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  • Bryan Cranston Biography

    Born: March 07, 1956 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA

    BRYAN CRANSTON has won three Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's "Breaking Bad," now in its fifth season. Cranston has the distinction of being the first actor in a cable series, and only the second actor in Emmy history, with three consecutive Best Actor wins. His performance on "Breaking Bad" has also brought him two Golden Globe nominations and four Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations, and he most recently received another Emmy nomination.

    Cranston previously starred for seven seasons on the hit comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle." He earned three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the dad, Hal Wilkerson.

    On the big screen, Cranston will next be seen in the comedy "Get a Job." He also starred this summer as villain Vilos Cohaagen in the remake of the sci-fi thriller "Total Recall." His recent film work also includes Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages," "John Carter," "Red Tails," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," and Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," in which he joined an all-star ensemble cast. He also lent his voice to the animated hit "Madagascar 3." Cranston's many other film credits include the Tom Hanks-directed films "Larry Crowne" and "That Thing You Do!"; The Lincoln Lawyer"; "Little Miss Sunshine"; "Seeing Other People"; and Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."

    Born and raised in Southern California, Cranston began pursuing his acting career after college, starting on the stage in community theater and summer stock. He went on to appear in numerous television shows, including a recurring role on "Seinfeld." Among his longform credits, he portrayed astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."

    Cranston continues to return to the stage whenever possible. His theatre credits include productions of "The God of Hell," "Chapter Two," "The Taming of the Shrew," "A Doll's House," "Eastern Standard," "Wrestlers," "Barefoot in the Park," and "The Steven Weed Show," for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.

    Cranston has also enjoyed success behind the camera, most recently directing several episodes of "Breaking Bad," on which he serves as a producer. He earlier wrote the original romantic drama "Last Chance" as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and also directed, produced and starred in the film. In addition, Cranston directed several episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" and the Comedy Central pilot "Special Unit." In early 2011, Cranston served as executive producer of an exclusive online series called "The Handlers" for, in which he played Jack Powers, campaigning to win a seat in the State Senate.

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