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Daniel Craig

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Craig at the Berlin premiere of
Cowboys & Aliens, August 2011

Born

Daniel Wroughton Craig
2 March 1968 (1968-03-02) (age 43)
[1]
Chester, Cheshire, England

Occupation

Actor

Years active

1992–present

Spouse

Fiona Loudon (m. 1992–1994) «start: (1992)–end+1: (1995)»"Marriage: Fiona Loudon to Daniel Craig" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Craig)
Rachel Weisz (m. 2011–present) «start: (2011-06-22)»"Marriage: Rachel Weisz to Daniel Craig" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Craig)

Partner

Heike Makatsch (1994–2001)
Satsuki Mitchell (2004–2010)

Children

Ella Craig

Daniel Wroughton Craig[2] (born 2 March 1968) is an English actor. His early film roles include Elizabeth, The Power of One, A Kid in King Arthur's Court and the television episodes Sharpe's Eagle, Zorro and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Daredevils of the Desert. His breakthrough performances were in the films Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake, Munich, and The Golden Compass.



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Craig became well known internationally after he was cast as the sixth actor to portray fictional secret agent James Bond in the film series. He made his début as the character in the 2006 film, Casino Royale. He was critically acclaimed, and was nominated for a BAFTA award, for his portrayal in the film.[3] He grew into other roles in films such as Defiance, Cowboys and Aliens, the upcoming English-language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Early life

Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire, England. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of the pubs "Ring o' Bells" (in Frodsham) and "The Boot Inn", and also served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.[4][5][6] Both of Craig's parents were of half Welsh descent.[7] He was brought up on the Wirral Peninsula,[8] and attended a primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake called Holy Trinity Primary School. He attended Hilbre High School in later years.[9] He began acting in school plays at age six.

Craig moved to London when he was sixteen to join the National Youth Theatre after a stay at Calday.[6] He and his older sister, Lea, attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. He played for Hoylake Rugby Club.[10] He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican and graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.

Career

Craig appeared as Joe in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993. An early starring role was as 'Geordie' in the BBC's 1996 drama Our Friends in the North, with early film roles being as Angelina Jolie's rival and love interest in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), before appearing in Sam Mendes's movie Road to Perdition (2002), with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Other leading film roles include Sword of Honour (2001), The Mother (2003) with Anne Reid, Sylvia (2003) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Layer Cake (2004) with Sienna Miller, Enduring Love (2004) with Rhys Ifans, Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) with Eric Bana, Infamous (2006), The Golden Compass (2007) and Defiance (2008).

James Bond: 2005–present

In 2005, Craig was contracted by EON Productions to portray James Bond. He stated that he "was aware of the challenges" of the James Bond franchise which he considers "a big machine" that "makes a lot of money". He aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character.[11] Being born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to have been born after the Bond series already started, and Ian Fleming, the novels' writer, had died.

Significant controversy followed the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period Internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest.[12] Craig, unlike previous actors, was not considered by the protesters to fit the tall, dark, handsome image of Bond to which viewers had been accustomed.[13] The Daily Mirror ran a front page news story critical of Craig, with the headline, "The Name's Bland – James Bland."[14]

Although the choice of Craig was controversial, numerous actors publicly voiced their support, most notably, four of the five actors who had previously portrayed Bond – Pierce Brosnan,[15] Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery, and Roger Moore – called his casting a good decision. Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in defence of Craig.[16]

The first film, Casino Royale, premièred on 14 November 2006 and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which makes the film the highest grossing Bond film to date.[17] After the film was released, Craig's performance was highly acclaimed.[18]

Wax figure of Daniel Craig at Madame Tussauds, London.

As production of Casino Royale reached its conclusion, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that pre-production work had already begun on the 22nd Bond film. After several months of speculation as to the release date, Wilson and Broccoli officially announced on 20 July 2006 that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace,[19] was to be released on 7 November 2008 and that Craig plays Bond with an option for a third film.[20] On 25 October 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed at the Forbes Meet II Conference that Craig had signed on for four more Bond films, through to Bond 25.[21]

In 2006, Craig was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[22]

Craig at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.

On 12 June 2008, Craig sliced the top of one of his fingers off while filming Quantum of Solace.[23] The accident was the latest in a string of incidents surrounding the shoot, including a fire at one of the sets in Pinewood Studios, UK; a car crash that left the stunt driver in a serious condition; and an Aston Martin skidding off the roads in heavy rains while being transported to the set in northern Italy and plunging into Lake Garda.[24]

Craig describes his portrayal of Bond as an anti-hero: “The question I keep asking myself while playing the role is, ‘Am I the good guy or just a bad guy who works for the good side?’ Bond’s role, after all, is that of an assassin when you come down to it. I have never played a role in which someone’s dark side shouldn’t be explored. I don’t think it should be confusing by the end of the movie, but during the movie you should be questioning who he is.”[25] Craig also states that his favourite previous Bond actor was Sean Connery, but says, "I'd never copy somebody else. I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me".[26] His favourite Bond film is From Russia with Love.[27] On a James Bond-centric episode of The South Bank Show, Connery divulged his thoughts on Craig's casting as Bond, whom he described as "fantastic, marvelous in the part." When he was told that Craig had taken particular note of his performances, Connery said that he was "flattered," and that Craig "really gets" the 'danger element' to Bond's character.[28]

On 19 April 2010, Craig's expected third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was announced to have been suspended indefinitely due to the crippling debt and uncertain future of MGM.[29] However, both Craig and Sam Mendes hoped to resume work on the film soon. The film has since resumed and Craig will return as Bond once again,[30] with the film due for release on 9 November 2012.

Other projects

Craig at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London's Royal Opera House, 11 February 2007.

