(Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Bryan Cranston: '80s television commercial star

Long before "Breaking Bad," the actor was the face of Preparation H


Prachi Gupta
September 12, 2013 11:00PM (UTC)

A recent New Yorker profile of "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston reminds Walter White fans that 30 years ago, the meth kingpin "scrabbled after guest-star roles on crappy TV shows while making his living in commercials."

It's hard to imagine now, but in the 1980s Cranston played "a bland smoothie with bread-load hair who just happened to love Shield Deodorant Soap, Arrow Shirts, Coffee-mate, and Excedrin, a middle-of-the-bell-curve guy who, despite his initial skepticism, was really sold on the product."

Advertisement:

"I had that everyman look--nonthreatening, non-distracting, no facial hair. I fit in," he told profiler Tad Friend.

Here are more of "the everyman's" old commercials:

Preparation H

Coors Light

JC Penney

Atari

Shield Deodorant

OFF!

Coffee-mate

Excedrin

Prudential

And of course, Cranston in his 1982 debut role as Sam, a bisexual man who cheats on his wife with another man in cheesy CHN/Lifetime show "Crisis Counselor":


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

MORE FROM Prachi GuptaFOLLOW prachiguLIKE Prachi Gupta

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston Commercials Television Video

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •