'Breaking Bad' actor Jonathan Banks to visit campus for IU Cinema screening, theater master class

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Actor Jonathan Banks will visit the Indiana University Bloomington campus this week. He is scheduled to speak at IU Cinema and host a screening of clips from his film and television career.

Most recently known for his roles of Mike Ehrmantraut on the award-winning TV drama “Breaking Bad” and NBC’s “Community,” Banks has made a name for himself for taking on memorable characters -- usually sinister types and villains. An IU Bloomington alumnus, Banks has received critical acclaim for his former role as Frank McPike in the TV show “Wiseguy” and also had a role in the popular 1980s satire “Airplane!” 

While on campus, Banks will conduct a master class at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, for students at the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.

“We are thrilled that Jonathan Banks will be on campus and working with our students,” said Jonathan Michaelsen, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. “Banks has had a long and outstanding career as an actor in both movies and television, and the students Banks will be working with on Thursday will receive professional insight and knowledge of acting for the camera. This is the kind of opportunity that is invaluable for our students.

This will be the third collaboration between IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance and the IU Cinema that included a master class led by a veteran actor. Actress Meryl Streep recently led a master class while visiting the campus to receive an IU doctoral degree. In September 2013, Glenn Close led a master class during her visit as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester.

Banks will take part in an on-stage interview and Q&A at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the IU Cinema, following a screening of clips from his 40-year career in film and television.

The screening on Wednesday is free, and no tickets are required to attend. His visit was made possible by IU’s Office of the President.

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