Bryan Cranston celebrated his sixtieth birthday in true Bryan Cranston fashion on Jimmy Kimmel Live Friday night. Cranston, who turned sixty in March, returned to his comedy roots by teaming up with Kimmel and a few of Bryan’s Breaking Bad co-stars for an epic parody of MTV‘s My Super Sweet 16.
Entertainment Weekly pointed out the reunion of Cranston with former co-stars Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk, but Breaking Bad enthusiasts also caught on to at least one other former co-star of Bryan’s and some fun Breaking Bad references.
The Super Sweet parody begins with Cranston sitting in front of the camera, stating that he hasn’t let his success go to his head and still resides with his parents. Despite Bryan’s claim of being humble, Cranston is perfectly positioned in front of his six Emmys, and Bryan spends the next fifteen minutes going on a diva-like rant very similar to the spoiled teenagers of My Super Sweet Sixteen.
As Bryan moans and groans to his “parents” (Cranston’s real-life parents, fellow actors Joe Cranston and Peggy Sell, passed away years ago), Breaking Bad fans will get a kick out of Bryan snacking on a box of “Gustavo’s” cereal in reference to drug kingpin and Cranston’s Breaking Bad nemesis Gus Fring.
Jimmy Kimmel and his Live sidekick Guillermo show up as Cranston’s party planners, while Bob Odenkirk chimes in as Bryan’s personal adviser. As the party takes off, Breaking Bad fans are in for quite a treat as “Skinny Pete” actor Charles Baker mans the DJ table and Aaron Paul shows up for an epic “who wore it best” moment.
Watch the full Bryan Cranston’s Super Sweet 60 below:
Bryan Cranston’s television acting career has spanned more than forty years, with a variety of bit roles in everything from Murder She Wrote to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Seinfeld and King of Queens. Cranston saw a huge jump in popularity when he landed the starring role as the fun-loving patriarch of the quirky Malcolm in the Middle, which garnered Bryan his first Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.
In 2008, Cranston began his iconic turn as meth manufacturer and drug lord Walter White in the AMC drama Breaking Bad. Bryan and the Breaking Bad supporting cast and creators would dominate the awards season for several years, with Cranston snatching up four Outstanding Lead Actor Emmys and two for Outstanding Drama Series. Bryan also took home a Golden Globe in 2014.
Cranston’s rise on the television radar made way for Bryan’s movie career success, with parts in the Oscar-winning Argo in 2013 and his Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated role for Trumbo this past year. Though Cranston might have taken the long path to achieve his elite status, Bryan recently discussed with the Wall Street Journal the benefit of experiencing late success in an acting career:
“If you’re in your late teens and 20s and you find great fame, it’s difficult to navigate.” Judging by Cranston’s ability to continue to thrive as he ages, Bryan appears to be navigating the Hollywood channels just fine.
While Bryan Cranston can clearly play a number of versatile roles (he even won a Tony in 2014), it is his sense of humor that has made him endearing to fans. Perhaps Cranston’s best nod to comedy was when Bryan paid tribute to the classic sitcom Newhart by filming an alternative ending to Breaking Bad with his Malcolm in the Middle wife Jane Kaczmarek. Though Cranston’s Breaking Bad wife Anna Gunn failed to show up to Bryan’s Super Sweet 60 on Kimmel, Kaczmarek was thrilled to play Lois once again opposite Cranston’s Hal:
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