Cranston at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International.
March 7, 1956 |
Canoga Park, California, United States
|Other names||Lee Stone|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, writer, producer, director|
Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice artist, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is known for portraying Hal in the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006) and Walter White in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad (2008–2013).
For Breaking Bad, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three consecutive times, making him the first person to do so since Bill Cosby in the 1960s, as well as the award for Outstanding Drama Series, after he became one of the show's producers in 2011. 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 three Golden Globe nominations, six Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with one win, and five Saturn Award nominations with two wins.
Cranston directed, wrote, produced and starred in a 1999 feature film entitled Last Chance, and directed various TV series episodes including seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and three episodes of Breaking Bad. He has also appeared in several critically acclaimed films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Drive (2011), and Argo (2012).
Cranston was born in Canoga Park, California. He is the son of Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joseph Louis "Joe" Cranston, an actor and Hollywood producer. He is the second of their three children. He is of Irish, English, German, and German-Austrian ancestry on his father's side, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Germany.
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." He was raised partly by his grandparents, living on their farm and working with poultry. 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.
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. He has worked regularly since the late 1980s, mostly in minor roles. His advertising work includes commercials for Frito Lay, Excedrin, Honda Accord, Coffee-Mate, and Preparation H. His voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime under the name Lee Stone, including Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise, Macross Plus, and Armitage III Polymatrix. He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas Donovan from 1983 to 1985. Cranston also starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988. His largest role prior to Malcolm in the Middle was as astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. He also played astronaut 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.
From 1994 to 1997, Cranston appeared as Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld. Several episodes focused on Jerry's paranoia about Tim in bizarre situations, such as when Jerry becomes obsessed with the notion that Tim and his female assistant are molesting him while he is unconscious during dental surgery. 1999 marked Cranston's second appearance for a recurring role; on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, he played Doug Heffernan's annoying neighbor, Tim Sacksky, who at one point becomes a water purifier salesman and recruits Doug to sell them with him. In 1997, Cranston had a small role in Babylon 5 as Ericsson, the captain of a White Star vessel ordered into a suicide mission to plant misinformation within the enemy ranks. Later in 1999, Cranston wrote and directed the film Last Chance. 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.
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. 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. 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. Cranston 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.
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. For his work on the series, Cranston won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in each of the first three seasons of the show; only he and Bill Cosby have won the award three consecutive times. For the fourth season, Cranston also became a producer for the series, and was nominated for an Emmy once again. He had supporting roles in the drama film The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the successful thrillers Drive and Contagion. He voiced James Gordon in the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One. 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. 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.
Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, by donating half the proceeds from sales. After the success of Breaking Bad, it was recently reported that Bryan would be developing new TV shows in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television.
Cranston played baseball when he was a student, and remains a collector of baseball memorabilia and avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. From 1977 to 1982 he was married to writer Mickey Middleton. At 33, he married Robin Dearden whom he had met on the set of the show Airwolf in 1984. He was playing the villain of the week, and she played his hostage; he held her 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 one of the Breaking Bad episodes directed by her father.
In accepting his third Emmy as Best Lead Actor in a Drama, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter and told them that he loves them "more than baseball". He resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when filming Breaking Bad. He is a part-owner of the independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California. In 2010, he designed a house for himself.
