'American Gigolo' on Showtime: What are Jon Bernthal's Top 5 performances of all time?

Bernthal plays Julian Kaye, who is struggling to find his footing in the modern-day LA sex industry, 15 years after being arrested for murder in 'American Gigolo'

'American Gigolo' on Showtime: What are Jon Bernthal's Top 5 performances of all time?
Jon Bernthal is all set to star in 'American Gigolo' (Warrick Page/Showtime)
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'American Gigolo' is an upcoming television series developed by David Hollander, based on the 1980 film of the same name and written and directed by Paul Schrader. The show revolves around Julian Kaye, who is struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry 15 years after being arrested for murder. He seeks the truth about being framed for the murder and also hopes to reconnect with his one true love named Michelle.

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Jon Bernthal has been stealing the hearts of girls all over the globe since Showtime released the trailer of 'American Gigolo'. The OG movie, which starred Richard Gere as the main lead, set a tone for Bernthal to walk on but it seems it is a cakewalk for the actor. Bernthal looks aesthetically pleasing in the trailer of the new show. Other than the upcoming Showtime series, Bernthal has starred in several movies. While you wait for the Showtime series to premiere, here are Jon Bernthal's Top 5 watches that you can binge on.

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1) 'The Walking Dead'

Jon Bernthal in the 'Walking Dead' as Shane Walsh (IMDb)
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh in the 'Walking Dead' (IMDb)

Bernthal found critical success portraying Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's 'The Walking Dead' which was based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012 and was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards. Shane Walsh is a main character and later an antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'. He was Rick Grimes' partner at the King County Sheriff's Department and his best friend since high school. After the initial outbreak, Shane began to harbor feelings and an obsession for Lori, Rick's wife, and eventually began a sexual relationship with her, conceiving a child. Shane later became one of the leaders of the Atlanta survivor camp and the head of gun training at the Greene family farm. He served as the deuteragonist of Season 1 and later the primary antagonist for all of Season 2.

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2) 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Production still of Jon Bernthal and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (Paramount Pictures)
Jon Bernthal and Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (Paramount Pictures)

In 'The Wolf of Wall Street', Bernthal was seen playing the role of Brad Bodnick, a small-time drug dealer and friend of DiCaprio’s Belfort. Bernthal steals the “sell me this pen” scene, a favorite among fans.

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3) 'Baby Driver'

Bernthal in a production still of 'Baby Driver' as Griff (IMDb)
Jon Bernthal as Griff in a still from 'Baby Driver' (IMDb)

Griff is the opening antagonist of the 2017 film 'Baby Driver'. He is a member of Doc's crew for their first heist. Many fans believe that he died shortly after, because of the last line he says to the crew: "If you don't see me again, it's cuz I'm dead." Ironically, he never appears in the movie again.

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4) 'King Richard'

Bernthal in 'King Richard' as Rick Macci (IMDb)
Jon Bernthal as Rick Macci in in 'King Richard' (IMDb)

Although Jon Bernthal was a decorated athlete growing up, he had never really stepped foot onto a tennis court until he was cast as Rick Macci, one of the most successful tennis coaches in the sport’s history, in 'King Richard'. 

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5) 'The Accountant'

Jon Bernthal in a production still as Brax in 'The Accountant' (IMDb)
Jon Bernthal as Braxton Wolff in still from 'The Accountant' (IMDb)

Braxton Wolff is the secondary antagonist in the 2016 movie 'The Accountant'. Braxton is the younger brother of the film's protagonist Christian and is a hitman working for the main antagonist Lamar Blackburn, eliminating everyone posing a threat to Blackburn. His position forces him to go up against his brother who is investigating embezzlement in Blackburn's company.

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'American Gigolo' releases on Friday, September 9, 2022, only on Showtime.

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