Born in Israel of South African parents, Jonathan came to the Rainbow nation at age 2. Educated at Northview High School and then Johannesburg College of Education, he was supposed to be a teacher but the performing bug had already hit hard.
While still a teenager, he had tasted success with The Jugless Jug Band and when he was offered a role in the original touring production of Joseph, he jumped at it. Early musicals included Grease, The Me Nobody Knows, while in later years he appeared in such blockbusters as March of the Falsettoes (Vita nomination, Best Supporting Actor), Joburg Follies, Buddy and toured South Africa and the Far East with Phantom of the Opera, for which he was again nominated for a Naledi award as Best Supporting Actor.
In between acting jobs, he regularly did 3-month stints as resident guitar-entertainer in various hotels, pubs and restaurants around the, singing and playing 4 hours a night, 6 nights a week to anyone who would listen.
He spent a number of years travelling the cities and dorps of South Africa doing schools theatre during the daytime and legit theatre at night, in productions such a Donít Just Lie There Say Something, Canterbury Tales, My Fat Friend and The Fool in Shakespeare.
TV roles followed, including a lead in The Best of Mates, and supporting roles in many productions, including Justice For All, Backstage, Generations, You Be The Judge to name but a few.
In the good old days of Springbok Radio, he appeared in many dramas and wrote the popular series Squad Cars until the station closed in 1985.
His voice is heard regularly on TV and Radio commercials, and he is currently the voice of CTM.