When it comes to acting, everyone knows that Bryan Cranston is aces. There are very few people with a television set who don’t know who Walter White is thanks to all of the awards the actor won for the Breaking Bad role, while his appearances on shows like Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle over the years have endeared him to pretty much everyone else.
With a bunch of Emmys and Golden Globes under his belt, it seemed only fitting that now was the time for the actor to be nominated for an Oscar, too. Sure enough, his portrayal of Dalton Trumbo in the biopic Trumbo landed him one of those infamous nods, and he’ll find out on Sunday, Feb. 28 whether he beat out the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Eddie Redmayne for the gold.
Whether he wins or loses though, Cranston will forever be a winner in our hearts as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Don’t believe us? Here’s a little proof.
1. No role is beneath him.
Just check out this bit he did as the bad guy in Mightly Morphin Power Rangers. Apparently the company that produced the show loved him so much that they named the Blue Ranger after him too (Billy Cranston).
2. He’s always up for a gag
Don’t believe us? Who else would indulge James Corden quite like this?
3. He’s still married to the love of his life
Cranston and Robin Dearden have been together for over a quarter of a century. Their secret? Couples therapy — since before they were even married. Hey, it’s what you do when you’re in Hollywood.
4. He’s great at giving her presents, too
In need of a gift during the 1990s, Cranston did what any artsy husband would do and he wrote Robin a screenplay. Last Chance hit theatres in 1999: they both starred in it, and Cranston also directed.
5. If he weren’t an actor, he’d serve and protect
Most actors, when asked what other profession they would have gone into, say things like “writer” or “director.” Not Cranston. When one fan asked him what profession he may have gotten into if he didn’t become an actor, Cranston replied that he once thought about becoming a police officer.
“I thought about being a police man when I was younger. I was pretty close to becoming one too but in college I took some acting classes and I found that the girls were much prettier there than in police science.”
6. He also loves Krysten Ritter
After shooting that infamous Breaking Bad scene in which Walter White kills Jane (Ritter), Cranston says he broke down for about 15 minutes. Now that’s what we call having all the feels.
7. He’s played one of the best TV dads of all-time
Only really nice guys can pull off awesome dad characters, in our opinion. But it’s also telling that Hal could be making a comeback, since Cranston has actively advocated for Malcolm in the Middle‘s return. We don’t know too many actors willing to go back to an earlier role after winning so many awards, do you?
8. He seems like the best co-star in the world
Aaron, I’m thinking about you today. Hope next year we can share the moment when you blow out your birthday beers. BC pic.twitter.com/CJOOt3QHWY
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) August 28, 2015
What a great happy birthday wish, no? Aaron Paul always talks about what a great leader Cranston was on the set of Breaking Bad, but this is above and beyond in our books.
9. He requires zero maintenance on set
Too bad we can’t say that about all of the “only green M&Ms in the dressing room” actors and their managers out there, huh?
10. He’s still connected to his roots
I’m saddened by James Gandolfini’s passing. He was a great talent & I owe him. Quite simply, without Tony Soprano there is no Walter White.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 20, 2013
As A-List as they may be, Cranston has been known to be gracious, complimentary and full of respect for those who came before him and those who will come after him.
11. He’s not afraid to hang out with his toughest critics
See that picture? That’s Cranston hosting the Television Critics Association Awards. Aside from pretending to do a stripper dance on the stage with a twenty dollar bill coming out of his crotch and giving a gracious monologue at the non-televised event, he was also among the last celebrities to leave the after party. That’s because everyone wanted to thank him for his work, and he was determined to speak with every single person there.
12. He makes time for his fans
If you thought Channing Tatum’s “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit was awesome, you should absolutely, definitely make time to read the one that Bryan Cranston did. Oh, and know how he kicked it all off? By talking about the charity he was raising money for, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
13. And most importantly, he’s just really great at his job
There’s a reason Cranston has won so many Emmys, Golden Globes and is now up for an Oscar. Sure, he’s a long-shot to win next to the likes of Matt Damon and Leonard DiCaprio, but getting a nom is half the battle. And if you’ve seen Trumbo, you’ll know just how much he deserves it.
Good luck on Oscars night, Bryan. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.