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Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Dean Joseph Norris (born April 8, 1963) is an American actor. He played Drug Enforcement Administration agent Hank Schrader on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013). He also portrayed town councilman James "Big Jim" Rennie on the CBS series Under the Dome (2013–2015)[1] and currently plays mob boss Clay "Uncle Daddy" Husser on the TNT series Claws.

Norris has appeared in films such as Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Hard To Kill (1990), Total Recall (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Starship Troopers (1997), The Cell (2000), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Evan Almighty (2007), Sons of Liberty (2015), and The Book of Henry (2017).

Dean Norris
Dean Norris by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Norris in March 2013
Born(1963-04-08)April 8, 1963
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
ResidenceTemecula, California, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Bridget Norris

Early life

Dean Joseph Norris was born in South Bend, Indiana, on April 8, 1963,[2][3] the son of Rosemarie (née Lacay; 1934–2012) and furniture store owner Jack B. Norris (1930–2008).[4] His mother was born in South Bend to Hungarian immigrants,[5] while his father was born in Chicago, where he lived for a year before moving to South Bend. Norris has two sisters, Connie and Nikie. He graduated from Clay High School in 1981, where he says he was a straight-A student and one of the class valedictorians.[6][7] While in high school, he was a member of the award-winning student-produced comedy show Beyond Our Control, which ran on WNDU-TV.[8][9] He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in social studies.[10][11] He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for one year.[11][12]


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. He played Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad, which he played from the show's premiere in 2008 to its final season in 2013. Norris' performance on Breaking Bad has received critical acclaim.

Norris also starred 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. As of June 2017, he plays mob boss Clay "Uncle Daddy" Husser in the TNT series Claws.

Personal life

Norris and his wife, Bridget, live with their five children in Temecula, California.[12] In 2018, the couple opened the Norris Performing Arts Center in Murrieta.[13]



1985Blind AlleysPeter Brockway
1989Police Academy 6: City Under SiegeCop
Disorganized CrimeDeputy Joe
Lethal Weapon 2Det. Tim Cavanaugh
When You Remember MeBill
Hard to KillDet. Sgt. Goodhart
Total RecallTony
Gremlins 2: The New BatchSWAT Team Leader
Desperate HoursMaddox
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DaySWAT Team Leader
1992The Lawnmower ManThe Director
1993The FirmSquat Man
Full EclipseFleming
Barbarians at the Gate1st Scientist
1994PlaymakerDet. Marconi
The Last SeductionShep
Money TrainGuard
1997GattacaBeat Cop
Starship TroopersCommanding Officer
1998The NegotiatorScott
Without LimitsDellinger
1999Sonic ImpactAgent McGee
20003 StrikesOfficer Robert
The CellCole
2001The OneSgt. Siegel
2005American GunTerrence
2006Little Miss SunshineState Trooper McCleary
2007Evan AlmightyOfficer Collins
The Heartbreak KidJodi's Father
2008LinewatchWarren Kane
2010How Do You KnowTom
2011PromFrank Prescott
2012Get the GringoBill
2013The Frozen GroundSgt. Lyle Haugsven
The CounselorThe Buyer
2014Small TimeAsh Martini
Men, Women & ChildrenKent Mooney
2015RememberJohn Kurlander
Secret in Their EyesBumpy
2017Fist FightPrincipal Richard Tyler
The Book of HenryCommissioner Glenn Sickleman
2018BeirutDonald Gaines
Death WishDet. Kevin Raines
2019The HustleHoward Bacon
Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkRoy Nicholls
TBAEl Tonto


