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Bryan Cranston

Award-Winning Actor, Producer, Director & Writer

BIO

Currently in a limited Broadway engagement of Network, Bryan Cranston won his second Tony Award for "Best Leading Actor in a Play" for his portrayal of newscaster Howard Beale. Of the performance, the New York Times writes that Cranston “is all but flaying the skin off his body, night after night … It is a demanding undertaking, both painful and rigorously skilled. And if you’re a glutton for great, high-risk acting, you owe Mr. Cranston the courtesy — and yourself the thrill — of watching…” Cranston original portrayal at the National Theatre received both the Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor” and the Olivier Award for “Best Actor” for his performance.

Nominations and awards are a common occurrence for Cranston who is also an Academy Award nominee, and Emmy®, Golden Globe, SAG, Tony® and Olivier Award winner. His awards and nominations span film, television, and theatre for acting, directing and producing. On television, Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered him four Emmy® Awards, four SAG Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. He appeared as a guest star on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was nominated for an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.”  As a producer on Breaking Bad, Cranston won two Emmy® Awards and a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

Behind the camera, Cranston was nominated for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Breaking Bad (in 2014) and Modern Family (in 2013 and 2014). Cranston also wrote, directed, and acted in the original romantic drama Last Chance as a birthday gift for his wife and star of the film, Robin Dearden.

Cranston made his Broadway debut in 2014 as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.  He won the 2014 Tony® Award for his performance, as well as a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Theater World Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Play.”

Cranston went on to produce the film adaption of the play through his production company, Moonshot Entertainment, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tale Told Productions. It premiered on HBO in May 2016 and was nominated for eight Emmy®Awards including “Outstanding Television Movie” and an individual nomination for Cranston for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.” All The Way was nominated for four Critics’ Choice Awards, including “Best Television Movie,” and an individual nomination for Cranston for “Best Actor in a Television Movie.” Additionally, Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” and won the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.”

Moonshot Entertainment has developed three television series for Amazon including Sneaky Pete (season three premiered this year), The Dangerous Book for Boys, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Moonshot also developed the animated series SuperMansion for Crackle, which received two Emmy® Award nominations, and season three premiered in May 2018, receiving two Annie Award nominations.

Cranston voiced the character of Chief in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs, which premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for “Animated Feature Film;” a Golden Globe for “Best Animated Feature Film;” and for a Critics Choice Award for “Best Animated Feature.”  On behalf of the film, Cranston won a 2018 Annie Award for “Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production,” while the film received three additional nominations for “Best Animated Feature,” “Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production,” and “Production Design in an Animated Feature Production.” Additionally, the film has been recognized by the Film Critics Association across the country, and Cranston won the Hawaii Film Critics Society “Best Vocal/ Motion Capture Performance.”

In 2015, Cranston starred as the title character in Jay Roach’s Trumbo.  His performance garnered him nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and Critics’ Choice Award in 2016 for “Best Actor.”

Cranston’s other feature film credits include: Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers, John Hamburg’s Why Him?, Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, Ben Affleck’s Argo, Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, and Tom Hanks’ Larry Crown and That Thing You Do!, among others. Bryan has also lent his voice to DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda 3 and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

Cranston’s career began with a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to him being signed as an original cast member of ABC’s Loving.  He went on to appear as Hal on FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle, which ran for seven seasons and for which Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy® Awards.

Aside from his acting career, Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life In Parts. In his riveting memoir, Cranston traces his zigzag journey, with great humor and much humility, from his chaotic childhood to mega-stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played on and off camera. Cranston shares his thoughts about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.

Cranston is also a spokesperson and longtime supporter of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and professionals on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

 

Currently in a limited Broadway engagement of Network, Bryan Cranston won his second Tony Award for "Best Leading Actor in a Play" for his portrayal of newscaster Howard Beale. Of the performance, the New York Times writes that Cranston “is all but flaying the skin off his body, night after night … It is a demanding undertaking, both painful and rigorously skilled. And if you’re a glutton for great, high-risk acting, you owe Mr. Cranston the courtesy — and yourself the thrill — of watching…” Cranston original portrayal at the National Theatre received both the Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor” and the Olivier Award for “Best Actor” for his performance.

Nominations and awards are a common occurrence for Cranston who is also an Academy Award nominee, and Emmy®, Golden Globe, SAG, Tony® and Olivier Award winner. His awards and nominations span film, television, and theatre for acting, directing and producing. On television, Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered him four Emmy® Awards, four SAG Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. He appeared as a guest star on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was nominated for an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.”  As a producer on Breaking Bad, Cranston won two Emmy® Awards and a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

Behind the camera, Cranston was nominated for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Breaking Bad (in 2014) and Modern Family (in 2013 and 2014). Cranston also wrote, directed, and acted in the original romantic drama Last Chance as a birthday gift for his wife and star of the film, Robin Dearden.

Cranston made his Broadway debut in 2014 as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.  He won the 2014 Tony® Award for his performance, as well as a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Theater World Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Play.”

Cranston went on to produce the film adaption of the play through his production company, Moonshot Entertainment, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tale Told Productions. It premiered on HBO in May 2016 and was nominated for eight Emmy®Awards including “Outstanding Television Movie” and an individual nomination for Cranston for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.” All The Way was nominated for four Critics’ Choice Awards, including “Best Television Movie,” and an individual nomination for Cranston for “Best Actor in a Television Movie.” Additionally, Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” and won the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.”

Moonshot Entertainment has developed three television series for Amazon including Sneaky Pete (season three premiered this year), The Dangerous Book for Boys, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Moonshot also developed the animated series SuperMansion for Crackle, which received two Emmy® Award nominations, and season three premiered in May 2018, receiving two Annie Award nominations.

Cranston voiced the character of Chief in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs, which premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for “Animated Feature Film;” a Golden Globe for “Best Animated Feature Film;” and for a Critics Choice Award for “Best Animated Feature.”  On behalf of the film, Cranston won a 2018 Annie Award for “Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production,” while the film received three additional nominations for “Best Animated Feature,” “Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production,” and “Production Design in an Animated Feature Production.” Additionally, the film has been recognized by the Film Critics Association across the country, and Cranston won the Hawaii Film Critics Society “Best Vocal/ Motion Capture Performance.”

In 2015, Cranston starred as the title character in Jay Roach’s Trumbo.  His performance garnered him nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and Critics’ Choice Award in 2016 for “Best Actor.”

Cranston’s other feature film credits include: Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers, John Hamburg’s Why Him?, Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, Ben Affleck’s Argo, Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, and Tom Hanks’ Larry Crown and That Thing You Do!, among others. Bryan has also lent his voice to DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda 3 and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

Cranston’s career began with a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to him being signed as an original cast member of ABC’s Loving.  He went on to appear as Hal on FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle, which ran for seven seasons and for which Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy® Awards.

Aside from his acting career, Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life In Parts. In his riveting memoir, Cranston traces his zigzag journey, with great humor and much humility, from his chaotic childhood to mega-stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played on and off camera. Cranston shares his thoughts about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.

Cranston is also a spokesperson and longtime supporter of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and professionals on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

 

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