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The scar under Jeffrey Donovan's left eye has been written into the show, as something Michael's abusive father gave him "to remember him by".
The building that is supposed to be Michael's loft, is located on NW 7th Avenue, between NW 6th Street and NW 5th Street (528 NW 7th Avenue) Miami, Florida 33136. It can be found in Google Maps at 25.779033,-80.20706.
In nearly every episode, somebody eats yogurt in Michael's loft.
Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) are former U.S. Military Special Forces operators. Sam was a U.S. Navy S.E.A.L., while Michael was a U.S. Army Ranger, before being recruited by the C.I.A.
It's mentioned often throughout the series, that the name "Michael Westen" is notorious throughout Russia. Russian Intelligence talks about Michael Westen as having done too much damage to be one person (they think "Michael Westen" is a code name for a Special Operations team) and they use his name and tales of what he's done to scare rookie operatives.
Michael Weston's car is a 1973 Dodge Charger.
The show uses the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami as production offices, and sets for Michael's (Jeffrey Donovan's) loft, and Madeline's (Sharon Gless') house. It had originally been slated for demolition.
Google Street View car cameo. Season five, episode two, (at thirty-nine minutes and thirty seconds) it drives by in the background when Michael and Madeline are talking.
In the first season, Michael says he's had thirty years of karate training, but throughout the series, Michael also uses a variety of mixed martial arts including (but not limited to), Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the Russian martial art Sambo. Michael says he has "combat experience on five continents" and "two black belts".
During his fifteen-year tenure as a spy, Michael worked mainly in eastern Europe and the Middle East. As a result, he speaks fluent Russian and Farsi, and describes his command of the Polish language as rusty. He doesn't know Spanish, and is mocked repeatedly throughout the series for living in Miami without being able to converse in Spanish.
Michael McBride, the code name that Michael Weston uses with his Irish contacts, is the name of the character that Sir Sean Connery played in Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959).
Michael's sunglasses are made by Oliver Peoples, and are named Victory. They were custom made for the series, and have polycarbonate "safety" lenses.
The gadgets "built" by Michael are fabricated by the Special Effects Department. It is a collaborative effort by the Writer, Production Designer, Special Effects, and the Prop Master. The actual builder is Michael Doyle, the Special Effects Foreman.
In the series finale, Fiona and Michael are in a cottage. That same cottage was in The Holiday (2006). It was the setting of Kate Winslet's house in England. Even the road leading to the cottage is the same.
In season three, Nate introduces his new wife Ruth to his family. In real-life, Seth Peterson (Nate) is married to Kylee Cochran (Ruth).
Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) sustained a tooth injury during a lobster-eating contest in Nova Scotia at the time of casting. The Casting Director was taken with his solid jaw demeanor, and made Donovan talk through a clenched jaw to provide grit to the performance. Donovan was reluctant, however kept character throughout filming.
The show was originally set in Newark, New Jersey.
Madeline (Sharon Gless) smokes "Morleys" cigarettes. This is the same fictional brand used by "The Smoking Man" in The X-Files (1993).
The alias that Sam uses during the series, "Chuck Finley", is the name of a pitcher for the Angels from the 1990s, who was married to actress Tawny Kitaen, of Bachelor Party (1984) fame.
At one point, Jesse (Coby Bell) introduces himself as "Artest" and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) as "Shannon Brown". At the time, Ron Artest and Shannon Brown were the names of teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Through the series, when aerial shots of Michael's Dodge Charger, driving throughout Miami, are shown, a Miami Police cruiser can usually be seen a few car lengths behind, providing escort for filming purposes.
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The man known as "management" (John Mahoney), does not actually have a name, he is only referred to as "management".
Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen) and Coby Bell (Jesse Porter) share the same birthday May 11.
Was the subject of a skit on Saturday Night Live (1975) called "What is Burn Notice?" during the Ashton Kutcher and Them Crooked Vultures episode.
Very early in her career, Sharon Gless (Madeline) played an undercover police officer on Emergency! (1972). Paramedic John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) took an interest in her. Once, she told Gage to lower his voice, or he was going to get her burned.
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Having a name with the same pronunciation, but different spelling as the character "Michael Westen", actor Michael Weston appeared in season three, episode five, "Signals and Codes", where he played "Spencer Watkowski".
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Matt Nix: The series creator has an uncredited cameo in the opening credits of every episode. Nix is the guy who says, "We got a burn notice on you. You're blacklisted."


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Fiona's sister Claire was killed by a British solider who fired into a crowded mall.
Sharon Gless (Madeline) and Tyne Daly were known for their roles in Cagney & Lacey (1981). Daly makes a cameo appearance on this show as Tina, an asset Madeline cons into giving her information. She then becomes good friends with Tina, before having to burn her under Michael's order.

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