Birth Name: Bryan Lee Cranston
Place of Birth: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: March 7, 1956
*62.5% German [with more distant Swiss-German]
*25% Irish/Northern Irish
*12.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
Bryan Cranston is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His roles include Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad, Trumbo, Argo, Why Him?, The Upside, The One and Only Ivan, and the second Total Recall (2012).
Bryan is the son of actors Peggy Sell (Audrey Anneliese/Annalisa Dorothea/Dorethea Sell) and Joe Cranston (Joseph Louis Cranston). His parents were from Chicago. Bryan is married to actress Robin Dearden, with whom he has a daughter, actress Taylor Dearden.
Bryan’s paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and Bryan’s paternal grandmother was of half Austrian Jewish and half German ancestry. Bryan’s mother was the daughter of German parents, and also had more distant Swiss-German roots.
He grew up in Canoga Park, California. He was also raised partly on his maternal grandparents’ farm in Yucaipa, CA, working with poultry.
Bryan’s paternal grandfather was Edward Bennett/Bernard “Eddie” Cranston (the son of Daniel James Cranston and Margaret J. Blake). Edward was born in Illinois, and was raised in a Catholic household. Daniel was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, the son of Irish-born parents, Joseph Henry Cranston and Sarah McLeod. Bryan’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Ireland, the daughter of John Blake and Margaret Sullivan. Bryan has roots in County Clare and Armagh.
Bryan’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rose Bower (the daughter of Joseph B. Bauer/Bower and Bertha/Birdie Berg). Bryan’s grandmother Alice was born in New York. Bryan’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in New York, the son of Jewish emigrants from Austria or Hungary, Jacob Bauer and Kate/Katie Hartmann; Jacob was the son of Samuel Bauer and Rachel Wolff, and Kate was the daughter of Maurice Hartmann and Rachel Pariesa. Bryan’s great-grandmother Bertha/Birdie Berg was born in New York, the daughter of German parents, Arthur Berg and Pauline Mathilde Figel, whose religion was Lutheran. Arthur was likely Bertha’s stepfather; Bertha’s biological father was likely a man with the surname Stein. Arthur Berg was the son of John Berg and Dorothea Koch or Klein. Bryan’s great-great-grandmother Pauline Figel was from Ditzingen, and was the daughter of Christian Heinrich “Henry” Figel and Friederike Pauline Mathilde Charlotte Haering/Hiring.
Bryan’s maternal grandfather was Otto Frederick William Sell (the son of Albert Ferdinand Franz Wilhelm Sell and Katharine Dorothee Niebuhr). Otto was German, from Rendsburg.
Bryan’s maternal grandmother was Augusta Liza “Gussie” Marchert (the daughter of Josef Marchert and Helene Magdalene Kebbel). Augusta was German, from Danzig. Josef was the son of Friedrich Marchert and Wilhelmine Kebbel. Helene was the daughter of Christian Friedrich Kebbel and Auguste Justine Kebbel.
Bryan is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Arielle Kebbel. Bryan’s maternal great-grandparents, Josef Marchert and Helene Magdalene Kebbel, were also Arielle’s paternal great-great-grandparents. The two are also more distantly related through Arielle’s patrilineal line.
Sources: Genealogy of Bryan Cranston – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Bryan Cranston (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com
Genealogy of Bryan’s paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett/Bernard “Eddie” Cranston – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Bryan’s paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett/Bernard “Eddie” Cranston, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bryan’s paternal grandmother, Alice Rose Bower, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph B. Bauer/Bower and Bertha/Birdie Berg – https://familysearch.org
Bryan’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph B. Bauer/Bower, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Joseph B. Bauer/Bower on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Jacob Bauer and Kate/Katie Hartmann – https://familysearch.org
Bryan’s paternal great-grandmother, Bertha/Birdie Berg, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Arthur Berg – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Pauline Mathilde Figel – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Pauline Mathilde (Figel) Berg – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Bryan’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Christian Heinrich “Henry” Figel and Friederike Pauline Mathilde Charlotte Haering/Hiring – https://familysearch.org
Bryan’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
He’s more German than anything. But I figured with that surname he had some Irish ancestry.
Correction: Scott he doesn’t have Scottish, he’s paternal grandfather is Irish and that’s it’s and leave it as that. By the way his eyes are green not blue.
That doesn’t mean to say his ancestry isn’t originally Scottish. A lot of Scottish people emigrated to Ulster and eventually moved into America (eg most early American Presidents, John Wayne’s family etc).
correction: he has some scottish as well Cranston and McLeod are both scottish surnames
The surnames get around. I can’t trace the line beyond Joseph Cranston and Sarah McLeod, but this indicates that they were Catholic, which fits with an Irish Catholic background.
Unlike some immigrants, Irish people wouldn’t change their names to Scottish names. Unless there were adoptions in his family, he almost certainly has a Scottish bloodline.
Speculation, about distant ancestors at that. Who really cares if he’s, say, 1/64th something, whatever it is? (and we don’t know for sure if he is). Are all these people of Scottish descent? https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3ACranston~%20%2Bbirth_place%3Aireland~
BTW, given that people (like gel) also write, essentially, “This site seems to want to whitewash Irish ancestry out of existence and replace it with Scottish” (i.e. the comment here – http://ethnicelebs.com/phillip-phillips), you’re probably both right.
I thought he was full English-American :/
you could have used a better picture. He looks kinda sickly here
i like that pic!