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They say success is all about being in the right place at the right time. Well, for Bryan Cranston, finding the right place was easy. But the right time? That took a while.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Bryan was realistic about making a living in show business. He'd watched his father toil as a struggling actor: fighting for roles, struggling with money, and coping with rejection.
Given that background, you'd think Bryan might have lost faith, especially during the lean years of his career. In the '70s and '80s, he did a lot of commercials, pushing everything from potato chips to pain medication. But TV would ultimately prove to be Bryan's salvation. In 2000, he debuted as the downtrodden Dad on Malcolm in the Middle. For seven seasons on Malcolm, Bryan was hilarious, but he reached new heights as a guy who hits rock bottom.
On Breaking Bad, Bryan created Walter White: A terminally ill chemistry teacher who resorts to cooking meth to support his family. His performance has earned him three Emmys, and it led to roles in films - like the new thriller, 'Drive', opposite Ryan Gosling (it played at the Toronto International Film Festival). Plus, Bryan can rest assured: after decades of struggle, his time has finally arrived.