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Those determined individuals who confidently overcome life’s challenges to become the inspiring role models they were meant to be.

RJ MITTE

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.

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). 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 and film. 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 costars on ABC Family’s primetime hit show “Switched at Birth.”

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.

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