In 1999, Craig starred as Richard in a TV drama called Shockers: The Visitor. In 2007, he portrayed Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel.[31] Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, also starred in the film, although she did not appear in any scenes with Craig. In a stage version of the book, Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton, one of Craig's predecessors in the role of James Bond.

In early 2001, Craig expressed an interest in being a part of the Star Trek franchise, professing his love of the series to the World Entertainment News Network and a desire to have a "stint in the TV show or a film. It's been a secret ambition of mine for years."[32] On 16 March 2007, Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show. The sketch was made for the BBC Red Nose Day 2007 fundraising programme.[33]

In 2008's Defiance, he played Tuvia Bielski, a Jewish resistance fighter in the woods of Belarus during World War II who saved 1,200 people.

The shot in Casino Royale of Craig sporting swimming trunks has often topped many sexiest male celebrity polls,[34] and in 2009 Del Monte Foods launched an ice pop moulded to resemble Craig emerging from the sea.[35]

Craig co-starred with Hugh Jackman, in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre, which opened in previews on 10 September 2009 and closed on 6 December 2009.[36]

Craig lent his voice and likeness as James Bond for both the Wii game GoldenEye 007, an enhanced remake of the 1997 game for the Nintendo 64, and Blood Stone, an original game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Windows.[37]

As of August 2010, Craig has been cast as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[38]

Craig co-starred with Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens, an American science fiction Western film, based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's 2006 graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.[39][40]

Personal life

Craig with producer Michael G. Wilson in June 2006.

In 1992, Craig married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he has a daughter, Ella. However, the marriage ended in divorce in 1994.[41]

After his divorce, he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2001.[42] He subsequently dated film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2004 until 2010.[43]

Craig and actress Rachel Weisz began dating in December 2010.[44] Craig and Weisz married on 22 June 2011[43][45] in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in attendance, including Craig's 18-year-old daughter Ella, and Weisz's four-year-old son Henry.[46] Craig and Weisz had been friends for many years and had worked together on the movie Dream House shortly before they began dating in late 2010.

In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment near Regent's Park, London.[47] He is a Liverpool F.C. supporter.[48]

Filmography

Film and television

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

1992

Power of One, TheThe Power of One

Sgt. Botha, a.k.a. The Judge

 

1993

Zorro

Lt Hidalgo

Two episodes of a US TV series filmed in Madrid.

1993

Sharpe's Eagle

Lt. Berry

Television drama

1995

Kid in King Arthur's Court, AA Kid in King Arthur's Court

Master Kane

 

1996

Kiss And Tell

Matt Kearney

TV film

1996

Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, TheThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

James "Jemmy" Seagrave

Television drama

1996

Our Friends in the North

George "Geordie" Peacock

Television drama: 8 episodes

1997

Obsession – Besessene Seelen

John McHale

 

1997

Ice House, TheThe Ice House

D.S. Andy McLoughlin

TV mystery/drama from the novel by Minette Walters

1997

Hunger, TheThe Hunger

 

 

1998

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

George Dyer

Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best British Performance

1998

Love and Rage

James Lynchehaun

 

1998

Elizabeth

John Ballard

 

1999

Trench, TheThe Trench

Sgt. Telford Winter

Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor

1999

Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert, TheThe Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert

Schiller

 

2000

Some Voices

Ray

British Independent Film Award for Best Actor

2000

Hotel Splendide

Ronald Blanche

 

2000

I Dreamed of Africa

Declan Fielding

 

2001

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Alex West

 

2001

Sword of Honour

Guy Crouchback

 

2002

Copenhagen

Werner Heisenberg

Television drama (stage adaptation)

2002

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello

Cecil

 

2002

Road to Perdition

Connor Rooney

 

2003

Sylvia

Ted Hughes

 

2003

Mother, TheThe Mother

Darren

Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—
European Film Audience Award for Best Actor
Nominated—
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

2004

Layer Cake

Mr. X

Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated—
European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor
also for Enduring Love

2004

Enduring Love

Joe

Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated –
European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor
also for Layer Cake

2005

Munich

Steve

 

2005

Archangel

Christopher Kelso

Television drama

2005

Fateless

American Soldier

 

2005

Jacket, TheThe Jacket

Rudy Mackenzie

 

2006

Casino Royale

James Bond

Empire Award for Best Actor
Evening Standard British Film Awards Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—
Saturn Award for Best Actor

2006

Renaissance

Barthélémy Karas

Voice role

2006

Infamous

Perry Smith

Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

2007

Golden Compass, TheThe Golden Compass

Lord Asriel

 

2007

Invasion, TheThe Invasion

Ben Driscoll

 

2008

Flashbacks of a Fool

Joe Scot

Also Executive Producer

2008

Quantum of Solace

James Bond

Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor

2008

Defiance

Tuvia Bielski

 

2011

Cowboys & Aliens

Jake Lonergan

 

2011

Dream House

Will Attenton

Post-production

2011

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mikael Blomkvist

2011

Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, TheThe Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Red Rackham

2012

Bond 23

James Bond

Pre-production

Video games

Film and television

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

2008

Quantum of Solace

James Bond

voice-over

2010

GoldenEye 007

James Bond

voice-over

2010

James Bond 007: Blood Stone

James Bond

voice-over

Further reading

·                    Marshall, Sarah (2007). Daniel Craig: The Biography. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 978-1844544547. 

·                    O'Brien, Daniel (2007). Daniel Craig – Ultimate Professional. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 978-1905287444. 

·                    Ogle, Tina (2009). Daniel Craig: The Illustrated Biography. Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1847322661. 

