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Bryan Cranston

Author of A Life in Parts

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About the Author

Bryan Cranston was born in Hollywood, California in 1956. He attended Los Angeles Valley College and graduated with an associate degree in police science. He began acting after college and built a successful career which included screenwriting, directing and producer. He acted in the television show more comedy, Malcom in the Middle and was nominated several times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He is best known for his role as Walter White in the television series Breaking Bad, winning a Golden Globe and four Satellite Awards. He played Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way, on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in film Trumbo. In 2016, his memoir A Life in Parts became a New York Times best seller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Bryan Cranston

Associated Works

The Things They Carried (1990) — Narrator, some editions — 14,536 copies, 394 reviews
Argo [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 414 copies, 6 reviews
John Carter [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 312 copies, 3 reviews
Godzilla [2014 film] (2014) — Actor — 301 copies, 2 reviews
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 241 copies, 2 reviews
Contagion [2011 film] (2011) — Actor — 216 copies, 1 review
Total Recall [2012 film] (2012) 208 copies, 3 reviews
You Have to F*****g Eat (2014) — Reader, some editions — 205 copies, 23 reviews
Kung Fu Panda 3 [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 181 copies, 2 reviews
Drive [2011 film] (2011) — Actor — 173 copies, 2 reviews
Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008) 162 copies, 1 review
From the Earth to the Moon [1998 TV mini-series] (1998) — Actor — 141 copies, 2 reviews
Breaking Bad: Season 2 (2009) 139 copies, 2 reviews
Isle of Dogs [2018 film] (2018) — Actor — 132 copies, 3 reviews
Rock of Ages [2012 film] (2012) 131 copies
That Thing You Do! [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 116 copies
Breaking Bad: Season 5 (2013) 103 copies, 1 review
Breaking Bad: Season 3 (2010) 103 copies, 1 review
Breaking Bad: Season 4 (2011) 100 copies, 1 review
Red Tails [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 88 copies, 4 reviews
Power Rangers [2017 film] (2017) — Actor — 83 copies
Larry Crowne [2011 film] (2013) — Actor — 72 copies, 1 review
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (2013) — Actor — 67 copies
Asteroid City [2023 Film] (2023) — Actor — 49 copies, 2 reviews
The Upside [2017 Film] (2019) — Actor — 43 copies
Why Him? [2016 film] (2016) 29 copies
The Infiltrator [2016 film] (2014) 23 copies
Armitage III: Poly-Matrix [1996 film] (2000) — Actor — 17 copies
Malcolm in the Middle: The Complete First Season (2008) — Actor — 15 copies
Love Ranch [2010 film] (2010) 8 copies
Jerry & Marge Go Large [2022 film] (2022) — Actor — 6 copies
The One and Only Ivan [2020 film] — Actor — 3 copies
Animal: Season 1 (2021) — Narrator — 1 copy
Big History [DVD Digital] (2014) — Narrator — 1 copy


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If you are fan of the show, Breaking Bad, I am sure you’ve already read this memoir. Having never seen the show myself, I recently picked up this book after a recommendation from a dear friend. A LIFE IN PARTS is a wonderful memoir, beautifully written, and narrated by Bryan. Bryan takes the approach of telling short tales, experiences, and life lessons that he had throughout his life, all of which inspired, taught, and drove him to his current fame and success. Reading, or listening to these stories, is like walking down a hallway lined with doors on either side. Behind each door is snippet that feels like getting a sneak peek into Bryan‘s mind and life. He is an amazing actor, driven and fueled by his craft. His passion clearly pours out through his words. I highly recommended. Hope you enjoy.

“It’s ok to be afraid. Being afraid, can sometimes mean that you’re actually doing something worthwhile.”
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aatella83 | 26 other reviews | Mar 28, 2023 |
2.5 stars. I don't know why I thought I should listen to this. Memoir tends to be easy and light, and sometimes I just need that. But I never watched Breaking Bad or much of anything else Cranson's been in. I imagine for someone who is into Breaking Bad, this would be OK. I just didn't find it super interesting.
CarolHicksCase | 26 other reviews | Mar 12, 2023 |
This is a difficult one for me. When I was notified that A Life in Parts was available to download*, I jumped around excited to read this one. Would it be a tell all? Would there be tons of behind the scenes stories about Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, or Seinfeld? Would it be part his life, but more story? What was this book going to be?

Cranston wrote a wonderful book. It is insightful, one learns about the rough beginnings of his life, how he hustled and grew up quickly, and the many parts he has had to play in his life.

This is where the difficulty comes in. Each "part" is only a few pages long (ebook version) and he treats one equally. His story on how he got the part to play a Mars bars spokesman got almost as many pages as how he got the part to be on Malcolm in the Middle or Seinfeld. Walter White gets a bit more, but not much more. I kept sensing there was more story out there, but the focus of this book is more about the role itself and how to play it, rather than behind the scene stories. It is more about the acting method he has and less personal stories about the actual role. This was a bit disappointing as a reader, ever though the story he is telling is a good one. If I were an actor, I would probably enjoy this a lot more, but I am a pastor who is a fan of Cranston and I was looking for a different book, I think.

I would say that if you want to get a taste of what it is like, jump to the chapter on Seinfeld, rather than reading from the beginning (although the opening is a great opening), and just read those 3 pages or so. That is what the book is like. If you enjoy it, then you will love the rest. If you were like me saying- wait, that's it? You might not like it as much.

Here is your Amazon link- A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

*I want to thank Edelweiss and Scribner for the opportunity to read this book early. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Nerdyrev1 | 26 other reviews | Nov 23, 2022 |
Years ago, first with 'Malcolm in the Middle' then later 'Broken Bad', I became a huge fan of Bryan Cranston. Listening to the audio version of this book, I became an admirer of so much more than his acting abilities. I never once lost my interest in his story, in part because Cranston uses his voice like an instrument, cultivating highs and lows that keep listeners engaged. He gives an honest and humble account of his life, taking readers from his early upbringing in a somewhat dysfunctional family to his present celebrity status. I learned much about the acting life, about the ups and downs of employment, its competitive nature, and how Cranston's risk-taking outlook, professionalism and capabilities make him a much sought-after performer. Definitely, this is a book worthy of several hours of reading or listening.… (more)
larvest | 26 other reviews | Oct 11, 2022 |



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