Bryan Cranston has received a number of awards, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and a Golden Globe, in addition to a nomination for an Academy Award.
64 Facts About Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston was previously nominated three times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Malcolm in the Middle.
Bryan Cranston co-developed and occasionally appeared in the crime drama series Sneaky Pete and served as a director for episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and The Office.
In 2014, Cranston earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of President Lyndon B Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, a role he reprised in the HBO 2016 television film of the same name.
For portraying Dalton Trumbo in the film Trumbo, Bryan Cranston was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Bryan Cranston has appeared in several other films, such as Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Drive, Argo, Godzilla, and The Upside.
Bryan Cranston provided voice acting in the films Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Isle of Dogs.
Bryan Lee Cranston was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on March 7,1956, the second of three children born to Annalisa "Peggy", a radio actress, and Joseph Louis Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer.
Bryan Cranston's father was of half Irish, quarter Austrian Ashkenazi Jewish, and quarter German descent, while his mother was the daughter of German immigrants.
Bryan Cranston has an older brother, Kyle, and a younger sister, Amy.
Bryan Cranston's father held many jobs before deciding to become an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family.
Bryan Cranston eventually walked out on the family when Cranston was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Cranston and his brother Kyle decided to track him down.
Bryan Cranston later starred in a film directed by his father entitled The Big Turnaround in 1988.
Bryan Cranston then maintained a relationship with his father until the latter's death in 2014.
Bryan Cranston has claimed that he based his portrayal of Walter White on his own father, who had a slumped posture "like the weight of the world was on his shoulders".
Bryan Cranston has called his parents "broken people" who were "incapacitated as far as parenting" and caused the family to lose their house in a foreclosure.
Bryan Cranston graduated from Canoga Park High School, where he was a member of the school's chemistry club, and earned an associate degree in police science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976.
Bryan Cranston had performed as a youth, but his show-business parents had mixed feelings about their son being involved in the profession, so he did not act until years later.
Bryan Cranston was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church, and performed weddings for $150 a service to help with his income.
Bryan Cranston worked as a waiter, night-shift security guard at the gates of a private LA community, truck loader, camera operator for a video dating service, and a CCTV security guard at a supermarket.
Bryan Cranston started working regularly in the late 1980s, mostly doing minor roles and advertisements.
Bryan Cranston was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas Donovan from 1983 to 1985.
Bryan Cranston starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988.
Bryan Cranston played Tom Logan in an episode of the first season of the TV series Baywatch in 1989.
Bryan Cranston's voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime, including Macross Plus and Armitage III: Poly-Matrix, and most notably, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie as Fei-Long, and the children's series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
The Blue Power Ranger, Billy Bryan Cranston, was thought to be named for him but this has since proven false.
In 1994, Bryan Cranston got the recurring role of Dr Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld.
In 1998, Bryan Cranston appeared in the episode "Drive" of The X-Files written by Vince Gilligan.
In 1999, Bryan Cranston wrote and directed the film Last Chance.
In 2000, Bryan Cranston landed a leading role as Hal on the comedy series Malcolm in the Middle.
Bryan Cranston remained with the show until its end in 2006.
Bryan Cranston ultimately directed several episodes of the show and received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performance.
Bryan Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag during the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", killing Lois with a refrigerator door, and in a leaked alternate ending of Breaking Bad with Jane Kaczmarek reprising her role as Lois.
Bryan Cranston has had guest roles in many television series, including a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter on The Flash, and a lawyer attempting to free the title character from a contract in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Bryan Cranston 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.
Bryan Cranston appeared as the more successful business colleague of Greg Kinnear's character in the film Little Miss Sunshine.
From 2008 to 2013, Bryan Cranston starred in the AMC series Breaking Bad, created by Vince Gilligan, in which he played the show's protagonist, Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
Bryan Cranston was a producer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the series, and directed three episodes of the show during its run.
In 2011, Bryan Cranston had supporting roles in three successful films, the drama The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the thrillers Drive and Contagion.
Bryan Cranston voiced James Gordon in the animated film Batman: Year One.
Bryan Cranston lent his voice to several episodes of the animated series Robot Chicken.
From September 2013 to June 2014, Cranston played US president Lyndon B Johnson in the American Repertory Theater and Broadway productions of All the Way.
Bryan Cranston played scientist Joe Brody in the 2014 reboot of Godzilla.
Bryan Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to teach families how to stay safe from child abductors and Internet predators.
Also, following the success of Breaking Bad, the year 2014 saw reports of Bryan Cranston developing new TV projects in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television.
In 2015, Bryan Cranston starred as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the biopic Trumbo, for which he received his first Academy award nomination.
In 2016, Bryan Cranston voiced Li, the biological father of Po, in Kung Fu Panda 3.
Bryan Cranston starred in a stage adaptation of the 1976 film Network playing Howard Beale, directed by Ivo van Hove at the West End Royal National Theatre, opening in November 2017.
Bryan Cranston received the 2019 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance Award.
Bryan Cranston was part of the ensemble cast of the 2018 animated film Isle of Dogs, by Wes Anderson, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where he played the lead dog Chief.
Bryan Cranston appeared in the ninth season of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing Larry David's therapist.
In October 2018, Bryan Cranston became the voice for a new series of Ford commercials featuring the tagline 'Built Ford Proud'.
Bryan Cranston had the lead role in the miniseries Your Honor, playing a judge and the father of a boy who accidentally kills someone.
In 2022, Bryan Cranston reprised the role of Walter White during the final season of the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul.
In 2023, Bryan Cranston had another appearance as Walter White, alongside Aaron Paul's Jesse, and Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca in a Super Bowl LVII commercial for Popcorners.
Bryan Cranston has stated this could be his final appearance as the character.
From 1977 to 1982, Bryan Cranston was married to writer Mickey Middleton.
Bryan Cranston played baseball when he was a student and remains a collector of baseball memorabilia.
Bryan Cranston is an avid fan of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Rams.
When he accepted his third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Cranston thanked his wife and daughter and told them he loves them "more than baseball".
Bryan Cranston was a co-owner of the former independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California.
Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul announced the release of their signature mezcal, Dos Hombres, in July 2019.
In March 2020, Bryan Cranston contracted COVID-19 and recovered reportedly with mild symptoms.
Bryan Cranston supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election and opposed the candidacy of Donald Trump.