Jon Bernthal is everyone's favorite good guy gone bad from The Walking Dead, but in real life he is a good guy through and through, especially when it comes to his dogs.
Bernthal may play the bad guy a lot, whether it be The Walking Dead or The Punisher in the Marvel show of the same name, but he's actually a really great guy.
In fact, Bernthal is a passionate advocate for adopting pit bulls. Pit bulls have a famously bad reputation but Bernthal doesn't buy it. He has three of his own adopted pitties — Boss, Venice, and very recent addition, Bam Bam.
Jon has spoken out numerous times in favor of the breed, including shooting a PSA for The Majority Project, a project by the Animal Farm Foundation to challenge the negative stereotypes pit bulls carry.
Check out the video here.
He also constantly posts adorable (and sexy) photos of him and his dogs on social media. Here are some of the best.
Regarding pit bulls being supposedly more dangerous, Jon said,
"I think the fact that you have a dog that's enormously strong and athletic and has an enormous jaw, I think that that does not make that dog one bit more likely to attack or to hurt somebody... If you're a muscle bound guy who's walking down the street, you're no more inclined to behave a certain way."
Jon clearly has a big heart and the internet loves him for it.
@jonnybernthal @clanzivino @wagonerjeff78 Majority🤘❤🤘❤🤘❤🤘❤👊 Love this guy❤ https://t.co/OYxITkpEFk— Nicole💀 (@Nicole💀) 1500564914.0
@jonnybernthal I have worked with many a dog..but pit bulls are special. Thank you for rescuing. ❤️— Jessica 🐾 (@Jessica 🐾) 1500564685.0
@BBW_BFF @SidizenKane Bernthal and Tom Hardy need to do a buddy action movie where they protect their pit bulls together— dyl (@dyl) 1513780808.0
Paparazzi photo of Jon Bernthal LEAVING a photoshoot. With his pitbull Bossman. What a F*CKING G. This is our Punis… https://t.co/pBJ5HpS5TW— AloofDragons (@AloofDragons) 1512092671.0
@jonnybernthal Joe and I say thanks a bunch, Jon! ❤ You're an amazing actor and a great guy. https://t.co/MaNQvuMZiv— Alex (@Alex) 1504287511.0
@jonnybernthal You have all my support, pit bulls are perceived as bad dogs when its only the owner fault of not tr… https://t.co/MACTgm6zr8— Andrew BLM (@Andrew BLM) 1504294845.0
@jonnybernthal Bless your heart Jon for rescuing pitbulls. TYVM! Being in animal rescue for over 30 years, pitties… https://t.co/5uafEXFv8v— Colleen Marie (@Colleen Marie) 1500774296.0
@GunnerGale I Love What He Does For These Animals!❤️❤️He's A Great Man! With A Huge❤️❤️❤️— Leanne (@Leanne) 1422407589.0
@jonnybernthal This is lovely..I've met many kind, gentle pit bulls..thank you for being a voice for them!— Robert O'Keefe 🇨🇦 (@Robert O'Keefe 🇨🇦) 1504319397.0
❥ jonathan edward bernthal — ✦ my hero ✦ actual sweetheart ✦ i'm so proud of him ✦ so talented, deserves every awar… https://t.co/YAzbMR7O5b— katie *.:｡✧ (@katie *.:｡✧) 1524068168.0