Bryan Cranston and Robert Schenkkan Biographies
Bryan Cranston won three consecutive Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. His performance has also earned him a fourth Emmy® nomination this year, a Television Critics Association award, two Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild award.
On the big screen, Cranston won a second Screen Actors Guild award this year for his co-starring role in the 2012 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Argo, essaying the role of CIA operative Jack O’Donnell opposite star-director Ben Affleck.
He is currently in production on Legendary Pictures remake of Godzilla starring opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. He will also voice a character in DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 3.
Last year, he was heard as the voice of “Vitality” in Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted, which grossed over $730 million worldwide. He also starred in Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall, Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages and Nicolas Winding Refn's critically acclaimed film, Drive, opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Cranston's additional feature film credits include: Contagion, John Carter of Mars, Larry Crowne, The Lincoln Lawyer, Little Miss Sunshine, Seeing Other People, Saving Private Ryan and That Thing You Do!
Born to a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of eight in a United Way commercial. It wasn't until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration. While on a cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, he discovered community theater and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon, he was cast in a summer stock company.
Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to his being signed as an original cast member of ABC's Loving. He went on to appear in numerous television roles including a seven-year run as Hal on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmy® awards; the recurring role of Dentist, Tim Whatley on Seinfeld; HBO's acclaimed miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, as Buzz Aldrin, and the made-for-television movie I Know My First Name is Steven, among others. He has guest starred on numerous TV programs.
Cranston continues to pursue his love for theater whenever possible. Credits include: The God of Hell, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama, Last Chance as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and directed and starred in the film. Cranston has also directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, the Comedy Central pilot Special Unit, Breaking Bad and recently an episode of Modern Family.
In early 2011, Cranston served as executive producer and star of an exclusive online series called The Handlers for Atom.com. The comedic short series followed Cranston as the character Jack Powers and his race to win a seat on the State Senate.
Cranston also produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Robert was born in Chapel Hill, N. Carolina but grew up in Austin, Texas. As a Plan II Honors student he received a B.A. in Drama from the University of Texas (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Friars' Society, Distinguished Young Alumnus, Lifetime Texas-Ex’s Member and Littlefield Society) and an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University.
Robert is the author of The Kentucky Cycle, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama – the first play in the history of the Pulitzer to win before its NY premier. He has written and published fourteen other full-length plays. They include: By the Waters of Babylon, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Handler, Heaven on Earth, Tachinoki, and Final Passages. His most recent play, All The Way, had its world premiere in 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Full-length Children’s Plays include: The Dream Thief, The Devil and Daniel Webster, and A Single Shard.
His Musicals include: The Twelve (book and lyrics) with Neil Berg (music and lyrics) and A Night at the Alhambra Café (book and lyrics).
His One Act plays are published in a collection: Conversations with the Spanish Lady and other plays.
Robert currently has three new play commissions: Docent, for director Warner Shook; The Great Society, the sequel to All The Way for the Seattle Repertory Theater, slated to premier in a co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2014; and a new play, as yet untitled, for The Denver Theater Center.
In addition to the Pulitzer, other theatre awards include: the 2013 Senator Edward M. Kennedy Theater Award, Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, LA Critics Best Play Award, the Julie Harris/Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Award, the PEN WEST Award, and the Best of the Fringe (Edinburgh Festival). He has received grants from New York CAPS, Vogelstein Foundation, Arthur Foundation, and the Fund for New American Plays.
Robert is the co-author of the film, The Quiet American. His script for THE CO, (Walden Media, Pandemonium Films) directed by Randy Wallace, is slated to start principal photography in the Fall of 2013. He is currently writing a feature, The Demonologist, for director, Bob Zemeckis, and Universal. Other films in development include: The Indianapolis (Team Downey and Universal), Fall of Saigon (Fox), and Anabasis (SONY).
His television credits include: four episodes of The Pacific – Emmy award winner for Best miniseries. Robert’s work was nominated for two Emmys, and he won a WGA Award for the same. Other TV work includes The Andromeda Strain (A&E – nominated for six Emmys, including Best Miniseries), Crazy Horse (TNT), and Spartacus (USA).
Robert has been in residence at The MacDowell Colony, The Orchard Project, Sundance, The O’Neil Center, Seven Devils, The Gathering at Big Fork, and New Harmony. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, WGA, SAG, AEA, PEN America, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is an alumnus of New Dramatists.