|1987||The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman||Dr. Shepherd||Television film|
|1987||Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise||Matti Tohn||English dub
Credited as Lee Stone
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Paramedic|
|1987||Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama||Ram||English dub|
|1988||The Big Turnaround||Jim|
|1989||I Know My First Name Is Steven||Officer Dickenson||Television film|
|1991||Dead Silence||Professor Harris||Television film|
|1993||The Disappearance of Nora||Unknown||Television film|
|1993||Prophet of Evil: The Ervil Lebaron Story||Unknown||Television film|
|1994||Erotique||Dr. Robert Stern|
|1994||Clean Slate||Club official|
|1994||Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them||David||Television film|
|1994||The Companion||Alan||Television film|
|1994||Days Like This||Benny||Television film|
|1995||Extreme Blue||Ned Landry||Television film|
|1995||Kissing Miranda||Special Agent Falsey||Television film|
|1996||Time Under Fire||Braddock|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Gus Grissom|
|1996||The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime||Patrick Dougherty||Television film|
|1996||Street Corner Justice||Father Brophy|
|1997||Strategic Command||Phil Hertzberg|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||War Department Colonel|
|1999||Last Chance||Lance||Writer, director, producer
Breckenridge Festival of Film Best of the Fest
Valley Film Festival Audience Award
|2000||The Big Thing||Roberto Montalban|
|2000||Terror Tract||Ron Gatley|
|2001||'Twas the Night||Nick Wrigley||Television film|
|2001||The Santa Claus Brothers||Santa Claus||Television film|
|2003||National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Woodrow Snider||Television film|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Peter|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Buzz Aldrin||Documentary|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Stan Grossman|
|2006||Intellectual Property||CSE radio host|
|2007||Hard Four||Lt. Bryce Baxter|
|2008||The Hollywood Quad||Burton Melrose||Television film|
|2010||Love Ranch||James Pettis|
|2011||The Lincoln Lawyer||Detective Lankford|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Dean Tainot|
|2011||Batman: Year One||James Gordon||Voice|
|2011||Contagion||Haggerty||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
|2012||John Carter||Colonel Powell|
|2012||Red Tails||Major William Mortamus|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Vitaly||Voice|
|2012||Rock of Ages||Mayor Mike Whitmore|
|2012||Total Recall||Vilos Cohaagen|
|2012||Argo||Jack O'Donnell||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|2013||Cold Comes the Night||Topo|
|2013||Writer's Block||The Writer||Short film|
|2015||Kung Fu Panda 3||TBA||Voice|
|1982||CHiPs||Billy Joe||Episode: "Return to Death's Door"|
|1983–1985||Loving||Douglas "Doug" Donovan|
|1985||Cover Up||Frank Lawler
|Episode: "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?"|
|1985||One Life to Live||Dean Stella|
|1986||Airwolf||Robert Hollis||Episode: "Desperate Monday"|
|1986||North and South: Book II||Colonel Austin||Miniseries|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Brian East||Episode: "Menace, Anyone?"|
|1987||Hill Street Blues||Counsellor||Episode: "A Pound of Flesh"|
|1987||Matlock||Brian Emerson||Episode: "The Gift"|
|1988||Raising Miranda||Uncle Russell||9 episodes|
|1989||Falcon Crest||Martin Randall||Episode: "Enquiring Minds"|
|1989||Baywatch||Tom Logan||Episode: "Cruise Ship"|
|1990||Hull High||Mr. McConnell||1 episode|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Lyle Wicks
|Episode: "Exactly Like You"|
|1990||Capital News||Congressman Marple||Episode: "Blues for Mr. White"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Jerry Wilber||Episode: "Good-Bye Charlie"|
|1991||The Flash||Philip "Mark" Moses||Episode: "Be My Baby"|
|1991||Matlock||Dr. Harding Fletcher||Episode: "The Marriage Counselor"|
|1992||L.A. Law||Mr. Philips||Episode: "All About Sleaze"|
|1993||Moldiver||Various characters||English dub|
|1993||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Snizard||Voice
Episode: "Foul Play in the Sky"
|1993||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Twinman||Voice
Episode: "A Bad Reflection on You"
|1993||Super Dimension Century Orguss 02||Imperial Officer||English dub|
|1994||Armitage III||Eddie Borrows||English dub|
|1994||Tekkaman Blade||Sgt. Miles O'Rourke||English dub|
|1994||Viper||Garrett Berlin||Episode: "Wheels of Fire"|
|1994||Macross Plus||Isamu Alva Dyson||English dub
Credited as Lee Stone
|1994||Walker, Texas Ranger||Hank||Episode: "Deadly Vision"|
|1994–1997||Seinfeld||Dr. Tim Whatley||Episodes: "The Mom and Pop Store"
"The Label Maker"
"The Yada Yada"
|1994||Viper||Garett Berlin||Episode: "Wheels of Fire"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Tom Bryant||Episode: "The Hero"|
