- NAME: Bryan Cranston
- OCCUPATION: Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: March 07, 1956 (Age: 58)
- Did You Know?: Bryan Cranston once harbored dreams of becoming a police officer.
- Did You Know?: Bryan Cranston and Bill Cosby are the only actors to have won the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series three consecutive years.
- EDUCATION: Los Angeles Valley College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Canoga Park, California
- Full Name: Bryan Lee Cranston
- AKA: Bryan Cranston
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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A versatile actor, Bryan Cranston played the character Walter White, the high school teacher turned meth kingpin, on the hit television drama Breaking Bad.
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It was while looking for work shortly after the end of Malcolm in the Middle in 2006 that Cranston got his first look at the Breaking Bad script. The show's creator, Vince Gilligan, had first met Cranston in 1998, when the two collaborated as director and character actor in an episode of The X-Files. As he began putting together the pieces for his new show, Gilligan kept coming back to Cranston as the central character, Walter White,
a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer who starts cooking meth in order to leave his family with enough money after his death.
Cranston has said that upon reading the show's initial script, he was determined to play White, because he felt it would change the life of whomever landed the role. For Cranston, it certainly did. Critics have hailed the show, which debuted in 2008, one of the best on TV, and it's landed the actor three straight Emmy Awards for outstanding lead actor in a drama series—making Cranston the only actor other than Bill Cosby to have won the award three consecutive years.
It's also led to higher profile work. Around the time that Breaking Bad came to a close, in 2013, Cranston was cast as Dalton Trumbo in a new biopic about the blacklisted, Academy Award-winning screenwriter.
Cranston lives in Southern California with his second wife, Robin Dearden. The couple has a daughter, Taylor Dearden.
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