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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 22, 2015

‘Breaking Bad’ actor to share inspirational story at Northwest

By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant

RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte, an Emmy-winning actor on the television show “Breaking Bad” and equality and diversity activist, will visit Northwest Missouri State University to share the inspirational message of his transformation from a victim of bullying to becoming a Hollywood star.

The lecture is part of the Student Activities Council’s SAC Speaks lecture series. Mitte will appear at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mitte played the son of Walter White Jr. in the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” and suffers from cerebral palsy in real life like his character in the show. His acting career began with small roles in “Hannah Montana” and “Everybody Hates Chris” after he landed in Hollywood in 2005. His career took off, though, when he gained the “Breaking Bad” role. Mitte was cast to enlighten a broader audience about people with disabilities. In 2014, he also began a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama, “Switched at Birth.”

Aside from his acting career, Mitte is involved in several organizations that positively impact lives all over the world. He is a youth spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour and “I AM PWD,” a tri-union campaign for actors with disabilities. He is also a spokesperson for “Beyond Diversity: The Future is Now” and works with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a national campaign designed to engage and educate people who witness bullying.

As an inspiration to individuals throughout the country, Mitte discusses the complications he has faced from his personal experiences such as being bullied, overcoming obstacles and achieving his goals.

“Not only am I a fan of ‘Breaking Bad,’ but I feel that everyone can benefit from hearing his story,” said Anna Carter, SAC’s lecture chair. “Mitte raises awareness of equality and diversity, the prevention of bullying and works to improve the financial situations for those with disabilities.”

For more information, contact the Student Activities Council at 660.562.1226 or sac@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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