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      Dean Norris

      Dean Norris

      Highest Rated: 94% The Last Seduction (1994)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 8, 1963

      Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, USA

      One of the busiest character actors of the late 20th and early 21st century, Dean Norris worked steadily in features and on television, essaying an astonishing number of policemen, detectives, military men and the occasional criminal, all without name recognition or acclaim until his much-lauded turn as a DEA agent on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2013). His flinty exterior made him an ideal screen match for such Hollywood tough guys as Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, though he could be found more often on small screen dramas ranging from "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002; 2016- ) to "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1996-2006). In 2008, he was cast as Hank Schrader, the blustery brother-in-law to Bryan Cranston's teacher/meth kingpin on "Breaking Bad," which became a major critical hit for five years. In addition to increasing his profile, the series also allowed Norris to show a greater range of emotions than in previous projects, which in turn, made him a much-desired character player in higher profile feature projects. Norris' tenacity and professionalism gave living proof that acting careers could still blossom after decades in the business. Born Dean Joseph Norris in South Bend, IN on April 8, 1963, he was one of five children and the only son of Jack Norris, a furniture store owner who moonlighted as a singer in a band, and his wife, Rosie. After graduating from Clay High School, Norris was accepted at Harvard, which made him the first member of his family to attend college. He accepted a job with an investment banking firm while still a student at Harvard. The company's frequent business trips to New York City also allowed him to audition for roles in theater, as well as a chance to train with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which accepted him after graduation from Harvard in 1985. Upon completion of his studies in London, Norris began appearing in supporting roles on television. His burly frame and intense presence made him ideal for hardnosed authority figures like policemen and military officers, which comprised the majority of his early projects, including his feature film debut in "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989). More action-oriented films soon followed, including "Total Recall" (1990) and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), though on occasion, he worked outside of the genre, most notably in a recurring turn as a priest on "NYPD Blue." In 1995, he made an appearance on "The X-Files," which marked his first collaboration with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan. Norris worked steadily throughout the 1990s and 2000s, moving from independent and low-budget projects like "Without Limits" (1998), which cast him as Olympian-turned-coach Bill Dellinger, who was instrumental in training distance running legend Steve Prefontaine, to major films and television series like "Gattaca" (1997), "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "24." His first stint as a series regular came in 2003 with the Sci Fi Channel series "Tremors," a spin-off of the popular science fiction comedy-thriller franchise. Television soon became his primary showcase, including appearances on "The West Wing," "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-09) and "Bones" (Fox, 2005-17). However, his profile increased considerably after he was cast as Hank Schrader, DEA agent and brother-in-law to terminally ill teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White (Bryan Cranston) on "Breaking Bad." Initially portrayed as a blowhard, Hank developed into a more sympathetic character over the course of the series' five seasons, especially after being shot and paralyzed after unknowingly taking a drug cartel bullet for Walter. Audiences soon came to see him as a fiercely loyal family man who hid his own fear of coming across as weak, most notably in a lengthy second season story arc when he suffered traumatic stress after a nearly fatal explosion while on border patrol. For his work on "Breaking Bad," Norris received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Saturn Awards, as well as a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama. The critical acclaim that surrounded "Breaking Bad" led to additional work for Norris outside of the series, including recurring roles on "Medium" (NBC/CBS, 2005-2011) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15), as well as guest appearances on "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14), among countless other series. In 2012, he returned to features opposite Mel Gibson in "Get the Gringo" (2012) before adding a slew of supporting roles in features to his already busy slate, including "The Frozen Ground" (2013) with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. After the conclusion of "Breaking Bad," Norris co-starred in the Stephen King drama "Under the Dome" (CBS 2013-15) and the nail salon-set comedy-drama "Claws" (TNT 2017- ), and began a recurring role as a military intelligence officer in "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS 2007- ). During the same period, he also appeared in films including Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" (2013), crime comedy "Small Time" (2014), Jason Reitman's comedy-drama "Men, Women and Children" (2014), and Atom Egoyan's "Remember" (2015). Norris also appeared in the broad comedy "Fist Fight" (2017), Colin Trevorrow's critical misfire "The Book of Henry" (2017), espionage drama "Beirut" (2018) and the Bruce Willis remake of "Death Wish" (2018).

