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RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte
RJ Mitte April 2015.jpg
Mitte in April 2015
Born Roy Frank Mitte III
(1992-08-21) August 21, 1992 (age 25)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active 2006–present
Known for Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

Roy Frank "RJ" Mitte III (born August 21, 1992) is an American actor, producer, and model. He is best known for his role as Walter "Flynn" White Jr. on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–13).[1] Like his character on the show, he has cerebral palsy. [1] After moving to Hollywood in 2006, he began training with personal talent manager Addison Witt.[2] They sought acting opportunities where his disability would serve to educate viewers, which led him to audition for the role in Breaking Bad.[3]

Early life

Mitte was born in Jackson, Mississippi.[4] He was delivered by emergency caesarian and was not breathing at the time of his birth, which resulted in permanent brain damage. He was adopted a few weeks later by Roy Frank Mitte Jr. and Dyna Mitte, who later separated. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, and doctors put his legs in casts for six months in an attempt to straighten his feet.[5]

Mitte was fitted with leg braces and used crutches throughout most of his childhood; however, over time, his body became stronger through sports and exercise, he no longer needed any walking devices by the time he was a teenager.[6] In 2006, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, where his younger sister Lacianne Carriere had received an offer for a role in a film project.[7][8]

Mitte was raised by his mother following the separation of his parents, and from the age of 13 was financially responsible for the family, which by then also included his sister who was born when Mitte was 11 years old. He remains responsible and takes on multiple jobs to bring in an income.[9]

Career

RJ Mitte speaking at Texas A&M University–Commerce in April 2015

After receiving several roles as an extra, including in the Disney series Hannah Montana,[10] Mitte became interested in films and decided to take acting lessons. Shortly after, he was offered the role of Walter White Jr., who also has cerebral palsy, in the AMC series Breaking Bad.[1] At the 2013 Media Access Awards, Mitte received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his portrayal of Walter White, Jr. on the series, and also presented the eponymous RJ Mitte Diversity Award to deaf actor Ryan Lane.[11] The Screen Actors Guild named Mitte as the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is the representative of "Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities", which employs artists with disabilities.[12]

In 2011 he starred in the short horror film Stump.[13] That same year, he worked as executive producer of the documentary Vanished: The Tara Calico Story, that deals with the disappearance of Tara Calico.[14] In 2012 Mitte was cast in the thriller film House of Last Things.

In 2013, Mitte appeared in the music video for "Dead Bite" by rapcore band Hollywood Undead. In January 2014, he began a recurring role on the ABC Family drama series Switched at Birth portraying Campbell, a premed student paralyzed from a snowboarding accident who uses a wheelchair.[15] On July 14, 2016, Mitte was announced as part of British Channel 4's coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Mitte is producing and will star in the film Wildflowers, along with his teenage sister, Lacianne Carriere.[citation needed] He is also working as a producer on a documentary called The Kids of Widney High.[citation needed] He hopes to branch out into directing.

Activism

Mitte appeared on the cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Neurology Now (published by the American Academy of Neurology). The issue included a short biography and his views on cerebral palsy, bullying, and his acting career.[16] He is also a celebrity ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. [17]

Model

In Spring 2014, Mitte modelled for a Gap campaign.[18] In June 2015, Mitte walked for Vivienne Westwood on a catwalk.[19]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Stump Short film
2013 House of Last Things Tim
2015 Dixieland CJ
2016 Who's Driving Doug Doug
2017 The Recall Brendan Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hannah Montana School Jock Uncredited
Episode: "Schooly Bully"
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Walter "Flynn" White, Jr. 53 episodes
2013 Vegas Russ Auster Episode: "Paiutes"
2014 Switched at Birth Campbell Bingman 9 episodes
2016 Robot Chicken Walter White, Jr. (voice) Episode: "Food"
2017 The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls Participant
2017 "Chance" Patient at convention Episode: "The Collected Works of William Shakespeare"

Music videos

Year Artist Title Role
2013 Hollywood Undead "Dead Bite" Child
2013 Steel Panther "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World"
2016 Nothing but Thieves "If I Get High"
2016 3 Doors Down "In the Dark"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated[20]
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated[21]
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actor 17-21 Breaking Bad Nominated[22]
2013 Media Access Award SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award Breaking Bad Awarded[11]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won[23]

References

  1. ^ a b c Tina Calabro (March 17, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' actor RJ Mitte finds 'perfect role' prepared him to become an activist". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Gary Strauss (February 20, 2008). "For teen star of 'Breaking Bad,' real-life disability is no obstacle". USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ RJ Mitte — Breaking Bad Is Good Interview, ABILITY Magazine.
  4. ^ "RJ Mitte of 'Breaking Bad' on Living with Cerebral Palsy". YouTube. October 10, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ George Rush (July 6, 2013). "It's not an act - I really do have cerebral palsy". The Daily Mail. 
  6. ^ Natasha Wasinkski (October 10, 2013). "'Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte talks about living with cerebral palsy". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ Calabro, Tina (March 17, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' actor RJ Mitte finds 'perfect role' prepared him to become an activist". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (October 21, 2010). "'Breaking Bad' costar RJ Mitte on ability, disabilities, and filming in Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Interview The Daily Telegraph 24 May 2015
  10. ^ Erin Clements (September 18, 2013). "RJ Mitte, Miley Cyrus Appeared On 'Hannah Montana' Together". The Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ a b "2013 Media Access Awards". Writers Guild of America. November 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Wolfe, Kathi (April 2012). "For Mitte, 'Bad' Rep is Good". Independence Today. 
  13. ^ "Stump (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Vanished: The Tara Calico Story". Indiegogo. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ Philiana Ng (January 2, 2014). "'Switched at Birth': 'Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte Makes His Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Childers, Linda (February 2015). "Breaking Good: After the role of a lifetime, Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte is busting stereotypes about cerebral palsy and speaking out against bullying". Neurology Now. American Academy of Neurology. 11 (1): 22–25. doi:10.1097/01.NNN.0000461241.05321.d5. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Celebrity Ambassadors". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ Gap Spring Campaign 2014
  19. ^ Time. Breaking Bad Walt Jr. Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show
  20. ^ "18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. May 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ "20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. January 18, 2014. 

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