The actor took to Twitter this afternoon (November 19) to recount a time when he came dangerously close to meeting Charles Manson. Cranston said that he and his cousin went horseback riding at the Spahn Ranch in 1968, where the "Manson family" infamously resided.
Cranston acknowledged that he was "within his grasp" just prior to the cult leader's notorious 1969 killing spree, and credits "luck" to keeping him safe from "the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie."
Cranston would have been 12 or 13 at the time of the eerie encounter. Read his full description of the event below.
Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered. I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969. Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 20, 2017
As previously reported, Manson died in prison on Sunday (November 19) of natural causes. He was 83.