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Robin Dearden Is Bryan Cranston's Second Wife and Mom of His Only Daughter — Facts about Her

Oyin Balogun
May 01, 2021
05:35 A.M.
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Bryan Cranston has been married to his wife Robin Dearden for over thirty years. Today, the couple remains as happy as ever, but very little is known about the actor's wife. Here are some facts to note about her.


Bryan Cranston is best known as the star of the popular series "Breaking Bad," where he played the lead character, Walter White, a character much loved by fans of the show.

But off the screen, Cranston has warmed the hearts of many with his commitment and love for his wife, Robin Dearden, whom he has been married to for decades.

Bryan Cranston at the opening night of "American Son" on November 04, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


Who is Dearden? What does she do? Where did she meet her husband? Read on to learn all the details about the woman who captured Cranston's heart.


Born on December 4, 1953, Dearden is also a successful movie star in her own right. Best known for appearing in the 1980 series "Magnum, P.I.," she has undoubtedly made a name for herself.

However, while Cranston is still active in the film industry, Dearden is currently retired. She, however, never fails to support her husband, with whom she enjoys a blissful life.



Cranston and Dearden met in 1986 while appearing as guest stars on an episode of the television series "Airwolf," which the actor would later describe as a terrible TV show.

In the episode, Cranston acted as Robert Hollis, who hijacked a school union, taking Dearden's character hostage in the process. The pair kicked things off and soon forged a friendship.


However, while there was an undeniable attraction between Dearden and Cranston, they were both dating other people at the time. This allowed them to build a solid friendship infused with a little bit of flirting.

A year later, Dearden signed up for an acting class Cranston was taking. Like most actors in Hollywood, the duo greeted each other with a kiss.

It was, however, not the regular friendly on-the-cheek kiss as Cranston and Deardon locked lips for a sweet lingering kiss— the first of many for the couple.



After dating for two and a half years, Cranston was sure he wanted to take their relationship to the next level. But a major problem was in the way he loved her. 

The actor was so in love with Dearden that he believed he would break into tears if he proposed the conventional way. So he came up with a plan—a weird one at that.


While taking a bubble bath one day, Cranston and Dearden snuggled up against each other. The actor decided he would propose there but struggled with where to keep the ring. Then an idea came to him.

Cranston eventually put the ring on his baby toe and proposed to Dearden with her soapy head turned to him. She said yes and picked the ring off the actor's toe.

Speaking about their unconventional proposal, Dearden described it as romantic but admitted she first thought to herself, "What the hell is this?" 



Four years into their marriage, Dearden and Cranston welcomed Taylor, their first and only daughter. Unsurprisingly, she grew up with an interest in entertainment.

Today, Taylor is a successful actress in her own right. She made her acting debut in 2010 when she appeared alongside her dad in an episode of "Breaking Bad." She has long since appeared in shows like "Sweet/Vicious," a short-lived MTV series, and Netflix's "American Vandal."

Taylor has also had appearances in a bunch of TV pilots, including "Search and Destroy" and "To Whom It May Concern," both of which were not picked up for full series.



Over three decades after getting married, Dearden and Cranston still remain as in love as when they first started their relationship.

Back in 2014, Cranston was asked what his favorite thing about Dearden was, to which the actor answered that he loves that his wife still gets giddy when she sees a firefly.

During an interview in 2016, when asked who was the greatest love of his life, Cranton mentioned his wife. He also described their first kiss as the best of his life.



Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic broke in 2020, Cranston and his wife were diagnosed with the virus. This came with many symptoms for the couple that lingered a lot longer, even after recovery.

Last December, Cranston opened up about his COVID-19 experience, noting that his sense of taste and smell had not returned even after months of being free from the virus.

However, the actor said that he was grateful that his and Dearden's diagnosis was not serious, adding that they were very lucky to have recovered quickly.

With their COVID-19 days behind them, Cranston and Dearden can only look forward to what the future holds. As long as they have each other, this couple can weather any storm.


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