The actor from ‘Breaking Bad’ shares insights on his unexpected involvement in a genuine murder investigation.

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Bryan Cranston, known for his role in “Breaking Bad,” shared a peculiar anecdote on Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s “Dinner’s On Me” podcast. He recounted a cross-country motorcycle journey with his brother in the mid-1970s that unexpectedly led them to become implicated in a genuine murder case.

During their travels, the Cranston brothers found themselves in Florida, financially strapped and seeking employment. They secured jobs at The Hawaiian Inn, a restaurant where they encountered an unpopular cook named Peter Wong.

Cranston described Wong as disagreeable, particularly towards the male staff, though he had a penchant for the female employees. This led to discussions among the kitchen workers about potential ways to deal with Wong, whom they perceived as unpleasant and difficult.

In retrospect, Cranston reflected on these conversations, recalling humorous yet macabre suggestions on how to handle Wong, including jests about utilizing the meat-grinder or striking him with one of his own pans.


Unbeknownst to the Cranstons, their departure coincided with Peter Wong’s sudden disappearance. Shortly after they bid farewell to their jobs and continued their journey towards Maine, Wong went missing under mysterious circumstances.

Bryan Cranston recounted that Wong’s absence extended for approximately one to two weeks before authorities discovered his lifeless body, which had been concealed in a car trunk following a robbery. However, during the initial stages of the investigation, Cranston and his brother found themselves at the forefront of suspicion.


Cranston recollected the gravity of the situation when his friends informed him of Peter Wong’s murder. The news hit hard, and the seriousness of the situation became apparent. Authorities questioned Cranston and his acquaintances, asking if anyone had ever discussed causing harm to Wong.

In response, Cranston remembered the collective acknowledgment among his peers that such conversations had indeed taken place.

Cranston recounted the serious tone of the questioning from authorities: “‘This is not a joke. This really happened, and the man is dead. Is there anybody who was joking, as you put it, and is not here now?'” Due to their departure timing, Cranston and his brother were the only individuals fitting that description.

“‘When did they leave? … Two weeks ago?’ That’s when we determined, you know, the man was killed. ‘Where can we find them? … Oh, they left town?’” Cranston continued, “Little did we know they put out an APB (all-points bulletin) on us to find us. We were somewhere in the Carolinas, I think at that point. We didn’t know any of this. We were just tooling along. I can just imagine if someone really pulled us over … we were this close.”