A Life in Parts

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The life story of talented veteran actor Bryan Cranston begins with a despicable fictional act. Cranston internalizes his performance and his emotional placing of a character in striking ways.

Raised in California as one of three children to parents whose marriage would end tumultuously, Bryan had a nomadic childhood. His early life would see brief glimpses of his future career, in a commercial and a play. The domestic unrest would lead to his seeking shelter in movies. A possible career in police work would be sought out in college, but a road trip with his brother led to an epiphany that acting was his true calling. Cranston would find success in soap operas, and he would find his true love while acting as a co-star on an 1980s action show. His talent would shine as a comedic foil on Seinfeld, a dying redneck on The X-Files, and as a beleaguered but fun dad on Malcolm in the Middle. All would be stepping stones to the role of his career as Walter White. Could this only be the beginning?

Bryan Cranston tells his life as well as he plays any on-screen role. There are many facets to his anecdotes: humor, heart, and the occasional heart-thumping scare. His advice to actors is noteworthy. His praise for others is generous. His life is worth reading about, from the beginning to the present. Sequel, anyone?

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Author Bryan Cranston
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Scribner
Publish Date 2016-Oct-11
ISBN 9781476793856
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Issue December 2016
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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