Roy Frank Mitte III
August 21, 1992
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
Roy Frank "RJ" Mitte III (//; born August 21, 1992) is an American actor, best known for playing Walter "Flynn" White Jr. on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013). Like his character on the show, he has cerebral palsy. After moving to Hollywood in 2006, he began training with a personal talent manager. They sought acting opportunities where his disability would serve to educate viewers, which led him to audition for the role in Breaking Bad.
Mitte was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He was delivered by emergency caesarean and was not breathing at the time of his birth, which resulted in permanent brain damage. He was adopted a few weeks later by Roy Frank Mitte Jr. and Dyna Mitte, who later separated. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, and doctors put his legs in casts for six months in an attempt to straighten his feet.
Mitte was fitted with leg braces and used crutches throughout most of his childhood; however, over time, his body became stronger through sports and exercise; he no longer needed any walking devices by his teenage years. In 2006, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, where his younger sister Lacianne Carriere had received an offer for a role in a film project.
Mitte was raised by his mother following the separation of his parents. After his mother became paralyzed, Mitte became financially responsible at age 13 for the family, which by then also included his sister who was born when he was 11 years old. As of 2015, he was still financially responsible for his mother and sister.
After receiving several roles as an extra, including in the Disney series Hannah Montana, Mitte became interested in films and decided to take acting lessons. Shortly after, he was offered the role of Walter White Jr., a character who also has cerebral palsy, in the AMC series Breaking Bad. At the 2013 Media Access Awards, Mitte received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his portrayal of Walter White Jr. on the series and also presented the eponymous RJ Mitte Diversity Award to deaf actor Ryan Lane. The Screen Actors Guild named Mitte as the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is the representative of Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities, which employs artists with disabilities.
He starred in the short horror film Stump in 2011. That same year, he worked as executive producer of the documentary Vanished: The Tara Calico Story, about the disappearance of Tara Calico. Mitte was cast in the 2012 thriller film House of Last Things.
Mitte appeared in the 2013 music video for "Dead Bite" by rapcore band Hollywood Undead. He also appeared in the video for "If I Get High" by Nothing But Thieves in 2016. In January 2014, he began a recurring role on the ABC Family drama series Switched at Birth portraying Campbell, a premed student paralyzed from a snowboarding accident who uses a wheelchair.
Mitte appeared on the cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Neurology Now (published by the American Academy of Neurology). The issue included a short biography and his views on cerebral palsy, bullying, and his acting career. He is also a celebrity ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy.
|2013||House of Last Things||Tim|
|2016||Who's Driving Doug||Doug|
|2018||Retired Cupid||RJ||Short film|
|2018||Rivers Run Red||Officer Thomas|
|2019||Standing Up for Sunny||Travis|
|2020||Not a Game||Self||Documentary|
|2020||The Oak Room||Steve|
|2021||Triumph||Mike||Also executive producer|
|2006||Everybody Hates Chris||Audience Member||Uncredited|
Episode: "Everybody Hates Elections"
|2007||Hannah Montana||School Jock||Uncredited|
Episode: "Schooly Bully"
|2008–2013||Breaking Bad||Walter "Flynn" White Jr.||53 episodes|
|2013||Vegas||Russ Auster||Episode: "Paiutes"|
|2014||Switched at Birth||Campbell Bingman||9 episodes|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Walter White Jr. (voice)||Episode: "Food"|
|2017||The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls||Participant||Series 2|
|2017||Chance||Patient at convention||Episode: "The Collected Works of William Shakespeare"|
|2018||This Close||Solomon||Episode: "Who We Are"|
|2019||Now Apocalypse||Leif||2 episodes|
|2022||The Guardians of Justice||Mind Master|
|2013||Hollywood Undead||"Dead Bite"||Child|
|2013||Steel Panther||"Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World"|
|2016||Nothing but Thieves||"If I Get High"|
|2016||3 Doors Down||"In the Dark"|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble 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||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actor 17-21||Breaking Bad||Nominated|
|2013||Media Access Award||SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award||Breaking Bad||Awarded|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Breaking Bad||Won|
- Tina Calabro (March 17, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' actor RJ Mitte finds 'perfect role' prepared him to become an activist". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- Gary Strauss (February 20, 2008). "For teen star of 'Breaking Bad,' real-life disability is no obstacle". USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- RJ Mitte — Breaking Bad Is Good Interview, ABILITY Magazine.
- "RJ Mitte of 'Breaking Bad' on Living with Cerebral Palsy". YouTube. October 10, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- "RJ Mitte of 'Breaking Bad' on Living with Cerebral Palsy". YouTube. June 9, 2020.
- Natasha Wasinkski (October 10, 2013). "'Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte talks about living with cerebral palsy". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Calabro, Tina (March 17, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' actor RJ Mitte finds 'perfect role' prepared him to become an activist". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- Turnquist, Kristi (October 21, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' costar RJ Mitte on ability, disabilities, and filming in Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- Ferguson, Donna (February 17, 2016). "RJ Mitte: 'Breaking Bad didn't even make me a millionaire'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
- Clements, Erin (September 18, 2013). "RJ Mitte, Miley Cyrus Appeared On 'Hannah Montana' Together". The Huffington Post.
- "2013 Media Access Awards". Writers Guild of America. November 1, 2013. Archived from the original on January 3, 2014.
- Wolfe, Kathi (April 2012). "For Mitte, 'Bad' Rep is Good". Independence Today.
- "Stump (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "Vanished: The Tara Calico Story". Indiegogo. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Philiana Ng (January 2, 2014). "'Switched at Birth': 'Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte Makes His Debut". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte joins Channel 4's Paralympics presenters | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
- Childers, Linda (February 2015). "Breaking Good: After the role of a lifetime, Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte is busting stereotypes about cerebral palsy and speaking out against bullying". Neurology Now. American Academy of Neurology. 11 (1): 22–25. doi:10.1097/01.NNN.0000461241.05321.d5.
- "Celebrity Ambassadors". Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- GAP Spring Campaign 2014
- Time. Breaking Bad Walt Jr. Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show
- "18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 29, 2012.
- "19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 27, 2013.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. May 5, 2013.
- "20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 18, 2014.