Eric Bernthal, best known as Shane Walsh from The Walking Dead television show, has also made appearances in movies like The Punisher.
He is the son of Joan Lurie and Eric Lawrence Bernthal, former lawyers with Latham & Watkins LLP who now chair the board of HSUS. In 2011, Eric founded Kelton Global consulting services.
Early Life and Education
Bernthal hails from Cabin John, Maryland and attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. as a graduate. After dropping out of Skidmore College but listening to advice from his acting teacher he attended Moscow Art Theatre School for method acting studies – eventually performing more than 30 plays both regionally and off-Broadway including ones produced through Fovea Floods Theatre Company.
Bernthal made his television debut with guest roles on various series before landing a recurring role as Baltimore police officer Wayne Jenkins in the HBO miniseries We Own This City. Additionally, Bernthal appeared in one episode of Harry Law and Robot Chicken; as well as movies such as Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, Fury and Wind River written by Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.
Bernthal has appeared in various films and TV shows, such as 2006 drama Day Zero by Oliver Stone and HBO miniseries We Own This City by HBO. Additionally he was a series regular in both Eastwick and We Own This City respectively as a series regular. Additionally he performed stage performances while founding award-winning theatre company Fovea Floods alongside classmates and teachers from Skidmore College.
Bernthal co-starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street; co-starred in sports comedy movie Grudge Match; played auto industry executive Lee Iacocca in James Mangold’s Ford vs Ferrari; provided voice acting work for video games such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Borderlands 3, in addition to running Drops Fill Buckets charity organization with brother Nicholas Bernthal.
Achievement and Honors
Bernthal has earned numerous honors and awards for his acting, including nomination for an Ovation Award for best Acting Ensemble in a Play for Small Engine Repair, as well as roles in movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn, La tormenta perfecta, Deadwood Identidad Martha Marcy May Marlene among many more.
He has also appeared as a regular character on television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, while making an appearance alongside Brad Pitt in 2014’s Fury movie.
Sheryl Sandberg, former COO of Facebook and now co-founder and CEO of Meta, recently tied the knot with Tom Bernthal – brother to Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead fame – becoming parents to three children together.
Bernthal has an incredible passion and talent for acting, portraying various characters. He has demonstrated this talent in numerous theatrical productions as well as several television series. Bernthal serves as an outstanding example of how dedication and hard work can lead to success.
Bernthal has made several films over his film career. His roles in Rampart and The Ghost Writer earned positive reviews from critics; additionally, he’s been seen in TV series such as Harry Law and Robot Chicken which feature stop-motion sketch comedy sketches.
Bernthal is married to Erin Angle, a trauma nurse, and they share three children – Henry (14), Bill (13) and Adeline (9). They reside in Venice California along with Boss, their beloved pet dog. His father Eric Lawrence Bernthal used to work at Latham & Watkins LLP while his grandfather Murray Bernthal (78 years old at time of passing away) was an accomplished musician.
Bernthal hails from an affluent family but prefers living a low-key life. His family runs Drops Fill Buckets, a non-profit that gives food to children in need, while Bernthal co-owns strategic consulting agency Kelton Global.
He grew up in Cabin John, Maryland and attended Sidwell Friends School from 1995 until graduation in 1995. He has described himself as being “troublesome” while in school; after high school he went to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs but dropped out to join Moscow Art Theatre after being advised by an acting teacher, as well as play catcher for a Russian professional baseball team.
In 2002 he performed in the play Small Engine Repair, earning himself an Ovation Award nomination. Since then he has appeared in over 30 plays off-Broadway and regionally.