What was Bryan Cranston Net Worth Before Breaking Bad?

Bryan Cranston has one of the most impressive careers in Hollywood. He appeared on Broadway, acted in major motion pictures, and the blockbuster Walter White role in AMC’s Breaking Bad. 

But what was Bryan Cranston’s net worth before he became a household name? Read on to find out more.

About Bryan Cranston?

The Broadway star was born in California on July 16, 1956. His father, Joseph Louis “Joe” Cranston, who owned a restaurant, and his mother, Peggy Sell. When he first started in the entertainment industry, both of his parents were very proud of him for getting into acting. And they helped him with whatever he needed financially or emotionally.

Bryan is best known for his role as Walter White in the TV series Breaking Bad. He also appeared in Malcolm in The Middle, Seinfeld, All the Way, where he played US President Lyndon B Johnson.

Before May 2008, when Breaking Bad aired, Bryan had not been earning any significant paychecks at all from acting roles. According to the LA Times, things were looking pretty bleak for him. In fact, his wife was working three jobs at one point to support their family of four! 

Then in 2008, he landed the role that would change everything, Walter White on Breaking Bad.


Before Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston wasn’t a very successful actor. He first began acting in the late ’70s on shows such as “Laverne and Shirley.” In 1984, he starred on a sitcom “Airwolf,” where his character died from an exploding plane crash. His career only skyrocketed from there.

In 1985, he started gaining more experience with recurring roles throughout several TV series. He starred in Full House and Moonlighting, before landing yet another leading role on Seinfeld for three seasons. Soon after that, he became known around Hollywood for his portrayal of Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in The Middle.

By the time he was cast as Walter White for Breaking Bad, Cranston had already been in several major box office hits. Recall Saving Private Ryan and Little Miss Sunshine? 

He also won a Tony Award for his role of Lyndon B. Johnson during All The Way on Broadway.

In total, Cranston has appeared in dozens of hit shows throughout his career. They are: How I Met Your Mother, King of Queens, and Boston Legal, just to name a few more popular ones. 

In addition to that, many fans recognize him for appearing on yet another hugely successful show called Seinfeld. 

Cranston has been active in the entertainment industry since 1978. Yet, it does not look like he plans on stopping anytime soon as he continues to work regularly.

What Was Bryan Cranston Net Worth Before Breaking Bad?

Bryan Cranston’s net worth before Breaking Bad is not known. There are no records of what he made before he landed the block buster role. 

When the film aired back in 2008, it ultimately earned him more than double what he’d achieved previously.

Currently, the actor’s net worth is estimated at $30 million, much more than he made before the show aired. It is safe to say that Breaking Bad was the pedestal that spearheaded the actor’s career in the right direction.

Real Estate

Cranston purchased several real estate properties with the spoils he got from acting. He has homes in New York, Hollywood Beach, and Malibu. According to public records, Cranston purchased a house in the Pacific Palisades for $896k back in 1993. With his current net worth of $30 million, it is evident that the actor is spoilt for choice on where to spend his dough. 

His  first purchase was a modest one-bedroom apartment at Manhattan Plaza, which cost him around $120 thousand. This property now costs an amount within three times as much as what Bryan paid for it. 

In 2009 Cranston sold this apartment to finance another home purchase at The Beresford, where he currently resides with his wife, Robin Dearden.

In 2012, Bryan bought a house in Hollywood Beach for $880k. This was his second property purchase after selling off a New York apartment for an undisclosed sum of money during that year.

As you may have noticed, the actor acquired most of his property after his Breaking Bad gig. You can only imagine what one major role can do to your class!