Bryan Cranston announces retirement plans to focus on his marriage

Bryan Cranston has shared the news that he plans to hang up his acting boots in 2026 to focus on his relationship with his wife, Robin Dearden.

The Breaking Bad actor spoke to British GQ about how his wife has stood behind him since his acting career began over 20 years ago and told how now it’s his turn to take a step back and make time for their relationship.

He explained: ‘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.’

The couple have been married since 1989 having met on the set of the series Airwolf in 1984 when they were both in committed relationships. They went on to have one daughter together, Taylor, who was born in 1993.

Actors Bryan Cranston (L) and Robin Dearden attend HBO’s Official 2016 Emmy After Party in 2016. Pic: Getty Images

Bryan has already imagined what his retirement will look like, saying he’d love to move to France for at least six months with Robin where they can relax and read lots of books.

He also told GQ how he plans to shut down his production company and sell his half of Dos Hombres when he steps back from the limelight.

Bryan also chatted to the publication about how he and Robin have been attending couples therapy since before they were married and have learned how to spot issues that may be popping up in their marriage.

His desire to have a healthy, lasting relationship with his wife overwhelmed his want to act, leading to his decision to step away from his career.

US actor Bryan Cranston, his wife actress Robin Dearden, US actress Rita Wilson and US actor Tom Hanks leave after the premiere of the film Asteroid City. Pic: Getty Images

Bryan’s career began back in the late 80s and he bagged his first big role in 1997 starring in the TV series Seinfeld.

His lead role as Hal in the hit show Malcolm in the Middle launched Bryan into the spotlight and his career only grew from there, landing roles all over Hollywood, including his most well-known role in Breaking Bad.

Robin Dearden and Bryan Cranston depart the “Asteroid City” red carpet during the 76th annual Cannes film festival in 2023. Pic: Getty Images

Despite his busy acting career, Bryan still manages to find the time to help around the house, stepping in as a handyman when needed.

He said: ‘We had a clogged toilet. My wife goes, “Something’s wrong,” and I get up and grab the plunger, and there I am. I do what needs to be done.’

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