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Bryan Cranston
Character Walter White
Birthday March 7, 1956
Appearances Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor who played Walter White in Breaking Bad. Cranston has won three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for this role. On the set of the final 8 episodes, Cranston called the final 8 episodes "A roller-coaster ride to hell" and states "You won't wanna miss this". He has a tattoo on his finger that reads "BRBA" in the symbols seen for the show. 


Born in San Fernando Valley, California, Bryan grew up in Los Angeles and went to college to study police science. He got his start in acting in the theatre, and soon began doing commercial and TV work. His first big role was a 9-episode recurring spot on the TV series Raising Miranda as Uncle Russell. He continued to hold small television and film roles, including a recurring spot on Seinfeld. In 1998 he was cast as Buzz Aldrin on the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Two years later, he was cast as the father Hal in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle which ran for six years. He has appeared in a couple episodes of How I Met Your Mother as Ted's obnoxious boss. He also was on King of Queens as the loud neighbor with the pool over looking the privacy fence. In 2008, he was cast in Breaking Bad as Walter White, a role that has earned him three Emmy Awards and numerous other awards. In 2014, he starred in the movie Godzilla.

He is also a director, writer and producer. Bryan wrote, directed, and produced the film Last Chance, and has directed episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, Big Day and Breaking Bad.

In 1997, he played Ranger Captain Ericsson in the Babylon 5 episode, "The Long Night."

Episodes Directed

Bryan Cranston interview for Breaking Bad season 3 at the Paleyfest TV Festival03:41

Bryan Cranston interview for Breaking Bad season 3 at the Paleyfest TV Festival

Bryan Cranston interview


  • In the episode, Rabid Dog, Walt asks Patrick Kuby about his search for Jesse, Kuby tells him, "I put a bug in the tall kid's mom's place.  For three hours straight all he kept talking about was something called Babylon 5."  Bryan Cranston had a small part in that show as Ranger Captain Ericsson in the episode "The Long Night."
  • Bryan Cranston was also in a show called Malcolm in the Middle where he played a character named Hal. Before the series finale of Breaking Bad came out, Cranston released a joke alternate ending where his Malcolm in the Middle character, Hal, wakes up and all the events of the show are just a dream. This plot device has been used in Lost, Newhart, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Dallas.
    • Though it had been a joke among fans of Breaking Bad online for years, That the events of Breaking Bad were simply a dream of Hal's or that Hal was the assumed identity of Walter White in the Witness protection program.[1]


  • Bryan Cranston was paid $225,000 per episode in season 5 [2].

External Links


  1. Walt and Hal are the same[1]
  2. Business Insider: Here's How Much Aaron Paul And Bryan Cranston Earn For 'Breaking Bad'

Emmy Award videos

Main Bryan CranstonAnna GunnAaron PaulDean NorrisBetsy BrandtRJ MitteBob OdenkirkGiancarlo EspositoJonathan BanksLaura FraserJesse Plemons
Supporting Steven Michael QuezadaCharles BakerChristopher CousinsMichael Shamus WilesRay CampbellKrysten RitterMatt L. JonesTodd TerryChris FreihoferDavid CostabileRaymond CruzEmily RiosMark MargolisJeremiah BitsuiLavell Crawford
Writers: Vince GilliganPatty LinGeorge MastrasPeter GouldJ RobertsSam CatlinMoira Walley-BeckettJohn ShibanThomas SchnauzGennifer Hutchison

Directors: Vince GilliganAdam BernsteinJim McKayTricia BrockBronwen HughesTim HunterBryan CranstonCharles HaidTerry McDonoughJohn DahlJohan RenckPeter MedakFélix Enríquez AlcaláMichelle MacLarenPhil AbrahamColin BuckseyRian JohnsonScott WinantJohn ShibanMichael Slovis

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