IU alum nominated for Emmy

One of my favorite parts of my job is discovering cool people I didn’t realize were Indiana University alums, particularly when they’re involved in the arts.

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

I just found out about a new one this morning: Jonathan Banks, who plays fixer Mike Ehrmantraut in the award-winning AMC series “Breaking Bad.”

He was nominated for an Emmy in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, alongside Bobby Cannavale from “Boardwalk Empire”; fellow “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul; Jim Carter, who plays Carson the butler on “Downton Abbey”; Peter Dinklage, from HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; and Mandy Patinkin from Showtime’s “Homeland.”

The award went to Cannavale, in case you didn’t stay up for last night’s telecast.

The “Breaking Bad” wiki shares a bit of Banks’ history: He was born in Washington, D.C., in 1947 and dropped out of Indiana University Bloomington to work with a touring company as a stage manager. He got his acting start in the 1970s and has since appeared in more than 130 TV shows and films, including “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Airplane!,” “Alias,” “Dexter” and, most recently, as Ben Wyatt’s father on “Parks and Recreation.”

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