Famed for his portrayal of The Punisher in Marvel’s TV series of the same name, Jon Bernthal stars in ‘We Own This City‘, as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the central figure in the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). The HBO drama details the real story of corruption that took place in the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. The first episode of the six-part limited series premieres on April 25. Bernthal found critical success portraying Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont‘s The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012.
Let’s take a look at some of Jon Bernthal’s amazing performances from playing tennis coach to Venus and Serena Williams in ‘King Richard’ to a civil rights attorney and former federal prosecutor in the HBO miniseries ‘We Own This City’.
King Richard (2021)
Jon Bernthal starred as Rick Macci, tennis coach to Venus and Serena Williams alongside Will Smith who won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at this year’s Academy Awards in the movie ‘King Richard’, which looks at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams. Smith played the role of Richard Williams, who was armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan. Venus and Serena’s father, Richard, was determined to write his daughters into history.
“Training on Compton, California’s neglected tennis courts–rain or shine–the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them Based on the true story that will inspire the world,” states Rotten Tomatoes.
The film follows the uplifting journey of a family. Their unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately deliver two of the world’s greatest sports legends – Venus and Serena Williams. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bernthal trained for three hours a day to play tennis coach Rick Macci and lost 30 pounds. “I would learn the game of tennis, but then I also got to learn how to coach,” he said. He ended up actually coaching in character when the cameras weren’t rolling, as per IndieWire.
Cast: Will Smith (‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘I Am Legend’) as Richard Williams, Jon Bernthal as Rick Macci, Aunjanue Ellis (‘Lovecraft County’, ‘Men of Honor’) as Brandi Williams, Saniyya Sidney (‘The Passage’, ‘Hidden Figures’) as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (‘Godfather of Harlem’, ‘Goldie’), and Tony Goldwyn (‘Scandal’, ‘Tarzan’), among others.
Find ‘King Richard’ on: HBO Max | Spectrum on Demand
‘Fury’ is set in April 1945. The Allies made their final push in the European theater, and a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier led a Sherman tank and a five-man crew. Collier undertakes a deadly mission behind enemy lines as he is hopelessly outnumbered, outgunned and saddled with an inexperienced soldier in their midst.
Don and his men face overwhelming odds as they move to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Bernthal took on the role of Grady Travis and underwent rigorous physical and psychological preparation during the filming of Fury. As per Collider, Ayer “punched Bernthal, who has broken his nose 14 times, directly in the face on the first day of filming!”
Cast: Brad Pitt (‘Fight Club’, ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood’) as Wardaddy, Logan Lerman (‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’, ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’), Michael Peña (‘Narcos: Mexico’, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’), Jon Bernthal as Glady Travis, Alicia von Rittberg (‘Charité’), among others.
Find ‘Fury’ on: AMC Plus
The Unforgivable (2021)
In ‘The Unforgivable’, Sandra Bullocks transforms into Ruth Slater. Slater is a woman released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime. When she re-enters society, they refuse to forgive her past. She searches for her little sister she was forced to leave behind. Jon Bernthal plays Blake in the Netflix film who is a coworker of Ruth’s at the fish factory. He grows closer over the course of ‘The Unforgivable’ and eventually becomes a brief love interest.
Cast: Sandra Bullock (‘Bird Box’, ‘Ocean’s 8’) as Ruth Slater, Jon Bernthal as Blake, Aisling Franciosi (‘The Fall’, ‘Game of Thrones’) as Katherine Malcolm, Richard Thomas (‘The Waltons’) as Micheal Malcolm, Vincentt D’Onofrio (‘Daredevil’, ‘Men in Black’) as John Ingram, Viola Davis (‘How to Get Away With Murder’, ‘The Help’) as Liz Ingram, and Rob Morgan (‘Mudbound’, ‘Just Mercy’) as Vincent Cross, among others.
Watch ‘The Unforgivable’ on: Netflix
The Wolf of the Wall Street (2013)
‘The Wolf of the Wall Street’ is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. It takes the viewers from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. In the film set in 1987, Jordan Belfort takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. But by the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, he founded his own firm, Stratton Oakmont.
Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. He does this together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers. While Jordan and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess. Bernthal played Brad Bodnick. Bodnick was a small-time drug dealer and friend of Belfort.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Titanic’, ‘The Revenant’) as Jordan Belfort, Jonah Hill (‘21 Jump Street’, ‘Don’t Look Up’) as Donnie Azoff, Margot Robbie (‘The Suicide Squad’, ‘I, Tonya’) as Naomi Lapaglia, Matthew McConaughey (‘Interstellar’, ‘The Gentlemen’) as Mark Hanna, Jon Bernthal as Brad, and Kyle Chandler (‘Bloodline’, ‘Manchester By the Sea’) as Patrick Denham, among others.
Find ‘The Wolf of the Wall Street’ on: Amazon Prime Video | Showtime
The Accountant (2016)
‘The Accountant’ sees Bernthal play the role of the protagonist’s (Christian’s) younger brother. He is the secondary antagonist and a hitman in the film. Christian Wolff is a mathematics savant in the 2016 film ‘The Accountant’. He has more affinity for numbers than people and uses a small-town CPA office as a cover.
He does this in order to make his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. A Treasury agent hot on his heels. Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client and gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars. The body count starts to rise.
Cast: Ben Affleck (‘Gone Girl’, ‘Goodwill Hunting’) as Christian Wolff, Anna Kendrick (‘Pitch Perfect’, ‘A Simple Favor’) as Dana Cummings, J.K. Simmons (‘Whiplash’, ‘Spider-Man’) as Ray King, Jon Bernthal as Brax, Cynthia Addai-Robinson (‘Shooter’) as Marybeth Medina, John Lithgow (‘3rd Rock From the Sun’) as Lamar Blackburn, and Jean Smart (‘Hacks’, ‘Mare of Easttown’), among others.
