Dean Norris

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Dean Norris
Dean Norris by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Norris in 2013
Born(1963-04-08) April 8, 1963 (age 51)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Years active1985–present
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Dean Norris
Dean Norris by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Norris in 2013
Born(1963-04-08) April 8, 1963 (age 51)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Years active1985–present

Dean Joseph Norris (born April 8, 1963) is an American actor, best known for portraying DEA agent Hank Schrader on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013) and town councilman James "Big Jim" Rennie on the CBS series Under the Dome (2013–present).[1] He has appeared in films such as Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Total Recall (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Starship Troopers (1997), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Evan Almighty (2007).

Early life[edit]

Norris was born in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Rosemarie "Rosie" (Lacay) and Jack B. Norris, a furniture store owner.[2] His maternal grandparents were Hungarian.[3] He graduated from Clay High School in 1981, where he says he was a straight-A student.[4][5] He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in social studies.[6][7] He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for one year.[7][8]


Norris starred in Tremors: The Series and the film Without Limits. He has had guest spots in other television series including NYPD Blue, The X-Files, The West Wing, and Lost, and has appeared in films including Gattaca and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Norris is best known for his role as DEA agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad, which he played from the show's premiere in 2008 to its final season in 2013. He is currently starring in the CBS series Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. He plays selectman James "Big Jim" Rennie, the only town council member in the area which is cut off from the rest of the United States; Rennie initially seems to do the right thing in getting the town accustomed to the separation, but he soon starts to abuse his power.

Personal life[edit]

Norris has two sisters. He lives with his wife Bridget and their five children in Temecula, California.[8]



1985Blind AlleysPeter Brockway
1988Leap of FaithRichard
1988Police Story: Gladiator SchoolRalph Thomas
1989Police Academy 6: City Under SiegeCop
1989Disorganized CrimeDeputy Joe
1989Lethal Weapon 2Tim Cavanaugh
1990When You Remember MeBill
1990Hard to KillDet. Sgt. Goodhart
1990Total RecallTony
1990Gremlins 2: The New BatchSWAT Team Leader
1990Desperate HoursMaddox
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DaySWAT Team Leader
1991Murderous VisionLt. Martin
1991Locked Up: A Mother's RageMike
1992Till Death Us Do PartMatt Hobert
1992The Lawnmower ManThe Director
1993The FirmSquat Man
1993Barbarians at the GateScientist
1993Full EclipseFleming
1994Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeRed Arrow
1994PlaymakerDet. Marconi
1994The Last SeductionShep
1995Money TrainGuard
1995In the Line of Duty: Hunt for JusticeLevasseur
1996Innocent VictimsFrank Sarezin
1996It Came from Outer Space IIDave Grant
1996Seduced by MadnessDet. Pike
1996Forgotten SinsDet. Carl Messenger
1996Death BenefitRod Montgomery
1996After JimmyRay Johnson
1997GattacaBeat Cop
1997Starship TroopersCommanding Officer
1998On the LineManny Denikolas
1998The NegotiatorScott
1998Without LimitsDellinger
1999Sonic ImpactAgent McGee
20003 StrikesOfficer Robert
2000The CellCole
200450 First DatesSgt. Siegel
2005American GunTerrence
2005Mrs. HarrisSporting Goods Clerk
2006Little Miss SunshineState Trooper McCleary
2007Evan AlmightyOfficer Collins
2007The Heartbreak KidJodi's Father
2008LinewatchWarren Kane
2010How Do You KnowTom
2011PromFrank Prescott
2012Get the GringoBill
2013The Frozen GroundSgt. Lyle Haugsven
2013The CounselorThe Buyer
2014Small TimeAsh Martini
2014Men, Women & ChildrenKent Mooney


