|Born||in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA|
|Birth Name||Roy Frank Mitte III|
Mini Bio (2)
In 2006 R.J. Mitte moved to Hollywood, California, with his family to support the foray of his sister, actress Lacianne Carriere, into print and commercial work. For fun, Mitte began training with Los Angeles talent manager Addison K. Witt in Sherman Oaks, Cal. And though many of the actors in the studio were working actors, Mitte was using acting as a means to build friendship with kids his own age while living in a new city. At the encouragement of Witt and talent agent Debra Manners of the Daniel Hoff Agency, Mitte began auditioning for commercials and TV shows like Grey's Anatomy (2005). Mitte tried his hand at background roles and became a regular student on the popular Disney show Hannah Montana (2006), later being romantically linked to the show's iconic star, Miley Cyrus.
Mitte was cast as Walt White Jr., a series regular, and character with cerebral palsy on AMC Network's Breaking Bad (2008). And though Mitte has a mild case of the same condition, he had to do what all actors do: research the character and even relearn many of the challenges he had endured as a child in order to convey a more pronounced version of CP. The Daily Advertiser, a Lafayette, La., newspaper learned of Mitte's work in Hollywood and featured him in an article, noting that R.J. was homegrown, and off to a great start in Hollywood.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: WEMedia
Best known as Walter "Flynn" White Jr for five riveting seasons of AMC's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning dramatic thriller "Breaking Bad," Mitte, reemerged this year on the big screen in "Dixieland," which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, portraying the deceptive CJ, in his first non-handicapped leading role. Up next he will be starring in the upcoming independent film "Triumph" currently shooting in Nashville, TN. Playing a determined high school senior with ambitions of making the wrestling team despite suffering from cerebral palsy.
Following his "Breaking Bad" success RJ was thrust into the global spotlight 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-sized posters in cities across the world from Tokyo to Dubai and across the US, he has cemented himself as a face to know in the fashion world. In 2015 he was found walking in Men's Fashion Week in Milan, Berlin and New York City for Vivienne Westwood, soPopular, Julian Zigerli and Ovadia & Sons. After RJ's appearance in the Vivienne Westwood show with a black and white breast place for Milan fashion week, the entire fashion and entertainment industry went mad for RJ. He was called by Dazed and Confused Magazine, "an overnight Fashion sensation."
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.,also referred to by fans as "The Breakfast King," Mitte acted as the Cerebral Palsy-afflicted son of Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler (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 embellished, meaning RJ had to learn how to walk on crutches and slur his speech to create a more 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, film & fashion. After moving to Los Angeles due to his sister's chance encounter with a casting director, Mitte landed roles in various shows such as Showtime's "Weeds," NBC's "Vegas," and CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" until being cast in his life-changing role on "Breaking Bad." In addition, Mitte currently guest stars on ABC Family's prime time 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.
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. In order to bring 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 and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched in October 2014 in support of children with disabilities, much like himself and was a featured panelist at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival discussing diversity. He's also involved with SAG-AFTRA as a member of the union's Performers with Disabilities Committee.