‘Breaking Bad’: What Has Matt Jones Been up to Since Portraying Badger?
38-year-old Matt Jones rose to fame in 2008 for his portrayal of drug dealer and loyal friend, Brandon “Badger” Mayhew in antihero television series, Breaking Bad and epilogue El Camino. After the highly-rated show ended in 2013, the actor continued to appear in television series and movies. What else has he been up to since portraying his memorable character?
Matt Jones as Badger on ‘Breaking Bad’
In the first season of AMC crime drama Breaking Bad, viewers were introduced to Brandon “Badger” Mayhew as he worked as a part-time walking billboard.
He then teamed up with Jesse Pinkman to start cooking meth as they used the money from his job to buy pseudoephedrine. While cooking meth in the RV, Badger became upset when Jesse scrapped batches of inferior product, and the two got into an argument, causing the manufacturer to leave his friend in the desert.
The friends eventually made up, and Badger helped Jesse relocate his meth lab in the second season. Additionally, Badger connected his friend with his cousin, Clovis, who had a junkyard and could hide Jesse’s RV.
He then tasked dealers Combo and Skinny Pete to sell the infamous blue meth before getting caught and arrested. Under the guidance of Saul Goodman, Badger worked out a deal and fled to California.
The part-time walking billboard returned for the third season, and Jesse tasked his friends with selling to recovering addicts at Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Instead, Badger and Skinny Pete took the program seriously and seemingly got clean.
However, they went on a three-day drug-filled bender at Jesse’s house in the following season. Badger helped his friend again when he and Skinny Pete bought equipment for their mobile lab.
They returned in the final episode as fake hitmen to help Walter White guarantee Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz would distribute his drug money to his family. The two also made an appearance in El Camino to assist Jesse one last time.
Matt Jones after ‘Breaking Bad’
A few years before now 38-year-old Matt Jones landed the role of Badger, he performed with Amsterdam-based touring creative group Boom Chicago and repeatedly lost his voice. Eventually, it became “stuck” that way, creating his signature raspy tone.
During his time on Breaking Bad, Jones appeared in several other films and television shows, including Reno 911!, NCIS, and Community. After Breaking Bad, he has continued to act and landed the leading role of Baxter, the ex-husband of the main character, in Mom and voiced the eye-patch wearing Hector Flanagan in Sanjay and Craig.
He voiced a few more characters before landing the leading role in CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola as Douglas Wheeler, the son of the main character. The 38-year-old most recently voiced Wedge in the action role-playing game, Final Fantasy VII Remake.
In 2010, the actor began dating Kelly Daly, and they married two years later. The couple has since welcomed a son named Jasper into the world. As of 2020, the actor has a net worth of around $2 million.