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82420&msbpn__ftp=Chester%2C+Cheshire%2C+England%2C+United+Kingdom&msbpn_x=1&msbpn__ftp_x=
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48.                           ^ Liverpool Echo – News – Liverpool Local News – James Bond star Daniel Craig enjoys Liverpool FC victory over Newcastle

 

Preceded by
Pierce Brosnan
1995–2004

Official James Bond Actor
2006–present

Succeeded by
Unknown

External links

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·                    Daniel Craig at the Internet Movie Database

·                    Daniel Craig at AllRovi

·                    Daniel Craig biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline

·                    A very detailed biography from Tiscali Film & TV

·                    Personal interview on "being Bond", Parade Magazine 26 Oct 2008

 









 










 


Jeremy Irons, (632).
Oil on canvas. 30 x 32 cm. 
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Jeremy Irons

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Irons at the
2011 Berlin Film Festival

Born

Jeremy John Irons
19 September 1948 (1948-09-19) (age 62)
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

Occupation

Actor

Years active

1971–present

Spouse

Julie Hallam (1969)
Sinéad Cusack (1978–present)

Children

Samuel, Max

Jeremy John Irons (born 19 September 1948) is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many London theatre productions including The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard II. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.



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Irons's first major film role came in the 1981 romantic drama The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. After starring in such films as Moonlighting (1982), Betrayal (1983), and The Mission (1986), he gained critical acclaim for portraying twin gynaecologists in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers (1988). In 1990, Irons played accused murderer Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune, and took home multiple awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. Other notable films have included The House of the Spirits (1993), The Lion King (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Lolita (1997), The Merchant of Venice (2004), Being Julia (2004), and Appaloosa (2008).

Irons has also made several notable appearances on television. He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for his breakout role in the ITV series Brideshead Revisited (1981). In 2006, Irons starred opposite Helen Mirren in the historical miniseries Elizabeth I, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Since 2011, he has been starring in the Showtime historical drama The Borgias.

Early life

Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the son of Barbara Anne Brereton Brymer (née Sharpe; 1914–1999), a housewife, and Paul Dugan Irons (1913–1983), an accountant.[1] Part of his maternal ancestry is Irish,[2] and his great-grandfather was one of the first Metropolitan Policemen, and later a chartist. Irons has a brother, Christopher (born 1943), and a sister, Felicity Anne (born 1944). He was educated at the independent Sherborne School in Dorset, (c. 1962–66). He achieved some fame as the drummer and harmonica player (most memorably for his rendition of "Stairway to Heaven" on harmonica) in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom. They performed, in a classroom normally used as a physics lab, for the entertainment of boys compulsorily exiled from their houses for two hours on Sunday afternoons. He was also known within Abbey House as half of a comic duo performing skits on Halloween and at end-of-term House Suppers. Irons has stated that his family is Catholic, but of himself he states, "I don’t go to church much because I don’t like belonging to a club, and I don’t go to confession or anything like that, I don’t believe in it. But I try to be aware of where I fail and I occasionally go to services. I would hate to be a person who didn’t have a spiritual side because there’s nothing to nourish you in life apart from retail therapy."[3]

Acting career

Irons trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is now president of its fundraising appeal. He performed a number of plays, and busked on the streets of Bristol, before appearing on the London stage as John the Baptist and Judas opposite David Essex in Godspell, which opened at the Roundhouse on 17 November 1971 before transferring to Wyndham's Theatre playing a total of 1,128 performances.[4]

Irons was bestowed an Honorary-Life Membership by the Law Society (University College Dublin) in September 2008, in honour of his contribution to television, film, audio, music and theatre.[citation needed]

Television

He made several appearances on British television, including the children's television series Play Away and as Franz Liszt in the BBC 1974 series Notorious Woman. More significantly he starred in the 13-part adaptation of H.E. Bates' novel Love for Lydia for London Weekend Television (1977), and attracted attention for his key role as the pipe-smoking German student, a romantic pairing with Judi Dench in Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins' novel Langrishe, Go Down for BBC television (1978).

The role which brought him fame was that of Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1981). Brideshead reunited him with Anthony Andrews, with whom he had appeared in The Pallisers seven years earlier. In the same year he starred in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman opposite Meryl Streep.

Almost as a 'lap of honour' after these major successes, in 1982 he played the leading role of an exiled Polish building contractor, working in the Twickenham area of South West London, in Jerzy Skolimowski's independent film Moonlighting, widely seen on television, a performance which extended his acting range.

In 2005, Irons won both an Emmy award and a Golden Globe award for his supporting role in the TV mini-series, Elizabeth I. A year later Irons was one of the participants in the third series of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?[5][6] In 2008 he played Lord Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic, an adaptation for Sky One.

On 6 November 2008, TV Guide reported he would star as photographer Alfred Stieglitz with Joan Allen as painter Georgia O'Keeffe, in a Lifetime Television O'Keeffe biopic.[7] Irons also appeared in the documentary for Irish television channel TG4, Faoi Lan Cheoil in which he learned to play the fiddle.

On 12 January 2011, Irons was a guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called "Mask". He played Dr. Cap Jackson, a sex therapist.[8] He reprised the role on an episode that ran on 30 March 2011.

Irons stars in the 2011 U.S. premium cable network Showtime's series The Borgias, a highly fictionalized account of the Renaissance dynasty of that name. Irons portrays patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI.[9]

Film

Irons' made his film debut in Nijinsky in 1980. He appeared sporadically in films during the 1980s, including the Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Mission in 1986, and in the dual role of twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers in 1988. Other films include Danny the Champion of the World (1989), Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, Kafka (1991), Damage (1993), M. Butterfly (1993), The House of the Spirits (1993) appearing again with Glenn Close and Meryl Streep, Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) co-starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996), the 1997 remake of Lolita and as the musketeer Aramis opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1998 film version of The Man in the Iron Mask.

Other roles include the evil wizard Profion in the film Dungeons and Dragons (2000) and Rupert Gould in Longitude (2000). He played the Über-Morlock from the movie The Time Machine (2002). In 2004, Irons played Severus Snape in Comic Relief's Harry Potter parody, "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan".

In 2005, he appeared in the films Casanova opposite Heath Ledger, and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven. He has co-starred with John Malkovich in two movies; The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Eragon (2006), though they did not have any scenes together in Eragon.

In 2008, Irons co-starred with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa, directed by Harris. In 2011, Irons appeared alongside Kevin Spacey in the thriller film Margin Call.[10]

Theatre

Irons has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company three times in 1976, 1986–87 and 2010.[11][12] In 1984, Irons made his New York debut and won a Tony Award for his Broadway performance opposite Glenn Close in The Real Thing.

After an absence from the London stage for 18 years, in 2006 he co-starred with Patrick Malahide in Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation of Sándor Márai's novel Embers at the Duke of York's Theatre.[13]

He made his National Theatre debut playing Harold Macmillan in Never So Good, a new play by Howard Brenton which opened at the Lyttelton on 19 March 2008.[14][15]

In 2009 Irons appeared on Broadway opposite Joan Allen in the play Impressionism.[16] The play ran through 10 May 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.[16]

Other ventures

Audio

Irons read the audio book recording of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, and the audio book recording of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (he had also appeared in the 1997 film version of the novel)).

One of his best known film roles has turned out to be lending his distinctive voice to the villain Scar in The Lion King (1994). Irons has since provided voiceovers for three Disney World attractions. He narrated the Spaceship Earth ride, housed in the large geodesic globe at Epcot, from November 1994 to July 2007. He was also the English narrator for the Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic at the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. He also voiced H.G. Wells in the English version of the former Disney attraction The Timekeeper. He also played Scar in Fantasmic.

He is also one of the readers in the 4x CD boxed set of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, produced by Marc Sinden and sold in aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund.[17][18]

He was originally to star as the Phantom in a 2006 French musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera, though the project was canceled.[citation needed] He will be the narrator for Val Kilmer and Bill Pullman's brand-new Lewis and Clark movie from Revolution Studios.[citation needed]

He serves as the English-language version of the audio guide for Westminster Abbey in London.

Irons has served as voice-over in two big cat documentary films by National Geographic: Eye of the Leopard, which was released in 2006,[19] and The Last Lions, which is a 2011 motion-picture, released on 18 February.[20]

Music

In 1985, Irons directed a music video for Carly Simon and her heavily promoted single, "Tired of Being Blonde". Although the song was not a hit, the video —featuring the fast cutting, parallel narratives and heavy use of stylized visual effects that were a staple of pop videos at the time— received ample attention on MTV and other outlets.

In 1994 Jeremy Irons had a cameo role in the video for Elastica's hit single "Connection". Irons was one of the many naked men sitting down around Elastica as they performed the song. Irons has since claimed that this three-minute slice of nudity was his most enjoyable work to date.

Irons has contributed to other musical performances, recording William Walton's Façade with Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and in 1987 the songs from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, released on the Decca label.

He sang a selection of Noël Coward at the 1999 Last Night of the Proms in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Coward's birth.

In 2003 he played Fredrik Egerman in a New York revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and two years later appeared as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jeremy Irons also sang the song "Be Prepared" in the movie The Lion King. However, he actually sang only a section of the song after having vocal problems; Jim Cummings finished the last few lines.

Irons performed the Bob Dylan song "Make You Feel My Love" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars.

In 2009 Irons appeared on the Touchstone album Wintercoast, recording a narrative introduction to the album.[21] Recording took place in New York City in February 2009 during rehearsals for his Broadway play Impressionism.

Personal life

Irons married Irish actress Sinéad Cusack in March 1978. They have two sons, Samuel James Brefni Irons (16 September 1978), who works as a photographer, and Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons (17 October 1985), also an actor, who appeared in the 2006 Burberry fashion campaign[citation needed] & Red Riding Hood. Both of Irons' sons have appeared in films with their father – Sam as the eponymous hero in Danny, Champion of the World and Max in Being Julia. Irons lives in the small town of Watlington, Oxfordshire and the village of Ballydehob, in County Cork, Republic of Ireland.[citation needed]

He has been the patron since 2002 of the Thomley Activity Centre,[22] an Oxfordshire non-profit activity centre for disabled children. Irons owns Kilcoe Castle (which he had painted a rusty pink) in County Cork, Ireland, and has become involved in local politics there. He also has another Irish residence in The Liberties, Dublin. Irons is a patron of the Chiltern Shakespeare Company.[23] He is a fan of English football club Portsmouth.[24]

Activism

Charity work

At the 1991 Tony Awards, Irons was one of the few celebrities to wear the recently created red ribbon to support the fight against AIDS, and he was the first celebrity to wear it onscreen.[25][26] He supports a number of other charities, including The Prison Phoenix Trust, of which he is an active patron.[27]

Politics

In 1998 Irons and his wife were named in the list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.[28] In 2004, he publicly declared his support for the Countryside Alliance, referring to the hunting ban as an "outrageous assault on civil liberties".[29]

In 2010, Irons starred in a promotional video[30] for “The 1billionhungry project” – a worldwide drive to attract at least one million signatures to a petition calling on international leaders to move hunger to the top of the political agenda.[31]

Work

Theatre

Following training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school Irons initially stayed with the company:

·                    Florizel in The Winter's Tale, Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    Simon in Hay Fever (Noël Coward) Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    Nick in What the Butler Saw (Joe Orton) Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    Major Barbara (Shaw) Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    A Servant of Two Masters (Carlo Goldoni) Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    Macbeth, Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    The Boy Friend (Sandy Wilson) Bristol Old Vic 1969

