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Katey Sagal (Gemma) has been married to the series' creator Kurt Sutter since October 2004.
Kurt Sutter, the show's creator, plays Otto, the Sons of Anarchy member in prison.
Tig's fear of dolls is called Pediophobia. Creator Kurt Sutter suffers from it in real life.
According to an interview with Kurt Sutter, the pilot episode was entirely shot with actor Scott Glenn in the role of Clay Morrow. After deciding to go in a different direction with the character, the role was re-cast with Ron Perlman and Clay's scenes were re-shot. Also, in the pilot there is still a scene where you can spot Scott Glenn as Clay, after they blow up the warehouse at the end of the episode there is a shot of the Sons running away from the explosion. Scott Glenn can be seen in the foreground and you can also see Emilio Rivera in the group as he was originally cast as a member of SAMCRO but then re-cast as the leader of their rival gang; The Mayans.
David Labrava who plays Happy Lowman is a real life member of Hell's Angel MC. He was hired as a technical advisor but asked Kurt Sutter for a chance to be on the show. He won't talk about his association with Hell's Angels (photos of him wearing his kutte can be found online, he also has the death head tatted on him), but its said he's currently an inactive member since doing the show, but is still in good standing with the club.
The actual Europa Hotel in Belfast (Ireland), site of a major disaster during the Sons' Irish stopover, was once one of the most bombed sites in Northern Ireland by the IRA during "The Troubles".
In 2012, while being interviewed by Terry Gross on the NPR program "Fresh Air," Katey Sagal said that at least one song performed by her has been included in every season of "Sons of Anarchy."
Katey Sagal's (Gemma) son in real life is named Jackson. Her character Gemma is mother to Jackson 'Jax'.
The final episode airs on December 9, 2014. The next day the creator, Kurt Sutter, is releasing a book about the show.
The scars on Tommy Flanagan's (Chibs) face are very real. He was jumped when he was younger and that resulted in the scars.
When the series explores the Sons' deeper involvement with the IRA and ultimate trip to Belfast, Ireland, the episodes chronicling the chapter's period overseas are titled in Irish: "Lochan Mor" (Big Pond/Lake) (S3/E8), "Turas" (Journey/Tour) (S3/E9), "Fírinne" (Truth) (S3/E10), "Bainne" (Milk) (S3/E11). The theme song "This Life", that opens every series episode, features the addition of Irish traditional musical instruments (flutes, tin whistles) for the duration of the Irish stopover. Episode 13 (season 2) is titled "Na Trioblóidí" which is Irish for "The Troubles", a period generally pertaining to the 30-year political/religious unrest in Northern Ireland that ultimately ended with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
The first and last episodes of season 3 are titled SO and NS, respectively, which, when put together, spells out SONS.
Actresses Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Drea de Matteo (Wendy) share the same birthday, January 19th. Sagal is exactly 18 years older.
A long range of actors from The Shield (2002) appear in Sons of Anarchy including CCH Pounder, Kenny Johnson, Benito Martinez, Ally Walker, Katey Sagal, Jay Karnes, David Rees Snell, Emilio Rivera, Walton Goggins, Jeff Kober, and Kurt Caceres. Prior to making Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter was a writer and later also executive producer on The Shield.
The phone tapping device used by the Federal agents in season 2 is in actuality Pro-Tools software running off a laptop and connected to an M-Box interface. In real life it's used for audio recording and editing, not wire tapping.
In real life, many of the cast members enjoy riding motorcycles. Charlie Hunnam (Jax) rides his own bike everywhere rather than driving a car.
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A lot of Deadwood actors have also been cast in Sons of Anarchy, including Cleo King, Dayton Callie, Keone Young, Kim Dickens, Paula Malcomson, Ray McKinnon, Robin Weigert & Titus Welliver.
Kurt Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal (Gemma) have a daughter named Esme.
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Most of the main characters do their own stunts and motorcycle driving.
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Many of the shots in the first season were shot around the SoCal town of Tujunga with some specifically being shot at the local high school Verdugo Hills High.
The boat owned by IRA gunrunner Cameron Hayes (Jamie McShane) is named "Dithreabhaigh", Irish for Hermit.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kurt Sutter revealed in an interview that he realized Tara had to die when shooting season 2. The reason for this was that when facing the final season, Jax had to be a man completely devastated, without supports.
Lee Toric was killed early on season 6 because the shooting of Vikings was sooner that originally expected, so Donal Logue could only do four episodes.

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