Jon Bernthal

Active - 2004 - Present  |   Born - Sep 20, 1976 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Comedy Drama, Mystery

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Actor Jon Bernthal went to great lengths to learn his craft, moving from his native Washington, D.C., to Russia where he attended the Moscow Art Theatre School. Following his return to the U.S., Bernthal then obtained his M.F.A. from Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre. After graduating, he pursued a career in theater, appearing in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, before he began transitioning into onscreen work with appearances on shows like Boston Legal and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, Bernthal was cast in a starring role on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Class, after which he appeared alongside Elijah Wood in the indie feature Day Zero.

Berenthal scored the part of Al Capone in the sequel to the mega-successful Night at the Museum, and he had his most high-profile success to that point in 2010 when he was cast as Shane in the AMC zombie series The Living Dead. He also appeared in Oren Moverman's sophomore film, the cop drama Rampart.

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  • Played professional baseball in Russia while attending the Moscow Art Theatre School.
  • Member of Fovea Floods Theater, a contemporary theater company founded in 1998 by fellow students and alumni of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Portrayed fallen police officer Christopher Amoroso in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, a 2006 drama about the collapse of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Was a 2011 Breakout Performance nominee on Spike's Scream Awards for his work on The Walking Dead.
  • Helped found Drops Fill Buckets, a charity organization which assisted an orphanage in Kenya.