·                    As You Like It, Bristol Old Vic 1970

·                    Oh! What a Lovely War, Little Theatre Bristol 1970

·                    The School for Scandal (Sheridan) Little Theatre Bristol 1970

·                    John/Judas in Godspell, Roundhouse and Wyndham's Theatre, November 1971–1973

·                    The Madman in The Diary of a Madman (Gogol), Act Inn 1973

·                    Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Young Vic

·                    Mick in The Caretaker (Pinter) Young Vic 1974

·                    Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, New Shakespeare Company, Roundhouse 1975

·                    Harry Thunder in Wild Oats (John O'Keefe) RSC Aldwych Theatre, December 1976; RSC Stratford and Piccadilly Theatre 1977

·                    Jameson in The Rear Column (Simon Gray), Globe Theatre, February 1978 – Clarence Derwent Award

·                    Henry in The Real Thing (Tom Stoppard) New York 1984 —Tony Award for Best Actor

·                    Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford 1986)

·                    Willmore in The Rover (Aphra Behn) RSC Swan Theatre and Mermaid Theatre 1986

·                    Richard II in Richard II, RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1986, Barbican Theatre 1987

·                    Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music (Sondheim) New York, 2003

·                    Russell in Celebration, a Pinter staged reading, Gate Theatre, Dublin/Albery Theatre, 2005

·                    Henrik in Embers (Christopher Hampton/Sándor Márai novel) Duke of York's Theatre March 2006

·                    Harold Macmillan in Never So Good (Howard Brenton) National Theatre Lyttelton, March 2008

·                    Thomas Buckle in Impressionism (Michael Jacobs) Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Broadway, March 2009

Filmography

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

1980

Nijinsky

Mikhail Fokine

 

1981

French Lieutenant's Woman, TheThe French Lieutenant's Woman

Charles Henry Smithson/
Mike

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

1981

Brideshead Revisited

Charles Ryder

·                                 Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

·                                 Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie

·                                 Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

1982

Moonlighting

Nowak

 

1983

Betrayal

Jerry

 

1984

Wild Duck, TheThe Wild Duck

Harold

 

1984

Swann in Love

Charles Swann

 

1986

Mission, TheThe Mission

Father Gabriel

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama

1988

Chorus of Disapproval, AA Chorus of Disapproval

Guy Jones

 

1987

My Fair Lady

Henry Higgins

 

1988

Dead Ringers

Beverly Mantle/
Elliot Mantle

·                                 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

·                                 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

·                                 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

·                                 Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor

1989

Australia

Edouard Pierson

 

1989

Danny, the Champion of the World

William Smith

 

1990

Reversal of Fortune

Claus von Bülow

·                                 Academy Award for Best Actor

·                                 Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

·                                 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

·                                 David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor

·                                 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama

·                                 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

·                                 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

·                                 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

1991

Beggar's Opera, TheThe Beggar's Opera

Prisoner

 

1991

Kafka

Kafka

 

1992

Timekeeper, TheThe Timekeeper

H.G. Wells

 

1992

Waterland

Tom Crick

 

1992

Damage

Dr. Stephen Fleming

 

1993

M. Butterfly

René Gallimard

 

1993

House of the Spirits, TheThe House of the Spirits

Esteban Trueba

 

1994

Spaceship Earth

Narrator

 

1994

Lion King, TheThe Lion King

Scar

·                                 voice actor

·                                 Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting

·                                 Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

1995

Die Hard with a Vengeance

Simon Gruber

 

1996

Stealing Beauty

Alex

Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

1997

Chinese Box

John

 

1997

Lolita

Humbert Humbert

 

1998

Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask

Aramis

 

1999

Islands of Adventure: Poseidon's Fury: Escape from the Lost City

Poseidon

voice actor

2000

Dungeons & Dragons

Profion

 

2000

Longitude

Rupert Gould

Television series (4 episodes)

2001

Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel

Jack Elgin

 

2001

Beckett on Film Ohio Impromptu

Reader/
Listener

 

2002

Callas Forever

Larry Kelly

 

2002

Last Call

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

2002

Time Machine, TheThe Time Machine

Über-Morlock

 

2003

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen

Valentin Valentin

 

2003

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Himself

 

2004

Mathilde

Pukovnik Unprofora

 

2004

Merchant of Venice, TheThe Merchant of Venice

Antonio

 

2004

Being Julia

Michael Gosselyn

Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

2005

Gallipoli

Gallipoli

 

2005

Kingdom of Heaven

Tiberias

 

2005

Casanova

Pucci

 

2006

Inland Empire

Kingsley Stewart

 

2006

Eragon

Brom

 

2006

Elizabeth I

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

·                                 Television miniseries

·                                 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie

·                                 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

·                                 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Movie

2008

Colour of Magic, TheThe Colour of Magic

Havelock Vetinari

Television miniseries

2008

Appaloosa

Randall Bragg

 

2009

Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2

Alonso Avellaneda

 

2009

Georgia O'Keeffe

Alfred Stieglitz

·                                 Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime

·                                 Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

2011

Margin Call

John Tuld

 

2011

Borgias, TheThe Borgias

Rodrigo Borgia

Television series

References

1.                               ^ Jeremy Irons Biography (1948–)

2.                               ^ BBC — History — WDYTYA? Series Three: Celebrity Gallery

3.                               ^ Lipworth, Elaine (14 May 2005). "King of all his castles". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10125499. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 

4.                               ^ Stanley Green's Encyclopaedia of the Musical, Cassell (1976)

5.                               ^ Hoggard, Liz (30 September 2006). "Jeremy Irons: The fire in irons". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/jeremy-irons-the-fire-in-irons-417915.html. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

6.                               ^ "BBC One Fall 2006". www.bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/07_july/18/bbcone.shtml. Retrieved 18 July 2006. 

7.                               ^ Lifetime to Paint Bio of Georgia O'Keeffe" TV Guide. 6 November 2008. Retrieved on 7 November 2008.

8.                               ^ "SVU Scoop: Oscar Winner Jeremy Irons to Guest-Star". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jeremy-Irons-SVU-1026384.aspx. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 

9.                               ^ "Jeremy Irons on Playing the Pope for 'The Borgias' & the Trouble With Wearing Pants (VIDEO)". Weblogs, Inc.. http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/02/10/jeremy-irons-interview-the-borgias/. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 

10.                           ^ "Margin Call is a fine crash movie, but no banker". The Guardian. 25 January 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/jan/25/margin-call-sundance-review. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 

11.                           ^ Trowbridge, Simon. The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oxford: Editions Albert Creed (2010) ISBN 9780955983023

12.                           ^ The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the RSC: Supplementary Material

13.                           ^ The Stage review of Embers

14.                           ^ The Stage / News / Irons to play Harold Macmillian in National debut

15.                           ^ National Theatre : Productions : Never So Good

16.                           ^ a b "Impressionism." New York Times. Accessed 8 April 2009.

17.                           ^ "Jeremy Irons contributes to new Oscar Wilde audio CD". http://jeremyirons.net/2009/11/20/jeremy-irons-contributes-to-new-oscar-wilde-audio-cd. 

18.                           ^ "The Royal Theatrical Fund – Helping and Supporting Theatrical Artists, Stage Actors, Television Actors, Film Actors and associated professions". Trtf.com. http://www.trtf.com/our_products.html. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

19.                           ^ Eye of the Leopard at the Internet Movie Database

20.                           ^ "The Last Lions – Official Movie Site – National Geographic Movies". Movies.nationalgeographic.com. http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/last-lions/. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

21.                           ^ "Touchstone — Wintercoast 2009". www.touchstonemusic.co.uk. http://www.touchstonemusic.co.uk/news.html. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 

22.                           ^ The Thomley Activity Centre

23.                           ^ "de beste bron van informatie over chiltern shakespeare. Deze website is te koop!". chiltern-shakespeare.org. http://www.chiltern-shakespeare.org/aboutus.html. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

24.                           ^ Jeremy Irons – Biography. Internet Movie Database

25.                           ^ "World Aids Day". www.worldaidsday.org. http://www.worldaidsday.org/about4.asp. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 

26.                           ^ Wrench, Nigel (7 November 2003). "Why a Red Ribbon means Aids". www.bbb.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3250251.stm. Retrieved 21 April 2007. 

27.                           ^ "Prison Phoenix Trust". www.prisonphoenixtrust.org.uk. http://www.prisonphoenixtrust.org.uk/. Retrieved 10 November 2006. 

28.                           ^ "'Luvvies' for Labour". BBC News. 30 August 1998. 

29.                           ^ Adams, Guy (1 December 2004). "Irons to lead the field in battle against hunting ban". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/pandora/irons-to-lead-the-field-in-battle-against-hunting-ban-728694.html. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 

30.                           ^ "Sign the petition to end hunger now". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l57fmIup9Q. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

31.                           ^ "1billionhungry.org". http://www.1billionhungry.org/. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

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Bryan Cranston

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Bryan Cranston in 2010

Born

Bryan Lee Cranston
March 7, 1956 (1956-03-07) (age 55)
Canoga Park, California,
United States

Occupation

Actor, voice actor, screenwriter, film director

Years active

1982–present

Spouse

Mickey Middleton (1980s to late 1980s; divorced)
Robin Dearden (1989 to present)

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is best known for his roles as Hal, the father in the Fox situation comedy Malcolm in the Middle, and as Walter White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which he won three consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards. Other notable roles include Dr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, Doug Heffernan's neighbor in The King of Queens, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in From the Earth to the Moon, and Hammond Druthers on How I Met Your Mother.



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Early life

Cranston was born in Canoga Park, California, the son of Peggy Sell and actor Joe Cranston.[1] He grew up in the Los Angeles area, graduating from Canoga Park High School. Cranston studied police science in college.[2]

Career

He began his acting career after college in local and regional theatres, getting his start at the Granada Theatre in the San Fernando Valley. Cranston has worked regularly since the late 1980s, mostly in minor roles. His advertising work includes commercials for Lay's potato chips, Excedrin, Honda Accord, and Coffee-Mate. His voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime, under the name "Lee Stone". He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas (Doug) Donovan from 1983 to 1985. Cranston also starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988.

His largest role prior to Malcolm in the Middle was as astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. Cranston has also played astronaut Gus Grissom in the film That Thing You Do!, and appeared as Nick Wrigley, the irresponsible uncle who steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride to practically destroy Christmas in 'Twas the Night, a Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in the winter of 2001. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as a one-armed military officer.

His recurring role as Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist on Seinfeld, earned him fans. Several episodes focused upon his relationship with Jerry and his paranoia about the dentist, in bizarre situations such as when he becomes obsessed with the notion that Tim and his female assistant were molesting him while he was unconscious during dental surgery, or when Whatley converts to Judaism and starts telling Jewish jokes while retaining the right to tell Catholic jokes as well (according to Jerry, Tim is attaining "total joke-telling immunity").

He has also had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan's annoying neighbor, Tim Sacksky. He works in marketing then in a later episode as a water purifier salesman and recruits Doug to sell them as well.

Cranston directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and received three Emmy nominations for his performance on the show. In a March 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Cranston discussed the episode "The Bots and The Bees" where he was covered in bees. Cranston stated that he was stung twice.[3] Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag in the Family Guy episode I Take Thee Quagmire, killing Lois with a refrigerator door because of her incessant babbling, thus "freeing" himself and the kids. Cranston also wrote and directed the 1999 movie Last Chance. He appeared in Little Miss Sunshine as a business colleague of Greg Kinnear. He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing main character Ted's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He recently had a role as Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries, Fallen.

He has done voice acting for English dubbed anime series, including Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise, Macross Plus, and Armitage III Polymatrix.

Cranston has guest-starred in many television series, including The Flash where he plays a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter; Sabrina the Teenage Witch in which he was a lawyer attempting to free Sabrina from a contract; the sixth season episode of The X-Files, "Drive", playing a bigoted man who is being driven insane by high-pitched sonar waves; and Babylon 5 as Ericsson, the captain of a White Star vessel ordered into a suicide mission to plant misinformation within the enemy ranks.

In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel.[4]

Currently, Cranston has the starring role on AMC's original series Breaking Bad in which he plays a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He teams up with a former student, played by Aaron Paul, to manufacture methamphetamine. For his work on the series, Cranston has won the Emmy award for lead actor in a drama three consecutive times for the first three seasons of the show. For the fourth season Cranston also became a producer for the series.

Cranston co-starred in Love Ranch, alongside Academy Award winners Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren. He was also cast in George Lucas' Red Tails, a fictional story inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America's first all black aerial combat unit.

Personal life

Cranston is married to Robin Dearden, whom he met on the set of the show Airwolf (1984). He was playing the villain of the week, and she played his hostage (held at gunpoint). They have a daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston (born February 12, 1993). Cranston was previously married to Mickey Middleton, a writer.

Cranston is a collector of baseball memorabilia and an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In accepting his third Emmy as best lead actor in a drama series, he thanked his wife and daughter and told them that he loves them "more than baseball."

He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[5]

Filmography

Film

Year

Film

Role

Notes

1987

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise

Matti Tohn

English dub of Japanese film

Amazon Women on the Moon

Paramedic #1

 

Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama

Ram

English dub of Indo-Japanese film

1988

The Big Turnaround

Unknown

 

1990

Corporate Affairs

Darren

 

1991

Dead Space

Darden

 

1994

Erotique

Dr. Robert Stern

 

Clean Slate

Club official

 

Macross Plus

Isamu Alva Dyson

English dub of Japanese film; released direct to video
Credited as "Lee Stone"

The Companion

Alan

Direct to video release

1996

Time Under Fire

Braddock

 

That Thing You Do!

Virgil 'Gus' Grissom

 

Street Corner Justice

Father Brophy

 

1997

Strategic Command

Phil Hertzberg

 

Armitage III: Poly-Matrix

Eddie Borrows

English dub of Japanese film; direct to video release

1998

Saving Private Ryan

War Department Colonel

 

1999

Last Chance

Lance

Also writer, director and producer

2000

The Big Thing

Roberto Montalban

 

Terror Tract

Ron Gatley

 

2004

Seeing Other People

Peter

 

Illusion

David

 

2005

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

Buzz Aldrin

 

2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Stan Grossman

 

Intellectual Property

CSE Radio Host

 

2007

Hard Four

Bryce Baxter

 

2010

Love Ranch

James Pettis

 

2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

Detective Lankford

 

Drive

Shannon

 

Larry Crowne

Dean Tainot

 

Batman: Year One

James Gordon[6]

Voice Only

Contagion

Haggerty

 

Red Tails

Major William Mortamus

post-production

2012

John Carter

Powell

post-production

Total Recall

Vilos Cohaagen

filming

Rock of Ages

The Mayor

filming

Argo

Jack O' Donnell

filming

Television

Year

Series

Role

Notes

1982

CHiPs

Billy Joe

Episode 6.9: "Return to Death's Door"

1983–1985

Loving

Douglas "Doug" Donovan

Main cast member

1985

Cover Up

Frank Lawler/Tommy Maynard

Episode 1.17: "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?"

One Life to Live

Dean Stella

 

1986

Airwolf

Robert Hollis

Episode 3.17: "Desperate Monday"

North and South: Book II

Colonel Austin

Episode 1.6

1986
1990
1996

Murder, She Wrote

Brian East
Jerry Wilber
Parker Foreman

Episode 2.20: "Menace, Anyone?"
Episode 6.12: "Good-Bye Charlie"
Episode 12.17: "Something Foul in Flappieville"

1987

Hill Street Blues

Counseller

Episode 7.21: "A Pound of Flesh"

The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman

Dr. Shepherd

television film

1987
1991

Matlock

Brian Emerson
Dr. Harding Fletcher

Episode 2.11: "The Gift"
Episode 6.4: "The Marriage Counselor"

1988

Raising Miranda

Uncle Russell

Appeared in nine episodes

1989

Falcon Crest

Martin Randall

Episode 8.18: "Enquiring Minds"

I Know My First Name Is Steven

Officer Dickenson

TV mini-series

Baywatch

Tom Logan

Episode 1.8: "Cruise Ship"

1990

Hull High

Mr. McConnell

Episode 1.8

Jake and the Fatman

Lyle Wicks/Miller

Episode 4.3: "Exactly Like You"

1991

The Flash

Philip 'Mark' Moses

Episode 1.13: "Be My Baby"

Dead Silence

Professor Harris

television film

1992

L.A. Law

Unknown

Episode 6.11: "All About Sleaze"

1993

Moldiver

Launch Control Center Technician
Additional voices

English dub of Japanese series; released direct to video

The Disappearance of Nora

Unknown

television film

Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story

Unknown

television film

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Voice of Snizard
Voice of Twinman

Episode 1.14: "Foul Play in the Sky"
Episode 1.38: "A Bad Reflection on You"

