▪ Made his acting debut in a United Way commercial at age 8.
▪ Has one daughter named Taylor Dearden.
▪ His father is actor Joe Cranston. Younger brother of Kyle Edward Cranston.
▪ A couple of other titles he voiced for were “Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise”, and “Macross Plus”.
▪ Once did voice acting for the English dubbing of Japanese Animation (or Anime), under the name “Lee Stone”.
▪ In the original Armitage III Polymatrix 4 episode home video release (also know as an OAV), he’s listed as “Lee Stone”, but in the movie edition of the same name, he’s listed under his real name “Bryan Cranston”.
▪ Became an ordained minister when he was in college as a part-time job.
▪ Got his start at the Granada Theatre in the San Fernando Valley, California.
▪ Produced his “Kidsmartz” safety video with his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) crew during one of their weeks off.
▪ Such a big baseball fan that his wife threw him a surprise 40th birthday party at Dodgers Stadium.
▪ Always grows a beard and mustache during his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) hiatus.
▪ His favorite episode of “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) is the first season episode “Rollerskates.” He spent six weeks before filming learning how to rollerskate.
▪ Impersonated Brad Garrett’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996) voice shortly after losing to him for the second year in a row at the 2004 Emmy Awards. The crowd laughed hysterically, as did Brad Garrett himself.
▪ Presented the category “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” at the 2004 Emmy Awards with his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) co-star Jane Kaczmarek. Bryan had been eligible for that category (for directing the “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) episode “Stereo Store”) but did not receive a nomination.
▪ Was singled out by frequent “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) director Todd Holland during his Emmy speech in 2001. Cranston had been overlooked that year, and Holland proclaimed that he would “stand up here soon.” Cranston was subsequently nominated for the first-time the next year.
▪ Directed three episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) during its fifth season. The episodes were “Vegas,” “Dirty Magazine,” and “Experiment”.
▪ The last name of the first Blue Ranger on “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” (1993) was named after him. He did various work as part of the crew (voice-overs, etc.), so the Blue Ranger’s full name became Billy Cranston.
▪ Has a dog named Sugar, saved from a local Los Angeles pound.
▪ Enjoys traveling to Hawaii.
▪ Met his wife Robin Dearden on the set of the show “Airwolf” (1984), (Season 3, episode “Desperate Monday”). He was playing the villain of the week, and she was his hostage (held at gunpoint).
▪ Attended and graduated from Canoga Park High School, Canoga Park, California in 1974.
▪ Honored as Grand Marshal of the 2006 Sherman Oaks, CA, Street Fair by the Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in the community and his protection of children through KidSmartz.
▪ At one point considered becoming a police officer, and went to high school, and was friends with, Daniel Cameron.
▪ Played Erik Per Sullivan’s character’s father on “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000), and wrote recommendation letters for his college applications.
▪ In his younger years, he spent two years traveling around the USA by motorcycle with his brother.
▪ For his role on Breaking Bad (2008) (TV), named one of the “Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art,” in cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).
▪ 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.com.