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Breaking Bad Cast and Characters With Ages, Heights, and Previous Roles

Breaking Bad Cast and Characters With Ages, Heights, and Previous Roles

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Arguably one of the best television dramas in history, Breaking Bad had a truly stacked cast to carry its fascinating story of teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White.

Although the show ended in 2013, it still holds a huge fanbase that always wants to know more about their favorite Breaking Bad characters.

Want to know more about the birthdays and heights of characters like Walter, Hank, and Saul? Check out our guide below for those answers and more! Note: All current ages are from the time of writing, November 2023. Ages for an actor’s first appearance are from the filming of that season, not when it aired.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Actor Bryan Cranston and his character Walter White in Breaking Bad
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Bryan CranstonWalter White
Age (Season 1):5150
Age Now:67Died September 7, 2010 (age 52)
Birthday:March 7, 1956September 7, 1958

Bryan Cranston was born on March 7, 1956, making him 51 years old when he first appeared in the series. An American by nationality, the 5’11” Cranston has had a prominent career in the entertainment industry. Apart from his iconic role in Breaking Bad, he also played the iconic father on Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006) and played a significant role on Sneaky Pete (2015-2019).

Walter White was born on September 7, 1958, and is a terminally ill high school chemistry teacher. He turns to manufacturing methamphetamine to provide for his family. Using the alias “Heisenberg,” Walter dives deep into the criminal underworld. His actions end up changing his life and those around him forever, and not often for the best.

Breaking Bad takes place between 2008 and 2010 and Walter celebrates his 50th birthday in the pilot, making his birth year 1958.

A document in season 3, episode 5, lists his birth year 1959, but this is likely a production error. 1958 is more consistent with the timeline that multiple other episodes present.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Actor Aaron Paul and his character Jesse Pickman in the Breaking Bad TV series
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Aaron PaulJesse Pinkman
Age (Season 1):2824
Age Now:4439
Birthday:August 27, 1979September 24, 1984 (est.)

Aaron Paul was born on August 27, 1979, putting him at age 28 at the start of Breaking Bad. The 5’8″ American actor skyrocketed to fame with his role as Jesse Pinkman, but he also played significant roles in series like BoJack Horseman and The Path.

Jesse Pinkman is slightly younger than his actor, beginning the series at around 24. An American of height 5’8″, Jesse is a former student of Walter White and a small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer.

Anna Gunn as Skyler White

Actress Anna Gunn (left) and her character Skyler White (right) in Breaking Bad
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Anna GunnSkyler White
Age (Season 1):3939
Age Now:5553
Birthday:August 11, 19681968-1969 (est.)

Anna Gunn stands at a height of 5’10” and was born on August 11, 1968. This made her 39 years old when Breaking Bad first aired in January 2008. An American actress, Gunn is not only known for her role as Skyler but also had significant roles in series like Deadwood and The Mindy Project.

Skyler White also starts the series at 39 years old; she laments being “the almost 40-year-old pregnant woman with the surprise baby on the way” in season 2, episode 1. She is Walter White’s wife and the mother of their children, Flynn (AKA Jr.) and Holly. Throughout the series, her life is turned upside down due to her husband’s descent into the world of illegal drug trade.

Dean Norris as Hank Schrader

Actor Dean Norris and his character Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad
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Dean NorrisHank Schrader
Age (Season 1):4442
Age Now:60Died March 10, 2010 (age 44)
Birthday:April 8, 19631966 (est.)

Dean Norris was born on April 8, 1963, which places him at around 44 years old when he first portrayed Hank on Breaking Bad. An American actor, Norris stands at 5’7″ and has made significant appearances in TV series such as Under the Dome and Claws.

Hank Schrader is introduced to the series at roughly 42 years old. Hank is Marie’s husband and a dedicated DEA agent. Because of his job, Hank becomes obsessed with catching the elusive drug lord, “Heisenberg”, unaware that it is his own brother-in-law.

Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader

Actress Betsy Brandt and her character Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad
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Betsy BrandtMarie Schrader
Age (Season 1):3534 (est.)
Age Now:5050
Birthday:March 14, 19731973 (est.)

American actress Betsy Brandt was born on November 14, 1973, making her 34 when she first appeared as Marie. At a height of 5’9”, Brandt has had noteworthy roles in series aside from Breaking Bad, such as Life in Pieces and The Michael J. Fox Show.

Betsy Brandt’s character Marie Schrader is introduced in the series at age 34. An American with a height of 5’9″, Marie is Skyler’s sister and Hank’s wife. Throughout the series, Marie struggles with her own issues, including kleptomania, while also dealing with the chaos caused by her brother-in-law’s criminal activities.

