Jon Bernthal has certainly experienced a surge of success in recent years. The actor is perhaps best known for playing Frank Castle in the Marvel-Netflix television shows Daredevil and The Punisher. In both shows, his character is a vigilante who lost his wife and two children and takes it upon himself to fight crime by any means necessary, while also tracking down the murderers of his family.
Jon’s portrayal of the Frank Castle character was simultaneously sympathetic and lethal, which was probably why the character was so well-received. When the character first appeared in Daredevil, he was immediately a fan-favourite and a darling of the critics, so much so that the network immediately greenlighted his own spin-off show, The Punisher.
Jon also appeared in the hit AMC television show The Walking Dead as Shane Walsh. He was a part of the show’s first set of cast members which also included Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs and Jeffrey DeMunn.
The actor also showed his comedic skills when he was cast in the 2006 television series The Class as Duncan Carmello. The series also starred Jason Ritter, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Andrea Anders, Sean Maguire and Lucy Punch.
Jon Bernthal has also appeared in several top grossing movies including Baby Driver, The Accountant, Fury, Sicario and The Wolf of Wall Street. If this proves anything, it’s that Jon is incredibly talented and diverse in his acting range and abilities.
Bio, Age & Ethnicity
Jonathan Edward Bernthal was born to Joan and Eric Bernthal on the 20th of September, 1976 in Washington D.C. Jon is of Jewish ethnicity and also has a Russian, Polish and German heritage.
The actor grew up in Cabin John, Maryland and attended Sidwell Friends School, where he graduated from in 1995. Other notable Alumni of the Sidwell Friends School includes Ana Gasteyer, Bill Nye, Chelsea Clinton and Malia Obama.
He also attended Skidmore College in New York after high school but eventually dropped out. At the advice of his acting teacher at Skidmore, he joined the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. While in Russia, he joined a professional Russian baseball team as a catcher.
Jon has frequently referred to his younger self as a “troublemaker”.
Brothers & Family
His father is a former lawyer and the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the US Humane Society, an American non-profit organization. His grandfather was Murray Bernthal – a violin prodigy, a musician and producer. Jon also has two brothers – Thomas, who was a producer for NBC News and now the founder and CEO of Kelton Global, A business consulting firm; and Nicholas, who is an Orthopedic Surgeon at UCLA.
Jon and Nicholas run ‘Drops Fill Buckets’ together. Drops Fill Buckets is a non-profit organization which is described as an entrepreneurial approach to making a difference.
Jon is also related to Adam Schlesinger, the bassist and songwriter of the American rock band – Fountains of Wayne, best known for their song Stacy’s Mom.
Jon Bernthal Wife & Kids
On the 25th of September, 2010, Jon married Erin Angle, a trauma nurse. The two got married in Potomac, Maryland. The sweethearts were married by Alma Becker – Jon’s acting teacher at Skidmore College who advised him to join the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.
The happily married couple presently has three children together – Henry, who was born in August 2011; Billy, who was born in January 2013 and Adeline, who was born in February 2015. Jon, Erin and their children currently live in Ojai, California.
Erin is the niece of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Kurt Angle.
Jon is an advocate for pit bull ownership, seeing as his family owns three pit bulls. He is also a spokesperson for Animal Farm Foundation, which rescues pit bulls and also promotes the equal treatment of pit bulls.
Jon’s dogs occasionally accompany him on set and two of his dogs have even appeared in his 2012 film, Rampart.
Height, Weight & Body Stats
Jon Bernthal is known to always be in excellent shape. The actor currently weighs 84kgs (185lbs) and is 5ft 11in or 180 cm tall. His other body measurements include Chest – 45in, Arms / Biceps – 16in and Waist – 34in.
In order to stay in excellent shape, the actor adopts an intense workout regimen which includes strength training in the morning such as bench presses, squats, pull ups and power cleans. He also adds Brazilian jiu-jitsu to his afternoon routines.
All of these are accompanied by a strict diet of lean meat and vegetables throughout the day.