Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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June 24, 1974

"A Little Night Music"

Jonathan Banks

"I didn't seek out my fate, as I should have. I just sat around and felt sorry for myself. And I learned to never do that again."

Before emerging as complex ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut on "Breaking Bad," which led to his powerful turn in the same role on this year's "Better Call Saul," Jonathan Banks was best known for his Emmy-nominated work as Frank McPike in the 1980s series "Wiseguy" and his sharply etched tough guys and villains on TV and in hit films from "48 Hrs." and "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Identity Thief." His first brush with Variety came in the June 24,1974, Daily for the Los Angeles stage production of "A Little Night Music." steven gaydos

Before you became one of the hardest working men in films and TV, you trod the boards.

My first paycheck in the business was the Brown County Playhouse in 1967.1 thought I was the cat's a-. It was the summer theater at the University of Indiana, where I graduated.

How long did you work In theater?

When I got out of school, I was second-assistant stage manager for the national tour of "Hair," and got my Equity card and traveled to Australia and New Zealand. I went to Auckland and directed "Grease," which was a dismal failure - 1973 was a brutal year. …

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