Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is perhaps best-known for his roles as “Walter White” on the AMC drama series, Breaking Bad (2008), for which he has won four consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards, and as “Hal”, the father on the Fox situation comedy, Malcolm in the Middle (2000). Other notable roles include “Dr. Tim Whatley” on Seinfeld (1989), Doug Heffernan’s neighbor on The King of Queens (1998), astronaut Buzz Aldrin in From the Earth to the Moon (1998), and Ted Mosby’s boss on How I Met Your Mother (2005). Bryan was born in Canoga Park, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston (Joseph Louis Cranston), who was also an actor (and a boxer). His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Irish, Austrian-Jewish, and German descent.