1981Beyond Our ControlCompany Member13 episodes
1987The EqualizerMartinEpisode: "Christmas Presence"
1988Leap of FaithRichardTelevision film
Police Story: Gladiator SchoolRalph Thomas
1989Beauty and the BeastBiggsEpisode: "A Kingdom by the Sea"
1990MontanaForemanTelevision film
1991Murderous VisionLt. Martin
Locked Up: A Mother's RageMike
1992Till Death Us Do PartMatt Hobert
HomefrontSecond CoworkerEpisode: "Take My Hand"
1993Barbarians at the GateScientistTelevision film
1993–1994NYPD BlueFather Jerry Downey3 episodes
1994Married... with ChildrenRodentEpisode: "Dud Bowl"
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeRed ArrowTelevision film
1995The X-FilesMarshal TapiaEpisode: "F. Emasculata"
Fallen AngelsAllenEpisode: "Tomorrow I Die"
The MarshalTyler DumasEpisode: "Kissing Cousins"
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for JusticeLevasseurTelevision film
Texas JusticeLuke WheelerTelevision film
1995–1996Murder OneRusty Arnold3 episodes
1996Dark SkiesClayton LewisEpisode: "We Shall Overcome"
Innocent VictimsFrank SarezinTelevision film
It Came from Outer Space IIDave Grant
Seduced by MadnessDet. Pike
Forgotten SinsDet. Carl Messenger
Death BenefitRod Montgomery
After JimmyRay Johnson
On the LineManny Denikolas
The PretenderTommy LarsonEpisode: "Prison Story
Nash BridgesWilliam RobardEpisode: "Deliverance"
1998V.I.P.Jackson LasarrEpisode: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"
ERClarkEpisode: "They Treat Horses, Don't They?"
Walker, Texas RangerDeke PowellEpisode: "War Cry"
1999MillenniumDel BoxerEpisode: "Seven and One"
Pensacola: Wings of GoldSpider / Colonel Laweson3 episodes
The PracticeDetectiveEpisode: "Free Dental"
CharmedDr. StoneEpisode: "They're Everywhere"
Nash BridgesFrank MaddiganEpisode: "Smash and Grab"
2000The PretenderSheriff WhalenEpisode: "Corn Man"
2001Boston PublicMatthew GordonEpisode: "Chapter Sixteen"
Six Feet UnderDet. SheaEpisode: "Familia"
The DistrictCharles N. BurkeEpisode: "Bulldog's Ghost"
2002PhillyDet. DuffEpisode: "Mojo Rising"
2002–2004American DreamsFrank Moran2 episodes
200324General Bowden2 episodes
TremorsWD Twitchell10 episodes
DragnetLeon TateEpisode: "Slice of Life"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBob Durham, Jr.2 episodes
NCISGunnery Sergeant VestmanEpisode: "My Other Left Foot"
Crossing JordanLiam MooreEpisode: "Dead in the Water"
Medical InvestigationDavid WeinerEpisode: "Team"
Boston LegalByron KanebEpisode: "Catch and Release"
LAXDannyEpisode: "Secret Santa"
2005Without a TraceOfficer Tim OrleyEpisode: "Penitence"
MediumDet. Rickey2 episodes
Over ThereMr. ParkerEpisode: "Situation Normal"
The West WingRepublican National Committee Chairman Steve Hodder2 episodes
Mrs. HarrisSporting Goods ClerkTelevision film
Las VegasRay BrennanEpisode: "Everything Old Is You Again"
2006Cold CaseWayne NelsonEpisode: "Death Penalty: Final Appeal"
WindfallDamien's Father4 episodes
Just LegalJudgeEpisode: "The Code"
Nip/TuckMark NobleEpisode: "Shari Noble"
JusticeJack ClarkEpisode: "Crucified"
2007Grey's AnatomyVince2 episodes
The UnitSupervisor Marsh2 episodes
2008Saving GraceRoss FordEpisode: "Have a Seat, Earl"
Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesNelson2 episodes
BonesDon TimmonsEpisode: "The Finger in the Nest"
2008–2013Breaking BadHank Schrader51 episodes
2009LostHoward GreyEpisode: "Some Like It Hoth"
True BloodLeonEpisode: "Shake and Fingerpop"
The CleanerMr. FisherEpisode: "Path of Least Resistance"
2010Criminal MindsDet. John BartonEpisode: "...A Thousand Words"
The GladesMichael NelsonEpisode: "Doppleganger"
Lie to MeDawkinsEpisode: "Darkness and Light"
Dark BlueCahillEpisode: "Jane Wayne"
ChaseSheriff KeaganEpisode: "The Posse"
The Good GuysPikeEpisode: "Cop Killer"
The Whole TruthMike TaylorEpisode: "Cold Case"
MediumPaul Scanlon2 episodes
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Shell TongEpisode: "Chrimbus Special" (deleted scene)
2011Fairly LegalCoach GardnerEpisode: "Benched"
The DefendersDonnie BarrettEpisode: "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy"
Off the MapMorris CooperEpisode: "It's a Leaf"
The Stoned AgesNarratorDocumentary
Law & Order: LABob KentnerEpisode: "Westwood"
CSI: NYLt. Mitchell AdlerEpisode: "Officer Involved"
CastleCapt. PetersonEpisode: "Cops & Robbers"
The MentalistSgt. Don HendersonEpisode: "Pink Tops"
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPhil Baker2 episodes
2012Body of ProofSpecial Agent Brendan Johnson2 episodes
EagleheartDekeEpisode: "Blues"
Key & PeeleMexican Drug Cartel LeaderEpisode: "Manly Tears"
The Cleveland ShowFire Chief (voice)Episode: "Flush of Genius"
2013WhitneyWayne MillerEpisode: "Nesting"
2013–2015Under the DomeJames "Big Jim" RennieMain role, 39 episodes
2014American Dad!Head of Security (voice)Episode: "Big Stan on Campus"
2015Sons of LibertyBen Franklin3 episodes
Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtM. Le LoupEpisode: "Kimmy's In a Love Triangle!"
2015–2016Sofia the FirstMazzimo (voice)2 episodes
2016Mack & MoxyAdmirable DeanEpisode: "You're My Hero"
2016–2018The Big Bang TheoryColonel Richard Williams6 episodes
2017GirlbossJay Marlowe5 episodes
Get ShortyBob GraceEpisode: "Grace Under Fire"
2017–presentClawsUncle Daddy10 episodes
2017–2018ScandalFenton Glackland5 episodes
2019The ActRussEpisode: "Two Wolverines"

Awards and nominations

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


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