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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston on a Soap Opera

It’s time once again to do the traditional round of “Before They Were Stars” clips for this year’s Academy Award nominees. After winning a ton of well-deserved Emmys, it’s awesome to finally see Bryan Cranston get his first Oscar nomination … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston on “Baywatch”

For reasons I cannot comprehend, a Baywatch movie is about to be made, but there’s one potential idea which might make it interesting: casting Bryan Cranston! And it wouldn’t be unprecedented, as Cranston actually guest-starred on a 1989 episode of … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in a Prudential Commercial

Just add this one to the spate of 1980s Bryan Cranston commercials I’ve dug up and posted on The Back Row. This one is for Prudential Financial, Inc. and aired during the 1989 Peach Bowl, but it’s also notable because … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in Everything!

Folks, I’ve probably done more “Before They Were Stars” features on Bryan Cranston than any other actor, but it still doesn’t even seem to scratch the surface of how frequently the guy worked before he became a star. Thankfully, this … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in a Cotton-Ease Shirt Commercial

Since Bryan Cranston is currently fighting Godzilla in theaters right now, I thought I’d post another “Before They Were Stars” commercial featuring him (and believe me, there are a LOT to choose from). However, this may be the earliest Cranston … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in a Christmas-Themed JC Penney Commercial

For the last “Before They Were Stars” feature before the holidays, it only seems appropriate that I would find an old Christmas-themed JC Penney ad featuring Bryan Cranston, who has pretty much given me more “Before They Were Stars” material … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Bryan Cranston and David Boreanaz in a J.C. Penney Commercial

Well, just when I thought I’d covered all the “Before They Were Stars” commercials that Bryan Cranston ever did, here’s another one for J.C. Penney from 1996 or so. However, this one is especially notable because it also happens to feature a … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in a Salad Dressing Commercial

Well, tonight’s the long-awaited series finale of Breaking Bad and very few actors have provided better “Before They Were Stars” material for me than Bryan Cranston. As if you needed any more indication about how far he’s come, watch this very … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston in an Atari 2600 Commercial

In tribute to our recent Shouts From the Back Row podcast about Breaking Bad, here’s another “Before They Were Stars” feature on Bryan Cranston, who’s never failed to provide me with a wealth of hilarious material. For further evidence that … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bryan Cranston Does Voices on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”

If you watched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, you might remember that the real name of the Blue Ranger was Billy Cranston. Well, guess what? That was actually a deliberate tribute to the world’s most famous Cranston. Early in his acting … Continue reading

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