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Overview (2)

Born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jon Bernthal was born and raised in Washington D.C., the son of Joan (Marx) and Eric Bernthal, a lawyer. His grandfather was musician Murray Bernthal. Jon went to study at The Moscow Art Theatre School, in Moscow, Russia, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional baseball federation. While in Moscow, he was noticed by the director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre and was invited to obtain his M.F.A there. After graduating in 2002 he has performed in over 30 plays regionally and off-Broadway including many with his own award-winning theatre company Fovea Floods. He now lives in Venice, California with his dog, Boss.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: pdid

Family (4)

Spouse Erin Angle (25 September 2010 - present)  (3 children)
Children Bernthal, Adeline
Bernthal, Billy
Bernthal, Henry
Parents Marx, Joan
Bernthal, Eric
Relatives Adam Schlesinger (cousin)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays emotionally damaged characters
Often plays short-tempered characters

Trivia (11)

His parents are both from Ashkenazi Jewish families (Jon's maternal grandfather was born in Munich, Germany, and Jon's other ancestors emigrated from Austria, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania).
He is the first live action actor to portray Frank Castle/The Punisher who was born after the character was created, the year 1974.
He is the first American born-actor to portray Frank Castle/The Punisher in a live-action adaption in 12 years, since Thomas Jane.
One of Jon's two brothers is Tom Bernthal, a three-time Emmy Award-winning former producer for NBC and the founder and CEO of Kelton Global, a business consulting firm.
His nose has been broken a reported 13 times to date (2016).
Appears as Frank Castle in the TV series Daredevil (2015) plus starred with the original Daredevil (2003) movie star Ben Affleck in The Accountant (2016).
His favorite films are The Silence of the Lambs (1991), D.C. Cab (1983), A Prophet (2009), Goodfellas (1990) and True Romance (1993).
Bernthal cites the event in 2009 as the epiphany that made him change his life. In 2009 a drunk man grabbed his dog. Afterwards the man and some of his buddies started following him home. After Bernthal warned him off and they didn't listen, Bernthal punched him in the face and was taken in to the police station as a consequence. The injured man woke up, later and witnesses came forward to say that he had menaced Bernthal before the actor punched him.
First cousin of Adam Schlesinger, of Fountains of Wayne. His father and Adam's mother are siblings.
Married to Erin Angle, niece of Olympic Gold Medalist (wrestling) and former WWE and TNA Champion Kurt Angle since 2010.
As of 2022, he has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Ford v Ferrari (2019) and King Richard (2021).

Personal Quotes (15)

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.
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.
Bugs have always loved me.
If you can figure out how to get paid to do something you love, that's the dream.
You know, I love the South.
Let's just say I'm a physical guy.
I've never been a big gore guy.
I'm not a big shopper.
I think it helps, as an actor, to never know when you're going to get that next script and you're done.
I played sports in high school and in college.
I played baseball in college, and then I went to Russia to study acting and played some pro ball over there.
(On working with Kevin Spacey on Baby Driver (2017)) Going on to that set and working with him, I wasn't there much, but when I was there, he really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought he was a bit of a bully. I didn't really care for the way he was behaving toward some of the other people on set. I remember at the time thinking, 'Man, if that was a woman that he was talking to, I would've done something, I would've said something'. I was really happy to sort of get out of there for that reason, and I just remember losing a ton of respect for him. I think it would be weak of me to sort of pile on about some shit that I don't know about, but the kind of man he was when I saw him, working with him, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed.
[on The Punisher] It's a character that's resonated deeply with members of law enforcement and the military, and that's something I take super seriously, along with the comic book fans. As far as the comic book fans are concerned, one of the true pleasures for me in this was the research and going all over the country, going from comic book store to comic book store and eating up as much of this as I possibly could.
[on The Punisher] When they announced that I was going to be playing the part, I went to a comic book store in Ventura and there was a guy smoking a cigarette, there was no one in the store, he was sitting outside and he was like "can I help you?" and he didn't even look up. And I said "yeah, man, I'm just looking for some Punisher comics" and he's like "yeah, we don't have much since the announcement"[...] And then he looked up and said "whoa, it's you!" And he was so cool and so helpful and he said "you need to read this, this, and this" and he gave it to me for free! But then I went to New York. I go into a comic book store in Brooklyn. I go in and I get a whole stack and I go up to buy them and [the clerk] looks at me, and he goes "yeah, I know who you are." And I go "okay, cool, man; I just want to buy these comics." He goes "no you don't, you're not taking this, you're not taking this, you're not taking this, you're not taking this; you need to read this, this, this, and this!" And I said "okay, dude" and he's like "do not mess this up!"

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