Find ‘The Accountant’ on: Netflix | Amazon Prime Video
Ford vs Ferrari (2019)
“American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966,” states Rotten Tomatoes.
“It was a lot of fun for me. I love the books, I loved all the articles I read. I watched tons of interviews and TV segments with him. Almost all of that was from 30 years after, when our film is set, so in the bulk of video of Lee, he’s just so confident and achieved,” Bernthal said, speaking to Entertainment Weekly when speaking about the preparation to channel Lee Iacocca, the visionary automaker who ran the Ford Motor Company.
Cast: Christian Bale (‘Dark Knight’, ‘American Psycho’) as Ken Miles, Matt Damon (‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘The Martian’) as Carroll Shelby, Caitríona Balfe (‘Outlander’, ‘Belfast’) as Mollie Miles, Jon Bernthal as Lee lacocca, Josh Lucas (‘Glory Road’, ‘Red Dog’) as Leo Beebe, Noah Jupe (‘A Quiet Life’, ‘Wonder’) as Peter Miles, and Tracy Letts (‘August: Osage County’, ‘Lady Bird’) as Henry Ford II, among others.
Find ‘Ford vs Ferrari’ on: Spectrum on Demand | Hotstar
Shot Caller (2017)
In the 2017 film ‘Shot Caller’, a gang member is recently released from prison. He finds himself forced by his leaders to orchestrate a major crime with a rival gang in which Jon Bernthal played a hardened criminal named Frank “Shotgun”. Jacob, the aforementioned gang member, meets Frank while on the inside. Jon’s character eases him into a life of crime in order to survive.
To prepare for the role, Bernthal said he went into prison and “spent time with several people who have been in and out of the system,” according to Insider. “Not only were we able to go inside [the prison], but there was a specific guy I was able to have access to,” said Bernthal. Bernthal said they met in secret locations to go over his dialogue in the film to make sure the lines felt authentic.
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (‘Game of Thrones’), Jon Bernthal as Frank, Lake Bell (‘No Escape’, ‘What Happens in Vegas’) as Kate Harlton, Omari Hardwick (‘Power’, ‘Pieces of Her’) as Kutcher, Holt McCallany (‘Mindhunter’, ‘Nightmare Alley’) as The Beast, and Jeffrey Donovan (‘Burn Notice’, ‘Wrath of Man’) as Bottles, among others.
Watch ‘Shot Caller’ on: Netflix | Amazon Prime Video
‘Daredevil’ is the first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe. It follows Matt Murdock, an attorney by day and vigilante by night who was blinded in an accident as a child.
Matt uses his heightened senses as Daredevil to fight crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. While his day job requires him to believe in the criminal justice system, his alter ego does not follow suit. This leads him to take the law into his own hands to protect his Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities. The second season of the show introduced Frank Castle (aka, The Punisher) played by Jon Bernthal.
Cast: Charlie Cox (‘Stardust’, ‘The Theory of Everything’) as Matt Murdock, Deborah Ann Woll (‘Escape Room’, ‘True Blood’) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (‘The Butterfly Effect’, ‘The Mighty’) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (‘Men in Black’, ‘The Unforgivable’) as Kingpin, Jon Bernthal as Punisher, Wilson Bethel (‘Hart of Dixie’) as Bullseye, Jay Ali as Rahul Nadeem, Elodie Yung (‘The Cleaning Lady’) as Elektra, among others.
Watch ‘Daredevil’ on: Disney+
The Punisher (2017)
Jon Bernthal, starring as Frank Castle, exacts revenge on the people responsible for the deaths of his wife and children in ‘The Punisher’. He uncovers a conspiracy that runs deeper than New York’s criminal underworld and is now known as The Punisher. He must dig deep into the conspiracy to discover the truth about injustices that affect more than just him and his family.
Assisting the vigilante in his quest to fight criminals are best friend Billy Russo and former NSA analyst Micro. The former runs a private military corporation, Anvil. The latter shares common enemies with Castle. Micro helps him as part of a so-called marriage of convenience.
Cast: Jon Bernthal as Punisher, Amber Rose Revah (‘From Paris With Love’, ‘I Can’t Think Straight’) as Dinah Madani, Ben Barnes (‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’, ‘Shadow and Bone’), Giorgia Whigham (‘Scream’) as Amy Bendix, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Floriana Lima (‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘The Family’) as Krista Dumont, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (‘The Lake House’) as Microchip, and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, among others.
Watch ‘The Punisher’ on: Disney+
Show Me A Hero (2015)
Before Oscar Isaac could make his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jon Bernthal was cast in an Oscar Isaac starrer ‘Show Me A Hero’. Isaac portrayed the role of Nick Wasicsko, who took office as mayor of Yonkers in 1987, entrusted with the responsibility of building public housing in the white, middle-class side of town. This eventually leads to conflicts and tears the city apart in the HBO series wherein Bernthal plays Michael H. Sussman, a civil rights attorney and former federal prosecutor.
Cast: Oscar Isaac (‘Dune’, ‘Moon Knight’, ‘Scenes From A Marriage’) as Nick Wasicsko, Alfred Molina (‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Frida’) as Henry J. “Hank” Spallone, Winona Ryder (‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Stranger Things’) as Vinni Restiano, Catherine Keener (‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’, ‘Get Out’) as Mary Dorman, Jon Bernthal as Michael H. Sussman, and LaTanya Richardson (‘The Watsons Go To Birmingham’) as Norma O’Neal, among others.