Ostentatiously known for his anti-hero role of Walter White, in the AMC-produced "Breaking Bad," and Hal in "Malcolm in the Middle," Bryan Cranston is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and a voice-artist. Born to parents, Joseph Cranston, and Audrey Cell, Bryan spent his childhood in the neighborhood of the Canoga Park, Los Angeles. He pursued his education at the Canoga Park High School and attended the Los Angeles Valley College to study Police Science. Cranston's father walked out on the family when Brian was only 11 but was tracked down by Brian and his brother 11 years later, thus reuniting the family. San Fernando Valley's Granada Theater is where Cranston started his theater, but soon his parents discouraged him from pursuing acting following the unstable nature of the profession. Later on, the Universal Life Church appointed him to perform ministerial duties at local weddings and was paid an amount nearing to $150 per event. The decade of the 1980s saw Cranston briefly feature in commercials and doing voice-overs for Japanese animations such as Royal Space Force, Armitage III, and Macross Plus, dubbing them in English. In 1983, Cranston played Douglas Donovan in the ABC-produced television series "
," and was also cast in Raising Miranda. The HBO-produced "From Earth to the Moon" saw Brian Cranston portray the NASA scientist Buzz Aldrin, followed by the movie "That Thing You Do!" where he played NASA's Gus Grissom. Steven Spielberg, in 1998, cast Cranston in his war movie "Saving Private Ryan."
The 90s also featured Cranston in a recurring role in the sitcom "Seinfeld," as Dr. Tim Whatley. Cranston also featured in other television series such as The King of Queens, Babylon 5 and X-Files. The 1999 movie, Last Chance, was written and directed by Cranston. The millennium saw Cranston play his memorable role of Hal, on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, for which he was thrice nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards. Consequently, he has also featured in Sabrina the Teenage Watch, How I Met Your Mother, Fallen, and the movie, Little Miss Sunshine. Cranston's most memorable role came in the AMC-produced Breaking Bad, directed by Vince Gilligan, where he played a chemistry high school teacher afflicted with Lung Cancer. Cranston was thrice nominated for a Golden Globe Award, winning it once, and also winning two of the three nominations for Critics Choice Television Award. He was also presented with 6 Emmy Awards for his role in Breaking Bad. Following the success of the show, Cranston featured in The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive, Contagion, Godzilla, Rock of Ages, Argo, and Trumbo. He also provided voice-overs for Madagascar 3 and Batman:
. Trumbo presented Cranston with his first Academy Award nomination. Cranston has also been actively involved in the theaters, performing in plays such as The God of Hell, The Taming of the Shrew, The Steven Weed Show, Chapter Two, and Barefoot in the Park, among many others. Bryan Cranston married Robin Dearden and is the father of Taylor Cranston.