Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Born (1963-04-08) April 8, 1963
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Residence Temecula, California
Alma mater Harvard University
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Bridget Norris
Children 5

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 (2013–2015).[1] He 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), and Sons of Liberty (2015).

Early life

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, and also class valedictorian. [4][5]

While in high school, he was a member of the cast of the WNDU-TV/JA show Beyond Our Control.[6] He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in social studies.[7][8] He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for one year.[8][9]


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. Norris' performance on Breaking Bad has received critical acclaim.

He 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.

Personal life

Norris has two sisters. He lives with his wife Bridget and their five children in Temecula, California.[9]



Year Title Role
1985 Blind Alleys Peter Brockway
1988 Leap of Faith Richard
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School Ralph Thomas
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Cop
1989 Disorganized Crime Deputy Joe
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Tim Cavanaugh
1990 Montana Foreman
1990 When You Remember Me Bill
1990 Hard to Kill Det. Sgt. Goodhart
1990 Total Recall Tony
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch SWAT Team Leader
1990 Desperate Hours Maddox
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day SWAT Team Leader
1991 Murderous Vision Lt. Martin
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Mike
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Matt Hobert
1992 Secrets Henderson
1992 The Lawnmower Man The Director
1993 The Firm Squat Man
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Scientist
1993 Full Eclipse Fleming
1994 Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee Red Arrow
1994 Jailbait Hershiser
1994 Playmaker Det. Marconi
1994 The Last Seduction Shep
1995 Safe Mover
1995 Money Train Guard
1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Levasseur
1996 Innocent Victims Frank Sarezin
1996 It Came from Outer Space II Dave Grant
1996 Seduced by Madness Det. Pike
1996 Forgotten Sins Det. Carl Messenger
1996 Death Benefit Rod Montgomery
1996 After Jimmy Ray Johnson
1997 Gattaca Beat Cop
1997 Starship Troopers Commanding Officer
1997 Riot Kalena
1998 On the Line Manny Denikolas
1998 The Negotiator Scott
1998 Without Limits Dellinger
1999 Sonic Impact Agent McGee
2000 3 Strikes Officer Robert
2000 The Cell Cole
2005 American Gun Terrence
2005 Mrs. Harris Sporting Goods Clerk
2006 Little Miss Sunshine State Trooper McCleary
2007 Evan Almighty Officer Collins
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Jodi's Father
2008 Linewatch Warren Kane
2010 How Do You Know Tom
2011 Prom Frank Prescott
2012 Get the Gringo Bill
2013 The Frozen Ground Sgt. Lyle Haugsven
2013 The Counselor The Buyer
2014 Small Time Ash Martini
2014 Men, Women & Children Kent Mooney
2015 Remember John Kurlander
2015 Secret in Their Eyes Bumpy
2016 The Book of Henry Neil Sickleman
2017 Fist Fight
2017 High Wire Act
2017 Death Wish


