It’s been close to eight years since Breaking Bad came to an end, but the critically-acclaimed AMC series is still very much alive thanks to streaming services and its overall legacy. The intriguing story arcs of the spinoff Better Call Saul have also helped in keeping the conversation about the parent series going.
Given the show’s attention to detail, fans are familiar with all the little things regarding the major and minor characters. Some behind-the-scenes facts about filming might be common knowledge to many fans, but personal details about the actors who brought these amazing characters to life might still be a mystery to some. Well, not anymore.
Bryan Cranston: 65, Married, 5’10, Pisces
Cranston (Walter White) gave a performance that will be remembered for generations to come, and being the key character in one of the greatest ever shows has its perks. Apparently, Cranston was paid a reported $225,000 per episode during the show’s run.
The actor has seen the highs and lows of love. He has been married twice, first to Mickey Middleton, between 1977 to 1982, and currently to Robin Dearden, to whom he has been wed since 1989. Fans might not be aware that Cranston’s daughter had a cameo in season three’s “No Mas.” She was one of the students who gave a speech as Walt’s school honored the Albuquerque air crash victims.
Aaron Paul: 41, Married, 5’8, Virgo
Paul (Jesse Pinkman) is one of only two actors to win the Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” three different times for the same role. Fame has served Paul well, as, in his home state of Idaho, there a day meant to honor him, dubbed the “Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day.”A fun fact about Paul is that he was born prematurely in his parents’ bathroom.
Paul married the love of his life Lauren Parsekian in 2013. The two had gotten engaged in 2012 after meeting at the Coachella Festival. They currently have one daughter.
Anna Gunn: 52, Single, 5’9, Leo
During the show’s run, her character drew so much hatred from fans that she wrote an Op-Ed on the New York Times addressing the issue. Just by watching her on TV, one can tell that Gunn (Skyler) is tall. Though her role of Skyler White is her biggest to date, Gun has appeared in over 50 movies and TV shows.
Gunn was married to Scottish actor Alastair Duncan from 1990 to 2009. She has never remarried after ending her relationship with Duncan, and there have never been rumors of her seeing another man either. She and Duncan have two daughters.
Giancarlo Esposito: Single, 62, 5’7, Taurus
After his magnificent performances in the AMC series, Esposito (Gus Fring) made a career out of playing villains. He has done that quite well, portraying characters such as Imperial Moff Gideon and Vought International boss Stan Edgar. The multi-ethnic actor who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, currently holds both Italian and American citizenship.
Esposito was married to Joy McManigal from 1995 to 2015. During that time, the couple had four daughters. Since his divorce, there has been no word about him dating someone new.
Dean Norris: Married, 57, 5’7, Aries
Unlike most of his colleagues, Norris (Hank Schrader) has still squeezed his way into big productions after Breaking Bad. The actor has gone on to appear in popular shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Scandal.
Norris has been married to his wife for over 30 years. The two met when Bridget was an entertainment attorney. Together, they have five children. They jointly own Norris Performing Arts Center in Murrieta and Schraderbrau, a home-brewed craft beer that is currently available for purchase.
RJ Mitte – Dating, 28, 5’11, Leo
During an interview with Howard Stan in 2012, Bryan Cranston mentioned that RJ Mitte (Flynn/Walter Jr) is very good with the ladies. If such is the case, then he is really good at keeping secrets; though he has been publicly seen with a few women, no names have come up yet about someone he is seeing.
Like Walter “Flynn” White Jr, RJ Mitte is a person living with a disability. At the age of three, the actor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite his condition, he ended up being the breadwinner for his family at the age of 13.
Bob Odenkirk – Married, 58, 5’9, Libra
Despite being only 58, Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) has over 200 film and TV credits. He is still delving deep into the chaotic underworld of Alburquarqee in the spinoff series Better Call Saul. Thanks to his work, the actor has been nominated for the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy a whopping four times.
Odenkirk was married to Naomi Yomtov in 1997. Together, they have two children. He has also stated that he is color blind and doesn’t select the costumes her wears.
Jonathan Banks: Married, 74, 5’7, Aquarius
Like Odenkirk, Banks (Mike) is still dealing with drug lords in Alburquaqee, too, thanks to his bigger role in the spinoff. Interestingly enough, Banks’ mother used to work for the CIA. At a young age, the actor dropped out of college to become a stage manager for the rock band Hair before venturing into acting.
Banks has been married twice, first to Marnie Fausch (1968 – 1970), and then to Generra Banks (1990 to present). From his first marriage, he had one child, and he has three with his current wife.
Betsy Brandt: Married, 48, 5’9, Pisces
Brandt (Marie Schrader) initially wanted to be a film and stage director, but, after winning an award for Best Actress during a high school play, she opted to pursue acting. Life away from Breaking Bad hasn’t been bad for her, as she landed a lead role in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, appearing in a total of 79 episodes.
Brandt her been with her husband Grady Olsen since 1997, and, together they have two children. One of her children was born as she was filming the second season of the AMC drama.
Though Cruz (Tuco Salamanca) became globally famous after his appearance on the show, his body of work is vast. His roles mostly involve him playing law enforcement officers or criminals. According to the actor, he grew up in a gang-infested Los Angeles neighborhood, something which helped him in making his acting realistic.
Cruz is currently married. According to Cruz, his wife Simi hates the character Tuco since she considers him to be too evil, though, generally, she is a big fan of his work.