skip navigation
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

All The Way ... Bryan Cranston stars in a riveting look at the formidable challenges and demons... more info $15.96was $19.98 Buy Now

Contagion ... Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills... more info $8.95was $9.98 Buy Now

Argo / the Town ... As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration'... more info $7.95was $9.97 Buy Now

Godzilla ... A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla awakens from it's slumber to wreak... more info $36.95was $44.98 Buy Now

Argo ... Based on real events the dramatic thriller ARGO chronicles the life-or-death... more info $5.95was $5.98 Buy Now

Batman: Year One ... SPECIAL EDITION. When Gotham City is in desperate need of heroes, two men take a... more info $20.95was $24.98 Buy Now

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

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A versatile and prolific actor, 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, long before he became a celebrated television star. 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, Cranstonfound the role of a lifetime with a spellbinding performance as a terminally ill high school teacher who builds a meth lab to support his family in the critically-acclaimed drama "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...

A versatile and prolific actor, 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, long before he became a celebrated television star. 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, Cranstonfound the role of a lifetime with a spellbinding performance as a terminally ill high school teacher who builds a meth lab to support his family in the critically-acclaimed drama "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.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Last Chance (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Isle of Dogs (2018)
2.
 Power Rangers (2017)
3.
4.
 Untouchable (2017)
5.
 Last Flag Fying (2017)
6.
 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
7.
 Wakefield (2016)
8.
 Infiltrator, The (2016)
9.
10.
 Get a Job (2016)
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1988:
Had regular role as the uncle of the titular teen in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Raising Miranda"
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"
1995:
Acted in the independent comedy "Kissing Miranda"
1996:
Featured on the short-lived sitcom "The Louie Show"
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"
2007:
Cast as Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries, "Fallen"
2008:
Cast as Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime, in AMC hit series "Breaking Bad"
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"
2016:
Was nominated for an Oscar for playing the title character in "Trumbo"
2016:
Voiced the role of Li in "Kung Fu Panda 3"
2016:
Reprised Walter White role on an episode of "Saturday Night Light"
2017:
Appeared as himself in "The Room"-based bio-drama "The Disaster Artist"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

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

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Robin Dearden. Actor.

Family close complete family listing

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.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute