It’s no understatement to say that Breaking Bad was a game-changing TV series. From the mind of X-Files creator Vince Gilligan, the AMC show followed the life of Walter White, a New Mexico high school chemistry teacher who crafts a scheme to sell meth after he is diagnosed with cancer right after his 50th birthday. The show, which ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013, would go on to spawn the movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) as well as the critically-acclaimed spin-off series Better Call Saul (2015 to 2022).
Bryan Cranston led the show as Mr. White. Audiences were most familiar with the star as the goofy dad on Malcolm In The Middle, making his character’s descent into darkness all the more surprising. He would take home four Emmys for the part.
After Breaking Bad, Bryan enjoyed some time on the stage. He played President Lyndon B. Johnson in a 2014 production of All the Way and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play in 2018, for the role of anchorman Howard Beale in Network.