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Bryan Cranston

Last year, Bryan Cranston received his third consecutive Emmy win as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards to receive three consecutive wins. His performance has also earned him a Television Critics Association Award, a Golden Globe nomination and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

On the big screen, Cranston will next star in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, which will be released by FilmDistrict on September 16, 2011; Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, opposite Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow, which will be released by Warner Bros. on October 21, 2011; and Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars, which will be released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2012.

Cranston was recently cast as the villain Vilos Cohaagen in the highly anticipated Len Wiseman remake of Total Recall.

Cranston's additional feature film credits include The Lincoln Lawyer, Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Seeing Other People and That Thing You Do! Born to a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of eight in a United Way commercial. It wasn't until he fi nished college that acting became a serious consideration. While on a cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, he discovered community theater and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon, he was cast in a summer stock company.

Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to being signed as an original cast member of ABC's Loving. He went on to appear in numerous television roles including a seven-year run as Hal on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys; a recurring role of the dentist Dr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld; in HBO's acclaimed miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as Buzz Aldrin; and in the made-for-television movie I Know My First Name Is Steven, among others. He has guest-starred on numerous TV programs.

Cranston continues to pursue his love for theater whenever possible. His theater credits include The God of Hell, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.

Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama, Last Chance, as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and directed and starred in the fi lm. Cranston has also directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, the Comedy Central pilot Special Unit and episodes of Breaking Bad.

In early 2011, Cranston served as executive producer and star of an exclusive online series called The Handlers, for Atom.com. The comedic short series followed Cranston as the character Jack Powers and his race to win a seat on the State Senate.

Cranston also produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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Bryan Cranston Facts

BirthdayMarch 7, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceSan Fernando Valley, California, USA
Awards2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (for The Big Bang Theory)
2009 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (for Breaking Bad)
2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (for Breaking Bad)

Selected Filmography

The Infiltrator
Kung Fu Panda 3
Get A Job
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
Why Him?
Seth Rogen = Worst Person in the World
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