A Life in Parts is a riveting, intimate memoir by Bryan Cranston – an actor like no other, whose successful career on Broadway, television and film has been propelled by his extraordinary ability to transform himself completely into unique and compelling characters. Cranston chronicles his childhood working alongside his father in their family-owned business; the early years of training as an actor at local theaters and improv groups; moving to Los Angeles with only a handful of credits to his name and landing the role of Hal in Malcolm In The Middle that would change everything. His behind-the-scenes stories are both funny and heartwarming: finding out he was going to be cast as Walter White while watching the series finale of Breaking Bad (and hysterically telling everyone who would listen); contracting Dengue Fever while shooting episodes of Seinfeld in Cuba; dealing with Robert De Niro’s method approach when they starred together in You Are Here. But A Life In Parts isn’t just about Hollywood success story stuff. Cranston also opens up about experiences that have tested him emotionally: doing scene work for eight days straight after learning his father had terminal cancer (a cathartic experience which led directly to writing & producing one hour drama);561 falling into a deep depression while making All The Way (during which he broke his foot);.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for any fan of Bryan Cranston, or anyone who is interested in learning more about what it takes to be a successful actor.
- Bryan Cranston is a great actor but he’s not the best writer.
- The book is a little bit too long and could have been shorter.
- It’s more of a Hollywood success story than an in depth look at Bryan Cranston’s life.
Learn more about the author
Bryan Cranston is an actor, writer, producer and director. He has won two Tony Awards, three Emmys (including one for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Walter White on Breaking Bad), and a Golden Globe. In 2014 he produced and starred in the HBO biopic Trumbo.
“Bryan Cranston is one of the most talented and versatile actors in Hollywood. In this riveting memoir, he shares his story from childhood to present day-including the highs and lows of his prolific career. If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad or Malcolm in the Middle, you’ll love this book.”
“Bryan Cranston’s A Life In Parts is one of the most interesting and intimate celebrity memoirs I’ve read in a while. From his formative years spent working with his father to discovering he had won the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad, this book offers readers a fascinating look at the life of an actor who has always been drawn to transformation.”
“Bryan Cranston is one of the most talented and captivating individuals in Hollywood. This book gives an inside look at his life – from growing up with a family-owned business to finding success on Broadway, TV, and film. A Life In Parts is both funny and heartwarming.”
“This book is absolutely fascinating! Bryan Cranston discusses his life and career in a very open and honest way. He doesn’t shy away from talking about the difficult times he’s faced, including failed marriages, personal tragedies, and addictions. But even more than that, he shares how those experiences have helped him to become the successful actor that he is today. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves autobiographies or just wants to learn more about one of the most talented actors working today.”