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Equalizer Martin Episode: "Christmas Presence"
1989 Beauty and the Beast Biggs Episode: "A Kingdom by the Sea"
1992 Homefront Second Coworker Episode: "Take My Hand"
19931994 NYPD Blue Father Jerry Downey 3 episodes
1994 Married... with Children Rodent Episode: "Dud Bowl"
1995 The X-Files Marshal Tapia Episode: "F. Emasculata"
1995 Fallen Angels Allen Episode: "Tomorrow I Die"
1995 The Marshal Tyler Dumas Episode: "Kissing Cousins"
19951996 Murder One Rusty Arnold 3 episodes
1996 Dark Skies Clayton Lewis Episode: "We Shall Overcome"
1997 The Pretender Tommy Larson Episode: "Prison Story
1997 Nash Bridges William Robard Episode: "Deliverance"
1998 V.I.P. Jackson Lasarr Episode: "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"
1998 ER Clark Episode: "They Treat Horses, Don't They?"
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Deke Powell Episode: "War Cry"
1999 Millennium Del Boxer Episode: "Seven and One"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Spider / Colonel Laweson 3 episodes
1999 The Practice Detective Episode: "Free Dental"
1999 Charmed Dr. Stone Episode: "They're Everywhere"
1999 Nash Bridges Frank Maddigan Episode: "Smash and Grab"
2000 The Pretender Sheriff Whalen Episode: "Corn Man"
2001 Boston Public Matthew Gordon Episode: "Chapter Sixteen"
2001 Six Feet Under Det. Shea Episode: "Familia"
2001 The District Charles N. Burke Episode: "Bulldog's Ghost"
2002 Philly Det. Duff Episode: "Mojo Rising"
20022004 American Dreams Frank Moran 2 episodes
2003 24 General Bowden 2 episodes
2003 Tremors WD Twitchell 10 episodes
2003 Dragnet Leon Tate Episode: "Slice of Life"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bob Durham, Jr. 2 episodes
2004 NCIS Gunnery Sergeant Vestman Episode: "My Other Left Foot"
2004 Crossing Jordan Liam Moore Episode: "Dead in the Water"
2004 Medical Investigation David Weiner Episode: "Team"
2004 Boston Legal Byron Kaneb Episode: "Catch and Release"
2004 LAX Danny Episode: "Secret Santa"
2005 Without a Trace Officer Tim Orley Episode: "Penitence"
2005 Medium Det. Rickey 2 episodes
2005 Over There Mr. Parker Episode: "Situation Normal"
2005 The West Wing Republican National Committee Chairman Steve Hodder 2 episodes
2005 Las Vegas Ray Brennan Episode: "Everything Old Is You Again"
2006 Cold Case Wayne Nelson Episode: "Death Penalty: Final Appeal"
2006 Windfall Damien's Father 4 episodes
2006 Just Legal Judge Episode: "The Code"
2006 Nip/Tuck Mark Noble Episode: "Shari Noble"
2006 Justice Jack Clark Episode: "Crucified"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Vince 2 episodes
2007 The Unit Supervisor Marsh 2 episodes
2008 Saving Grace Ross Ford Episode: "Have a Seat, Earl"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nelson 2 episodes
2008 Bones Don Timmons Episode: "The Finger in the Nest"
20082013 Breaking Bad Hank Schrader 51 episodes
2009 Lost Howard Grey Episode: "Some Like It Hoth"
2009 True Blood Leon Episode: "Shake and Fingerpot"
2009 The Cleaner Mr. Fisher Episode: "Path of Least Resistance"
2010 Criminal Minds Det. John Barton Episode: "...A Thousand Words"
2010 The Glades Michael Nelson Episode: "Doppleganger"
2010 Lie to Me Dawkins Episode: "Darkness and Light"
2010 Dark Blue Cahill Episode: "Jane Wayne"
2010 Chase Sheriff Keagan Episode: "The Posse"
2010 The Good Guys Pike Episode: "Cop Killer"
2010 The Whole Truth Mike Taylor Episode: "Cold Case"
2010 Medium Paul Scanlon 2 episodes
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Shell Tong Episode: "Chrimbus Special" (deleted scene)
2011 Fairly Legal Coach Gardner Episode: "Benched"
2011 The Defenders Donnie Barrett Episode: "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy"
2011 Off the Map Morris Cooper Episode: "It's a Leaf"
2011 Law & Order: LA Bob Kentner Episode: "Westwood"
2011 CSI: NY Lt. Mitchell Adler Episode: "Officer Involved"
2011 Castle Capt. Peterson Episode: "Cops & Robbers"
2011 The Mentalist Sgt. Don Henderson Episode: "Pink Tops"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Phil Baker 2 episodes
2012 Body of Proof Special Agent Brendan Johnson 2 episodes
2012 Eagleheart Deke Episode: "Blues"
2012 Key & Peele Mexican Drug Cartel Leader Episode: "Manly Tears"
2013 Whitney Wayne Miller Episode: "Nesting"
20132015 Under the Dome James "Big Jim" Rennie 39 episodes
2014 American Dad! Head of Security (voice) Episode: "Big Stan on Campus"
2015 Sons of Liberty Ben Franklin 3 episodes
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt M. Le Loup Episode: "Kimmy's In a Love Triangle!"
2016 The Big Bang Theory Colonel Williams

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
2014 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Under the Dome Nominated


  1. Associated Press (2014-03-31). "Celeb birthdays for the week of April 6-12". Washington Times. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  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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  7. Jaffer, Murtz (July 25, 2011). "Talking to Dean Norris". Toro.
  8. 1 2 Gajewski, Josh (June 9, 2010). "'Breaking Bad': On the phone with Dean Norris". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  9. 1 2 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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