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Dean Norris

Dean Norris


South Bend, Indiana, USA

Birth Name

Dean Joseph Norris


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Dean Norris is an American born actor known primarily for his role as DEA agent and brother-in-law "Hank Schrader" in the AMC original hit "Breaking Bad". A 1985 Harvard graduate, Norris has appeared in countless television shows and movies including, but not limited to, "Starship Troopers", "Bones", "Evan…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Before acting, Dean was being recruited to work at Wall Street banks as a investment banker. It was only during recruiting trips in New York when he started to audition for roles.

    • Dean's first film role was for "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989) co-starring alongside Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

    • According to Breaking Bad co-star Betsy Brandt, outside of character Dean is sensitive, sweet, and funny. Betsy says she loves working with him.

    • Dean and his wife, Bridget, live in Temecula, California, just outside Los Angeles. They have five children.

    • The majority of Dean's roles are enforcement related and has played a detective, a captain, a colonel, a sergeant, a general, a special agent, a D.E.A. agent, an officer, a judge, a S.W.A.T. team leader, and a deputy, among others.

    • The majority of Dean's roles are enforcement related and has played a detective, a captain, a colonel, a sergeant, a general, a special agent, a D.E.A. agent, an officer, a judge, a S.W.A.T. team leader, and a deputy, among others.

    • Starred alongside Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston in the film "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) in a part of the film where the characters had stopped in New Mexico, the setting in which Breaking Bad takes place.

    • He has two sisters.

    • Dean attended Harvard.

    • Dean is 5'8" (1.73 m).

  • Quotes

    • Dean: My dad was a singer in a band and neither of my parents went to college, and I ended up getting into Harvard and was the first person in my family that went to college and it happened to be Harvard. And yet, my dad -- God rest his soul -- he was more interested in me pursuing something in the entertainment field. Not necessarily acting, but something. I think he would have preferred singing or being in a band or something like that but I knew I couldn't make any money doing that, and I wasn't sure I could make any money acting but I thought I had a better chance. So at some point at Harvard I realized that's what I wanted to do.

    • Dean: (On his on-screen chemistry with Betsy Brandt) It was there from the audition. I remember meeting her there in the waiting room. We were sitting there and I was like, "Man, you know, I know this is supposed to be a drama but I think it's funny." And she's like, "Yeah, I think it's funny, too!" I'm like, "Are you going to play it funny?" She said, "Yeah, I'm going to play it funny because I really think it is." So we kind of reinforced each other's attitudes about the material way back then and she ended up getting the part and I did as well. ... I'm completely comfortable with her and I think she's absolutely a great actress and underutilized and underappreciated on the show, although this year she did get to do more.

    • Dean: (On some of his most memorable scenes of Breaking Bad) The Tuco scene is still one of my all-time favorites. Tuco was a great bad guy and they set that up so well. And the turtle scene was a microcosm of "Breaking Bad." Because the real payoff, you thought, was seeing the head on the turtle, that would have been enough. But then there's more. They take it one step worse and blow it up.

    • Dean: (On the character of Hank) For what it's worth, [Hank is] the only moral character left on the show. Everyone else has taken the money, or the power or what have you. And even Skyler is on board now. In the beginning of this season there were two people that needed to find out [about Walter's secret life]. One was Skyler, and I was shocked that she found out, but it worked. So with Hank, now, I don't know if that becomes that last original tension that they have to deal with in terms of when he finds out, how he finds out and what he does with it when it happens. I think obviously the stakes have risen since the beginning of the season, because now he's been shot and obviously it's even more personal than it was before.

    • Dean: I never had a month or so go by where I haven't had a job, but you always worry that someone will turn off the tap. Breaking Bad saves me trips in for auditions. Now I just read the scripts... The way I look at it, I'm a guy who acts to live. You can always have a job if you can play shoot'em-up stuff. If playing cops pays the bills, that's what I need to do to support my family.

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