Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Bryan Cranston won three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards to receive three consecutive wins. His performance has also earned him a Television Critics Association Award, two Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
On the big screen, Cranston will star as the as the villain, Vilos Cohaagen, in the highly anticipated Len Wiseman remake of Total Recall. He will also be seen in Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones and heard as the voice of Vitality in Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted.
This fall, he will star in Ben Affleck's Argo opposite John Goodman and Alan Arkin. The film is an adaptation of an April 2007 Wired magazine article which tells how the CIA and the Canadian government teamed to rescue six U.S. diplomats who'd been taken hostage in 1979. The agency's ruse posited that the captives were actually a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie titled Argo, and using those fake identities, they were able to flee the country. Cranston will play Jack O'Donnell, an Irish CIA agent from Boston who used to be President Eisenhower's bodyguard. Warner Bros. will release the film on October 12, 2012.
Cranston's additional feature film credits include: 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 stock company.
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; HBO's acclaimed miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, as Buzz Aldrin, and the made-for-television movie I Know My First Name is Steven, among others. He has guest starred on numerous TV programs.
Cranston continues to pursue his love for theater whenever possible. Credits 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.
Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama, Last Chance as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and directed and starred in the film. Cranston has also directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, the Comedy Central pilot Special Unit, Breaking Bad and recently an episode of Modern Family.
In early 2011, Cranston served as executive producer and star of an exclusive online series called The Handlers for Atom.com. The comedic short series followed Cranston as the character Jack Powers and his race to win a seat on the State Senate.
Cranston also 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 & Exploited Children.
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