Cranston at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Born||Bryan Lee Cranston
March 7, 1956 
Canoga Park, California, United States
|Other names||Lee Stone|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, screenwriter, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Mickey Middleton (1977–1982; divorced)
Robin Dearden (1989–present)
Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, and director. He rose to mainstream fame in the recurring role of dentist Tim Whatley in the sitcom Seinfeld, and is best known for his roles as Hal in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle and Walter White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which he has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three consecutive times. Aside from his work in television, Cranston has also starred in several critically acclaimed Hollywood and Independent films such as Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Drive, and Argo.
Early life 
Cranston was born in Canoga Park, California, to Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joseph L. "Joe" Cranston, an actor and Hollywood producer. His ancestry includes German and Irish (one of his great-grandmothers was from County Clare, Ireland). He was raised partly by his grandparents, living on their farm and working with poultry. Cranston 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.
He began his acting career after college in local and regional theatres, getting his start at the Granada Theatre 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. Cranston has worked regularly since the late 1980s, mostly in minor roles. His advertising work includes commercials for Lay's potato chips, Excedrin, Honda Accord, and Coffee-Mate. His voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime, under the name "Lee Stone." He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas (Doug) 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. Cranston has 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 in the recurring role of Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld. Several episodes focused upon his relationship with Jerry and his paranoia about the dentist, in bizarre situations such as when he becomes obsessed with the notion that Tim and his female assistant were molesting him while he was unconscious during dental surgery, or when Whatley converts to Judaism and starts telling Jewish jokes while retaining the right to tell Catholic jokes as well (according to Jerry, Tim needs only Polish citizenship for "total joke-telling immunity"). 1999 marked his second appearance for a recurring role, on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan's annoying neighbor, Tim Sacksky. He works in marketing then in a later episode as a water purifier salesman and recruits Doug to sell them as well. 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.
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 Dolls House, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park, and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
In 2000, Cranston landed a leading role on the series Malcolm in the Middle. He would eventually direct several episodes of the series, and received three Emmy nominations for his performance on the show. Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag in the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", killing his former Malcolm in the Middle wife with a refrigerator door because of her incessant babbling, thus "freeing" himself and the kids.
Cranston has guest-starred in many television series, including The Flash where he plays a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter; Sabrina the Teenage Witch in which he was a lawyer attempting to free Sabrina from a contract; the sixth season episode of The X-Files, "Drive," playing a bigoted man who is being driven insane by extremely low frequency sonar waves. He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing main character Ted Mosby's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He more recently had a role as Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries, Fallen.
He appeared as Nick Wrigley, the irresponsible uncle who steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride to practically destroy Christmas in 'Twas the Night, a Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in the winter of 2001. He appeared in 2007 Academy Award Best Picture nominee Little Miss Sunshine as the more successful business colleague of Greg Kinnear's character. He has done voice acting for English dubbed anime series, including Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise, Macross Plus, and Armitage III Polymatrix. In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel. More recent voice work includes the voice of Jim Gordon in the animated Batman: Year One.
Since 2008, Cranston has appeared in the starring role on AMC's original series Breaking Bad in which he plays Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His character teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, to manufacture methamphetamine. For his work on the series, Cranston won the Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series in each of the first three seasons of the show, becoming the only person to win the award three consecutive times. For the fourth season Cranston also became a producer for the series, and was Emmy-nominated once again.
Cranston's 2010s work includes a supporting role in the drama The Lincoln Lawyer, and supporting roles in successful thrillers such as Drive and the Steven Soderbergh film Contagion. 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 Ben Affleck Iranian hostage drama Argo. He also participated in several episodes of the animated series Robot Chicken. In 2012, he starred in the remake of the 1990 movie Total Recall, playing the villain, Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupted president of a fictional war-ravaged United Federation of Britain. In the same year, Cranston made a guest appearance as Kenneth Parcell's step father, Ron, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Also, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Additionally, 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.
