For some, Bryan Cranston is Walter White, the former teacher, turned drug lord on Breaking Bad. For others, he is Hal, the devoted father in Malcolm in the Middle or Hammond Druthers, Ted Mosby’s boss on How I Met Your Mother. Whatever role he is playing, Cranston has a way to make viewers forget that he is acting and become completely immersed in his world.
Cranston has assembled an impressive resume since stepping onto the scene in 1968 and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Let’s take a look at what the actor has in the works and just how much he has earned over the course of his career.
Cranston has a knack for choosing good roles
Many actors would consider themselves blessed to appear in one hit television show. Cranston has not only appeared in dozens of major television shows but has starred in a handful of hits as well. One look at Cranston’s IMDB will make you wonder, “Is there any show this man hasn’t been in?”
During the 80s and 90s, Cranston appeared in the likes of Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Seinfeld, and Diagnosis Murder. In the 2000s, his credits included How I Met Your Mother, The Cleveland Show, Sneaky Pete, and The King of Queens. He starred in Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006 and Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013. He has also voiced characters in Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.
Breaking Bad made Cranston a legend
Although Cranston had made a name for himself long before the hit AMC show, Breaking Bad will likely always be considered Cranston’s best role. Cranston played Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who had just been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. In order to make sure his family would be financially secure, he took a side job making and distributing meth. He soon discovered just how good he was at his new job, and the rest is television history. Cranston received critical acclaim for his performance and earned five Emmys and one Golden Globe award during the show’s run.
The show lives on as one of the best shows in television history and many fans wonder, will there be a movie follow-up in the future? Though fans saw Walter White die in the series finale, Cranston has suggested that it’s possible Heisenberg isn’t actually dead, “Was there a coroner’s report? No! There was no coroner’s report! Was there a listing in the obituaries? No!” When asked about a movie, show creator Vince Gilligan teased, “Anything’s possible.” But though Cranson said that his character might be alive, he also said that he’s not interested in a follow-up.
Cranston said he’s game for a ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ reunion
While Cranston might not be interested in a Breaking Bad reunion, it’s a different story for his other hit show. In 2016 when he was asked about his interest in a reunion, he responded, “I sure hope so. I really do, for no other reason than that I miss those people like crazy and I stay in touch with them. The boys are doing great and Jane [Kaczmarek] is doing wonderfully and I’d love to.” But in a 2018 interview, Cranston said it’d have to be the right story for a reunion to happen.
What is Bryan Cranston’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bryan Cranston has an estimated net worth of $30 million, with the majority coming from his film and television roles. During the run of Breaking Bad, the actor made $225,000 per episode. He is also credited for several writing, directing, and producing projects. In 2016 he authored the bestselling memoir, A Life in Parts.
Cranston can currently be heard voicing the character Bert on the long-running animated show, Family Guy. He can be seen starring opposite Kevin Hart in the film The Upside.