Biographic by Steve McGarry for September 23, 2012
Biographic Steve McGarry Bryan Cranston Born in Canoga Park, California, on March 7, 1956, Bryan Cranston followed his parents into an acting career. He made his TV debut in a 1982 episode of "chips" and went on to appear in scores of shows, including "Matlock," "Murder, She Wrote," "L.A. Law," "Baywatch" and "Jake and the Fatman." A recurring role on "Seinfeld" as Jerry's dentist was followed by a stint on "the King of Queens," and his movie work included "That Thing You Do!" and "Saving Private Ryan." In 2000, he landed the role of Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle," Staying with the show throughout its six-year run of more than 150 episodes. Subsequent roles ranged from an appearance on "How I Met Your Mother" to playing Lucifer in the miniseries "Fallen" - but it was his work on at 1998 episode of the sci-fi series "The X-Files" that led to the dramatic change of direction in his career in 2008. His portrayal of kidnapper Patrick Crump had left a lasting impression on the show's writer, Vince Gilligan, who decided to cast Cranston as the lead in a dark new drama he created and produced. His portrayal of Walter White, the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime, has earned Cranston three consecutive Emmy Awards and helped make "Breaking Bad" one of TV's hottest shows. The last couple of years have also seen Cranston in demand on the big screen, racking up credits in the likes of "The LIncoln Lawyer," "Drive," "Contagion," "Rock of Ages" and "Total Recall."