Best known as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. for five riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad,” RJ Mitte has reemerged in the global spotlight once again as the celebrity face and model of GAP International’s 2014 “Lived In Spring” campaign. With his image appearing on mediums such as billboards, buses, and life-size posters in cities across the world including Tokyo, London, Paris, Dubai, and New York City, there’s not an end in sight for this powerful young role model.
During its fifth and final season, the “Breaking Bad” premiere drew approximately 5.9 million viewers, a number that nearly doubled to 10.3 million by the season’s final episode. As Walt Jr., affectionately referred to by fans as “The Breakfast King”, Mitte acted as the Cerebral Palsy-afflicted son of Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler White (Anna Gunn). As Walter continued his descent into drug manufacturing and trade, Walt Jr. finds himself torn between his father’s deceit, his mother’s protectiveness, and his own developing sense of independence. Walter Jr’s Cerebral Palsy on the show was more severe, so RJ was forced to learn how to walk on crutches and slur his speech to create a much dramatic version of his own disability.
At the young age of three, Louisiana native Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, though that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. A chance encounter by a casting director’s discovery of RJ’s sister Laci led the family to LA, where RJ quickly picked up background and smaller roles on SHOWTIME’s “Weeds” and CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” NBC’s “Vegas” until being cast in his life changing role on “Breaking Bad.” In addition, Mitte currently costars on ABC Family’s primetime hit show “Switched at Birth” as Campbell, the love interest of Daphne, a girl whose being switched at birth and subsequently reunited with her biological family becomes a major source of tension in her personal and romantic life. Mitte has also transitioned into film, recently completing the fantasy thriller HOUSE OF LAST THINGS, which will tour the upcoming film festival circuit this fall.
Throughout the years, Mitte has been an inspiration to his peers around the world by championing over his Cerebral Palsy in hopes of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. By bringing awareness to his own issues with bullying and prejudice, Mitte has engaged in public speaking and serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He’s also a board member of SAG, working with their Pacer & I AM PWD (person with disability) organizations that seek equal opportunity for those with chronic ailments beyond normal illness.
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