A Life in Parts by Bryan CranstonA Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

A Life in Parts

byBryan Cranston

Paperback | August 8, 2017

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“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling.

In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White.

“An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
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 comedy, Malcom in the Middle and was nomi...
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Title:A Life in PartsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1476793875

ISBN - 13:9781476793870

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty I really enjoyed this book, my husband did as well and he's not an avid reader. This is a funny and witty story of one of today's greatest actors journey to stardom.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I enjoyed this book so much. He is such an interesting person.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is truely a compelling biography written by one of the best actors around. It's exciting as he talks about his different roles throughout his life. If you're a fan of his, definitely read this!
Date published: 2017-10-03

Editorial Reviews

Fascinating...The candor and self-introspection of this book are reminiscent of another unflinchingly honest memoir, the late Katharine Graham’s magnificent 'Personal History.'"--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette