Long before he found fame and success on Breaking Bad — heck, even before he found fame and success (on a lesser scale) on Malcolm in the Middle — Bryan Cranston found steady employment in the kind of projects that actors often turn to help pay the bills: TV commercials. According to a New Yorker profile, Cranston “scrabbled after guest-star roles on crappy TV shows while making his living in commercials.”
We’ve put together a mash-up (above) of several of those spots, in which he shills for Preparation H, the Atari 2600 game system, Coors Light, Coffee-Mate non-dairy creamer, and J.C. Penney’s.
And it seems Cranston isn’t the only Breaking Bad star to have done commercials. Before he became meth-cooking sous chef Jesse Pinkman, Aaron Paul popped up in all kinds of ads — and even a game show.