|1995||Brotherly Love||Russell Winslow||Episode: "Such a Bargain"|
|1995||Land's End||Matt McCulla||Episodes: "Land's End Part 1"
"Land's End Part 2"
|1995||Nowhere Man||Sheriff Norman Wade||Episode: "The Alpha Spike"|
|1996||Eagle Riders||Joe Thax||English dub|
|1996||The Louie Show||Curt Sincic||6 episodes|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Parker Foreman||Episode: "Something Foul in Flappieville"|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Walter Mason||Episode: "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder"|
|1997||Moloney||Unknown||Episode: "Clarity Begins at Home"|
|1997||Babylon 5||Ericsson||Episode: "The Long Night"|
|1997||Goode Behavior||Record executive||Episode: "Goode Music"|
|1997||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Witch lawyer||Episode: "Troll Bride"|
|1997||Pearl||Isaac Perlow||Episode: "My So-Called Real Life"|
|1997||Total Security||Jason Nichols||Episode: "Wet Side Story"|
|1997||Alright Already||Robert||Episode: "Again with the Pilot"|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Martin Rutgers||Episode: "Blood Will Out"|
|1998||Brooklyn South||IAB Lt. Gordon Denton||2 episodes|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Buzz Aldrin||Miniseries|
|1998||V.I.P.||Colt Arrow||Episode: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"|
|1998||The X-Files||Patrick Crump||Episode: "Drive"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Jesus||Episode: "Tantric Turkey"|
|1998||Working||Larry Prince||Episode: "The Consultant"|
|1998||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Ronald "Cheesy" Meezy||Episode: "Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice"|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Martin Rutgers||Episode: "Blood Will Out"|
|1999||3rd Rock from the Sun||Neil Diamond impersonator||Episode: "Paranoid Dick"|
|1999||The Pretender||Neil Roberts||Episode: "PTB"|
|1999–2001||The King of Queens||Tim Saksky||4 episodes|
|2000–2001||Clerks: The Animated Series||Various characters||Voice
|2000–2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Hal||151 episodes
Directed episodes: "Stereo Store"
"Buseys Run Away"
"Malcolm Defends Reese"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2005)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2001)
|2003||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Mr. Jameson||Voice
|2005||American Dad!||Bill Publisherman||Voice
Episode: "Star Trek"
|2005||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||Sixth tournament
|2006||Big Day||Directed episode: "Stolen Vows"|
Episode: "I Take Thee Quagmire"
|2006, 2013||How I Met Your Mother||Hammond Druthers||3 episodes|
The Light Bringer
|2008||Family Guy||Dr. Jewish||Voice
Episode: "Long John Peter"
|2008–2013||Breaking Bad||Walter White||62 episodes
Directed episodes: "Seven Thirty-Seven"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2008, 2009, 2010)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actor (2012,2013)
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2008, 2009, 2010)
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2012, 2013)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2009)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012, 2013)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2010, 2011, 2012)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2011, 2012, 2014)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2009, 2010, 2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2013, 2014)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2010, 2012, 2013)
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Bryan Cranston/Kanye West"|
|2010||American Dad!||Mr. Winthrop||Voice
Episode: "A Jones for a Smith"
|2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Drake Stone||Voice
Episode: "Date with Destiny"
|2011||Robot Chicken||Various characters||Voice
|2012–2013||The Cleveland Show||Dr. Fist
|2012||Archer||Commander Tony Drake||Voice
Episode: "Space Race"
|2012||Modern Family||Directed episode: "Election Day"
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series
|2012||The Simpsons||Stradivarius Cain||Voice
Episode: "The Spy Who Learned Me"
|2012||The Office||Directed episode: "Work Bus"|
|2012||30 Rock||Ron||Episode: "Governor Dunston"|
|2012||The Mortified Sessions||Himself||Episode: "Bryan Cranston/Danny Pudi"|
|2013||The Simpsons||Walter White||Episode: "What Animated Women Want"|
Episode: "Gold Fever"
|2006||The God of Hell||Welch||Geffen Playhouse|
|2013||All the Way||Lyndon B. Johnson||American Repertory Theater|
|2011||The Handlers||Jack Powers||Producer|
|2013||Seth Rogen = Worst Person in the World||Himself||Funny or Die short|
Awards and nominations
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- "Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel Audiobook". Camel Back Publishing. 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
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