'Breaking Bad' Co-Star RJ Mitte to Speak at Bucknell March 24
March 11, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik
RJ Mitte will give a talk Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee.
Mitte, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy like his character Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad," is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity.
He is the Youth Spokesperson for the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities. He also is a spokesperson for "I AM PWD," the campaign that advocates for actors with disabilities and for "Beyond Diversity: The future is now."
In 2011, Mitte became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. In 2010, he began speaking out against bullying via YouTube and in interviews. He continues to speak against bullying as a guest speaker at the NAPT Annual Conference for school transportation professionals, and has begun working with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention.
Early in his career, Mitte worked as a background actor on "Hannah Montana" and "Everybody Hates Chris." He will begin a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama "Switch at Birth," playing a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works at the free clinic.
Mitte played Tim in the fantasy thriller feature film "House of Last Things", which screened at the first ever Paris Film Festival. He served as Juror as well as Celebrity Youth Ambassador for the inaugural Burbank International Film Festival and introduced the documentary, "CinemAbility," at the opening night gala last September.
Mitte spent much of his childhood in both Austin, Texas, and Lafayette, La., where he learned to deal with and overcome many of the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy.
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