RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad
January 20th, 2016
Doors: 6:30 pm - Show: 7 pm
Location: Blackman Auditorium
FREE, NU +1
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RJ Mitte played Walt, Jr. the son of the cancer-stricken science teacher-turned-drug manufacturer Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form of the disability. In 2014, Mitte began a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama, Switched at Birth, as Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works at the free clinic.
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. In 2005, he arrived in Hollywood, where his acting career began with background roles on such TV series as Hannah Montana and Everybody Hates Chris. His big break came in 2008 withBreaking Bad, which he viewed as the "perfect role" to enlighten a broader audience about people with disabilities.
Beyond his acting, 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 also a spokesperson for "I AM PWD," the tri-union campaign (SAG, AFTRA & Actors' Equity) that advocates for actors with disabilities. In 2011, Mitte became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy.
Currently, he is working with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support.
An engaging, inspirational speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country, Mitte openly talks about the ways he has overcome obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has achieved his high-set goals.
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