Bryan Cranston Announces Pending Retirement From Acting

bryan cranston at cannes film festival

Getty Image

Iconic Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has confirmed that his retirement from the business is on the horizon.

In a recent interview with GQ, the 67-year-old Emmy Award-winning actor — who will next be seen starring amongst a bevy of A-listers in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, which hits theaters on June 23 — said he plans on retiring in 2026. For a little while, at least.

Then, in 2026, one of the greatest actors of this era will retire – at least temporarily. Cranston is planning to shut down his production company, sell his half of Dos Hombres, and abscond with Dearden to a foreign country, probably France, for a minimum of six months.

“I want to change the paradigm once again,” he says. “For the last 24 years, Robin has led her life holding onto my tail. She’s been the plus one, she’s been the wife of a celebrity. She’s had to pivot and adjust her life based on mine. She has tremendous benefit from it, but we’re uneven. I want to level that out. She deserves it.” [via GQ]

Cranston doesn’t mention whether it’s coincidental or intentional, but 2026 is also the year he will be turning 70 years old.

Cranston’s interview with GQ comes on the verge of the release of Asteroid City, which also stars Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Steve Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, and Jeff Goldblum.

The beloved actor previously collaborated with the acclaimed director on his animated stop-motion film Isle of Dogs back in 2018.

In addition to Asteroid City, Cranston also has a role in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming spy franchise starter Argylle this year, which also features Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, John Cena, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, Rob Delaney, Catherine O’Hara, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Furthermore, Cranston is currently in production on the drama film Everything’s Going to Be Great, which is scheduled to hit theaters next year.

Eric Italiano Avatar
Eric Italiano is a NYC-based writer who spearheads BroBible's Pop Culture and Entertainment content. He covers topics such as Movies, TV, and Video Games, while interviewing actors, directors, and writers.