Personal life 
On The Howard Stern Show (October 9, 2012), Cranston revealed that at the age of 23, he married writer Mickey Middleton which ended in an amicable divorce. At 35, he re-married to Robin Dearden whom he met on the set of the show Airwolf (1984). He was playing the villain of the week, and she played his hostage (held at gunpoint). Their daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston, is a theatre studies student at the University of Southern California. Taylor was born in 1993 and played an extra in one of the Breaking Bad episodes directed by her father. Cranston played baseball when he was a student. He is a collector of baseball memorabilia and an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In accepting his third Emmy as best lead actor in a drama series, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter and told them that he loves them "more than baseball". He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico when filming Breaking Bad. Cranston is a part-owner of the independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, CA. He is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and supports same sex marriage in the United States. In 2010, he designed a house for himself.
|1982||CHiPs||Billy Joe||Episode 6.9: "Return to Death's Door"|
|1983–1985||Loving||Douglas "Doug" Donovan|
|1985||Cover Up||Frank Lawler
|Episode 1.17: "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?"|
|1985||One Life to Live||Dean Stella|
|1986||Airwolf||Robert Hollis||Episode 3.17: "Desperate Monday"|
|1986||North and South: Book II||Colonel Austin||Episode 1.6|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Brian East||Episode 2.20: "Menace, Anyone?"|
|1987||Hill Street Blues||Counsellor||Episode 7.21: "A Pound of Flesh"|
|1987||The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman||Dr. Shepherd|
|1987||Matlock||Brian Emerson||Episode 2.11: "The Gift"|
|1988||Raising Miranda||Uncle Russell||9 episodes|
|1989||Falcon Crest||Martin Randall||Episode 8.18: "Enquiring Minds"|
|1989||I Know My First Name Is Steven||Officer Dickenson|
|1989||Baywatch||Tom Logan||Episode 1.8: "Cruise Ship"|
|1990||Hull High||Mr. McConnell||Episode 1.8|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Lyle Wicks
|Episode 4.3: "Exactly Like You"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Jerry Wilber||Episode 6.12: "Good-Bye Charlie"|
|1991||The Flash||Philip "Mark" Moses||Episode 1.13: "Be My Baby"|
|1991||Dead Silence||Professor Harris|
|1991||Matlock||Dr. Harding Fletcher||Episode 6.4: "The Marriage Counselor"|
|1992||L.A. Law||Unknown||Episode 6.11: "All About Sleaze"|
|1993||Moldiver||Various characters||English dub of Japanese series|
|1993||The Disappearance of Nora||Unknown|
|1993||Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story||Unknown|
|1993||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Snizard||Voice
Episode 1.14: "Foul Play in the Sky"
|1993||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Twinman||Voice
Episode 1.38: "A Bad Reflection on You"
|1993||Super Dimension Century Orguss 02||Imperial Officer||English dub of Japanese series|
|1994||Armitage III||Eddie Borrows||English dub of Japanese series|
|1994||Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them||David|
|1994||Days Like This||Benny|
|1994||Tekkaman Blade||Sgt. Miles O'Rourke||English dub of Japanese series|
|1994||Viper||Garrett Berlin||Episode 1.9: "Wheels of Fire"|
|1994||Walker, Texas Ranger||Hank||Episode 2.18: "Deadly Vision"|
|1994–1997||Seinfeld||Dr. Tim Whatley||5 episodes|
|1995||Extreme Blue||Ned Landry|
|1995||Kissing Miranda||Special Agent Falsey|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Tom Bryant||Episode 1.11: "The Hero"|
|1995||Brotherly Love||Russell Winslow||Episode 1.2: "Such a Bargain"|
|1995||Land's End||Matt McCulla||Episodes 1.1 and 1.2: "Land's End" Parts 1 and 2|
|1995||Nowhere Man||Sheriff Norman Wade||Episode 1.8: "The Alpha Spike"|
|1996||Eagle Riders||Joe Thax||Dub of Japanese series|
|1996||The Louie Show||Curt Sincic||Episode 1.1: "Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning"|
|1996||The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime||Patrick Dougherty|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Parker Foreman||Episode 12.17: "Something Foul in Flappieville"|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Walter Mason||Episode 3.10: "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder"|
|1997||Moloney||Unknown||Episode 1.12: "Clarity Begins at Home"|
|1997||Babylon 5||Ericsson||Episode 4.5: "The Long Night"|
|1997||Goode Behavior||Record executive||Episode 1.20: "Goode Music"|
|1997||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Witch lawyer||Episode 1.24: "Troll Bride"|
|1997||Pearl||Isaac Perlow||Episode 1.21: "My So-Called Real Life"|
|1997||Total Security||Jason Nichols||Episode 1.10: "Wet Side Story"|
|1997||Alright Already||Robert||Episode 1.3: "Again with the Pilot"|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Martin Rutgers||Episode 6.5: "Blood Will Out"|
|1998||Brooklyn South||IAB Lt. Gordon Denton||Episodes 1.11: "Gay Avec" and 1.15: "Fisticuffs"|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Buzz Aldrin|
|1998||V.I.P.||Colt Arrow||Episode 1.1: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"|
|1998||The X-Files||Patrick Crump||Episode 6.2: "Drive"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Jesus||Episode 5.9: "Tantric Turkey"|
|1998||Working||Larry Prince||Episode 2.8: "The Consultant"|
|1998||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Ronald "Cheesy" Meezy||Episode 2.11: "Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice"|
