With a career spanning over five decades, Jonathan Banks has captivated audiences with his stellar performances on screen. Best known for his portrayal of Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Banks has become an icon in the world of acting. But there is much more to this talented actor that you may not know. Let’s take a closer look at his journey and the love that has shaped his life.
A Versatile Maestro
Gruff, intense, and versatile, Jonathan Banks has been a maestro at orchestrating unforgettable performances. His brilliant portrayal of the hitman and fixer “Mike Ehrmantraut” in Breaking Bad remains a fan favorite. But his talent doesn’t stop there. Banks has brought supporting characters to life in shows like Wiseguy, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul, earning him six Emmy nominations. Acting has always been his passion, with dreams of becoming an actor since the age of 5.
The Journey to Stardom
Jonathan Banks’ journey in the acting world began in the mid-1960s when he dropped out of Indiana University to pursue his dreams. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that he started gaining recognition with his role as FBI Special Agent Frank McPike in Wiseguy. From there, he played memorable bad guys in well-received series like TJ Hooker and Simon & Simon. But it was in 2009, when he landed the role of Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad, that his life changed forever.
“Breaking Bad is still considered one of the best TV shows ever made, and Mike’s badass attitude and heartfelt devotion to his granddaughter quickly made him a fan favorite,” said Banks. His portrayal of the character resonated with viewers, and he infused his real-life experiences into bringing Mike to life on screen.
Love and Family
While Jonathan Banks has played tough guys on screen, his personal life has been significantly calmer. He has been married twice and is a father of four. His first marriage ended after two years, but during that time, he welcomed a daughter into the world. It wasn’t until 1988 that he met “the one” – Gennera Gonzalez Cebian. The couple got married in 1990 and had fraternal twins. Banks also gained a stepdaughter from this marriage.
A Love Story for the Ages
Banks describes himself as “wildly lucky” when it comes to his love life. He is head over heels in love with his wife, Gennera, who has made a significant and positive addition to his life. Their love story began in Spain, and they have been inseparable ever since. Gennera’s influence can be felt not only in their love but also in their holiday traditions. Thanksgiving and Christmas have become magical moments filled with love, laughter, and delicious food.
“My wife is from Spain, so when she first came here 30 years ago, she had no idea what Thanksgiving was, but now she makes the best turkey stuffing. Then on Christmas Eve, we have a Spanish Christmas, and the table groans,” shared Banks. Their home is filled with the joy of family coming together, creating cherished memories during the festive season.
A Legacy of Acting Excellence
Jonathan Banks has left an indelible mark on the world of acting. From his early days in the industry to his iconic roles in Breaking Bad and beyond, he has showcased his versatility and depth as an actor. With each scowl and silent moment, he reminds us why he stands as a maestro in the world of acting. As he turns 77, we celebrate his achievements and toast to a remarkable talent who continues to captivate audiences with his incredible performances.