Roy Frank Mitte, who goes by RJ is an actor, producer, and model with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.
RJ was born in Jackson, Mississippi and when he was born he was not breathing, which resulted in permanent brain damage. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. He was diagnosed based off of symptoms and multiple CT and MRI scans
RJ was fitted with leg braces and used crutches throughout most of his childhood; however, over time, his body became stronger through sports and exercise and he no longer needed any walking devices by the time he was a teenager. Now RJ works with different therapies to keep him functional.
He was adopted a few weeks after his birth by Roy Frank Mitte Jr. and Dyna MitteRJ but was raised by his mother after his parents separated
After receiving several roles as an extra he became interested in films and decided to take acting lessons. Shortly after, he was offered the role of Walter White Jr., who also has cerebral palsy, in Breaking Bad. At the 2013 Media Access Awards he received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his acting as Walter White, Jr. on the series. RJ has been a spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is the representative of "Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities"
RJ will star in the film Wildflowers. His sister, 9-year-old Lacianne Carriere, will also be in the film. He is one of the producers on the project. He is also working as a producer on a documentary called The Kids of Widney High. He hopes to branch out into directing. He has also worked in music videos. On July 14th, 2016, Mitte was announced to be a part of British Channel 4's coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Rj is living an amazing life and has a great long term prognosis of a full life!