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Sun, Mar 26 2:00 pm

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Event Details

Bryan Cranston – New York Times best-selling author and award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, and producer will be the University’s special guest for the third annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Cranston will share reflections on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. Academy Award-winning producer and University alumnus Mark Johnson will moderate the conversation, hosted at the John Paul Jones Arena on March 26 at 2:00 p.m.

The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Cranston and Johnson’s conversation is also part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, and copies of Cranston’s 2016 New York Times-best-selling memoir, “A Life in Parts,” will be available for purchase after the event. The first 40 patrons to buy a book that day will receive a special book signing opportunity with Cranston after the event. Pre-signed books will also be available for purchase. He will not sign any merchandise or posters. Photos can be taken of Cranston from the book signing line, but staged photos will not be allowed.

Bryan Cranston’s career began with a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to him being signed as an original cast member of ABC's Loving. He went on to appear as Hal on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, which ran for seven seasons and for which Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy® Awards.

Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered him four Emmy® Awards, four SAG Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Bryan holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. As a producer on Breaking Bad, Bryan won two Emmy® Awards and a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

On stage, Cranston made his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. Bryan won the 2014 Tony® Award for his performance, as well as a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Theater World Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Play.” Bryan went on to produce the film adaption of the play through his production company, Moonshot Entertainment, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tale Told Productions. It premiered on HBO in May 2016 and was nominated for eight Emmy Awards including “Outstanding Television Movie” and an individual nomination for Bryan for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.” All The Way was nominated for four Critics’ Choice Awards, including “Best Television Movie” and an individual nomination for Bryan for “Best Actor in a Television Movie.” Additionally, Bryan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” and recently won the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.”

Moonshot Entertainment has also developed the drama series Sneaky Pete for Amazon and the animated series SuperMansion for Crackle which received two Emmy Award nominations. On the big screen, Bryan starred as the title character in Jay Roach’s Trumbo. His performance garnered him nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award in 2016 for “Best Actor.”

He added author to his artistic accomplishments in 2016, with the release of his best-selling memoir, “A Life in Parts."

Visit the President's Speaker Series for the Arts site.

About the Virginia Festival of the Book: A signature program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together in Charlottesville, Va. for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The 23rd annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017. To learn more, visit the Virginia Festival of the Book site.

Special Event Information

Doors will open March 26 at 1:00 pm.

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