Cranston wrote that as soon as he heard Manson was dead he "shuddered" because it reminded him of how close he got to the "man with crazy eyes whom the hippies called Charlie."
He continued, "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...[SIC]"
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
Although this may have been the first time that some of Cranston's followers are hearing this story, it wasn't the only time he has shared it.
The award-winning actor previously talked about his chilling encounter during an interview in 2016.
"I didn’t actually meet Charles Manson, but I was as close as I am to you," Cranston told the interviewer sitting next to him. The actor was just 12-years-old when he and his cousin visited Spahn Ranch, where Manson was arrested after the murders.
"We were renting the horses and this young guy, bearded guy, came in screaming, ‘Charlie’s on the hill!’ And about a dozen people galloped away," he recalled. "On the horse was this little bearded guy with with big, dark eyes and wild hair. It was crazy. I couldn’t take my eyes off him."
You can watch Cranston tell the story in the video below: