Bryan Cranston: biography
Bryan Cranston is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He became worldwide famous, won the Screen Actors Guild, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the film Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Childhood and youth
Bryan Cranston was born in March 1956 in the California city of San Fernando to a family of little-known actors. Besides acting, father Joseph Cranston was engaged in producing. Mother Annalisa Sell starred in low-budget series. But they both failed to achieve success.
Bryan later admitted that the father and mother were broken and incapable people who could not cope with the role of parents. As a result, the young people divorced, and the house was sold to clear the mortgage debt. 12-year-old Bryan Cranston and his older brother had to live with their grandparents. The father abandoned his children for ten years.
Family problems left their mark on the boy’s character. At school, Bryan was known as a silent outsider. Cranston became self-confident only when he grew up. When the young man was 16 years old, he was involved in the program that helped the Los Angeles Police Department. Bryan was good at criminology. At the same time, the guy tried his hand at an amateur theatre. When he had to choose between a police officer or an artist, Cranston chose the latter. The time has shown that he has not mistaken.
After graduation from high school, Bryan Cranston studied at a college in Los Angeles. At the same time, the young man attended acting classes and auditions. To make money for a living, Cranston had to look for a side job. The young man even worked as a loader for a while.
A year later, Cranston dropped out of college and went to New York City. He was lucky there. Judging by the photos in his youth, the smiling guy attracted the attention of the creators of commercials because at first Bryan starred in them. Then Cranston began to appear in the episodes of soap operas and low-budget melodramas. But Bryan remembered the sad experience of his father, who whistled for the starring role, and the young man agreed to everything that was offered.
As it turned out, the chosen path was right. After several years of filming in little-known projects, the young actor was offered a leading role in the highly-rating melodrama Loving. A hero named Douglas Donovan was noticed and appreciated by viewers and critics. Thus, Bryan Cranston began his stellar acting career.
Cranston became famous in the late 1990s. During these years, the top-grossing films Baywatch, The Flash, L.A. Law, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show were released. These projects have received recognition in America and Europe.
At the same time, Bryan Cranston managed to avoid being associated with one role. The actor played the heroes of fantasy, comedy and thriller films brilliantly. The actor also starred in melodramas and action movies.
Cranston became even more famous for the role of Hal in the popular TV series Malcolm in the Middle. This project aired from the beginning of 2000 to 2006. In 2005, the comedy series How I Met Your Mother premiered. The series became highly-rated and helped the leading actors, including Bryan Cranston, to win more viewers’ hearts.
The most significant project in the filmography of the Hollywood star is considered the drama Breaking Bad. Having read the film script, Bryan realized that this was the role that each actor had been waiting for many years. For the work in the drama, Cranston refused to participate in the favorite American show. And he was right again. For the role Walter White, a chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, the actor won the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the work in this project, Bryan had his finger tattooed with the logo “BrBa” to leave a mark about the series, which brought him success. The actor said that he was not advised to get a tattoo, because no one would notice the inscription, but Cranston said it was for him because he could see the picture that made him smile.
Aaron Paul also tattooed a memorable inscription on his body. So, the inside of the forearm of the young star has the words "No Half Measures." Mike Ehrmantraut said them to Cranston’s character in the third season.
At that time, Bryan's filmography also included the thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, the drama Detachment, the crime film Drive. The movies Total Recall and Argo became highly-rated.
In 2015, the Hollywood star was cast in the biographical drama Trumbo about the life of an American screenwriter who was accused of sympathizing for the communist regime and imprisoned.
For his work in the movie, Bryan was nominated for Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards but the man did not win any of them.
In the film industry, Bryan Cranston is known as a successful actor, director, and producer of many successful projects. The director’s credentials include the works Last Chance, The Office, Big Day and Modern Family. Bryan played the title characters in some films.
Cranston has won the prestigious Golden Globe, Emmy, Satellite and Saturn Awards, and his filmography includes about 200 projects. Bryan is also known as a voice actor. The star voiced the heroes of the cult cartoon Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and no less popular animated films Kung Fu Panda 3, Batman: Year One, The Simpsons.
Bryan admitted in an interview that although money was importanе for him, his choice was not influenced by the income. The primary criterion was always the proposed character and the desire to portray it.
Even young colleagues can be jealous of Cranston’s ability to work. Despite the respectable age, the actor remains an excellent professional and still participates in 4-5 projects a year. Viewers liked one of his last projects, the crime drama The Infiltrator, where Bryan Cranston portrayed a federal agent, who was infiltrated into the gang of narcoterrorist, Pablo Escobar.
Another significant work of the year was the leading role in the drama Wakefield. Bryan’s hero is a successful lawyer who one day decides to lead secluded life to see whether the world will change after his disappearance.
Cranston could portray a bayonet-happy father, who started a campaign to disqualify his daughter's boyfriend in the comedy Why Him?. James Franco and Zoey Deutch played the young people in this story. Bryan liked the theme of the film. There was something to ponder while working on the character because the actor is the happy father of a beautiful young lady.
A year later, the actor played a bit part in the fantasy action movie Power Rangers, in an episode of the British science-fiction series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams where he also worked as a producer. Cranston played himself in James Franco and Dave Franco’s drama The Disaster Artist about the bottom side of the life of Hollywood stars.
The actor was married to screenwriter Mickey Middleton for five years. But the relationship finally ended in 1982, and the couple divorced.
The personal life of Bryan Cranston improved when he met colleague Robin Dearden on the set of the film Airwolf. In 1993, the wife gave birth to a daughter, Taylor.
In his free time, Cranston attends baseball games. Bryan is an old fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. The tall and handsome actor (his height is 179 cm, the weight is 76 kg) is so keen on this sport that his main hobby is collecting baseball memorabilia. Cranston even celebrated one of his birthdays at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
Despite his age, Bryan is an active user of social networks. The artist has officially verified accounts on Instagram and Twitter. Thousands of fans watch the life of their favorite star.
Bryan Cranston now
In September 2017, viewers saw the actor in the leading role in the drama The Upside. This film is a remake of the French movie The Intouchables, in which Omar Sy and François Cluzet played the title characters. If viewers and critics appreciated the original version, then the new one received negative reviews.
As a result, critics concluded that it was pleasant to look at such a duet because both actors were suited for their roles. However, it is not clear why they remade a successful film.
In August 2018, the cartoon Isle of Dogs is scheduled to be released, where Bryan has voiced the title character.
Nowadays, two projects with Bryan Cranston go through the production stage. They are The One and Only Ivan and Jackpot.
There are rumors that the famous actor will portray the title characters in the fantasy film London Fog and the action movie Uncharted.
- 1998 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
- 2000—2006 – Malcolm in the Middle
- 2006 – Little Miss Sunshine
- 2006—2007 – How I Met Your Mother
- 2008—2013 – Breaking Bad
- 2011 – Detachment
- 2011 – Drive
- 2012 – Total Recall
- 2012 – Argo
- 2015 – Trumbo
- 2016 – The Infiltrator
- 2016 – Why Him?
- 2017 – Power Rangers
- 2017 – Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
- 2017 – The Disaster Artist
- 2017 – The Upside
- 2017 – Last Flag Flying