Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 8, 1963
SpouseBridget Norris
MarkShort, stocky frame
FactHis father had English, Irish, and German ancestry. His maternal grandparents were of Hungarian origin.

Dean Norris is an American actor, best known for his roles as DEA agent Hank Schrader on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad and as town councilman James “Big Jim” Rennie on the CBS drama series Under the Dome.

Norris was born in South Bend, Indiana, on April 8, 1963, the son of Rosemarie “Rosie” (née Zapalac) and Jack B. Norris, Sr. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of German and Polish ancestry. He has two older sisters, Andrea and Nikki. Norris graduated from Clay High School in South Bend in 1981. He attended Harvard University, where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1985.

Norris began his acting career in the early 1990s with guest roles on television shows such as The Equalizer, Roseanne, and NYPD Blue. His first film role was in the 1992 film Lorenzo’s Oil. In 1996, he had a recurring role as Detective Ed Green’s partner on the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street.

Norris gained widespread recognition for his role as DEA agent Hank Schrader on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, which ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013. He has since reprised the role in the spin-off series Better Call Saul.

Norris has also had leading roles on the CBS drama series Under the Dome (2013-2015) and the ABC action series Last Resort (2012-2013).

Norris has been married to actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras since 2004. They have two children together.

Norris has a net worth of $8 million. He earns a salary of $125,000 per episode of Breaking Bad and $150,000 per episode of Under the Dome.

General Info

Full NameDean Norris
Date Of BirthApril 8, 1963
Height1.7 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationHarvard College, Clay High School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseBridget Norris
ParentsRosie Norris, Jack Norris


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
NominationsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
MoviesSecret in Their Eyes, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, Men, Women & Children, Lethal Weapon 2, The Frozen Ground, Starship Troopers, The Counselor, Get the Gringo, Small Time, Remember, The Negotiator, Without Limits, Desperate Hours, The Lawnmower Man, Linewatch, Evan Almighty, Gattaca, Th...
TV ShowsUnder the Dome, Breaking Bad, Tremors

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#Marks / Signs
1Short, stocky frame
2Bald head
3Often cast as law enforcement or military types


1My dad's era believed that there was something noble in being a good guy - the kind of guy that lived straight and narrow, told the truth, and stood up for what he believed was right.
2The best thing I ever learned from my dad was he knew he wasn't the best of singers, but he always knew he was a great entertainer, and I always thought that was a good concept to bring along, that ultimately acting is an entertainment art and you have to be aware of the fact that you want people to be excited to be watching you.
3To survive in a lot of male-dominated situations - the police, the military, what have you - you put on a bit of the crass, blowhard thing, because you just can't survive being the nice guy in those environments.
4When my kids started preschool, the teachers had to take away all the fake bananas because all the boys would pick them up and pretend that they were guns. Boys find sticks to play swords and anything that looks like a gun to shoot. It's just inside of them. It's who they are.
5When you're a stand-up, you play in front of 600 people, and it's all about timing. I could never do stand-up comedy; it would be way too hard for me.
6Look, we're in the time of the anti-hero.
7The way I look at it, I'm a guy who acts to live.
8Well, I was a drama kid.
9When I was in college I did a lot of comedy.
10You go into any donut shop and look at three cops having coffee, I guarantee I look like one of them.
11You know, I'm from the Midwest, man - that shapes my personality much more than having gone to Harvard.
12As a matter of fact, I am an uncle. I have nine nephews and nieces. I'm not sure if they think I'm all that quick with a quip. But I'm quick with a spank.
13I never had trouble getting an agent. I went out and got my first couple roles, and literally within six months I never had to have another job other than acting.
14Investment banks started recruiting at Harvard back in the day, and they'd fly me down to New York City and I was so poor so I would take advantage of the free flight, the per diem, the hotel. And then I would go audition for stuff.
15My 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.
16Actors like to play bad guys because they're more fun. They also win more awards.
17Actually, I went from doing a lot of movies early on in my career, then to doing TV, and I don't know whether we'll get back to some movies or not.
18For an actor, playing one character and transitioning to a completely different one is a dream come true.
19I don't have a lot of downtime.
20I earned a black belt when I was in high school. And I did a lot of boxing and full contact karate in college.
21I 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.
22I play DEA, CIA, FBI, LAPD; I got 'em all.
23I think actors who take things too far are funny.
24If I have a day off I will play golf.
25If you force yourself to smile, within a couple minutes, you feel happy.


1His father had English, Irish, and German ancestry. His maternal grandparents were of Hungarian origin.
2Appeared in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), which also features his Breaking Bad (2008) co-star Bryan Cranston.
3His parents are Jack Norris (1930-2008) and Rosemarie (Lacay) Norris (1934-2012).
4He appeared in both Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008).
5Was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Clay High School (South Bend, IN). Was accepted to Harvard College where he graduated in 1985.




Money Train1995Guard with Dooley
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesAllen
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice1995TV MovieLevasseur
The X-Files1995TV SeriesMarshal Tapia
Texas Justice1995TV Movie
Married with Children1994TV SeriesRodent
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee1994TV MovieRed Arrow
The Last Seduction1994Shep
NYPD Blue1993-1994TV SeriesFather Jerry Downey
Playmaker1994Detective Marconi
Full Eclipse1993TV MovieFleming
The Firm1993The Squat Man
Barbarians at the Gate1993TV Movie1st Scientist
It's Nothing Personal1993TV Movie
From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One1992TV Movie
Homefront1992TV SeriesSecond co-worker
Secrets1992TV MovieHenderson
The Lawnmower Man1992The Director
Till Death Us Do Part1992TV MovieMatt Hobert
Locked Up: A Mother's Rage1991TV MovieMike
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991SWAT Team Leader
Murderous Vision1991TV MovieLieutenant Martin
When You Remember Me1990TV MovieBill
Desperate Hours1990Maddox
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990S.W.A.T. Team Leader
Viska prisiminti1990Tony
Montana1990TV MovieForeman
Hard to Kill1990Det. Sgt. Goodhart
Family of Spies1990TV MovieOfficer (uncredited)
Lethal Weapon 21989Tim Cavanaugh
Beauty and the Beast1989TV SeriesBiggs
Disorganized Crime1989Deputy Joe
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege1989Cop at Gym (uncredited)
Police Story: Gladiator School1988TV MovieRalph Thomas
Leap of Faith1988TV MovieRichard
The Equalizer1987TV SeriesMartin
Blind Alleys1985TV MoviePeter Brockway
Beyond Our Control1968TV SeriesEnsemble (1981)
Secret in Their Eyes2015completedBumpy
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt2015TV SeriesLe Loup
Sons of Liberty2015TV Mini-SeriesBen Franklin
American Dad!2014TV SeriesHead of Security
Men, Women & Children2014Kent Mooney
Small Time2014Ash Martini
The Counselor2013Buyer
Breaking Bad2008-2013TV SeriesHank Schrader
The Frozen Ground2013Sgt. Lyle Haugsven
Whitney2013TV SeriesWayne
Key and Peele2012TV SeriesMexican Drug Cartel Leader
Eagleheart2012TV SeriesDeke
Body of Proof2012TV SeriesSpecial Agent Brendan Johnson
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Castle2011TV SeriesCaptain John Davis
CSI: NY2011TV SeriesIAB Lt. Mitchell Adler
Law & Order: LA2011TV SeriesBob Kentner
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The Good Guys2010TV SeriesPike
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Medium2005-2010TV SeriesPaul Scanlon / Det. Rickey
Dark Blue2010TV SeriesCahill
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesDawkins
The Glades2010TV SeriesMichael Nelson
Criminal Minds2010TV SeriesDet. John Barton
The Cleaner2009TV SeriesMr. Fisher
True Blood2009TV SeriesLeon
Lost2009TV SeriesHoward Gray
Breaking Bad: Original Minisodes2009TV Mini-SeriesHank Schrader
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles2008TV SeriesNelson
Linewatch2008Warren Kane
Bones2008TV SeriesDon Timmons
Saving Grace2008TV SeriesRoss Ford
The Unit2007TV SeriesSupervisor Marsh
The Heartbreak Kid2007Jodi's Father
Evan Almighty2007Officer Collins
Grey's Anatomy2007TV SeriesVince
Justice2006TV SeriesJack Clark
Nip/Tuck2006TV SeriesMark Noble
Just Legal2006TV SeriesJudge
Windfall2006TV SeriesDamien's Father
