A Life in Parts - Bryan Cranston

A Life in Parts

By Bryan Cranston

  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Arts & Entertainment
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 127 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.

Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, “a sadist with newer magazines,” and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys.

Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

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Latest Impressions

  • Excellent, insightful, funny, sad, everything you want in a memoir of a great human.

    By Jake B 503
    Fantastic read into the actor’s life. His passion and purity in acting is inspiring and deeply motivating and encouraging for me, a blue collar Army veteran. His story is unique, imperfect, and eventful. He is a reminder to go after what you love, and be honest about it. BS when you need to (Mars bar commercial) but truly love what you do or make the sacrifice to get it. Don’t make decisions based off of what seems right to others, but only what seems right to your pure inner self. Loved it.