Walt Jr. (Breaking Bad)
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RJ Mitte co-starred on the Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winning AMC drama, Breaking Bad, as the son of the cancer-stricken high school science teacher turned drug manufacturer played by Bryan Cranston. Just as his character on the show, Walter White Jr., has cerebral palsy so does Mitte, although Mitte’s is a milder form of the disability. RJ starred as Tim in the fantasy thriller feature film House of Last Things, which screened at the Paris Film Festival. RJ appears alongside Gary Sinise, Ben Affleck and others in the documentary film “CinemAbility” about the evolution of disability in entertainment. He had a guest-starring role on Vegas for CBS and now recurs in ABC Family’s respected drama Switched at Birth.
Mitte is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. He is the Youth Spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities. He is a spokesperson for “I AM PWD,” a tri-
union campaign (SAG, AFTRA & Actors’ Equity) which advocates for actors with disabilities, and for “Beyond Diversity — the future is now.” As a guest speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country, Mitte openly talks about the ways he has overcome obstacles and how he has achieved his goals. In 2011 RJ became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy, an organization, which educates, advocates and provides support limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.
One hot-button issue that RJ has become vocal about is the prevention of bullying and he spoke to Dr Drew in studio about his personal experiences. RJ has been a featured guest speaker at an anti-bullying town hall discussion at the NAPT Annual Conference for school transportation professionals. He works with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a national campaign designed to engage and educate those who see bullying – leveraging peer-to-peer support.
Mitte spent much of his childhood in both Austin, TX and Lafayette, LA where he learned to deal with and overcome many of the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy. He credits the strength, joy and never give up attitude of his mom, Dyna who guided him.
In 2005, Mitte accompanied his younger sister on a trip to Los Angeles and was encouraged by a talent agent to try acting. Early in his career, Mitte worked as a background actor on the TV series Hannah Montana and Everybody Hates Chris. Mitte’s big break came when he was given the opportunity to audition for Breaking Bad.
As a child, RJ learned the value of giving back, spending time working with his grandfather’s philanthropic organization, and partnering with Habitat groups to build houses around the world for communities devastated by natural disasters and poverty. These experiences helped set the backdrop for his future advocacy work in Hollywood.
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