The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOBBIN

“Why Him?” (2016): Some sly nods to Cranston’s se­ries “Break­ing Bad” are in­cor­po­rated into the script for this com­edy, cast­ing him as a dad who is less than sold on his daugh­ter’s (Zoey Deutch) en­tre­pre­neur­ial boyfriend (James Franco).

“Wake­field” (2016): Cranston is su­perb as a trou­bled lawyer who makes him­self dis­ap­pear by go­ing into hid­ing.

“The In­fil­tra­tor” (2016): A cus­toms agent (Cranston, again mak­ing the most of a show­case role) plays a risky game by par­tic­i­pat­ing in drug-money laun­der­ing un­der an alias.

“All the Way” (TV, 2016): Cranston solidly reprises his Tony Award­win­ning stage per­for­mance as Pres­i­dent Lyndon B. John­son dur­ing the lat­ter’s con­sid­er­a­tion of the Civil Rights Act.

“Trumbo” (2015): The black­list­ing of noted screen­writer Dal­ton Trumbo dur­ing the so-called com­mu­nist “witch hunt” is de­picted by Cranston in an Os­carnom­i­nated por­trayal. “Cold Comes the Night” (2013): Cranston makes a ter­rific vil­lain, play­ing a sight-trou­bled crim­i­nal bent on re­cov­er­ing some cash at a run­down mo­tel. “Argo” (2012): As part of an ex­cel­lent en­sem­ble cast led by di­rec­tor and fel­low star Ben Af­fleck, Cranston plays a CIA higher-up in­volved in a plan to res­cue U.S hostages from their Ira­nian cap­tors.

“To­tal Re­call” (2012): Play­ing a du­plic­i­tous politi­cian is right up Cranston’s al­ley in this re­make of the fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi ad­ven­ture.

“Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine” (2006): Cranston makes his pres­ence known in a mem­o­rably blunt sup­port­ing role in the tale of a fam­ily on a road trip to get a young mem­ber (Abigail Bres­lin) into a pageant.

“That Thing You Do!” (1996): It’s only a short bit, but Cranston is pur­posely and hi­lar­i­ously stiff as as­tro­naut Vir­gil “Gus” Gris­som, a def­i­nite fish out of wa­ter as he makes an ap­pear­ance on a tele­vi­sion va­ri­ety show.

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