Bryan Lee Cranston is a North-American actor, a voice actor, screenwriter, producer and director famous for his role as Hal Wilkerson in the TV-show ‘Malcom in the Middle’ (Fox) and his role as Walter White in ‘Breaking Bad’ (AMC).
Bryan Cranston was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 7, 1956. He is the son of former boxer Joe Cranston and radio actress Audrey Peggy Sell. He has an older brother (Kyle) and a younger sister (Amy). He began his career in local and regional theatres around Los Angeles. Cranston worked regularly in TV commercials in the 80s (Lay’s, Honda Accord) and voiced anime series using the pseudonym Lee Stone.
Prior to his ‘Malcom’ success, he took part in the show ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ (HBO, 1998, 2 episodes) and in the movie ‘That Thing You Do!’ (1996). He had a supporting role in ‘Seinfield’ (1994-97, 5 episodes). He portrayed Doctor Whatley, Seinfield’s dentista. Afterwards, he has had roles in the comedy ‘The King of Queens’ (1999-2001, 4 episodes) and the hit series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (2006-20013, 3 episodes). Hal Wilkerson, Malcom’s father, was one of the leads in ‘Malcom in the Middle’. That was and still is one of Cranston’s most popular and beloved characters. On air from 2000, to 2006, he appeared on all the 151 episodes, directing 7 of them.
Finally, it is his role as Walter Hartwell White, leading character on ‘Breaking Bad’, the one that has elevated him to the top. White is a family man in his fifties that works as a Chemist teacher at an Albuquerue (New Mexico) highschool. One day he is diagnosed with an inoperable lung cancer and asks himself how he can get the means to support his family. After keeping company to his brother-in-law in an antidrug raid, he discovers the prosecuted man is an ex-student of his and so White suggests an alliance until getting the money he estimates his family needs. This role has earned him the Emmy for Best Drama Actor in a Leading Role (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014), the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (2013, 2014) and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2014).
Cranston has also had roles in movies such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (War Department Colonel), ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (Stan Grossman, literary agent), ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ (Detective Lankford), ‘Argo’ (Jack O’Donnell), and ‘Godzilla’ (Joe Brody). From September 2013, to June 2014, he has portrayed President Lyndon Baines Johnson at the Massachusetts American Repertory Theatre, and in the play ‘All The Way’ on Broadway. He was praised by the critics on both occasions.
Bryan Cranston is expected to appear in movies such as ‘Get a Job, Trumbo’ (portraying screenwriter Dalton Trumbo), ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ (Po’s father), ‘Holland, Michigan’ (co-starring Naomi Watts), and ‘The Infiltrator’ (Brad Furman’s latest movie, inspired by the disarmament of Medellín’s cartel).
He is married to actress Robian Dearden. They have a daughter (Taylor) who studies theatre at the University of Southern California.
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Bryan Cranston wins an Emmy for "Breaking Bad" 2014
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ALL THE WAY: Bryan Cranston TV Commercial
- He did not see his father for 10 years due to family issues. Cranston and his brother had to live with their grandparents for some time after the family lost their home to a foreclosure.
- In his adolescence, he travelled across Europe with the Los Angeles Police Boy Scouts.
- In 1976, he got his title of Police Sciences at Los Angeles Valley College.
- He has a tattoo on the inside of his right hand ring finger with the letters ‘BRBA’, Breaking Bad’s logo.
|acting||Corporate Affairs - Darren||1990|
|acting||Seinfield (TV series) - Dr. Tim Whatley||1994-1997|
|acting||That Thing You Do! - Astronaut Gus Grissom||1996|
|acting||From Earth To The Moon (miniserie) - Buzz Aldrin||1998|
|acting||Saving Private Ryan - War Department Colonel||1998|
|acting||Malcom in the Middle (TV series) - Hal Wilkerson||2000-2006|
|acting||Little Miss Sunshine - Stan Grossman||2006|
|acting||Breaking Bad (TV series) - Walter White/Heisenberg||2008-2013|
|acting||How I Met Your Mother (TV series) - Hammond Druthers (3 episodes)||2006-2013|
|acting||Red Tails - Mayor William Mortamus||2009|
|acting||The Lincoln Lawyer - Detective Lankford||2011|
|acting||Larry Crown - Dean Tainot||2011|
|acting||Drive - Shannon||2011|
|acting||Rock of Ages - Mike Whitmore||2012|
|acting||Madagascar 3 - Vitaly (voice)||2012|
|acting||Argo - Jack O'Donnell||2012|
|acting||Total Recall - Vilos Cohaagen||2012|
|acting||All The Way (Broadway) - President Lyndon B. Johnson||2013-2014|
|acting||Godzilla - Gareth Edwards||2014|
|acting||Kung Fu Panda 3 - Padre de Po (voice)||2015|