An accomplished American actor, Bryan Cranston rose to the mainstream in the movie industry as a result of his sensational portrayal of Walter White in the TV series, Breaking Bad, from 2008 to 2013. His excellent performance on the neo-Western crime drama contributed in solidifying his status as a Hollywood darling.
Cranston’s work ethic and drive for success were obvious in his amazing depictions of United States President, Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, a stage production and television drama film of the same title. Undoubtedly, Breaking Bad and All The Way earned the actor some of the awards that have defined his career but that is not all.
Bryan Cranston Began Acting in the 80s and has been Nominated for Numerous Awards
Cranston graduated from Los Angeles Valley College with an associate degree in Police Science. While in college, he had a dream of becoming a police officer but chose acting as an optional course. With time, he developed a great passion for performing arts, and upon his graduation from college, he embarked on a two-year motorbike tour with his elder brother, Kyle. Thereafter, they both settled down in California as actors.
Bryan Cranston put his career to a start in the early ’80s at Granada Theatre in California where he picked up small roles and advertisements after briefly working as a security guard, waiter, and truck loader. He made his first professional acting debut in Hollywood in the 1980 TV series To Race the Wind, playing the role of a Quarterback. He has also made appearances in many television series, including CHiPs, Loving, Cover-Up, One Life to Live, Airwolf, and much more.
His unique acting qualities can be seen in movies like Trumbo, where he portrayed Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter. His outstanding performance in the aforementioned biographical movie received critical acclaim and earned him his first and only Academy Award nomination thus far. He has had a busy and extensive acting career, having been featured in a couple of animated movies such as Kung Fu Panda 3, Isle of Dogs, and Madagascar 3. Other movies he has played roles in include Amazon Women on the Moon, The Big Turnaround, Corporate Affairs, Last Chance, and The Upside.
In all, Bryan Cranston has been a part of at least 62 films and 97 television projects, all of which have earned him over 70 nominations for prestigious awards.
His Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards
The American actor has so far received two Tony Awards. The first was in 2014 when All the Way won him the award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Half a decade later (in 2019), he bagged the award again in the same category for his role on Network.
Breaking Bad earned Bryan the Primetime Emmy Awards for three consecutive times in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series, these were in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The crime drama earned him three more Emmys in 2013 and 2014.
Out of the eight Golden Globe Awards nominations his career has seen, Breaking Bad won him two in 2014 for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama.
While the above are the most coveted among the awards he has received, Bryan Cranston has won more including Television Critics Association Awards, Saturn Awards, Satellite Awards, Laurence Olivier Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The multi-talented actor’s career has also been financially rewarding. Acting has been his major source of income and it has been estimated that his net worth is anywhere around $30 and $50 million. More than being an actor, he is a scriptwriter, director, and producer. All of these have enhanced his earning power.
Bryan’s Marital Journey from 1977 to Date
Bryan Cranston went into his first marriage with Mickey Middleton before he became famous. The union started in 1977 but packed up five years later in 1982.
The actor has revealed that the marriage collapsed because he and Mickey only loved each other but were not in actually love. According to him, Mickey wanted to be in the church choir, a baby, and in the house more than anything else, whereas the same wasn’t obtainable for Bryan. Thus, they parted ways amicably and the union didn’t produce any child.
A year after the actor and his first wife got divorced, he met, dated, and eventually married Robin Dearden. Bryan and Robin met on the movie set of Airwolf in 1984 and on the 8th of July 1989, they walked down the aisle.
Also into acting, Robin is known for her role in works like Breaking Bad and Magnum, P.I. When she met Bryan, they were both with other people and when they eventually decided to be together, they attended marriage guidance counseling which is something Bryan admitted that it helped their marriage.
Their union saw the birth of a daughter named Taylor Dearden Cranston on the 12th of February 1993. Taylor earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern California and has flexed her acting skills in a good number of movies and TV series, including an episode of Breaking Bad (No Mas) which was directed by her father.
She played Cleo in the 2017 thriller film titled Heartthrob. From 2016 to 2017, she appeared as Ophelia Mayer in 10 episodes of Sweet/Vicious, and in 2018 she was seen as Chloe Lyman in 8 episodes of American Vandal.
A Look at the Family He Hails From
The highly-esteemed actor was born in the beautiful city of Hollywood, California, on the 7th of March 1956. As you would easily find, he was born to Joseph Louis Cranston and Annalisa Cranston.
While his father dabbled into acting and boxing, his mother was a radio presenter. Bryan Cranston was raised together with his older brother named Kyle and a younger sister called Amy in Canoga Park, California.
Due to his father’s unsuccessful entertainment career, he was unable to fend for his family which made him abandon them when Cranston was 11 years old. Shortly, they lost their family house because they were unable to pay the mortgage in 1968 and this forced Cranston and Kyle to live with their grandparents for some time. Well, all those years of hardship are part of history now as Bryan now lives a much comfortable life.