RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr.

RJ Mitte

Roy Frank “RJ” Mitte III is an American actor best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White, Jr. on Breaking Bad. Like his character, Mitte has mild cerebral palsy. He was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on August 21, 1992, by emergency caesarian and wasn’t breathing at the time of his birth, which resulted in permanent brain damage. He was adopted a few weeks later by Roy Frank Mitte, Jr. and Dyna Mitte, who later separated.

After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, doctors put his legs in casts for six months in an attempt to straighten his feet. He was subsequently fitted with leg braces and used crutches throughout most of his childhood. However, over time his body became stronger through sports and exercise and, by his early teens, he no longer needed any walking devices.

In 2006, he moved with his family to Los Angeles where his younger sister Lacianne Carriere had received an offer for a role in a film project. After moving to Hollywood, Mitte began training with personal talent manager Addison Witt and sought out acting opportunities where his disability would serve to educate viewers, which led him to audition for the role in Breaking Bad.

At the 2013 Media Access Awards, Mitte received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his portrayal of Walter White, Jr. on the series, and also presented the eponymous RJ Mitte Diversity Award to deaf actor Ryan Lane. The Screen Actors Guild named Mitte as the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is the representative of “Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities”, which employs artists with disabilities

In 2011 he starred in the short horror film Stump. That same year he worked as executive producer of the documentary Vanished: The Tara Calico Story, that deals with the disappearance of Tara Calico. In 2012 Mitte was cast in the thriller film House of Last Things. In 2013 he played Child in the music video “Dead Bite” from rapcore band Hollywood Undead. In January 2014, Mitte began a recurring role on the third season of the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth portraying Campbell, a wheelchair-bound premed student paralyzed from a snowboarding accident, who works at a free clinic with series lead Daphne Vasquez-Kennish (Katie Leclerc).


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