An intensely physical performer whose masculine looks brought to mind such classic Hollywood leading men as Paul Muni, John Garfield and Anthony Quinn, Jon Bernthal traded in an early opportunity to play professional baseball for the life of a working actor. The Washington, D.C.-born Bernthal honed his craft in regional and off-Broadway theatre on both coasts and paid his dues with lead roles in low-budget, independent films and character bits on such weekly TV series as "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). The dark-haired actor hit his stride with a string of high-profile supporting performances in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" (2006), Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" (2010) and the HBO miniseries "The Pacific" (2010). Disappointed by the failure of two network series in which he played principal roles, Bernthal hit the jackpot when he joined the cast of the cable series "The Walking Dead" (AMC 2010- ). After leaving the series, Bernthal went on to higher-profile films including Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013), World War II drama "Fury" (2014), indie comedy-drama "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (2015), thriller "The Accountant" (2016) and Edgar Wright's car-chase action comedy "Baby Driver" (2017).