Bryan Cranston will be dealing up a charitable hand for the Entertainment Community Fund.
The Breaking Bad star has been confirmed to host Lights! Camera! Ante Up!, a celebrity poker tournament at Candela La Brea in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. He’ll be joined at the poker tournament by stars including Jason Alexander, Adam Carolla, Tony Denison, Hunter Doohan, Andy Garcia, Jon Hamm, Amy Landecker, Peter MacKenzie, Camryn Manheim, Steve Mason, Kevin Nealon, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Pollak, Krysten Ritter, Bradley Whitford and more.
The event will raise support for the Entertainment Community Fund with proceeds being divvied up among film and TV workers affected by the ongoing work stoppage caused by Hollywood’s strikes.
“What you see on screen goes beyond the faces in the frame. Hollywood could not produce one TV show or movie without the artisans behind the scenes. This poker tournament is about supporting the incredible people my friends and I are so lucky to work with every day, just as the Entertainment Community Fund has been doing, for more than 140 years,” offered Cranston, who has made repeated appearances on the picket lines amid the SAG-AFTRA strike. “Now, in this time of need, we band together and do what we can to support one another.”
Added Annette Bening, chair of the board for the Entertainment Community Fund: “Together, we’re dealing a winning hand to those who have illuminated our screens and stages for centuries. With every ante, we ensure that the Entertainment Community Fund remains a beacon of hope, supporting our industry’s dedicated professionals through even the most challenging of times. Let’s raise the stakes, and the spirits, for a brighter future in entertainment.”
As of October 19, ECF has distributed more than $9.9 million to more than 4,600 film and television workers.