On Friday, Netflix released Season 1 of The Punisher, a 13-episode series following the vengeful, trigger-happy anti-hero who is the most recent addition to the New York-based superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In The Punisher, 41-year-old American actor Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle, a former Marine Force Command officer who hunts down and slaughters the men responsible for murdering his family. Whether or not you’re into The Punisher‘s bloody brand of vigilante justice, we can still appreciate some pics of Jon Bernthal shirtless because the man is hot.
Bernthal looks like a rugged jock, but he’s actually a seasoned actor who has performed in over 30 stage plays including ones with his award-winning theatre company. He has since gone on to appear in numerous films and TV shows including the 2006 sitcom The Class and the fantasy comedy-drama series Eastwick.
Most famously, Bernthal played Shane Walsh, the one-time best friend and rival of the hero in the AMC zombie survivalist series The Walking Dead. Bernthal got shirtless for that role, something he thankfully continued in films like the 2013 criminal corporate caper The Wolf of Wall Street and the 2017 medieval action film Pilgrimage.
Bernthal’s role as The Punisher actually began with his appearance as Frank Castle in the first half of Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2. Regarding his dark military role, Berthal has said, “He ain’t got a fucking cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a fucking tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment.”
Interestingly, Bernthal and other members of The Punisher cancelled their scheduled appearance at the 2017 New York Comic Con after the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting. After seeing The Punisher‘s somewhat gory trailer, GQ writer Tom Philip wrote that it was “hard to get super jazzed about another gritty, ultra-violent, gun-loving, non-superhero show right now.”