Super Dimension Century Orguss 02

Imperial Officer

English dub of Japanese series; released direct to video

1994

Armitage III

Eddie Borrows

English dub of Japanese series; direct to video release

Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them

David

television film

Days Like This

Benny

television film

Tekkaman Blade

Sgt. Miles O'Rourke

English dub of Japanese series

Viper

Garrett Berlin

Episode 1.9: "Wheels of Fire"

Walker, Texas Ranger

Hank

Episode 2.18: "Deadly Vision"

1994–1997

Seinfeld

Dr. Tim Whatley

Appeared in five episodes

1995

Extreme Blue

Ned Landry

television film

Kissing Miranda

Special Agent Falsey

television film

Touched by an Angel

Dr. Tom Bryant

Episode 1.11: "The Hero"

Brotherly Love

Russell Winslow

Episode 1.2: "Such a Bargain"

Land's End

Matt McCulla

Episodes 1.1 and 1.2: "Land's End" Parts 1 and 2

Nowhere Man

Sheriff Norman Wade

Episode 1.8: "The Alpha Spike"

1996

Eagle Riders

Joe Thax

Dub of Japanese series

The Louie Show

Curt Sincic

Episode 1.1: "Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning"

The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime

Patrick Dougherty

television film

1996
1998

Diagnosis: Murder

Walter Mason
Martin Rutgers

Episode 3.10: "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder"
Episode 6.5: "Blood Will Out"

1997

Moloney

Unknown

Episode 1.12: "Clarity Begins at Home"

Babylon 5

Ericsson

Episode 4.5: "The Long Night"

Dogs

Unknown

Pilot

Goode Behavior

Record executive

Episode 1.20: "Goode Music"

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Witch Lawyer

Episode 1.24: "Troll Bride"

Pearl

Isaac Perlow

Episode 1.21: "My So-Called Real Life"

Total Security

Jason Nichols

Episode 1.10: "Wet Side Story"

Alright Already

Robert

Episode 1.3: "Again with the Pilot"

1998

Brooklyn South

IAB Lt. Gordon Denton

Episodes 1.11: "Gay Avec" and 1.15: "Fisticuffs"

From the Earth to the Moon

Buzz Aldrin

TV mini-series

V.I.P.

Colt Arrow

Episode 1.1: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"

The X-Files

Patrick Crump

Episode 6.2: "Drive"

Chicago Hope

Jesus

Episode 5.9: "Tantric Turkey"

Working

Larry Prince

Episode 2.8: "The Consultant"

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show

Ronald 'Cheesy' Meezy

Episode 2.11: "Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice"

1999

3rd Rock from the Sun

Neil Diamond impersonator

Episode 4.14: "Paranoid Dick"

The Pretender

Neil Roberts

Episode 3.16: "PTB"

1999–2001

The King of Queens

Tim

Appeared in four episodes

2000–2001

Clerks: The Animated Series

Additional voices

Appeared in three episodes

2000–2006

Malcolm in the Middle

Hal

Main cast member; appeared in all 151 episodes
Also directed seven episodes

2001

'Twas the Night

Nick Wrigley

television film

The Santa Claus Brothers

Santa Claus

television film

2003

National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion

Woodrow Snider

television film

Lilo & Stitch: The Series

Mr. Jameson

Episode 1.25: "Nosy: Experiment #199"

2005

American Dad!

Publisher

Episode 1.15: "Star Trek"

2006

Special Unit

N/A

Director

Big Day

N/A

Directed episode 1.5: "Stolen Vows"

Family Guy

Himself/Hal

Episode 4.21: "I Take Thee Quagmire"

2006–2007

How I Met Your Mother

Hammond Druthers

Episodes 2.6: "Aldrin Justice" and 2.13: "Columns"

2007

Fallen

Lucifer
The Light Bringer

TV mini-series

2008–Present

Breaking Bad

Walter H. White

Main cast member, also directed episode 2.1: "Seven Thirty-Seven" and episode 3.1: "No Mas"

2010

Saturday Night Live

Himself

Host, October 2, 2010

Awards and nominations

·                    2002 Emmy Award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Malcolm in the Middle (nominated)

·                    2003 Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Malcolm in the Middle (nominated)

·                    2003 Emmy Award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Malcolm in the Middle (nominated)

·                    2006 Emmy Award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Malcolm in the Middle (nominated)

·                    2008 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)

·                    2009 TCA Award: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama – Breaking Bad (won)

·                    2009 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)

·                    2010 SAG Award: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (nominated)

·                    2010 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)

·                    2010 Golden Globes: Best Performance in a Television Series (Drama) – Breaking Bad (nominated)

References

1.                               ^ "Bryan Cranston Biography (1956-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/31/Bryan-Cranston.html. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 

2.                               ^ LilHil (March 2, 2009). "Bryan Cranston Interview". UGO Networks. http://tvblog.ugo.com/tv/breaking-bad-bryan-cranston-interview. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 

3.                               ^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Bryan Cranston". Anytime with Bob Kushell. March 31, 2009. No. 3, season 2.

4.                               ^ "Behind the Story". Camel Back Publishing. 2008. http://www.camelbackpublishing.com/behind.html. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 

5.                               ^ Adams, Sam, "Bryan Cranston on seeing red, going black and being a chameleon". Weekly Alibi. http://alibi.com/feature/38033/The-Colorful-Mr-White.html. . Retrieved August 2011

6.                               ^ Kit, Borys. "'Batman: Year One' Lines Up Voice Cast, Sets Comic-Con Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/batman-year-one-lines-up-179942. 

External links

·                    Official website

·                    Bryan Cranston at the Internet Movie Database

·                    Bryan Cranston discusses Breaking Bad at AMCtv.com





 



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