as the role they play. But this is not true for Jonathan. His character of Mike in Breaking Bad as well as Better call Saul is a bad ass killer who never forgives anybody.

During the filming of as very intense scene in Better call Saul, Jonathan got emotional because of the intensity of his character.

He was quoted saying in an interview with the Guardian “I’ve had friends that have lost children and I look at them and I don’t know how they survived.” Incidentally, this scene got him nominated for the 2016 Prime time Emmy Awards.


In reality, Jonathan Banks is a nice guy who has a soft heart behind his tough looks. We hope he wins the Prime time Emmy Awards this time.