BRYAN CRANSTON (Jack O'Donnell) 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
"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 Atom.com, in
which he played Jack Powers, campaigning to win a seat in the State Senate.
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