Bryan Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director, best known for his role as Hal, the father of the family in the television sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.
Cranston's performance on Malcolm in the Middle earned him two Emmy nominations, as well as a Golden Globe Nomination. He appeared in 120 episodes, from 2000-2006.
He also starred as Walter White in the drama series Breaking Bad, from 2008-2013.
Before joining Malcolm, Cranston had a recurring role on Seinfeld, as the character of Dentist Tim Whatley. He also appeared in Steven Speilberg's Saving Private Ryan, as a hardened one-armed Army Colonel, and in Tom Hanks Emmy Award winning HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, in which he played Buzz Aldrin.
Cranston also starred in the mini-series I Know My First Name is Steven, and North and South Book II, among others.
He has starred in the series The Louie Show and Raising Miranda; and had recurring roles on Brooklyn South, and King of Queens.
He has guest starred on numerous shows, such as Chicago Hope, Touched By An Angel, X-Files, Rockford Files, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and many more.
His feature film credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Seeing Other People, That Thing You Do, Clean Slate, Kissing Miranda, Dead Space, Private Offerings, and Terror Tract.
Born to a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of eight when he appeared in a United Way commercial. It wasn't until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration.
His earlier interests were law enforcement and sports, especially baseball.
He earned a degree in Police Science, then did some soul-searching while on a two-year cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother Kyle.
Staying in Daytona Beach, Florida for the winter, they discovered community theatre, and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon they were 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 his being signed as an original cast member of the popular soapie Loving.
He continues to pursue his love for theatre as often as time permits. His theatrical credits include starring roles in The Taming of the Shrew and A Dolls House for the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company, as well as Los Angeles productions of Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park, and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
In addition to his acting capabilities, Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director.
He wrote the original romantic drama, Last Chance, as a birthday gift for his wife, in which he also starred and directed. Last Chance was honoured at many film festivals and won Best Film Awards at Breckenridge, Colorado and Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as Audience Favourites in Palm Springs, California, Sarasota, Florida, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, among others.
Cranston also directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, and the Comedy Central pilot Special Unit.
Additionally, Cranston produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators.
He produced his Kidsmartz video with his Malcolm in the Middle crew, during one of their weeks off.