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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 April 1963South Bend, Indiana, USA
Birth NameDean Joseph Norris
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dean Norris was born on April 8, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as Dean Joseph Norris. He is an actor and producer, known for Breaking Bad (2008), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He has been married to Bridget since April 2001. They have five children.

Spouse (1)

Bridget (April 2001 - present) (5 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often cast as law enforcement or military types
Bald head
Short, stocky frame

Trivia (5)

Was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Clay High School (South Bend, IN). Was accepted to Harvard College where he graduated in 1985.
His parents are Jack Norris (1930-2008) and Rosemarie (Lacay) Norris (1934-2012).
Appeared in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), which also features his Breaking Bad (2008) co-star Bryan Cranston.
His father had English, Irish, and German ancestry. His maternal grandparents were of Hungarian origin.

Personal Quotes (25)

If you force yourself to smile, within a couple minutes, you feel happy.
If I have a day off I will play golf.
I think actors who take things too far are funny.
I play DEA, CIA, FBI, LAPD; I got 'em all.
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.
I earned a black belt when I was in high school. And I did a lot of boxing and full contact karate in college.
I don't have a lot of downtime.
For an actor, playing one character and transitioning to a completely different one is a dream come true.
Actually, 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.
Actors like to play bad guys because they're more fun. They also win more awards.
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.
Investment 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.
I 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.
As 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.
You know, I'm from the Midwest, man - that shapes my personality much more than having gone to Harvard.
You go into any donut shop and look at three cops having coffee, I guarantee I look like one of them.
When I was in college I did a lot of comedy.
Well, I was a drama kid.
The way I look at it, I'm a guy who acts to live.
Look, we're in the time of the anti-hero.
When 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.
When 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.
To 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.
The 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.
My 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.

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