|1999||3rd Rock from the Sun||Neil Diamond impersonator||Episode 4.14: "Paranoid Dick"|
|1999||The Pretender||Neil Roberts||Episode 3.16: "PTB"|
|1999–2001||The King of Queens||Tim||4 episodes|
|2000–2001||Clerks: The Animated Series||Various charactes||3 episodes|
|2000–2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Hal||151 episodes
Directed 7 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2006)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
|2001||'Twas the Night||Nick Wrigley|
|2001||The Santa Claus Brothers||Santa Claus|
|2003||National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Woodrow Snider|
|2003||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Mr. Jameson||Episode 1.25: "Nosy: Experiment #199"|
Episode 1.15: "Star Trek"
|2006||Big Day||Directed episode 1.5: "Stolen Vows"|
Episode 4.21: "I Take Thee Quagmire"
|2006–2007||How I Met Your Mother||Hammond Druthers||Episodes 2.6: "Aldrin Justice" and 2.13: "Columns"|
The Light Bringer
|2008–2013||Breaking Bad||Walter White||54 episodes
Directed 3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2008, 2009, 2010)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2008, 2009, 2010)
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2011)
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)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2011, 2012)
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)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2010, 2012)
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Guest host|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Various characters||Voice
|2012||The Cleveland Show||Graham Kensington||Episode 3.11: "Brown Magic"|
|2012||Archer||Commander Drake||Episode: "Space Race"|
|2012||Modern Family||Directed episode: "Election Day"|
|2012||The Simpsons||Stradivarius Cain||Voice
Episode 23.20: "The Spy Who Learned Me"
|2013||Walter White||Episode 24:17: "What Animated Women Want"|
|2012||The Office||Directed episode: "Work Bus"|
|2012||30 Rock||Ron||Episode 7.02: "Governor Dunston"|
|1987||Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise||Matti Tohn||English dub of Japanese film|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Paramedic|
|1987||Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama||Ram||English dub of Indo-Japanese film|
|1988||The Big Turnaround||Unknown|
|1994||Erotique||Dr. Robert Stern|
|1994||Clean Slate||Club official|
|1994||Macross Plus||Isamu Alva Dyson||English dub of Japanese film
Credited as "Lee Stone"
|1996||Time Under Fire||Braddock|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||"Gus" Grissom|
|1996||Street Corner Justice||Father Brophy|
|1997||Strategic Command||Phil Hertzberg|
|1997||Armitage III: Poly-Matrix||Eddie Borrows||English dub of Japanese film|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||War Department Colonel|
|1999||Last Chance||Lance||Writer, director, producer|
|2000||The Big Thing||Roberto Montalban|
|2000||Terror Tract||Ron Gatley|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Peter|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Buzz Aldrin|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Stan Grossman|
|2006||Intellectual Property||CSE radio host|
|2007||Hard Four||Bryce Baxter|
|2010||Love Ranch||James Pettis|
|2011||The Lincoln Lawyer||Detective Lankford|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Dean Tainot|
|2011||Batman: Year One||James Gordon||Voice|
|2012||John Carter||Colonel Powell|
|2012||Red Tails||Major William Mortamus|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Vitaly||Voice|
|2012||Rock of Ages||The Mayor|
|2012||Total Recall||Vilos Cohaagen|
|2015||Kung Fu Panda 3 ||TBA||Voice|
Awards and nominations 
|2002||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Malcolm in the Middle||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||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 in a Series (Comedy or Musical)||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 in a Series (Drama)||Breaking Bad||Won|
|2009||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Won|
|2009||Satellite Award||Best Actor in a 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|
|2010||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance 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 in a 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 Performance in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
|2011||Satellite Award||Best Actor in a Series (Drama)||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
|2011||Saturn Award||Best Actor on Television||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Drama Actor||Breaking Bad||Won|
|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||Best Ensemble Performance||Argo||Nominated|
|2012||Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Acting Ensemble||Argo||Nominated|
|2012||New York Film Critics Online||Best Ensemble Cast||Argo||Won|
|2012||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||Argo||Nominated|
|2012||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Acting||Argo||Nominated|
|2013||Critics Choice Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Argo||Nominated|
|2013||Directors Guild of America||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series||Modern Family "Election Day"||Nominated|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Won|
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Argo||Won|
|2013||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
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