Bryan Cranston, best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” will discuss his new memoir A Life in Parts with director Jay Roach, Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. at Live Talks Los Angeles at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. Roach directed Cranston in the feature Trumbo (2015) and All the Way (2016), the HBO film adaption of the Broadway play for which Cranston won a Tony Award for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts (Scribner, October 11, 2016) Bryan Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to mega stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera, including: astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, and off–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father.

Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon B. Johnson.

He also dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

Early reviews include noted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who says, “A truly gifted storyteller, Cranston captures the reader’s imagination and emotions from beginning to end.” “Breaking Bad” creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan calls A Life in Parts “the right mixture of funny, sad and heartfelt.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Live Talks Los Angeles website,

Prices range from $45 to $75. Each ticket includes a hardcover copy of A Life in Parts, which Cranston will sign at the event. Santa Monica High School is located at 600 Olympic Blvd. For more information, contact

  • Submitted by Darlene Chan, Publicist