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Bryan Cranston Biography

Birth Name:
Bryan Lee Cranston
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Made his acting debut in a United Way commercial at age 8
  • After college, traveled across the country on motorcycle with his brother Kyle, altering his career plan from police work to acting during the extended trip
  • Met his second wife, Robin Dearden, during the filming of an Airwolf episode in which he played a villain and she his hostage
  • Won Best of the Fest Award (drama) at 1999 Breckenridge Festival for Last Chance, which he wrote and directed as a gift to his wife
  • Additional accolades for the film included the Audience Award at 2000 Valleyfest Film Festival
  • Contributes to the National and International Centers for Missing & Exploited Children, hosting the organization's Hope Awards in 2005 and producing the instructional DVD KidSmartz, which promotes safety from Internet predators
  • Coproduced and starred in the Web comedy series The Handlers, which launched in January 2011 on Atom
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  • Made his Broadway debut in All The Way in 2014, playing Lyndon Baines Johnson; later reprised the role in an HBO TV movie

Awards

  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2016IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actor: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2014Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2013Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated

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