Bryan Cranston
Birth Date:
March 7, 1956
Birth Place:
San Fernando Valley, California, USA
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Famous for:
His role as Hal on Malcolm in the Middle
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Malcolm’s Dad


“I don’t want to say it’s not important to win (an Emmy), because it is. Would it be important to me personally to win? It would be wonderful; I would be delighted. Is it important for an actor’s career? I would say Yes.” Bryan Cranston

Hollywood actor Bryan Cranston is probably best-known to TV audiences for playing the father in the well-liked Fox series “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000-?). Due to his impressive performance, he received a number of appreciations, most notably three Emmy and a Golden Globe nominations. In 1999, he made a name for himself as a director and a writer with Last Chance, a festival favorite independent in which he also starred opposite his wife. For his outstanding behind the scene-effort, Cranston won a Breckenridge Festival Award and a Valleyfest Film Festival Award. He also appeared in Steven Speilberg’s war film Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Off screen, Cranston was an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church in order to perform a friend’s wedding, and he received $50 for this. He likes traveling to Hawaii. The owner of a dog named Sugar has been married twice. He was formerly married to writer Mickey Middleton before marrying his current wife, actress Robin Dearden.

United Way

Childhood and Family:

Son to actor Joe Cranston (born on March 17, 1915), Bryan Cranston was born on March 7, 1956, in San Fernando Valley, California. He began acting at a very young age, appearing in a “United Way” commercial at age 8, but didn’t consider acting as a career until graduating from college. Instead, he put interests on sports, especially baseball, and law enforcement. He graduated from Canoga Park High School, Canoga Park, California, in 1974, and received a degree in Police Science in college.

The younger brother of actor Kyle Edward Cranston tied the knot with writer Mickey Middleton on November 10, 1977, but the marriage later ended in divorce. He then married actress Robin Dearden, whom he met on the production of TV series “Airwolf” (1984). The pair has a daughter named Taylor.

Last Chance


Born into an entertainer parent and raised in Southern California, Bryan Cranston was exposed to the business early. He began acting in TV commercials at age 8, but didn’t ignite to follow in his father’s footsteps until he finished college. “I wanted to be a professional baseball player until I realized that I brought a new meaning to the word ‘mediocre,’” he recalled. After college, he did some soul-searching and found his heart on Community Theater while staying in Daytona Beach. “At that point, I realized I needed to pursue what I loved, not just what I was good at, so becoming a detective was out and acting was in,” Cranston granted. He then moved back to Los Angeles and tried to find work.

Cranston made his debut in TV series with a guest starring role in an episode of “CHiPs,” and a regular role in the well-liked ABC series “Loving” followed the next year. He played Douglas ‘Doug’ Donovan for 1983-1984 and was known as the show’s original cast. More TV assignments ensued, including the miniseries “North and South, Book II” (1986) and the television movie I Know My First Name is Steven (1989). He played Russell in the sitcom “Raising Miranda” (1988), took on recurring roles in “Land’s End (1995) and “Brooklyn South” (1998), as well as guest starred in “Baywatch” (1989), “The Louie Show” (1996) and “Touched by an Angel” (1995), among others. During 1994-1997, he was outstanding as the recurring role of Jerry Seinfeld’s Dr. Tim Whatley in “Seinfeld.”

Cranston sporadically appeared on films. Making his debut in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), he did not appear in another film until 1990’s Corporate Affairs. He followed it up with a string of small roles in Dead Space (1991), Clean Slate (1994), Street Corner Justice (1996) and Strategic Command (1997), and broke into mainstream audiences with the small role of hardened one-armed War Department Colonel in the Steven Speilberg-helmed Saving Private Ryan (1998), starring Tom Hanks. The same year, he earned some attention for his supporting portrayal of astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Tom Hanks Emmy Award winning HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” After this appearance, Cranston returned to TV with guest roles in “V.I.P.,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “The X Files,” Chicago Hope,” “Working” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show” (all 1998).

In 1999, the actor made his directorial and producing debut with the romantic drama Last Chance, where he also acted opposite his wife. The film was a favorite in festivals and received a number of accolades, including a Breckenridge Festival for Best Film as well as an Audience Award at the Valleyfest Film Festival.

The performer gained even more recognition in the following year when he was cast as Hal, the father of the family in the hit Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” Cranston’s portrayal was critically applauded, and he was handed countless nominations such as three Emmys (2002, 2003 and 2006) for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a 2003 Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, a 2004 Golden Satellite for Best Performance by an Actor, a 2001 Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Comedy as well as a Young Artist for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series. Not only acting, he also has directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle.

While working on the popular show, he also pursued other projects. He played roles in films The Big Thing (2000), The Prince of Light (2000), 'Twas the Night (2001, TV), The Santa Claus Brothers (2001, TV), Seeing Other People (2004), Illusion (2004) and Hard Four (2005). Moreover, he had the recurring role of Tim in the series “The King of Queens” (1999-2001), and did voice over work in “Lilo & Stitch: The Series” (2003) and “American Dad!” (2005). Recently, he appeared as CSE Radio Host in Intellectual Property (2006) and Stan Grossman in the comedy film Little Miss Sunshine (2006).


  • Breckenridge Festival of Film: Best Film, Last Chance, 1999
  • Valleyfest Film Festival: Audience Award, 2000
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