Bryan Cranston comes to Downtown Central Library to present his riveting New York Times bestselling memoir. In it, he traces his journey from chaotic childhood to mega stardom, vividly revisiting the parts he’s played, on camera (astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, President of the United States, etc.) and off (paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father).
Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to his recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, anything, for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony, to go along with his four Emmys.
Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin, in Breaking Bad.
Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.
Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He 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. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle.
Attendance is FREE* and sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, which raises funds for special programs including the Children’s Summer Reading Program and special author programs like this.
*Please make a donation or join the Friends at this event! We need a large base of Friends memberships to accomplish our work. Suggested donation levels: $40 family membership, $100+ Special Friend (you can be listed on our website and our newsletter), multiple Business Friend levels (listings on website and newsletter). Join using a membership form available at all library locations, or online here.
NOTE: Downtown Central Library will close at 5:30 p.m. and reopen at 6:00 p.m. for seating; program begins at 7:00pm. Mr. Cranston will ONLY sign copies of A LIFE IN PARTS. No memorabilia, no posed photographs, no flash photography. Please visit Eventbrite.com (search Friends of the Library Bryan Cranston) to let the Friends know how many books to bring to the sale for autographs. Donations to the Friends of the Library on August 30, and proceeds from book sales for this event, will go to support the 2018 Summer Reading Program.