It’s Bryan Cranston’s 60th birthday, learn a little about him to celebrate (20 Photos)
Born in 1956 in Canoga Park, California, Cranston has always had theatrical blood in him. His mom, Peggy Sell, was a radio actress and his dad Joseph Louis Cranston, was a Hollywood actor and producer. However, his parents didn’t necessarily want him to follow in their footsteps, so it wasn’t until after college that he began to pursue his career.
One of the star’s first TV spots was in a commercial selling moderately priced soap while dressed as a skunk in 1987.
Bryan Cranston did voice-over work in his early days, including for the company Saban Entertainment, which was the company that produced the show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The company decided to honor Cranston by giving the Blue Ranger his name. The Blue Ranger was called Billy Cranston.
He almost didn’t get the role of Walter White. Both John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were offered the role before him.
AMC was hesitant to cast Cranston in Breaking Bad, because of his background in comedy. However, when they saw him play in The X-Files, they knew he’d be perfect.
He is the second actor in television history to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards for three consecutive times, for his role as Walter White.
His father moved out of their family when he was just 11 years old. It was only when he was 22 years that he reunited with his father, after he and his brother tracked their father down.
He earned a two-year degree in police science, but he didn’t go into a law enforcement job after graduation. Instead, he and his brother took to the road on their motorcycles.
Before Cranston hit the road with his brother, they worked as waiters in a Florida restaurant, at the time they left, the chef was murdered, which made Bryan and his brothers murder suspects for a while.
While road tripping, when he was young, the two ran out of money and went to work operating game booths for carnivals.“We never stayed long enough to work up to, like, a ride operator – because you’d make more money – because we’d want to move on.”
In need of a gift for his wife in the late 1990s, Cranston wrote a screenplay for her. Then she asked when they would make it into a movie, which is something he hadn’t seriously considered doing. It eventually became the 1999 film Last Chance.
Speaking of gifts, Cranston is a self-proclaimed re-gifter. Much like his character Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, he enjoys gift recycling and said when a fan asked him about it, “Being of frugal Scotch-Irish descent, I’m proud to say I re-gift all the time.”
On the last day of shooting season 5 of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston got a Breaking Bad tattoo on his finger.
That pizza on the roof scene? He made that shot in one take.
While he’s most well-known for his work in TV and film, Cranston took to the stage to star in the play about Lyndon B. Johnson called “All the Way.” He played LBJ himself, and told the story about his first year in office.
For the final season of Breaking Bad, Cranston earned a reported $225,000 per episode.
Cranston was actually shown how to make meth by the DEA for his role as the kingpin.
After filming the scene in which Walter allows Jesse’s girlfriend, Jane Margolis, to die, Cranston cried for 15 minutes.
Cranston’s favorite episode of Malcolm in the Middle was the first season episode “Malcolm in the Middle: Rollerskate,” for which he had to take 6 hours of skating lessons.
And finally, Cranston has an adorable dog named Sugar, whom he adopted.