‘Breaking Bad’ Star Reveals How He Became A Suspect In A Real Murder

‘Breaking Bad’ Star Reveals How He Became A Suspect In A Real Murder

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston revealed how a cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother in the mid-1970s led to the pair becoming suspects in a very real murder case.

Cranston spilled the details during a recent appearance on Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s “Dinner’s On Me” podcast, saying that it had all started when they ran out of money somewhere in Florida and needed to make some extra cash.

Cranston explained that they had found work at a restaurant called The Hawaiian Inn, but had found themselves working for a cook that no one liked — a man named Peter Wong.

“There was just no way on earth you were ever going to get on his good side. But he liked the ladies. And so, all the men knew, oh, if we had any problem in the kitchen, we had to send them in,” Cranston said, adding that staffers would on occasion fantasize about how they might rid themselves of the “awful” Wong.

“We’d all discuss how rotten and mean Peter Wong is, and we’d all discuss, if one were to do away with Peter Wong … how would one do it?” Cranston recalled. Among the suggestions he remembered were something involving the meat-grinder and a plot to crack him over the head with one of his own pans.

But the Cranstons had never planned to stay long, and eventually took off on their motorcycles — generally headed toward Maine. And as luck would have it, that was about the same time that Wong mysteriously disappeared.

“Little did we know that right at the time we said goodbye and left the job, Peter Wong went missing,” Cranston said. “He was not found for a week, week and a half, two weeks.”

Wong was found dead, stuffed in the trunk of a car after being robbed, investigators eventually determined — but before they figured things out, Cranston and his brother topped their suspect list.

“My friends were saying, ‘Homicide, what’s going on?’ They’re saying, uh, ‘Peter Wong was found murdered.’ And everything just drops because this is serious stuff,” Cranston recalled. “And then they said, ‘Is there anyone ever that you can remember talking about hurting or maiming or doing any harm to Peter Wong?’ And everyone’s like, ‘Um, yes.’”


“‘Well, this is not a joke This really happened and the man’s dead. Is there anybody who was joking as you put it, and is not here now?’” Cranston said that because of the timing of their departure, he and his brother were the only two who fit that description.”‘When did they leave? … Two weeks ago? That’s when we determined that you know, the man was killed. Where can we find them? … Oh, they left town?’””Little did we know they put out an APB (all-points bulletin) on us and to find us. We were somewhere in the Carolinas, I think at that point. We didn’t know any of this,” Cranston added. “We were just tooling along. I can just imagine if someone really pulled us over … we were this close.”


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