Bryan Cranston Wiki Bio
Bryan Lee Cranston was born in Los Angeles, California USA on 7 March 1956 – his zodiac sign is Pisces and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, film director and producer, who might be known best for his portrayal of the lead character Walter White in the critically acclaimed crime series “Breaking Bad” created by Vince Gilligan, and which also stared Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn. It follows a high school chemistry teacher who, after learning he’s dying from cancer, decides to start cooking methamphetamine so that his family will have enough money after his death.
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The series aired from 2008 to 2013 and was a huge hit, winning 153 awards including two Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 238 others.
For his performance in the series, Bryan was nominated for 75 awards, and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.
Childhood and education
Bryan was raised alongside his two siblings, Kyle and Amy in Canoga Park, California, by their mother Annalisa who was a radio actress and their father Joseph Louis Cranston who was also an actor.
Bryan’s father worked multiple jobs to financially support his family before deciding to venture into acting, however, he wasn’t earning enough to put food on the table, and so left his family when Bryan was 11 – they met again after more than a decade, after which Bryan maintained a healthy relationship with his father until Joseph died in 2014.
After his father left, Bryan was raised in Yucaipa in California by his grandparents, and while there had an opportunity to meet Charles Manson, a criminal and cult leader responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders on 9 August 1969.
Bryan attended Canoga Park High School at which he was mostly interested in chemistry, and was part of the school’s chemistry club, then upon matriculation in 1974, he enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, from which he graduated with an Associate’s degree in police science two years later.
Roles in movies
Brian has been credited with appearing in roughly 160 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his (uncredited) debut film appearance in 1980, when he portrayed a quarterback in the drama “To Race the Wind”, and then went on to make his voicing debut for the 1983 animated science fiction movie “The Treasure Planet”. The following years saw Bryan appear in several movies none of which attracted much attention, such as the 1990 drama “Corporate Affairs”, the 1991 science fiction “Dead Space”, and he also voiced Matti Tohn in the English dub of the Japanese animated science fiction film “Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise”. He went on voicing characters in English dubs of Japanese animated films, such as “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie”, the “Macross Plus: International Version”, and the cyberpunk “Armitage III”.
Bryan gained recognition in 1998 when he portrayed War Department Colonel in the epic was movie “Saving Private Ryan”, written by Robert Rodat and directed by Steven Spielberg, and which follows a group of soldiers on a mission to rescue a soldier whose brothers have all been killed in war. Bryan was also praised for his portrayal of Stan Grossman in the tragi-comedy road movie “Little Miss Sunshine”, and he went on to appear in movies such as the 2010 drama “Love Ranch”, the 2011 legal thriller “The Lincoln Lawyer”, and the 2012 science fiction action “John Carter” – the same year heard him voice Vitaly in the animated comedy movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”.
In 2013, he starred alongside Alice Eve and Logan Marshall-Green in the crime thriller “Cold Comes the Night”, and then participated in several critically acclaimed movies, such as the animated wuxia comedy “Kung Fu Panda 3” (voice role), the biographical crime thriller “The Infiltrator” in which he played the lead character Robert Mazur, and the romantic comedy “Why Him?”, starring alongside James Franco and Zoey Deutch.
Bryan appeared in four movies in 2017, while three of this most recent appearances have been in the 2018 animated science fiction comedy “Isle of Dogs” in which he voiced Chief, the 2019 neo-Western crime thriller “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” in which he made a cameo appearance, and the 2020 fantasy “The One and Only Ivan”, starring alongside Sam Rockwell and Angelina Jolie.
Roles in TV series
Bryan made his debut TV series appearance in 1982, when cast to play Sam in the episode “Bisexual Marriage” of the drama “Crisis Counselor”, and the following years saw him appear in an episode or two of several series, such as the crime drama “CHiPs”, the action adventure “Cover Up”, and the action military drama “Airwolf”.
Bryan gained recognition in 1988 when he portrayed Uncle Russell in nine episodes of the sitcom “Raising Miranda”, and after appearing in single episodes of over 30 TV series, he was cast to play Hal, one of the lead characters in the critically acclaimed sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle”, created by Linwood Boomer and Michael Glouberman, and which also starred Frankie Muniz and Justin Berfield. The series follows a teenager living with his dysfunctional family, and won 46 awards and was nominated for 118 others, including seven Golden Globes, during its airing from 2000 to 2006.
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Concurrently, in 2001 Bryan voiced Mr. Newton and Senator Howard Bilson in eight episodes of the adult animated sitcom “Gary & Mike”, and his next notable performance was in the long-running animated sitcom “Family Guy” in which he voiced four characters in 10 episodes. The year 2011 saw him write, produce and star in the drama “The Handlers”, and he then voiced several characters in the adult animated comedy sketch “Robot Chicken”, appeared in nine episodes of the adult animated sitcom “The Cleveland Show”, and narrate 17 episodes of the documentary “Big History”.
From 2015 to 2019, Bryan voiced Titanium Rex in the stop-motion animated comedy “SuperMansion” which he also produced, and two of his most recent appearances in TV series have been in the 2019 episode “Opioids II” of the talk show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, and the 2020 episode “To The Pain!” of the comedy mini-series “Home Movie: The Princess Bride”, while he has also been cast to play Michael Desiato in the upcoming series “Your Honor”.
Bryan has appeared in three stage plays: he played Welch in “The God of Hell” performed at Geffen Playhouse in 2006, Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way” at both The American Repertory Theater and Neil Simon Theatre in 2013, and Howard Beale in “Network” at Royal National Theatre and Belasco Theatre in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
He voiced Vitaly in the video game “Madagascar 3: The Video Game”, and himself in the mobile game “Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff”. Bryan has also appeared in three commercials for Audi, Esurance and Mountain Dew Zero, and in the music video “Boss of Me”, by They Might Be Giants.
Love life and wife
In 1977, Bryan married American writer Mickey Middleton after several years of dating, but they divorced in 1982 for unknown reasons.
He married his second wife Robin Dearden on 8 July 1989, five years after they met while shooting for the series “Airwolf”, and on 12 February 1993, Robin gave birth to their daughter Taylor Dearden Cranston – she has also become an actress, and appeared in the first episode of the third season of “Breaking Bad”. Bryan and his wife spend most of their time at their beach house in Ventura County, which he personally designed.
Robin Dearden was born in Los Angeles, on 4 December 1953 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who might be known best for her roles in the TV series “Magnum, P.I.”, “Breaking Bad” and “Matt Houston” – Robin has been credited with over 40 other roles in movies and TV series.
As of November 2020, Bryan is married to his second wife Robin Dearden, and has a daughter.
Hobbies and other interests
Bryan has been interested in baseball since his teenage years, when he played for his high school team, and is today a baseball memorabilia collector, while he cheers for the Los Angeles Dodgers. When he received his third Primetime Emmy Award, Bryan stated during his speech that he loves his family more than baseball.
He was once the owner of the Cinemas Palme d’Or, the now closed independent theater. Bryan is not a big fan of tattoos, but after he and Aaron Paul finished shooting the final episode of “Breaking Bad”, they were both tattooed to commemorate the series – Bryan has his logo on his finger, while Aaron tattooed ‘no half measures’ on his arm.
It was announced in July 2020 that Bryan had contracted the coronavirus, but it was later reported that he had recovered without any problems.
He is also a writer, as his book “A Life in Parts” was published in 2016.
Bryan’s age is 64. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.79m) and he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).
As of November 2020, his net worth has been estimated at somewhat over $30 million.