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->''"Thank God I hadn't seen a billion episodes of ''Series/BreakingBad'' like everyone else, otherwise I would have been too intimidated to walk to work [on ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''] with Bryan. I had seen him in a few, but the real reason I wanted Bryan was because of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' - and an episode of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' from 1986."''
-->--'''Creator/GarethEdwards'''

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor most famous for his roles as Hal in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' and his Emmy-winning performance as Walter White in ''Series/BreakingBad''[[note]]Four for Lead Drama Actor to be exact, making him one of only two to win that many times in the category[[/note]]. During his youth, he started acting in theaters such as the Granada Theater, though he stopped for a bit until the late 80's since his show business parents weren't too keen on Cranston being in the acting business.

Cranston has also done work as a voice actor, providing voices in English dubs for Japanese anime such as ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and ''Armitage III'' (sometimes going under the pseudonym "Lee Stone"), though he isn't exactly a big name in the anime industry. His more recent involvements with voice acting were in the animated movie adaptation of ''Batman: Year One'' and ''Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted''. He also won a Tony award for his debut Broadway performance as President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson in ''Theatre/AllTheWay'', and he reprised the role in an Creator/{{HBO}} movie based on the play.
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!!Tropes
* BadassBaritone: His voice is deep, smooth, and can pack a lot of authority.
* BaldOfAwesome: When he was doing ''Series/BreakingBad''.

!!Film Roles
* 1998 -- ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' as War Department Colonel
* 2000 -- ''The Big Thing'' as Roberto Montalban
* 2003 -- ''National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion'' as Woodrow Snider
* 2004 -- ''Seeing Other People'' as Peter
* 2004 -- ''Illusion'' as David
* 2006 -- ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' as Stan Grossman
* 2011 -- ''Film/TheLincolnLawyer'' as Detective Lankford
* 2011 -- ''Film/{{Drive}}'' as Shannon
* 2011 -- ''Detachment'' as Richard Dearden
* 2011 -- ''Film/LarryCrowne'' as Dean Tainot
* 2011 -- ''Film/{{Contagion}}'' as Haggerty
* 2012 -- ''Film/RedTails'' as Major William Mortamus
* 2012 -- ''Film/JohnCarter'' as Colonel Powell
* 2012 -- ''Film/RockOfAges'' as Mayor Mike Whitmore
* 2012 -- ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' as Vilos Cohaagen
* 2012 -- ''Film/{{Argo}}'' as Jack O'Donnell
* 2013 -- ''Film/ColdComesTheNight'' as Topo
* 2014 -- ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' as Joe Brody
* 2015 -- ''Film/{{Trumbo}}'' as Dalton Trumbo
* 2016 -- ''Theatre/AllTheWay'' (HBO movie) as UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson
* 2016 -- ''Film/TheInfiltrator'' as Robert Mazur / Bob Musella
* 2016 -- ''Film/WhyHim'' as Ned Fleming
* 2017 -- ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' as Zordon.
* 2017 -- ''Film/{{Wakefield}}'' as Howard Wakefield

!!Television Roles
* He did indeed guest star in ''{{Airwolf}}''.
* 1988 - ''Raising Miranda'' as Uncle Russell
* 1994-1997 -- ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' as Dr. Tim Whatley
* 1998 -- ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive Drive]]" as Patrick Crump
* 1999-2001 -- ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' as Tim Saksky
* 20002006 -- ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' as Hal Wilkerson
* 20062013 -- ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' as Hammond Druthers
* 2007 -- ''Series/{{Fallen}}'' as Lucifer / The Light Bringer
* 2008-2013 -- ''Series/BreakingBad'' as [[Characters/BreakingBadWalterWhite Walter White]]
* 2015 -- ''Series/SneakyPete'' as Vince

!!Voice Acting Roles
* 1987 -- ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'' as Marty Tohn
* 1993 -- ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as Snizzard and Twin Man. The original Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston, was named for him.
* 1993 -- ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}'' as Launch Control
* 1994 -- ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' as Isamu Alva Dyson
* 1994 -- ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' as Fei Long
* 1994 -- ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' as Sgt. Miles O'Rourke
* 1996 -- ''Anime/EagleRiders'' as Joe Thax
* 1997 -- ''Anime/ArmitageIII'' (the OVA and ''Poly-Matrix'') as Eddie Barrows
* 2011 -- ''WesternAnimation/BatmanYearOne'' as James Gordon
* 2012 -- ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' as Tony Drake
* 2012 -- ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'' as Vitaly
* 2015 -- ''WesternAnimation/SuperMansion'' as Titanium Rex
* 2016 -- ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' as Li Shan
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