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman

Actor Bob Odenkirk and the character he plays in Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman
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Bob OdenkirkSaul Goodman
Age (Season 2):4648
Age Now:6163
Birthday:October 22, 1962November 12, 1960

Bob Odenkirk was born on October 22, 1962. This made him 46 years old when he began his iconic role as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad season 2. Standing at 5’9″, Odenkirk is an American actor with several notable roles outside of Breaking Bad. These include Better Call Saul and Mr. Show with Bob and David.

Saul Goodman is a slick and cunning criminal lawyer who becomes deeply intertwined with Walter White’s drug enterprise. Saul quickly became a fan favorite with his witty remarks and unscrupulous methods. So, it’s no surprise that he got his own spin-off series, Better Call Saul.

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring

Actor Giancarlo Esposito and his character Gus Fring in Breaking Bad
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Giancarlo EspositoGus Fring
Age (Season 2):5050
Age Now:65Died mid-2009 (age 51)
Birthday:April 26, 19581958 (est.)

Giancarlo Esposito, with a height of 5’8″, was born on April 26, 1958. This places him at 50 years old when he portrayed Gus on Breaking Bad season 2. Then he became a series regular during seasons 3 and 4. Esposito was born to an American mother and Italian father but was born in Denmark. His notable roles include Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian.

Gus Fring enters the series at 50 years of age. A Chilean-American, Gus is the highly meticulous and cunning owner of Los Pollos Hermanos and a major drug distributor.

RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr.

Actor RJ Mitte and his character Walter White, Jr in Breaking bad
RJ MitteWalter White, Jr.
Age (Season 1):1515
Age Now:3130
Birthday:August 21, 1992July 8, 1993

Currently standint tall at 5’11”, RJ Mitte was born on August 21, 1992, which means he was 15 years old when he took on the role of Walter White, Jr.

An American actor, Mitte has appeared in shows apart from Breaking Bad, like Switched at Birth and Now Apocalypse. Like his character, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his symptoms aren’t as severe as Jr.’s.

Walter White, Jr. begins the series as a 15-year-old teenager who eventually goes by the name Flynn. The son of Walter and Skyler, Flynn was born with cerebral palsy. He has to navigate the challenges of adolescence and his palsy while the world around him is thrown into chaos by his father’s choices.

Steven Michael Quezada as Steven Gomez

Actor Steven Michael Quezada and his character Steven Gomez in Breaking Bad
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Steven Michael QuezadaSteven Gomez
Age (Season 1):4436
Age Now:60Died early 2010 (age 39)
Birthday:February 15, 19631971 (est.)

Steven Michael Quezada, now measuring 5’6″, was born on February 15, 1963, making him 44 when he first played Gomez on Breaking Bad. An American actor, Quezada has also been seen in shows like In Plain Sight and The After After Party. He was also voted onto the Board of Commissioners in New Mexico in 2016 and 2020.

Steven Gomez starts the series at 36 years of age. Gomez is Hank Schrader’s partner and close friend at the DEA. Gomez remains loyal and dedicated to his job and partner throughout the series up until his final moments in season 5.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Actor Jonathan Banks and his character Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad
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Jonathan BanksMike Ehrmantraut
Age (Season 2):6163-67
Age Now:76Died early 2010 (age 65-69)
Birthday:January 31, 19471941-1945 (est.)

Jonathan Banks stands at 5’8″ and was born on January 31, 1947. That means he was 61 when he began playing Mike on Breaking Bad season 2. An American actor, Banks has showcased his acting prowess in shows like Better Call Saul and Wiseguy.

Mike Ehrmantraut is introduced on Breaking Bad at somewhere between 63 and 67 years old. Mike is a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gustavo Fring—and, on occasion, Saul Goodman—as a private investigator, head of corporate security, and enforcer. He is meticulous, efficient, and loyal, often cleaning up after other people’s messes.

Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca

Actor Raymond Cruz and his character Tuco Salamanca in Breaking Bad
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Raymond CruzTuco Salamanca
Age (Season 1):4338
Age Now:62Died 2008 (age 38-39)
Birthday:July 9, 19611970 (est.)

Raymond Cruz, standing at 5’6″, was born on July 9, 1961. This means he was 43 years old when he first played Tuco in Breaking Bad. An American actor of Mexican descent, Cruz is also known for his roles in The Closer and Major Crimes.

Tuco Salamanca is introduced to viewers when he’s around 38 years of age. A Mexican drug dealer, Tuco is known for his volatile and unpredictable behavior. He represents the Salamanca family in their dealings north of the border, and his short temper often leads to violent outbursts.

Although he only appeared in 4 episodes of Breaking Bad, Raymond Cruz left quite an impression on audiences. In fact, his character Tuco also featured in the prequel spin-off Better Call Saul.