RJ Mitte (Walter Jnr)
RJ Mitte spent much of his childhood growing up between Austin, TX and Lafayette, LA. At a young age he learned to meet challenges head on, facing Cerebral Palsy. RJ would try his hand at everything, including soccer, football, fishing and learning to hunt with his uncle and grandfather.
As a child, Mitte spent time working with his grandfather’s philanthropic organization and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for communities devastated by natural disasters and poverty. This experience set the background for the work that Mitte would gravitate toward as a young actor in Hollywood.
In 2005, he accompanied his younger sister Lacianne Carriere on a trip to Los Angeles to meet and work with talent manager, Addison Witt. Mitte was encouraged by a talent agent to give acting a try. Always one to take on a new adventure, Mitte did not hesitate in accepting the challenge. Although he had not previously expressed an interest in acting, the opportunity seemed to strike the right chord. To get his start in entertainment, Mitte worked as a background actor on the TV series “Hannah Montana” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” He learned to audition for other TV and commercial projects by studying acting techniques with his manager, Witt. Mitte’s "big break" came from an opportunity to audition for the now critically acclaimed and Emmy®-winning “Breaking Bad,” playing the son of two-time Emmy® winner, Bryan Cranston.
Drawing from what Mitte learned in his early youth, he has lent his name and ambition to several organizations to raise awareness in the areas of equality and diversity. Mitte is a spokesperson for two organizations, “Beyond Diversity – the future is now,” and I AM PWD, a tri-union awareness campaign bringing attention to actors with disability in TV, film and stage. The campaign is supported by the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors Equity. Mitte’s ambition includes directing, producing and continuing to grow as an actor, making respected films and working in television.
Mitte is a guest speaker at high schools, colleges and universities around the country, openly talking about the ways he has overcome obstacles and how he has achieved his goals.