      Highest rated movies

      The Last Seduction poster
      The Last Seduction
      Beirut poster Beirut Lethal Weapon 2 poster
      Lethal Weapon 2
      Get the Gringo poster
      Get the Gringo
      Without Limits poster
      Without Limits
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark poster Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Starship Troopers poster Starship Troopers Remember poster




      77% 72% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Roy Nicholls (Character) $68.7M 2019
      13% 42% The Hustle Howard Bacon (Character) $35.4M 2019
      82% 57% Beirut Donald Gaines (Character) $5.0M 2018
      18% 71% Death Wish Detective Kevin Raines (Character) $34.0M 2018
      22% 63% The Book of Henry Glenn Sickleman (Character) $4.2M 2017
      25% 40% Fist Fight Principal Tyler (Character) $32.2M 2017
      69% 79% Remember John Kurlander (Character) $1.2M 2015
      39% 41% Secret in Their Eyes Bumpy Willis (Character) $20.2M 2015
      33% 44% Men, Women & Children Kent Mooney (Character) $668.0K 2014
      56% 41% Small Time Ash Martini (Character) - 2014
      60% 50% The Frozen Ground Sgt. Lyle Haugsven (Character) - 2013
      81% 68% Get the Gringo Bill (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 28% Linewatch Warren (Character) - 2008
      0% 67% 3 Strikes Officer Roberts (Character) $9.8M 2000
      40% 19% Lansky Naval Captain (Character) - 1999
      79% 91% Without Limits Bill Dellinger (Character) $777.4K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Line Manny Denikolas (Character) - 1998
      70% 70% Starship Troopers Commanding Officer (Character) $54.7M 1997
      No Score Yet 17% It Came From Outer Space II Dave Grant (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Benefit Rod Montgomery (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forgotten Sins Detective Carl Messenger (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 33% Number One Fan Graham Chandler (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Levasseur (Character) - 1995
      94% 76% The Last Seduction Shep (Character) $1.8M 1994
      No Score Yet 15% Jailbait Hershiser (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Nothing Personal Unknown (Character) - 1993
      37% 31% The Lawnmower Man The Director (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part Matt Hobert (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murderous Vision Lt. Martin (Character) - 1991
      82% 77% Lethal Weapon 2 Tim Cavanaugh (Character) $144.9M 1989


      31% 65% United States of Al Art (Character) 2021-2022
      90% 74% Claws Uncle Daddy (Character) 2017-2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013-2014 2021
      93% 80% Superstore Howard (Guest Star) 2020
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012 2014-2015 2018
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Colonel Richard Williams (Guest Star) 2016-2017
      93% 72% Scandal Fenton Glackland (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 21% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
      35% 74% Girlboss Jay (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet 93% Sofia the First Mazzimo (Guest Voice) 2015-2016
      68% 45% Under the Dome James "Big Jim" Rennie (Character) 2013-2015
      58% 72% Sons of Liberty Benjamin Franklin (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Head of Security (Guest Voice) 2014
      96% 97% Breaking Bad Hank Schrader (Character) 2008-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      100% 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 31% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013
      21% 47% Whitney Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      76% 59% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bob Durham, Juror (Guest Star) 2004 2011
      74% 73% The Defenders Donnie Barrett (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      38% 100% Dark Blue Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Dawkins (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      24% No Score Yet The Cleaner Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      85% 91% Lost Howard Gray (Guest Star) 2009
      85% 86% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      90% 82% Bones Don Timmons (Guest Star) 2008
      76% 74% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      84% 80% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      63% No Score Yet Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      75% 82% Nip/Tuck Mark Noble (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 93% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      75% 95% The West Wing Steve Hodder (Guest Star) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      86% 94% Boston Legal Byron Kaneb (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 84% NCIS Gunnery Sgt. Vestman (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 83% Tremors: The Series Unknown (Character) 2003
      87% 87% 24 General Bowden (Guest Star) 2003
      64% No Score Yet Philly Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      81% 96% Six Feet Under Detective Shea (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pensacola: Wings of Gold Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 90% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 84% ER Clark (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet V.I.P. Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      74% 85% The X-Files Marshal Tapia (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas Justice Unknown (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet 99% Married ... With Children Rodent (Guest Star) 1994
      83% 83% NYPD Blue Father Jerry Downey (Guest Star) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Biggs (Guest Star) 1989
      57% 50% The Whole Truth Unknown (Guest Star)