Bryan Cranston Bryan Cranston

Born March 7, 1956, in California's San Fernando Valley, Bryan Cranston developed a passion for acting when he was in college. After graduation, he honed his craft on stages in Florida, appearing in community theater productions.

Landing a part on "ChiPs" in 1982, Cranston began building an impressive résumé of TV credits throughout the decade with stints on the soaps "Loving" and "One Life to Live" and guest shots on "Airwolf," "Hill Street Blues" and "Falcon Crest." His presence on the tube continued in the '90s with one-off gigs and a recurring role on "Seinfeld." Meanwhile, Cranston delivered notable performances in the films That Thing You Do (1996) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

The new millennium brought Cranston well-earned kudos and multiple Emmy nods for his portrayal of Frankie Muniz's dad on "Malcolm in the Middle" and back-to-back-to-back statuettes for his lead role in the cable series "Breaking Bad."



2015 R

Bryan Cranston stars as famed 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose refusal to testify before the congressional House Un-American Activities Committee resulted in a prison sentence and being blacklisted as a communist.

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