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10 Least Walter White-Like Roles in Bryan Cranston's Career

By Josh Kurp | Seriously Random Lists | June 8, 2012 | Comments ()


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If you have kids, or if you're an adult who watches "The Legend of Korra" and absolutely NOTHING else on Nickelodeon, you've probably heard your little brats scream something about an afro circus all the goddamned time lately. They're referring to a scene in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which finally comes out today, to which I say: what the heck, Chris Rock? Also: THANK GOD. That little ditty's so catchy, yet so annoying, and it's been stuck in my head for weeks now - and as I made perfectly clear earlier, I only watch Nick for "The Legend of Korra" and absolutely NOTHING else. *Starts blinking quickly*

Anyway, if you're dragged to the theaters to see it, here's a small comfort: Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston, is in it, as a Russian tiger. So, yeah, not very Walter White-y. Here are 10 other roles in Cranston's career that might make you briefly forget Walt is a MONSTER.


#10. Troll Lawyer on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

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You gotta pay the troll lawyer to get into this boy's foyer...not much rhymes with "lawyer."

#9. Jesus on "Chicago Hope"

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I couldn't find a still or clip, so here's a crude picture of Jesus with a HEISENBERG hat.

#8. Buzz Aldrin in From the Earth to the Moon

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#7. Dr. Harding Fletcher on "Matlock"

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Doesn't The Cran-Man just scream HALLMARK?

#6. Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle"

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The second best episode of "Malcolm in the Middle." The best being, of course, "Bowling."

#5. Dr. Shepherd in The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar-Man & the Bionic Woman

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Pictured: Bryan Cranston after being told by a time traveler that in the future, he would be on the greatest TV show of all-time, non-"Simpsons" division, and not have to play doctors in crappy made-for-TV movies anymore.

#4. Santa Claus in The Santa Claus Brothers

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#3. Neil Diamond Impersonator on "3rd Rock from the Sun"

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#2. Woodrow Snider in National Lampoon's Holiday Reunion

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Contrary to a popular rumor, Bryan Cranston did NOT lose a bet and have to switch identities with the guy from the Spin Doctors for one movie.

#1. Snizard on "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers"

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Voice only, but still.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • kirbyjay

    Don't forget his neighbor stint on King of Queens.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I was going to say "Gamer" but that was Michael C Hall... it just seemed like a typically atypical Bryan Cranston role.

  • SaBrina

    Is this going in decreasing order of "similarity to Walter White"? If so, you're trying to tell me that Jesus is more like Walter White than Hal? Or a Neil Diamond impersonator? I feel like that's blasphemy in some way, but I don't know if it's blasphemy against Jesus or Walter White.

  • POINGjam

    He looks like Phil Hartman in the picture from Matlock.

  • LOL, he did a voice in a Power Rangers episode?! That's AMAZING!

  • CMooreVerdad

    No mention of his role in John Carter?

  • Dan Dimerman

    he's also on Babylon 5

  • TheOriginalMRod

    The dude is totally awesome.

    He looks like Phil Hartman in #7.

  • Ponch

    Is it just me, or when he has hair is he starting to look (and have some of the mannerisms) of the late great Phil Hartman?

  • Jtjt43

    He looks ridiculously similar to Francis ( Christopher Masterson) in #5

  • emmelemm

    In the "Matlock" photo - damn, he's got quality presidential executive hair.

  • branded_redux

    Dr. Tim Whatley, Dentist to the Stars on "Seinfeld"!

  • John G.

    Holy Shit! I had no idea that was him.  Walter White was a sadist with newer magazines who converted to Judaism for the jokes??

  • John G., you anti-dentite bastard!  (I was going to scream Tim Whatley before I saw this.  My favorite non-Walter White role of his.  Though I did like him on Archer last season too.)

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Awesome sauce. What a lovely human being he appears to be, too. Plus an 80s dreamboat. 

    But shouldn't that be a Russell Crow Les Miz hat on Jesus?

  • Groundloop

    Not appearing in picture #8, Bryan Cranston as Buzz Aldrin.

    L to R: Robert John Burke as Bill Anders, Tim Daly as as Jim Lovell, and David Andrews as Frank Borman.

  • coveredinbees

    Oh thank god, I thought Cranston was wearing Tim Daly's face as a mask. 

  • Groundloop

    If he had been, that would have been a pretty hardcore Walter White move.

  • Melina

    I think it's great. He paid his dues, probably had a great time doing (some? most?) of those gigs...got paid and now?? He's a well respected actor who clearly has range from cheesy---->to hilarious---->to diabolical.

  • pissant

    The second best episode of “Malcolm in the Middle.” The best being, of course, “Bowling.”

    Absolutely.  I need to go back and rewatch that show, because I remember really enjoying it and I bet my much younger self missed a lot of the humor.  But that bowling episode left an impression and it's always the episode I think about, and I'm pretty sure I've only seen it once.

  • Seanx40

     I think the skating one is better. Just the sheer dedication on Cranston's part.

  •  Which episode is this one? I've been having a blast re-watching Malcolm on Instant.

  • Mr_Grumpypants

    This article is brilliant, yet part of me wishes I had never read it.  How can I take Walter White seriously after this?

  • Serpentlord

    Think of Bryan Cranston as a white Sam Jackson.

  • Pete

    I take it you haven't seen Rock of Ages yet...

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