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Who is Bryan Lee Cranston?

Who is Bryan Lee Cranston? The entertainment and acting world knows Bryan Cranston as an American actor, voice actor, writer anddirector. He is perhaps best known for his role as Walter White in the AMC drama seriesBreaking Bad, for which he has won three consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards. He previously became internationally well known to audiences for his role as Hal, the father in the Fox situation comedy Malcolm in the Middle. Other notable roles includeDr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, Doug Heffernan's neighbor in The King of Queens, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in From the Earth to the Moon, and Ted Mosby's boss on How I Met Your Mother.

  Cranston was born in Canoga Park, California, the son of Peggy Sell and actor Joe Cranston.[1]He grew up in the Los Angeles area, graduating from Canoga Park High School. Cranston studied police science in college.[2] Cranston is married to Robin Dearden, whom he met on the set of the show Airwolf (1984). He was playing the villain of the week, and she was his hostage (held at gunpoint). They have a daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston (born February 12, 1993). Cranston was previously married to Mickey Middleton, a writer


Personal Life

Cranston is a collector of baseball memorabilia and an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In accepting his third Emmy as best lead actor in a drama series, he thanked his wife and daughter and told them that he loves them "more than baseball."

Career

He began his acting career after college in local and regional theatres, getting his start at the Granada Theatre in the San Fernando Valley. Cranston has worked regularly since the late 1980s, mostly in minor roles. His advertising work includes commercials for Lay's potato chips,Excedrin, Honda Accord, and Coffee-Mate. His voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime, under the name "Lee Stone". He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas (Doug) Donovan from 1983 to 1985. Cranston also starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988.

His largest role prior to Malcolm in the Middle was as astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. Cranston has also played astronaut Gus Grissom in the film That Thing You Do!, and appeared as Nick Wrigley, the irresponsible uncle who steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride to practically destroy Christmas in 'Twas the Night, a Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in the winter of 2001. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as a one-armed military officer.

His recurring role as Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist on Seinfeld, earned him fans. Several episodes focused upon his relationship with Jerry and his paranoia about the dentist, in bizarre situations such as when he becomes obsessed with the notion that Tim and his female assistant were molesting him while he was unconscious during dental surgery, or when Whatley converts to Judaism and starts tellingJewish jokes while retaining the right to tell Catholic jokes as well (according to Jerry, Tim is attaining "total joke-telling immunity").

He has also had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan's annoying neighbor, Tim Sacksky. He works in marketing then in a later episode as a water purifier salesman and recruits Doug to sell them as well.


Cranston directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and received three Emmy nominations for his performance on the show. In a March 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Cranston discussed the episode "The Bots and The Bees" where he was covered in bees. Cranston stated that he was stung twice.[3] Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag in the Family Guy episode I Take Thee Quagmire, killing Lois with a refrigerator door because of her incessant babbling, thus "freeing" himself and the kids. Cranston also wrote and directed the 1999 movie Last Chance. He appeared in Little Miss Sunshine as a business colleague of Greg Kinnear. He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing main character Ted's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He recently had a role as Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries, Fallen.

He has done voice acting for English dubbed anime series, including Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honneamise, Macross Plus, andArmitage III Polymatrix.

Cranston has guest-starred in many television series, including The Flash where he plays a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter; Sabrina the Teenage Witch in which he was a lawyer attempting to free Sabrina from a contract; the sixth season episode of The X-Files, "Drive", playing a bigoted man who is being driven insane by high-pitched sonar waves; and Babylon 5 as Ericsson, the captain of a White Star vessel ordered into a suicide mission to plant misinformation within the enemy ranks.

In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel.[4]

Currently, Cranston has the starring role on AMC's original series Breaking Bad in which he plays a high

school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He teams up with a former student, played by Aaron Paul, to manufacture methamphetamine. For his work on the series, Cranston has won the Emmy award for lead actor in a drama three consecutive times - one for each season of the show.

Cranston co-starred in Love Ranch, alongside Academy Award winners Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren. He was also cast in George Lucas' Red Tails, a fictional story inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America's first all black aerial combat unit.

Filmography
Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1987Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonneamiseMatti TohnEnglish dub of Japanese film
Amazon Women on the MoonParamedic #1
'Twas the NightNick Wrigley
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince RamaRamEnglish dub of Indo-Japanese film
1988The Big TurnaroundUnknown
1990Corporate AffairsDarren
1991Dead SpaceDarden
1994ErotiqueDr. Robert Stern
Clean SlateClub official
Macross PlusIsamu Alva DysonEnglish dub of Japanese film; released direct to video
Credited as "Lee Stone"
The CompanionAlanDirect to video release
1996Time Under FireBraddock
That Thing You Do!Virgil 'Gus' Grissom
Street Corner JusticeFather Brophy
1997Strategic CommandPhil Hertzberg
Armitage III: Poly-MatrixEddie BorrowsEnglish dub of Japanese film; direct to video release
1998Saving Private RyanWar Department Colonel
1999Last ChanceLanceAlso writer, director and producer
2000The Big ThingRoberto Montalban
Terror TractRon Gatley
2004Seeing Other PeoplePeter
IllusionDavid
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DBuzz Aldrin
2006Little Miss SunshineStan Grossman
Intellectual PropertyCSE Radio Host
2007Hard FourBryce Baxter
2010Love RanchJames Pettis
Red TailsMajor William MortamusIn production
2011Larry CrowneDeanPost-Production
2012John Carter of MarsCivil War colonelIn production


Television


YearSeriesRoleNotes
1982CHiPsBilly JoeEpisode 6.9: "Return to Death's Door"
1983–1985LovingDouglas "Doug" DonovanMain cast member
1985Cover UpFrank Lawler/Tommy MaynardEpisode 1.17: "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?"
One Life to LiveDean Stella
1986AirwolfRobert HollisEpisode 3.17: "Desperate Monday"
North and South: Book IIColonel AustinEpisode 1.6
1986
1990
1996
Murder, She WroteBrian East
Jerry Wilber
Parker Foreman
Episode 2.20: "Menace, Anyone?"
Episode 6.12: "Good-Bye Charlie"
Episode 12.17: "Something Foul in Flappieville"
1987Hill Street BluesUnknownEpisode 7.21: "A Pound of Flesh"
The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic WomanDr. ShepherdTV film
1987
1991
MatlockBrian Emerson
Dr. Harding Fletcher
Episode 2.11: "The Gift"
Episode 6.4: "The Marriage Counselor"
1988Raising MirandaUncle RussellAppeared in nine episodes
1989Falcon CrestMartin RandallEpisode 8.18: "Enquiring Minds"
I Know My First Name Is StevenOfficer DickensonTV mini-series
BaywatchTom LoganEpisode 1.8: "Cruise Ship"
1990Hull HighMr. McConnellEpisode 1.8
Jake and the FatmanLyle Wicks/MillerEpisode 4.3: "Exactly Like You"
1991The FlashPhilip 'Mark' MosesEpisode 1.13: "Be My Baby"
Dead SilenceProfessor HarrisTV film
1992L.A. LawUnknownEpisode 6.11: "All About Sleaze"
1993MoldiverLaunch Control Center Technician
Additional voices
English dub of Japanese series; released direct to video
The Disappearance of NoraUnknownTV film
Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron StoryUnknownTV film
Mighty Morphin Power RangersVoice of Snizard
Voice of Twinman
Episode 1.14: "Foul Play in the Sky"
Episode 1.38: "A Bad Reflection on You"
Super Dimension Century Orguss 02Imperial OfficerEnglish dub of Japanese series; released direct to video
1994Armitage IIIEddie BorrowsEnglish dub of Japanese series; direct to video release
Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love ThemDavidTV film
Days Like ThisBennyTV film
Tekkaman BladeSgt. Miles O'RourkeEnglish dub of Japanese series
ViperGarrett BerlinEpisode 1.9: "Wheels of Fire"
Walker, Texas RangerHankEpisode 2.18: "Deadly Vision"
1994–1997SeinfeldDr. Tim WhatleyAppeared in five episodes
1995Extreme BlueNed LandryTV film
Kissing MirandaSpecial Agent FalseyTV film
Touched by an AngelDr. Tom BryantEpisode 1.11: "The Hero"
Brotherly LoveRussell WinslowEpisode 1.2: "Such a Bargain"
Land's EndMatt McCullaEpisodes 1.1 and 1.2: "Land's End" Parts 1 and 2
Nowhere ManSheriff Norman WadeEpisode 1.8: "The Alpha Spike"
1996Eagle RidersJoe ThaxDub of Japanese series
The Louie ShowCurt SincicEpisode 1.1: "Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning"
The Rockford Files: Punishment and CrimePatrick DoughertyTV film
1996
1998
Diagnosis: MurderWalter Mason
Martin Rutgers
Episode 3.10: "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder"
Episode 6.5: "Blood Will Out"
1997MoloneyUnknownEpisode 1.12: "Clarity Begins at Home"
Babylon 5EricssonEpisode 4.5: "The Long Night"
DogsUnknownPilot
Goode BehaviorRecord executiveEpisode 1.20: "Goode Music"
Sabrina the Teenage WitchWitch LawyerEpisode 1.24: "Troll Bride"
PearlIsaac PerlowEpisode 1.21: "My So-Called Real Life"
Total SecurityJason NicholsEpisode 1.10: "Wet Side Story"
Alright AlreadyRobertEpisode 1.3: "Again with the Pilot"
1998Brooklyn SouthIAB Lt. Gordon DentonEpisodes 1.11: "Gay Avec" and 1.15: "Fisticuffs"
From the Earth to the MoonBuzz AldrinTV mini-series
V.I.P.Colt ArrowEpisode 1.1: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"
The X-FilesPatrick CrumpEpisode 6.2: "Drive"
Chicago HopeJesusEpisode 5.9: "Tantric Turkey"
WorkingLarry PrinceEpisode 2.8: "The Consultant"
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV ShowRonald 'Cheesy' MeezyEpisode 2.11: "Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice"
19993rd Rock from the SunNeil DiamondimpersonatorEpisode 4.14: "Paranoid Dick"
The PretenderNeil RobertsEpisode 3.16: "PTB"
1999–2001The King of QueensTimAppeared in four episodes
2000–2001Clerks: The Animated SeriesAdditional voicesAppeared in three episodes
2000–2006Malcolm in the MiddleHalMain cast member; appeared in all 151 episodes
Also directed seven episodes
2001'Twas the NightNick WrigleyTV film
The Santa Claus BrothersSanta ClausTV film
2003National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family ReunionWoodrow SniderTV film
Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesMr. JamesonEpisode 1.25: "Nosy: Experiment #199"
2005American Dad!PublisherEpisode 1.15: "Star Trek"
2006Special UnitN/ADirector
Big DayN/ADirected episode 1.5: "Stolen Vows"
Family GuyHimself/HalEpisode 4.21: "I Take Thee Quagmire"
2006–2007How I Met Your MotherHammond DruthersEpisodes 2.6: "Aldrin Justice" and 2.13: "Columns"
2007FallenLucifer
The Light Bringer
TV mini-series
2008-Breaking BadWalter H. WhiteMain cast member, also directed episode 2.1: "Seven Thirty-Seven" and "No Mas" From Season 3 Ep1
2010Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost, November 27th, 2010


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