“If I can make it, you can make it”: Bryan Cranston, Who Was Once Suspected of Murder, Can Never Have a Criminal Record as Unhinged as One Breaking Bad Star

Breaking Bad star Danny Trejo, who had an extensive criminal record, tweeted a wholesome tweet back in 2021.

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  • Bryan Cranston found worldwide fame by portraying the role of drug-maker Walter White in the iconic AMC show Breaking Bad.
  • The actor revealed that before he became famous, he was once investigated for murder but he was innocent.
  • On the other hand, his co-star Danny Trejo, has had quite an unhinged criminal record compared to the rest of the cast of Breaking Bad.
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Breaking Bad is an iconic TV show about drug kingpins, the fragile morality of an honest man, and the extent to which people will commit crimes for money or revenge. Well, Bryan Cranston had an incredible cast alongside him in the series but the ensemble cast have had some criminal records or investigations in their life!

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a still from Breaking Bad | AMC

Being a series about drug lords and criminals, some of the cast members of the series shared their experiences with the authorities! Veteran actor Danny Trejo, who portrayed the role of Tortuga in the second and third seasons has had quite a story to tell about his crimes, jail, and how people can change for the better.

Danny Trejo Had A Career As A Criminal

In the second season of Breaking Bad, a drug runner by the name of Tortuga is featured, played by Danny Trejo. Fans may remember Tortuga’s head on a turtle’s back when Hank Schrader goes to investigate and the turtle explodes.

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Danny Trejo as Tortuga in a still from Breaking Bad | AMC

Well, since the show is about drug runners, makers, and, empires, it made sense to cast Danny Trejo in a notable and prominent role. Alongside being an iconic actor, Trejo was also once a convict who was arrested when he was just 10 years old!

From various reports (via HuffPost), it was revealed that Trejo has had quite a criminal record ever since he was 7 years old! The report mentioned that Trejo started selling drugs when he was just seven years old and 3 years later, got arrested. Sending him to a juvenile jail did not change anything as Trejo went on to stab a sailor in the face, hit a prison guard with a rock, and, took part in armed robbery.

However, he left the life of crime and jail in 1969 and pursued his passion for acting. In 2021, the actor tweeted a heartfelt message on his X (formerly Twitter) about how people can indeed change.


A lot of people in prison have redeemable qualities, if we can help them they can and will become productive citizens. If I can make it, you can make it.

Well, the statements indeed ring true since many actors from the cast of Breaking Bad have had close calls with the authorities. One of the most popular stories of all time is veteran actor Bryan Cranston’s.

Before he was an actor, Cranston used to roam around on the bikes with his brother. Well, a simple job at a restaurant turned into the stuff of nightmares as Bryan Cranston was investigated for the murder of his former boss!

When Bryan Cranston Was Investigated For Murder!

Before he became famous, Cranston and his brother hopped on their bikes and went for a road trip with no particular destination in mind. Finding odd jobs and living on the move, Cranston’s life was quite chill until they got a job at a Florida eatery named the Hawaiian Inn.

Jesse Plemons with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
Jesse Plemons with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad | AMC

In an interview with Jesse Tyler Ferguson on the Dinner’s on Me podcast, Cranston shared the horrific tale of working at the eatery. During his talks, the Malcolm in the Middle actor mentioned that their boss was just terrible and no one was ever on his good side.

There was just no way on earth you were ever going to get on his good side. We’d all discuss how rotten and mean Peter Wong is, and we’d all discuss, if one were to do away with Peter Wong, how would one do it?

Well, Cranston’s choice of words would soon land him in big trouble as the duo left the Florida eatery to continue their journey at the same time Peter Wong went missing. Wong’s body was found in a car trunk and the Cranstons became the prime suspect.

Little did we know they put out an APB [all-points bulletin] on us and to find us, we were somewhere in the Carolinas, I think, at that point.

However, Bryan Cranston was lucky since the person who actually did the murder was caught. Otherwise, it would have been a nightmare for the Cranston brothers to get out of that whole fiasco. So all in all, the cast of Breaking Bad has indeed brushed up against authorities but all seem to be good citizens of the world.


Starring in the iconic AMC show, Danny Trejo regained popularity with the masses and the world loved him for it. Breaking Bad received a rating of 9.5/10 on IMDB and a whopping 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. With 5 seasons to its name, the iconic show is available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.