BRYAN CRANSTON (Joe Brody) won three consecutive Emmy
Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on AMC's
"Breaking Bad," giving him the honor of being only the second actor in history,
and the first on a cable series, to win three Best Actor Emmys in a row. For his
portrayal of anti-hero Walter White on the series, Cranston has also been
honored with two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and a Golden Globe, as well
as additional Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations. He also shared in a
SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Drama Series Ensemble and was honored
by the Television Critics Association.
Cranston is currently making his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B.
Johnson in "All the Way," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.
The play depicts the early period of LBJ's presidency and his relationship with
key political figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover and
Senator Richard Russell. Cranston received rave reviews for his performance,
which just finished a sold out run at the American Repertory Theatre in
On the big screen, Cranston recently essayed the role of CIA operative Jack
O'Donnell, in Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning Best Picture "Argo," for which he
shared in a SAG Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble. He will next
begin production on Jay Roach's "Trumbo," playing the title role of Dalton
Trumbo, one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters whose career came to an
end when he was blacklisted in the 1940s for being a communist.
Last year, Cranston was heard as the voice of Vitality in "Madagascar 3:
Europe's Most Wanted," and will next voice a character in DreamWorks' "Kung Fu
Panda 3." His long list of film credits includes Len Wiseman's remake of "Total
Recall"; Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages"; Nicolas Winding Refn's critically
acclaimed "Drive," opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan; as well as
"Contagion," "John Carter of Mars," "Larry Crowne," "The Lincoln Lawyer,"
"Little Miss Sunshine," "Seeing Other People," "Saving Private Ryan" and "That
Thing You Do!"
Born to a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston
made his acting debut at the age of eight in a United Way commercial. It wasn't
until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration. While on a
cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, he discovered community theater
and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon, he was cast in a summer
Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television
movie "Love Without End," which led to his being signed as an original cast
member of ABC's "Loving." He went on to appear in numerous television roles,
including a seven-year run as Hal on FOX's "Malcolm in the Middle," for which he
was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmy awards; the recurring role of
dentist Tim Whatley on "Seinfeld"; as Buzz Aldrin in HBO's acclaimed miniseries
"From the Earth to the Moon; and in the telefilm "I Know My First Name is
Steven," among others.
Cranston is also enjoying success behind the camera, as a director, writer
and producer. He has earned three Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award
nominations, the first for an episode of "Modern Family," followed by dual nods
this year, for episodes of "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad." As a producer on
"Breaking Bad," he also won Emmy and Producers Guild of America Awards for
Outstanding Drama Series.
He previously wrote, directed and starred in the original romantic drama
"Last Chance" as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and also directed
several episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" and the Comedy Central pilot
"Special Unit." In 2011, Cranston served as executive producer of an exclusive
online series called "The Handlers" for Atom.com, in which he also starred as
Jack Powers, a politician campaigning for a seat in the State Senate.
Cranston continues to pursue his love for theater whenever possible. His
credits on stage include "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.
Additionally, Cranston produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which
is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and
Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing &
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