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Bryan Cranston  

Actor & Activist; Best Known for Playing Walter White on "Breaking Bad"

Bryan Cranston's first television credit came on a 1982 episode of "C.H.i.P.s," which was quickly followed by a season on the daytime soap "Loving." Over the next decade, Cranston would become a fixture of episodic series, TV movies and miniseries, including "North and South, Book II," "I Know My First Name is Steven" and the short-lived sitcom "Raising Miranda," which cast him as the titular teenager's offbeat uncle.

In 1994, Cranston was cast as Dr. Tim Whatley, the dentist whose eccentric behavior irks Jerry to no end on "Seinfeld." Cranston then returned briefly to work as a series regular with "The Louie Show." In 1996, he earned his first big theatrical feature showcase as ill-fated astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in Tom Hanks' delightful "That Thing You Do!" Two years later, he would reunite with Hanks and the space program to play Buzz Aldrin in the epic miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."

Cranston's voice and carriage were put to excellent use as a tough, one-armed Army colonel who gives the order to rescue a missing G.I. in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." The following year found him directing his first feature film, "Last Chance."

In 2000, Cranston was tapped to play father to Frankie Muniz's pint-sized genius on the comedy "Malcolm in the Middle." The series was a hit. Cranston's unbridled performance earned him three Emmy nominations and a nod from the Golden Globes and Satellite Awards between 2002 and 2006. Cranston also began directing episodes of "Malcolm" in 2003, corralling members of the show's crew to assist him in producing "KidSmartz," an instructional DVD for parents and children alike on how to prevent abduction. The project earned high praise from several noteworthy publications and advocates, including John Walsh who had, himself, lost his son to abduction.

While working on "Malcolm," Cranston also kept busy as a guest star in TV movies and features, most of which called for his comic abilities including; "Twas the Night," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "How I Met Your Mother." A 1998 guest starring role on "The X-Files" would prove to be career-changing. There, Crantston met "The X-Files" writer and director, Vince Gilligan. As Gilligan began putting together his new TV series a decade later, he thought of Cranston for the lead role. That role would turn out to be Walter White on the accalimed AMC series, "Breaking Bad."

Critics were unanimous in their praise of Cranston's dramatic performance in the series. He took home the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Cranston repeated the triumph when he won the same award the following two years.

With "Breaking Bad's" conclusion in 2013, Cranston returned to Broadway starring as President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All The Way" and film with "Godzilla."

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Bryan Cranston delivers winning performance in ‘Trumbo’

There are some wonderful performances in this week’s offerings, beginning with Bryan Cranston as the famed Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach. Trumbo was one of those larger-than-life figures. He loved the image of being a writer — he wrote in the bathtub, sported a handlebar mustache and used a cigarette holder to smoke. A contradiction in many ways, he was blacklisted for his leftist political leanings, but he also loved being rich. He seemed hard-headed, but could write fluff with the best of them.

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