Bryan Cranston

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Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston TIFF 2012.jpg
Cranston at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival
Born Bryan Lee Cranston
(1956-03-07) March 7, 1956 (age 58)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, U.S.
Other names Lee Stone
Occupation Actor, voice actor, screenwriter, film producer, film director
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Mickey Middleton (1977–1982)
Robin Dearden (1989–present)
Children 1

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956)[1] is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, and producer.

Cranston is best known for portraying Walter White in the AMC crime drama Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, and Hal in the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. For Breaking Bad, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three consecutive times - for the second time in television history after Bill Cosby in I Spy during the 1960s. After becoming one of the producers on the Breaking Bad panel in 2011, Cranston also won the award for Outstanding Drama Series.[2]

He was also nominated three times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Malcolm in the Middle. His role in Breaking Bad also earned him five Golden Globe nominations and one win in 2014, nine Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four wins, and five Saturn Award nominations with two wins.

Cranston has directed episodes of various television series, including seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, three episodes of Breaking Bad, and two episodes of Modern Family. He has also appeared in several critically acclaimed films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Drive (2011), and Argo (2012).

Early life[edit]

Cranston was born and raised in Canoga Park, California,[2][3] the son of Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joseph Louis "Joe" Cranston, an actor and Hollywood producer.[4][5] He is the second of their three children. He is of Austrian, German, and Irish ancestry on his father's side, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Germany.[6][7][8]

In reference to his upbringing, Cranston has stated: "My mom and dad were both broken people, and because of that, they were incapacitated as far as parenting. They weren't capable, and we lost the house in a foreclosure. We were kicked out."[9] He was raised partly by his grandparents,[9] living on their farm and working with poultry.[10] He grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he graduated from Canoga Park High School and earned an associate degree in police science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976.[11]

Career[edit]

After college, Cranston began his acting career in local and regional theaters, getting his start at the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley. He had previously performed as a youth, but his show business parents had mixed feelings about their son being involved in the profession, so he did not continue until years later.[5] He started working regularly in the late 1980s, mostly doing minor roles and advertisements. His voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime (under the pseudonym Lee Stone),[12] including Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Macross Plus, and Armitage III: Poly-Matrix. He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas Donovan from 1983 to 1985.[5] Cranston also starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988. He portrayed astronauts Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon and Gus Grissom in the film That Thing You Do!. In 1998, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, as the colonel who insists that Private Ryan be saved.

Cranston and wife Robin Dearden, September 2008

From 1994 to 1997, Cranston appeared as Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld. 1999 marked Cranston's second appearance for a recurring role on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens; he played Doug Heffernan's neighbor, Tim Sacksky. In 1997, Cranston had a small role in Babylon 5 as Ericsson. Later in 1999, Cranston wrote and directed the film Last Chance.[13]

His theatrical credits include starring roles in The God of Hell, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Barefoot in the Park, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.[citation needed]

In 2000, Cranston landed a leading role as Hal on the comedy series Malcolm in the Middle. He would eventually direct several episodes of the show and received three Emmy nominations for his performance.[14] Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag during the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", killing Lois (his wife on Malcolm in the Middle) with a refrigerator door, and in a leaked alternate ending of Breaking Bad with Jane Kaczmarek reprising her role as Lois.[citation needed]

He has had guest roles in many television series, including a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter in The Flash, a lawyer attempting to free the title character from a contract in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and a bigoted man being driven insane by extremely low frequency sonar waves in The X-Files episode "Drive". He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing Ted Mosby's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He played Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen and appeared as Nick Wrigley, an irresponsible uncle who accidentally brings Christmas close to destruction when he steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride, in the 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie 'Twas the Night. He appeared as the more successful business colleague of Greg Kinnear's character in the 2007 film Little Miss Sunshine. In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel.[15]

Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

From 2008 to 2013, Cranston starred in the AMC series Breaking Bad, in which he played Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walter teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), to manufacture and sell methamphetamine to ensure the well-being of Walter's family after he dies. Cranston's work on the series has been meet with widespread critical acclaim, winning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in each of the show's first three seasons and being nominated in 2012 for season four and 2013 for season five. Cranston and Bill Cosby are the only actors to have won the award three consecutive times.[2] Cranston was also a producer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the series.

Cranston had supporting roles in the drama film The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the successful thrillers Drive (2011)and Contagion. He voiced James Gordon in the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One.[16] In 2012, he had supporting roles in John Carter, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Rock of Ages, and a major role in the hostage drama Argo. He also lent his voice to several episodes of the animated series Robot Chicken.[17] In 2012, he starred in the remake of the 1990 film Total Recall, as Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupted president of a fictional war-ravaged United Federation of Britain. In the same year, he made a guest appearance as Kenneth Parcell's step-father, Ron, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[18]

Since September 2013, Cranston has been playing U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson in the American Repertory Theater and Broadway productions of All the Way, in a performance that has received widespread acclaim.[19][20][21] [22] He also plays a scientist named Joe Brody in the upcoming 2014 remake of Godzilla.[23]

Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to teach families how to stay safe from child abductors and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by donating half the proceeds from sales. Also, after the success of Breaking Bad, it was recently reported that Cranston would be developing new TV shows in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Cranston played baseball when he was a student[5] and remains a collector of baseball memorabilia and an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.[25] From 1977 to 1982, he was married to writer Mickey Middleton.[26] At 33, he married Robin Dearden,[27] whom he had met on the set of the show Airwolf in 1984. He was playing the villain of the week, and she played the hostage he held at gunpoint. Their daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston (born 1993), is a theatre studies student at the University of Southern California and played an extra in the Breaking Bad episode "No Mas", directed by her father.[28] In the episode in question, Dearden plays a girl who questions God's existence after a plane crash indirectly caused by Walter, while Cranston's own wife appears in a television interview in the same episode.[29] Cranston has a beach house in Los Angeles, California.[30] In accepting his third Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter, and told them he loves them "more than baseball".

Cranston resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when filming Breaking Bad.[31] In 2010, he designed a house for himself.[32]

He is a part-owner of the independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California.[33] In 2012 he, along with his family, appeared in a public service announcement urging other Americans to support same-sex marriage.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1999 Breckenridge Festival of Film Best of the Fest Last Chance Won
2000 Valley Film Festival Audience Award Last Chance Won
2001 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2004 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award Most Popular Mom & Dad in a Television Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2008 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Won
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2009 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Won
2009 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
2009 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Breaking Bad Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2010 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Won
2010 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Contagion Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series (Producer) Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Won
2012 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by an Ensemble Argo Nominated
2012 Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Argo Nominated
2012 New York Film Critics Online Award Best Cast Argo Won
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Argo Nominated
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Argo Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Acting Ensemble Argo Nominated
2013 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Argo Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Won
2013 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series (Producer) Breaking Bad Won
2014 Golden Globe Award Best Actor - Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Won
2014 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Breaking Bad Won
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2014 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2014 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Breaking Bad Pending

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