(born September 20, 1976) is an American actor. Bernthal began his career in minor roles on broadway and theatre before guest starring on various television shows. In 2010, he gained critical acclaim and prominence for his portrayal of Shane Walsh on the AMC series The Walking Dead. He would later transition to films and star in supporting roles in various films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Baby Driver, and Wind River. In 2018, he is set to star in Steve McQueen's heist remake Widows. In 2015, he was cast as Frank Castle/Punisher as part of the Netflix MCU web series. He debuted on the second season of Daredevil before starring in his own titular series The Punisher in 2017. Bernthal was discovered while at the Moscow Art Theatre by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he studied there as a graduate-level certificate student and completed his studies in 2002. After graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. He is a method actor. Bernthal at the premiere of Fury on October 15, 2014. Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company, the now defunct Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series such as Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. Bernthal relocated to Los Angeles in 2006. He booked his first regular role on a television series with the CBS sitcom The Class. The show was cancelled after one season. After this, he had roles in films such as Oliver Stone's World Trade Center and Day Zero.
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