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BRYAN CRANSTON

BRYAN CRANSTON (photo)
(Hal)

Bryan Cranston is the happy, hairy and somewhat harried dad, "Hal," on Malcolm in the Middle. Often noted as one of television's "most valuable players," Cranston has been nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made-for-Television. He has also received two Emmy Award® nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and a Television Critics Association nomination for Best Comedic Performance.

Born into a show business family, Cranston has numerous television credits, including the amazing portrayal of Buzz Aldrin in the Emmy Award®-winning 12-hour series From the Earth to the Moon, the made-for-television movie Loving and a regular role on the popular daytime series of the same name. Cranston is also known for his recurring role on Seinfeld as Jerry's dentist, "Dr. Tim Whatley," who converted to Judaism "for the jokes," much to Jerry's dismay. His additional television credits include Brooklyn South, Touched by an Angel, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The X-Files, The King of Queens and Chicago Hope.

His feature film credits include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Clean Slate, Kissing Miranda, Amazon Women on the Moon, Private Offering, Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do, Seeing Other People and Little Miss Sunshine.

Cranston appeared in his first commercial at the age of eight, but it wasn't until college that acting became his passion. Following graduation, he traveled cross-country and soon found himself acting and producing community theater in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cranston also honed his craft in such popular plays as Barefoot in the Park, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Damn Yankees, Death of a Salesman and Night of the Iguana.

Cranston also wrote, directed and starred in the independent film Last Chance. He was honored as Best Director at Methodfest film festival in Pasadena, California, and his film also won many accolades and numerous Audience Favorite awards at festivals nationwide. He also produced and hosted an instructional video to prevent child abduction, called KidSmartz. Information on KidSmartz can be found at www.bryancranston.com.
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