A Life in Parts

A Life in Parts

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
ISBN: 9781476793887
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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pocolocopadre
Sep 18, 2017

This was an easy read with interesting anecdotes from Mr. Cranston's career. He seems very level headed and has escaped rather unscathed from a difficult childhood and a career that has more than its share of pitfalls. I do have a greater appreciation of the hard work actors put into their craft after reading this book.

AL_HOLLYR May 08, 2017

A great read for fans of his work or anyone interested in the business of acting, Cranston's memoir focuses heavily on the arc of his career and development as an actor. Tracing several of his major and minor roles, Cranston offers readers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the audition process, production work, and daily life as an actor. He is especially adept at describing the intense preparation that goes into character development each time he takes on a new role.

Fans of "Malcom in the Middle" and "Breaking Bad" will enjoy candid stories from each set. Equally interesting are Cranston's discussions of his smaller roles and his crooked path to eventual stardom. Interspersed throughout are snippets of Cranston's personal life.

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Book_worm_786
Mar 24, 2017

Hilarious, short, real life stories. Some were funny, some sad, some unbelievable, but always interesting. He made it seem like you were right there having an intimate conversation with him. Easy read when you're in the mood for a quick escape.

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VonHafenstaaad
Mar 23, 2017

I thought this was an interesting biography by Bryan Cranston. he's lived an interesting life and he doesn't hold back from some of the more harrowing aspects of it.

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daysleeper236
Mar 21, 2017

Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always fascinating. Highly recommended.

d2013 Mar 11, 2017

Wonderful actor and his memoir is quite good and interesting!

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Leslirn
Dec 29, 2016

A quite enjoyable and interesting insight into an actor I have always felt was underrated. This is less about himself, and more about the life, people and situations that shaped him. Quite a deft piece of storytelling...

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exie3
Dec 09, 2016

Almost as good a writer as an actor - A+

Cynthia_N Dec 03, 2016

Easy, interesting read. I feel like I sat down and had a great conversation with Cranston.

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