Bryan Cranston is currently best known for his outstanding, award-winning performance as Walter White on the hit TV show Breaking Bad, which ended its five seasons with numerous awards, nominations and critical acclaim. But Cranston is much more than Walter White—and, for those who followed Cranston from his earlier famous TV role; he’s much more than the “dad from Malcolm in the Middle,” too. Let’s take a look at 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Bryan Cranston!
Trivia: He wasn’t the first choice for Walter White
Fans of the show would be hard-pressed to imagine anyone but Cranston as this now-iconic character, but he was not actually AMC’s first choice for the role. The first actor offered the part was John Cusack, who turned it down; Matthew Broderick was next, but he also declined the part. Cranston, who was being considered, was not considered a frontrunner because the network executives had never seen him in anything but his comedic role on Malcolm in the Middle. After being shown his abilities in a darker role on The X-Files, they decided to cast him.
Trivia: Cranston has a degree in police science
Before he turned to acting–and before numerous other career changes as well–Cranston earned a 2-year college degree in police science. However, Cranston decided not to pursue a career in law or law enforcement after his graduation. Instead, he decided to travel the country with his brother; the pair traveled on motorcycles and slept in sleeping bags outdoors.
Trivia: A Power Ranger was named after him
Do you remember the very first Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series? If so, then you remember the Blue Ranger–Billy Cranston. And no, the name similarity isn’t just a funny coincidence! Cranston was doing voice overs for foreign entertainment during the early 90s and was frequently picking up jobs at Saban Entertainment. The show’s producers decided to name the Blue Ranger after Cranston due to his frequent work and popularity at Saban.
Trivia: He has a special tattoo on his finger
It’s not unusual for actors to create some kind of memento to a project, especially if it is something they have worked on for years. Cranston and fellow Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul both decided to get tattoos to memorialize their time on the show; Cranston decided to get the Breaking Bad logo tattooed on his finger. To learn more about Cranston and to stream Breaking Bad, check out these Charter internet deals.