Cold Case2006TV SeriesWayne Nelson - 1994 / 2006
The West Wing2005-2006TV SeriesSteve Hodder - Republican Party Chairman
Little Miss Sunshine2006State Trooper McCleary
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesRay Brennan
Mrs. Harris2005TV MovieSporting Goods Clerk
American Gun2005Terrence
Over There2005TV SeriesMr. Parker
Without a Trace2005TV SeriesOfficer Tim Orley
American Dreams2002-2004TV SeriesFrank Moran
LAX2004TV SeriesDanny
Category 6: Day of Destruction2004TV Movie747 Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Boston Legal2004TV SeriesByron Kaneb
Medical Investigation2004TV SeriesDavid Weiner
Crossing Jordan2004TV SeriesLiam Moore
NCIS2004TV SeriesGunnery Sergeant Vestman
Dragnet2003TV SeriesLeon Tate
The Lyon's Den2003TV SeriesSherwin Williams
Tremors2003TV SeriesW.D. Twitchell
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Philly2002TV SeriesDetective Duffy
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The District2001TV SeriesCharles N. Burke
The One2001Sgt. Siegel
Six Feet Under2001TV SeriesDetective Shea
Boston Public2001TV SeriesMatthew Gordon
The Cell2000Cole
The Pretender1997-2000TV SeriesSheriff Whalen / Tommy Larson
Sonic Impact2000Agent McGee
3 Strikes2000Officer Roberts
Any Day Now2000TV Series
Pensacola: Wings of Gold1999TV SeriesColonel Lawson / Spider
Charmed1999TV SeriesCollector #1 / Dr. Stone
My Little Assassin1999TV Movie
Nash Bridges1997-1999TV SeriesFrank Maddigan / William Robard
The Practice1999TV SeriesDetective
Millennium1999TV SeriesDel Boxer
Lansky1999TV MovieNaval Captain
Liars' Dice1998Hodge
Walker, Texas Ranger1998TV SeriesDeke Powell
ER1998TV SeriesClark
V.I.P.1998TV SeriesJackson Lasarr
Mr. Murder1998TV MovieVictor 'Vic' Delorio (uncredited)
Without Limits1998Bill Dellinger
The Negotiator1998Scott
Odd Jobs1997TV Movie
Starship Troopers1997Commanding Officer
C-16: FBI1997TV Series
Gattaca1997Cop on the Beat
On the Line1997TV MovieManny Denikolas
Riot1997TV MovieKalena (segment "Empty")
Things That Go Bump1997TV Movie
Dark Skies1996TV SeriesClayton Lewis
After Jimmy1996TV MovieRay Johnson
Death Benefit1996TV MovieRod Montgomery
Forgotten Sins1996TV MovieDetective Carl Messenger
Murder One1995-1996TV SeriesRusty Arnold
It Came from Outer Space II1996TV MovieDave Grant
Innocent Victims1996TV MovieFrank Sarezin
Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story1996TV Mini-SeriesDetective Pike
Number One Fan1995Graham Chandler
The Marshal1995TV SeriesTyler Dumas


Breaking Bad2011TV Series performer - 1 episode


Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill2014TV Special documentary special thanks


Conan2012-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2014TV SeriesHimself - Under the Dome / Himself
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill2014TV Special documentaryHimself
No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad2013Video documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013TV SeriesHimself (segment "Mean Tweets")
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Hank Schrader: What Happens Next with Dean Norris2013Video shortHimself
Talking Bad2013TV SeriesHimself - 'Hank'
Dean Norris Spoils Everything Else2013ShortHimself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2013TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Jesse! The Breaking Bad Spin-Off2013ShortHank Schrader (uncredited)


Won Awards

2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)

Nominated Awards

2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesUnder the Dome (2013)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActorBreaking Bad (2008)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2010Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActorBreaking Bad (2008)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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