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Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California. He is a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner for his TV role as Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad, an Academy Award nominee for his performance as Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film Trumbo, a 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All The Way in his Broadway debut, and a 2019 Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Howard Beale in the Broadway premiere of Network.
He was raised partly in Canoga Park and partly with his grandparents in Yucaipa, both in California. He is a graduate of Canoga Park High School, and he earned an associate's degree in police science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976.
In his early career, Mr. Cranston worked for the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley and appeared in advertisements and in minor roles on television, including Douglas Donovan in the soap opera Loving and Uncle Russell in the TV series Raising Miranda in the 1980s. During the '90s, he appeared in five episodes of the hit series Seinfeld, playing the role of Jerry's dentist, Tim Whatley. Other notable screen credits during that decade include Saving Private Ryan (1998), That Thing You Do! (1996), and episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1999), The X Files (1998), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1997), The Louie Show (1996), Murder, She Wrote (1986-96) and The Flash (1991). He also worked as a voice actor for shows such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
Following a recurring role as Tim on The King of Queens from 1999 to 2001, his breakthrough came after landing the role of Hal Wilkerson in Fox's hit series Malcolm in the Middle, appearing in a total of 151 episodes from 2000 to 2006. The role earned him his first Emmy Award nominations in 2002, 2003, and 2006 and his first Golden Globe nomination in 2003. He went on to star as Stan Grossman in the aclaimed 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine, as Hammond Druthers in How I Met Your Mother (in 2006 and 2007, and reprised in 2013), and as Lucifer in the ABC series Fallen in 2007.
Cranston shot to superstardom after being cast as Walter White in AMC's smash hit series Breaking Bad. He starred in a total of 62 episodes from 2008 to 2013 and won a plethora of accolades for his performance, including his first Golden Globe win in 2014 (following nominations in 2011, 2012, and 2013) and Emmy Award wins in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014 (alongside nominations in 2012 and 2013). He then appeared in a string of Hollywood movies, including The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Drive (2011), Contagion (2011), Red Tails (2012), John Carter (2012), Rock of Ages (2012), Total Recall (2012), Argo (2012), and Godzilla (2014). He also continued his voice work in animated films such as Batman: Year One (2011), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), and Isle of Dogs (2018). He earned his first Academy Award nomination (along wth Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations) in 2016 for his portrayal of Dalton Trumb in the 2015 film Trumbo.
Cranston made his Broadway debut as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All The Way at the Neil Simon Theatre from February 10 through to June 29, 2014, winning his first Tony Award (along with a Drama Desk Award and Theatre World Award) for his efforts. He reprised the role in a 2016 HBO movie adaptation, once again earing Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.
Recent screen credits include an Emmy-nominated appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's therapist in 2017, the role of Titanium Rex in SuperMansion (2015-17), Sal Nealon in Last Flag Flying (2017), a return to the Power Rangers franchise, playing Zordon in the 2017 movie, and Ned Fleming in Why Him? (2016).
He made his London stage debut in the role of Howard Beale in Lee Hall's adaptation of the hit 1976 film Network. The widely acclaimed sold-out run went up at the National Theatre from November 4, 2017 to March 24, 2018. Following the run, his performance was rewarded with his first Olivier Award in April 2018. The National Theatre production transferred to Broadway to play a limited engagement from November 10, 2018 at the Belasco Theatre. Initially scheduled to close on March 17, 2019, the limited run was first extended to April 28 and then finally to June 8, 2019. Ultimately, Cranston was given the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his acclaimed portrayal the next day, June 9, 2019.