Like most actors, Cranston spent years crafting a solid resume before landing the role that really breaks them. And for Cranston, one of those roles was Walter White on Breaking Bad. But it was another well-known show that got Cranston this gig. The truth is out there.
What did Bryan Cranston do before Breaking Bad?
Cranston started acting in part because his parents, Annalisa and Joseph Cranston, had both been performers, but for that very reason the older Cranstons were reluctant to let their son embark on a precarious business. All the same, Cranston persisted, winning notable games in the mid-1990s.
One of the first times viewers noticed it was on Seinfeld, where he played Jerry’s dentist from 1994 to 1997. He also played astronaut Gus Grissom, the second American in space in a small role in Tom Hanks’ This thing you do. He then played another astronaut with a “second” milestone, Buzz Aldrin, who walked the moon after Neil Armstrong. This role came in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the moon.
In the event, another space-related show landed Cranston the role that ultimately took his career to the next level: The X-Files. According to BuzzFeed, Cranston appeared in a 1996 episode of this series titled “Drive.” And that was to open more doors than he knew at the time.
How did Cranston get “Breaking Bad”?
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In this X-Files episode, Cranston played a bigot driven mad by low frequency sonar waves. Under ordinary circumstances, that would only be the case with an actor playing a guy wearing an aluminum hat. But these were no ordinary circumstances. The author of this show was a Vince Gilligan, who went on to create Breaking Bad.
Gilligan remembered how Cranston made a repulsive character likable, and he thought Cranston could repeat this feat on an even greater scale. Gilligan told the New York Times, “We had this villain, and we needed the audience to feel bad for him when he died,” Bryan alone was the only actor who could do that, who could pull off this trick. And that’s a trick. I have no idea how he does it.
Cranston didn’t take that much inspiration X-Files episode but his show business father. He told The Times in 2011: “My father is 87 years old. I’m not going to hesitate, but Walter is still a little bent over, never erect. The message to the public is that the weight of the world is on this man’s shoulders.
What is Bryan Cranston doing now?
All of the ingredients that went into Walter White paid off for Cranston, who won three main actor Emmys in a row for playing Walter White. After that show ended in 2013, with Walter paying the ultimate price for his relationships, Cranston continued to garner attention with awards for playing President Lyndon Johnson and blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Lately, Cranston has been in the headlines all his life away from the cameras. Like his This thing you do director Tom Hanks, Cranston has fallen with COVID-19, according to RTE.
On an Instagram post, he urged his followers to wear masks and announced that he is donating plasma for research on how to contain the disease.
He wrote: “I am counting my blessings and urging you to continue wearing this damn mask, washing your hands and staying socially distant. We can win – but ONLY if we follow the rules together. “