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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 July 1964New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDean Gerard Winters
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Dean Winters is best known for his role as "Ryan O'Reily" on HBO's award-winning series Oz (1997). Most recently, he recurred as Tina Fey's "Beeper King" boyfriend on the Emmy-winning comedy, 30 Rock (2006). His noteworthy comedic performance was recently included in Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" as well as Variety's short-list of Emmy-worthy guest performances. In addition to being featured in the film P.S. I Love You (2007) with Hilary Swank, Winters was a series regular on FX's critically-acclaimed Rescue Me (2004), in which he played Denis Leary's cop brother. He recurs as Lena Headey's former love interest on the Fox series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). He can also be seen as the Allstate spokesmodel character known as Mayhem.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sandracasst@industryentertainment.com

Dean Winters starred as "Johnny Gavin," Tommy's younger brother and a NYPD police detective on Rescue Me (2004), the critically acclaimed, one-hour drama from Sony Pictures Television, airing on FX.

Dean is best know for playing the cunning "Ryan O'Reily" on Tom Fontana's hit HBO drama series Oz (1997).

Winters also played "Detective Brian Cassidy" on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Other television credits include guest-starring roles in CSI: Miami (2002), Sex and the City (1998), Third Watch (1999), The Twilight Zone (1985), Millennium (1996), New York Undercover (1994), NYPD Blue (1993) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).

Some of Winters's film projects include Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009), Bristol Boys (2006), Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002), Bullet in the Brain (2001), Snipes (2001), Undercover Angel (1999), All Shook Up (1999), Conspiracy Theory (1997), starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, Firehouse (1997), Sidney Lumet's television movie Strip Search (2004) and the upcoming The Devil You Know (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CHighland

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays immoral yet charming characters
Low rasping voice

Trivia (17)

Older brother of Scott William Winters, Blair Winters, and Bradford Winters.
Attended Colorado College.
Is fluent in Italian.
Is of Irish and Scottish descent.
Appears in a variety of Allstate commercials as the "Mayhem" character. [September 2011]
Dean attended Hommocks Middle School, which produced actors such as Matt Dillon & Kevin Dillon, as well as Dean's brother, Scott William Winters. At age 14, Dean moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he attended Chaparral High School and graduated from Brophy Prep.
Two moments define Dean's path: his brother Scott William Winters dragging him down to meet famed acting coach William Esper (with whom Dean studied) and watching Sean Penn's The Indian Runner (1991).
He was one of the founding actors in the Workhouse Theater in Tribeca.
He started out on the bartending circuit working in bars and clubs around Manhattan.
He's close friends with the hip hop/rock group Fun Lovin' Criminals.
Dean did a summer intensive at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His acting partner was Rashida Jones.
He studied art history in London & Florence. He also studied Italian in Florence.
Dean died in the back of an ambulance going through Central Park in 2009. He was brought back to life 3.5 minutes later by the emergency response team at Lenox Hill Hospital. In the span of two years, he had 16 surgeries, lost 2 1/2 toes & 1/2 thumb. He also had major reconstructive surgery on his left arm. He was offered the role of "Mayhem" for Allstate's ad campaign while in the hospital.
He lives on the lower West Side of Manhattan.
The role of "Ryan O'Reily" on Oz (1997) (HBO) was written & created by Tom Fontana for Dean. Part of Fontana's master plan was to bring Scott William Winters (Dean's brother) on Oz for season 2. Brad Winters, Dean's other brother, also worked on Oz as a writer. Blair Winters, Dean's sister, married Oz producer/writer Jorge Zamacona.
While working at a bar with his brother Scott William Winters, Dean met Tom Fontana, who wrote him a part on the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) for his 30th birthday.
Credits Tina Fey with bringing his career back to life on "30 Rock.".

Personal Quotes (3)

Life is short, I learned the hard way.
[On being a bartender in NYC] If you left my bar with cab fare, then I failed.
I've always been drawn to stories involving brothers which started with my first viewing of Sean Penn's, The Indian Runner. This subsequently lead to my working with my two brothers, Scott & Brad. I couldn't imagine a greater gift in the business.

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