Robin Dearden Bio: Marriage, Career, & Relationships of Bryan Cranston’s Wife

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Born on December 4, 1953, in Los Angeles, California, Robin Dearden is an American actress known for works in films and TV including Knight Rider, Generations, The Incredible Hulk, and even Breaking Bad. She is, however, most famous as Bryan Cranston‘s wife.

With Cranston, Robin has been living through one of the lasting marriages in Hollywood. Dearden and Bryan have been in a marital affiliation for over three decades. Well, how did the two first meet?

The write-up below will map-read to and fro the duo’s beginning as a couple, their marriage, and children in addition to Robin’s life on its own. Read through her early life, she won a career as an actress or what she is doing now, and so forth.

How Old Is Bryan Cranston’s Wife, Robin Dearden?

Dearden, full name, Robin Gale Dearden, who now is 69 years old was born on Dec 4, 1953. While Cranston is LA-born, it is unclear where his wife, Robin’s hometown is.

Also in the mist are the subtleties of her parents or the likewise whatever. That said, Robin apparently comes from a well-to-do family & had a decent upbringing.

Dearden Appeared In Breaking Bad; Who Did She Play?  

Dearden did appear in her husband’s career-defining series, Breaking Bad. She plays the character of an emotional woman in the series’ third season in an episode titled, No Más (2010).

In addition, Dearden has appeared thrice in the 1987 series, Murder, She Wrote; every time as a different character.

Other series where she was a recurring identity are The Kroft Supershow-1977, Magic Mongo-1977, The Incredible Hulk-1979, Magnum PI-1981, TJ Hooker-1982, Generations-1990, Fantasy Hospital-2016, and others.

Cranston's wife, Robin in Magnum PI.
Robin in the series, Magnum PI. From Instagram hashtags

She also has been in over a dozen of movies, TV, and others. Some films where she has acted are To Race The Wind-1980, Fugitive Family-1980, The Asphalt Cowboy-1980, Murder 1, Dancer 0-1983, Earthlings-1984, Stitches-1985, Thirst-1998, The Shrink Is In-2001, Myron’s Movie-2004, Illusion-2004, and others.

Robin’s last appearance on the screen was in the 2017 comedy film, Chicanery as Diana Flare.

Robin Dearden Met Husband Bryan Cranston During The Filming Of The Series, Airwolf  

Dearden met her boyfriend-turned-husband Cranston in 1986 when both of them were among the casts of a military drama, Airwolf. In one of the episodes, Bryan was playing the role of an antagonist who hijacked a sorority cruise, and his then-future wife, Robin was portraying the character of a sorority sister.

The script demanded Cranston held a gun to Robin’s head.

Robin Dearden with her husband and the Breaking Bad actor, Bryan Cranston when they were younger.
Young Robin with her husband and Trumbo actor, Bryan Cranston.

Explaining the first-ever time, they interacted with each other, Cranston, in 2013 said,

“My wife was the victim of the week, and I was the bad guy of the week, and I literally held her captive by gunpoint. It’s also very sexy, I think, though. It’s like she thought I was very dangerous. Ooooh!”

After the scene, everyone around talked about their intense sexual chemistry. The people also discussed the rest of Cranston and Dearden’s other on-screen interactions.

Cranston too admits that there was sexual tension between him and his wife when they met during the filming of the Airwolf. They allegedly had a connection and also flirted a lot off the script.

Though Dearden and Cranston have always insisted nothing happened between the two at the time as both were dating other partners.

Robin And Bryan Reunited After One Year 

After the end of Airwolf, Robin and Bryan didn’t connect with each other for a year. They reunited when Dearden happened to join the comedy improv class that Cranston was in.

Years later, Dearden revealed she and Cranston wouldn’t have stayed together if they had dated then. While the couple thinks the series, Airwolf was terrible, they do agree because of it each of their lives changed. The multiple Emmy winner once in an interview said it was “serendipitous” that they had to wait a year to start a relationship.

Cranston Proposed Robin For Marriage In A Bathtub 

Cranston asked Dearden to marry him in quite an unusual manner. The proposal apparently took place in the bathtub one night.

The Trumbo actor says he asked her in such a manner as he feared he would have cried if he was facing her. Bryan had hidden the engagement ring on his toe and when he thought it was time, he asked Dearden to take the circlet off of it.

They were both facing the same direction. This facilitated the Godzilla actor to propose to his then-girlfriend from the back.

Robin Dearden & Her Boyfriend-Turned-Husband Bryan Cranston Met During An Episode Of Airwolf
Generations actress, Robin with her spouse and the Breaking Bad actor, Bryan Cranston. Wenn

As per The Stand actor, himself, his words were,

“Here’s your ring, but I can’t reach it. Take the ring off my toe.”

