At the age of three, RJ Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, though that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. After moving to Los Angeles, Mitte landed roles in various shows such as SHOWTIME’s “Weeds,” NBC’s “Vegas” and CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” before being cast in his life-changing role on “Breaking Bad.”
Mitte played Walt Jr. for five riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning TV drama “Breaking Bad.” Mitte’s Cerebral Palsy is milder than that of Walt Jr., so he learned how to walk on crutches and slur his speech to create a more dramatic version of his own disability.
After “Breaking Bad,” Mitte continued to pursue his acting career and reemerged on the big screen in his first non-handicapped leading role as the deceptive CJ in “Dixieland,” which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Mitte starred in the 2016 independent film “Who’s Driving Doug,” playing a sheltered college student with muscular dystrophy. Mitte currently co-stars as Campbell on ABC Family’s primetime hit show “Switched at Birth.” Not limiting his work to acting, RJ was thrust into the global spotlight as the celebrity face and model for GAP International’s 2014 “Lived in Spring” campaign.
Mitte has been an inspiration to his peers by championing over his Cerebral Palsy with the hope 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 he is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched in October 2014 to support children with disabilities. Mitte is a member of the SAG-AFTRA union’s Performers with Disabilities Committee, and he was a featured panelist on the topic of diversity at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.