Bryan Cranston (Walter White)
Bryan Cranston has earned widespread critical acclaim and back-to-back Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his brilliant portrayal of Walter White, a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord, in “Breaking Bad.”
He was previously nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe® for his performance as Hal on “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Before joining “Malcolm,” Cranston was making viewers laugh on “Seinfeld,” as the recurring character of Dentist Tim Whatley. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.
Among other roles Cranston has guest starred on numerous programs such as “Chicago Hope,” “Touched By An Angel,” “X-Files,” “Rockford Files,” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
Cranston’s feature film credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Seeing Other People, That Thing You Do, Clean Slate, Kissing Miranda, Dead Space, Private Offerings, and Terror Tract.
Born to a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of eight when he appeared in a United Way commercial. But it wasn’t until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration. His earlier interests were law enforcement and sports, especially baseball. “I wanted to be a professional baseball player until I realized that I brought a new meaning to the word ‘mediocre,’”.
He earned a degree in Police Science, but then did some soul-searching while on a two-year cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, Kyle. Staying in Daytona Beach, FL for the winter, they discovered community theatre, and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon they were cast in a summer stock company.
"At that point, I realized I needed to pursue what I loved, not just what I was good at, so becoming a detective was out and acting was in,” Cranston conceded.
Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television movie, “Love Without End,” which led to his being signed as an original cast member of the popular ABC series, “Loving.”
He continues to pursue his love for theatre as often as time permits.
In addition to his acting capabilities, Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama, Last Chance, as a birthday gift for his wife, in which he also starred and directed. Last Chance was honored at many prestigious film festivals including winning Best Film Awards at Breckenridge, CO and Knoxville, TN, as well as Audience Favorites in Palm Springs, CA, Sarasota, FL, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, among others. Last Chance is available in stores and at Amazon.com. Cranston also directed several episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle,” the Comedy Central pilot “Special Unit” and episodes of “Breaking Bad.”
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 empowers families with knowledge on the subject, instead of frightening them into inactivity. Also, KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, by donating half the proceeds from sales.