A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

By Bryan Cranston

A poignant, intimate, humorous, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age tale and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, liked and acclaimed famous person of 1 of history’s so much winning television indicates, Breaking undesirable.

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It舗s easy to do that in an acting class. And after a couple of years, they tied the knot at the Little Brown Church in the Valley on Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Studio City. My mother became a 1950s wife: everything she had she threw behind her new husband and his goal to become a movie star. They bought a modest tract home and followed the script. My brother, Kim, came first in 1953, then me in 1956, and finally my sister, Amy, in 1962. We lived in Canoga Park in a single-story home at 8175 McNulty Avenue, close enough to Hollywood in physical distance, but a world away: the Valley舒maybe best known for its lazy-tongued, sunbaked drawl.

I somehow connived to obtain two student-ID cards; both pictured me, but my alter ego was named Bill Johnson (I picked a name I could easily remember). My idea was that if I got into trouble, I could throw the authorities off Bryan Cranston舗s scent by handing them Bill Johnson舗s ID card. Bryan was in twelfth grade, Canoga Park High class of 舗74. But Bill was class of 舗75, a junior. I didn舗t want any confusion. I considered every detail. I belonged to no school clubs or organizations, but on photo day my best friend, Sergio Garcia, and I inserted ourselves into a good many group shots.

By the time Jim picked me up the next morning, I had developed a mysterious rash on my backside, raw and itchy and irritating as all hell. On the drive to work, he noticed me scratching my sore left ass cheek. 舡 I told him that I didn舗t know, but something probably bit me or else I was having some kind of allergic reaction. I glanced his way and caught a slight smile crossing his lips. We sat in silence for a while舒easy for men to do. But why would he be smiling? Then it dawned on me. He told me to keep the turpentine-soaked rag in my back pocket.

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