Robin describes the question as romantic. The Family Guy alum in Dec 2016 whilst describing the reason why he proposed to his wife in that way, said,

“I needed to propose but didn’t quite know-how. I thought, taking a bath together we could straddle each other, but I was busy changing the music and candles. My problem was, I didn’t know where to put the ring.”

Apparently, Cranston told Dearden that he would marry her only if she was down to having children. Cranston and Dearden married on July 8, 1989.

Robin And Cranston’s Daughter Is Also An Actress 

Together, Robin and the Supermansion actor are also parents to a daughter, Taylor Dearden who the couple welcomed in Feb 1993.

Dearden’s daughter, Taylor also appeared on Breaking Bad; she shows up in the series in the year 2010 as a sad-faced girl in the same episode as her mother, No Mas. Taylor after that also did some or two films, mostly short.

Robin Dearden's daughter, Taylor Dearden, & Husband Bryan Cranston
from right, Fantasy Hospital actress, Robin Dearden, her husband and actor, Bryan Cranston, and their daughter, Taylor Dearden. Getty

Further, in 2016, she played the role of Ophelia Mayer in the MTV series, Sweet/Vicious. Sweet/Vicious later went on to receive several praises for its portrayal of sexual abuse.

Two years later, she also starred in the Netflix mockumentary American Vandal alongside Travis Pope and Tyler Alvarez. Her other films include 101 Ways to Get Rejected-2013, Calling-2011, Search and Destroy-2019, The Last Champion-2020, and others.

Therapy Has Been Helping Cranston And Robin Dearden’s Marriage  

Cranston once revealed therapy is one of the reasons why Robin and his marriage survived so long. In fact, Dearden and the Los Angeles-born actor apparently have an agreement that requires both of them to seek therapy even if one of them feels like it.

About this, Cranston in late 2016 told The Irish News,

“I might say, ‘I’ll probably listen because I don’t have anything to say’, but every time, without exception, I’ll engage, and pretty soon both of us are involved. And every time, we’ve always left there holding hands and just a little bit closer.”

The Californian actor added,

We’ve been married 27 years and therapy had definitely helped secure our happy marriage.

What’s more, they also visited guidance counseling before tying the knot.

Dearden’s husband says that really helped them in their marriage. The Cranston-Dearden couple allegedly still have therapy at whims.

Dearden And Bryan Cranston Were Caught Having Sex On A Train

People ended up seeing Robin and her actor husband trying to have some action while they were on a holiday in Europe, according to Bryan himself. The duo was on a five-week tour of Europe for their honeymoon driving across the continental mainland.

Once while on a train, the couple couldn’t help their urges and decided to do it in a moving vehicle during the tunnel as the train was riding along the journey from Switzerland to Italy.

Earlier their travel agent had told them the train had a special place for the honeymooners. The problem, however, was that the tunnel span would only last for 15 minutes.

Dearden and Cranston, nevertheless were half successful as apparently, they managed to go beyond foreplay and a bit some more. Soon, however, the tunnel period was over when the Oscar nominee and his wife were in the midway.

Cranston says after that people on the train got saw him and his wife half-naked following which Dearden reportedly said to him, ‘Get off me.’

Robin Dearden Is Cranston’s Second Wife

Before Dearden, Cranston was married to a writer, Mickey Middleton. Bryan and Middleton were husband and wife from 1977 to 1982. The Malcolm In The Middle alum says the divorce was amicable and once stated the reason for the separation was that they while loved each other, weren’t actually in love.

In March 2014, Bryan told Financial Times that his ex-wife, Mickey wanted anything a house, a baby, and to be in the church choir all of which weren’t exactly congruent to Cranston’s aspirations.

Dearden’s Husband, Cranston Is Pretty Rich? 

For someone who was the leading character in arguably the greatest series of all time, Dearden’s husband, Cranston was bound to be among the richest TV actors. And he is rightly so a wealthy face in Hollywood.

Robin’s partner, Bryan Cranston has an estimated net worth of over $40 million; he reportedly took close to half a million per episode during the final seasons of the AMC series, Breaking Bad.

Other Facts

  • Dearden and Cranston are also advocates for National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
  • Cranston once made a film for his wife, by the title; Last Chance. The film was released in 1999.
  • In 2020, Dearden and her husband, Cranston contracted Covid 19 though the latter sometime afterward revealed his and his partner’s symptoms were mild.
  • Dearden’s husband, Bryan once had a stalker ex-girlfriend who allegedly pursued him, threatened him, and even made the Electric Dreams actor paranoid.
  • The Why Him actor Cranston in mid-2018 while talking to The Talks said he and his wife Dearden love to observe and analyze people when they are out in public.


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