1987The EqualizerMartinEpisode: "Christmas Presence"
1989Beauty and the BeastBiggsEpisode: "A Kingdom by the Sea"
1992HomefrontSecond CoworkerEpisode: "Take My Hand"
1993–1994NYPD BlueFather Jerry Downey3 episodes
1994Married... with ChildrenRodentEpisode: "Dud Bowl"
1995The X FilesMarshal TapiaEpisode: "F. Emasculata"
1995Fallen AngelsAllenEpisode: "Tomorrow I Die"
1995The MarshalTyler DumasEpisode: "Kissing Cousins"
1995–1996Murder OneRusty Arnold3 episodes
1996Dark SkiesClayton LewisEpisode: "We Shall Overcome"
1997The PretenderTommy LarsonEpisode: "Prison Story
1997Nash BridgesWilliam RobardEpisode: "Deliverance"
1998V.I.P.Jackson LasarrEpisode: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"
1998ERClarkEpisode: "They Treat Horses, Don't They?"
1998Walker, Texas RangerDeke PowellEpisode: "War Cry"
1999MillenniumDel BoxerEpisode: "Seven and One"
1999Pensacola: Wings of GoldSpider / Colonel Laweson3 episodes
1999The PracticeDetectiveEpisode: "Free Dental"
1999CharmedDr. StoneEpisode: "They're Everywhere"
1999Nash BridgesFrank MaddiganEpisode: "Smash and Grab"
2000The PretenderSheriff WhalenEpisode: "Corn Man"
2001Boston PublicMatthew GordonEpisode: "Chapter Sixteen"
2001Six Feet UnderDet. SheaEpisode: "Familia"
2001The DistrictCharles N. BurkeEpisode: "Bulldog's Ghost"
2002PhillyDet. DuffEpisode: "Mojo Rising"
2002–2004American DreamsFrank Moran2 episodes
200324General Bowen2 episodes
2003TremorsWD Twitchell10 episodes
2003DragnetLeon TateEpisode: "Slice of Life"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBob Durham, Jr.2 episodes
2004NCISGunnery Sergeant VestmanEpisode: "My Other Left Foot"
2004Crossing JordanLiam MooreEpisode: "Dead in the Water"
2004Medical InvestigationDavid WeinerEpisode: "Team"
2004Boston LegalByron KanebEpisode: "Catch and Release"
2004LAXDannyEpisode: "Secret Santa"
2005Without a TraceOfficer Tim OrleyEpisode: "Penitence"
2005MediumDet. Rickey2 episodes
2005Over ThereMr. ParkerEpisode: "Situation Normal"
2005The West WingSteve Hodder2 episodes
2005Las VegasRay BrennanEpisode: "Everything Old Is You Again"
2006Cold CaseWayne NelsonEpisode: "Death Penalty: Final Appeal"
2006WindfallDamien's Father4 episodes
2006Just LegalJudgeEpisode: "The Code"
2006Nip/TuckMark NobleEpisode: "Shari Noble"
2006JusticeJack ClarkEpisode: "Crucified"
2007Grey's AnatomyVince2 episodes
2007The UnitSupervisor Marsh2 episodes
2008Saving GraceRoss FordEpisode: "Have a Seat, Earl"
2008Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesNelson2 episodes
2008BonesDon TimmonsEpisode: "The Finger in the Nest"
2008–2013Breaking BadHank Schrader51 episodes
2009LostHoward GreyEpisode: "Some Like It Hoth"
2009True BloodLeonEpisode: "Shake and Fingerpot"
2009The CleanerMr. FisherEpisode: "Path of Least Resistance"
2010Criminal MindsDet. John BartonEpisode: "...A Thousand Words"
2010The GladesMichael NelsonEpisode: "Doppleganger"
2010Lie to MeDawkinsEpisode: "Darkness and Light"
2010Dark BlueCahillEpisode: "Jane Wayne"
2010ChaseSheriff KeaganEpisode: "The Posse"
2010The Good GuysPikeEpisode: "Cop Killer"
2010The Whole TruthMike TaylorEpisode: "Cold Case"
2010MediumPaul Scanlon2 episodes
2011Fairly LegalCoach GardnerEpisode: "Benched"
2011The DefendersDonnie BarrettEpisode: "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy"
2011Off the MapMorris CooperEpisode: "It's a Leaf"
2011Law & Order: LABob KentnerEpisode: "Westwood"
2011CSI: NYLt. Mitchell AdlerEpisode: "Officer Involved"
2011CastleCapt. PetersonEpisode: "Cops & Robbers"
2011The MentalistSgt. Don HendersonEpisode: "Pink Tops"
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPhil Baker2 episodes
2012Body of ProofSpecial Agent Brendan Johnson2 episodes
2012EagleheartDekeEpisode: "Blues"
2012Key & PeeleMexican Drug Cartel LeaderEpisode: "Manly Tears"
2013WhitneyWayne MillerEpisode: "Nesting"
2013–presentUnder the DomeJames "Big Jim" Rennie17 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

2011Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBreaking BadNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadWon
2014Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionUnder the DomeNominated


  1. ^ Associated Press (2014-03-31). "Celeb birthdays for the week of April 6-12". Washington Times. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  4. ^ Harrell, Jeff (August 11, 2013). "As ‘Breaking Bad’ ends, Norris moves to ‘Dome’". South Bend Tribune. "the 50-year-old" 
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  6. ^ Jaffer, Murtz (July 25, 2011). "Talking to Dean Norris". Toro. 
  7. ^ a b Gajewski, Josh (June 9, 2010). "'Breaking Bad': On the phone with Dean Norris". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Strauss, Gary (April 30, 2010). "'Bad' star Dean Norris is forever playing the cop -- and gladly". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2012. "Now 47" 

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