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Also Known As: Bryan Lee Cranston, Bryan L Cranston Died:
Born: March 7, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Canoga Park, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director

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A versatile and prolific actor for several decades, Bryan Cranston displayed an authoritative voice and presence that made him a perfect fit to play policemen, doctors and the occasional villain in numerous series and occasional features. A recurring turn as an eccentric dentist on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and a meddling neighbor on "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) signaled that he possessed formidable comic skills, which received a superb showcase in his Emmy-nominated performance as Hal, the manic head of the family in "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06). Following that program's conclusion, Cranston took a turn toward more dramatic fare with a startling performance as a terminally ill high school teacher who builds a meth lab to support his family in "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). The role was a perfect opportunity for the actor to display fierce dramatic chops only previously hinted at in episodes of popular shows like "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001), "Touched By an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). His performance on "Breaking Bad" was hailed by critics and earned him Emmy recognition while establishing Cranston as an actor deftly capable of...

A versatile and prolific actor for several decades, Bryan Cranston displayed an authoritative voice and presence that made him a perfect fit to play policemen, doctors and the occasional villain in numerous series and occasional features. A recurring turn as an eccentric dentist on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and a meddling neighbor on "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) signaled that he possessed formidable comic skills, which received a superb showcase in his Emmy-nominated performance as Hal, the manic head of the family in "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06). Following that program's conclusion, Cranston took a turn toward more dramatic fare with a startling performance as a terminally ill high school teacher who builds a meth lab to support his family in "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). The role was a perfect opportunity for the actor to display fierce dramatic chops only previously hinted at in episodes of popular shows like "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001), "Touched By an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). His performance on "Breaking Bad" was hailed by critics and earned him Emmy recognition while establishing Cranston as an actor deftly capable of excelling in both comedy and drama.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Last Chance (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2015)
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 Trumbo (2015)
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 Eye of Winter (2014)
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 Godzilla (2014)
6.
 Get a Job (2013)
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 Leave (2012)
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 Total Recall (2012)
9.
 Rock of Ages (2012)
10.
 Argo (2012)
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Raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, CA
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Pursued an acting career on a post-college cross-country journey
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Acted in local theater in Daytona Beach, FL
1982:
Made TV acting debut in an episode of "CHiPs" (NBC)
1983:
Originated role of Douglas Donovan on the ABC daytime drama "Loving"
1987:
First TV-movie debut, "The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC)
1988:
Had regular role as the uncle of the titular teen in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Raising Miranda"
1989:
Made feature acting debut in "Turnaround"
1989:
Had supporting role of a policeman in the gripping fact-based miniseries "I Know My First Name is Steven" (NBC)
1990:
Co-starred in the office-set romantic comedy "Corporate Affairs"
1991:
Co-starred as a scientist in the sci-fi thriller "DeadSpace"
1993:
Formed Quintus Productions with fellow actor Michael Goorjian and managers Leonard Grant and Eric Overholtzer
1994:
Starred in the Lizzie Borden-directed segment of the three part anthology feature "Erotique"
1994:
Played the recurring role of Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist on "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1995:
Acted in the independent comedy "Kissing Miranda"
1996:
Featured on the short-lived sitcom "The Louie Show" (CBS)
1996:
Played astronaut Gus Grissom in the Tom Hanks directed "That Thing You Do!"
1998:
Cast as astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"; executive produced by Tom Hanks
1998:
Featured in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" as a one-armed military officer
1999:
Had a recurring role on CBS' "The King of Queens" as Doug Heffernan's annoying neighbor, Tim Sacksky
1999:
Wrote and directed "Last Chance"; also co-starred with wife Robin Dearden
2000:
Breakthrough role, playing the oddball father of four in the FOX sitcom, "Malcolm in the Middle"; also directed several episodes
2001:
Played the irresponsible uncle who steals Santa's sleigh in the Disney Channel Movie "'Twas the Night"
2006:
Played a business colleague of Greg Kinnear's in the indie film "Little Miss Sunshine"
2006:
Guest starred as Ted's obnoxious co-worker on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother"
2007:
Cast as Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries, "Fallen"
2007:
Cast as Walter White a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime in "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
2010:
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada
2011:
Appeared in "Larry Crowne" with Tom Hanks, who also co-wrote and directed
2011:
Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
2012:
Co-starred with Taylor Kitsch in sci-fi Western "John Carter"
2012:
Voiced character of Vitaly in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
2012:
Played the mayor of Los Angeles in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
2012:
Co-starred in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
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Education

Canoga Park High School: Canoga Park , California - 1974

Notes

Bryan Cranston on playing the father of four rambunctious boys in "Malcolm in the Middle": "Being a parent (of a 7-year-old daughter), it was easy to take on the role of being a parent at work. Like the show, it's controlled chaos. They're boys, and they have boy energy, and they will go, go, go, unless you keep them a little controlled." --quoted in the Houston Chronicle, January 12, 2000

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wife:
Robin Dearden. Actor.

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brother:
Kim Edward Cranston. Born in June 1953.
sister:
Amy L Cranston. Born in October 1962.
daughter:
Taylor Dearden Cranston. Born on February 12, 1993.

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