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- American actor and director
Bryan Cranston may have been "the danger" on Breaking Bad, but in real life, he's the guy with the big heart.
The 58-year-old actor, whose character on the AMC series had inoperable lung cancer, helped fulfill the wish of a North Carolina teen with terminal brain cancer. Brad Joyner had three items on his bucket list — swimming with sharks, driving a 1967 Shelby Mustang, and meeting Cranston — and the TV star helped his final dream come true.
Here's Joyner's mother, Aimee Pettigrew, breaking the news to him that he had a Skype date with his "favorite TV star." It's an emotional moment as the 19-year-old burst into tears:
Days later, the men connected on Skype. The conversation lasted 30 minutes, but you can watch a snippet of it here:
In the video, Pettigrew explained to Cranston how Joyner supporters created the #BreakingBrad campaign, which went viral, so he could incorporate what he was going through as far as his treatment with his favorite show. When Joyner's mother tells the actor her son related to Walter White's cancer battle, she joked that she didn't mean the meth-making part. Cranston is heard quipping, "I'll teach you all that."
"Soo Bryan Cranston is FABULOUS!" Pettigrew later posted on Facebook. "He skyped with Brad Joyner for over 30 min!!! The whole family watched as the 50 inch screen showed us Bryan's smiling face."
However, Cranston had an additional surprise for Joyner. He arranged for a sweet treat to be delivered to his house when they were done chatting.
"The end of the skype? Bryan Cranston ordered an Icecream truck to arrive in Brads honor and our whole neighborhood enjoyed Icecream with Brad. #breakingbrad. #GODis bigger than cancer," Pettigrew added.
In March, doctors discovered that Joyner had a malignant brain tumor called a Glioblastoma. While he has undergone chemotherapy and radiation, which shrank the tumor, the median survival for someone with this type of cancer is about 14.6 months, according to American Brain Tumor Association.
Joyner opened up about his illness in a Facebook post on Aug. 30, noting that prayer and his supporters are getting him through.
"I honestly can't believe I have cancer," he wrote. And people ask me how do you do it? How do you live with all the pain? I look and tell them I look past the pain and pray," he said. "The doctors are doing the best they can to control the pain. But like I and tell everyone, all I can do is pray. It is hard at times getting around the house but I have an amazing support group here at my house."
Yes he does. And he has support coming from Hollywood from one Bryan Cranston — and, now, from people all around the globe.