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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 scars on Tommy Flanagan's (Chibs) face are very real. He was jumped when he was younger and that resulted in the scars.
David Labrava's (Happy) tattoos are all his own even the smiley face on his arm which is the reasoning for his Characters name
Most of the main characters do their own stunts and motorcycle driving.
Katey Sagal (Gemma) has been married to the series' creator Kurt Sutter since October 2004.
Dave Navarro, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Henry Rollins all appeared on Sons of Anarchy.
Charlie Hunnam, playing Jax Teller has one of the highest kill counts of the entire series, with 45 direct murders by the finale, 26 of which were named. In addition to several unnamed members of the gangs of Charming (Niners, Aryans, Lin Triad, Lobos Sonora cartel, etc.).
Kurt Sutter, the show's creator, plays Otto, the Sons of Anarchy member in prison.
During his brief guest appearance in one episode, Stephen King played a character called Bachman. The name comes from a pen name, Richard Bachman, that Stephen King used early on in his career so that he could publish a large quantity of books without diluting the Stephen King brand.
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.
In real life, many of the cast members enjoy riding motorcycles. Charlie Hunnam (Jax) rides his own bike everywhere rather than driving a car.
SAMCRO Stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original
It took some time for Ron Perlman, who plays Clay Morrow, to be cool with his Harley - initially, he was afraid of it.
The final episode aired on December 9, 2014. The next day the creator, Kurt Sutter, released a book about the show.
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".
Kurt Sutter has stated several times that the homeless woman was always meant to be ambiguous and that the audience can make up their own interpretation for her. Conflicting information has been found that Kurt Sutter said he wrote the character as an embodiment of Jesus Christ, but tried to leave it ambiguous. It's still open to personal interpretation of each individual.
Katey Sagal's (Gemma) son in real life is named Jackson. Her character Gemma is mother to Jackson 'Jax'.
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."
Ron Perlman states in his memoir that by the time he left the show he was not close to a single member of the cast.
The actors who play Nurse Toric (Karina Logue) and her US Marshal brother Lee Toric (Donal Logue) are also siblings in real life.
Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) and James Cosmo (Father Ashby) are both Scottish and they also played two of William Wallace's main Captains in Braveheart (1995)
Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal are the only actors to appear in all 92 episodes.
While researching his role, Charlie Hunnam came to realize that the riders he was with rarely wore boots. They actually wore sneakers. You can see throughout the series Hunnam wears white sneakers, except to throw bloody ones away and trade them for boots near the end.
Walton Goggins' role came about because he read an interview where creator Kurt Sutter explained why Michael Chiklis and Goggins hadn't guest starred on the show like many actors from The Shield. Sutter explanation was that their characters were too associated with the actors and audience would think about Vic and Shane seeing Chiklis and Goggins. Goggins then called Sutter and, to prove him wrong, he suggested playing a transgender character.
The Joker Brothers from Next Friday are all patched members of Sons of Anarchy. Joker is Montez, Baby Joker and LIl Joker play Benny and Armando from SAMTAZ.
In the episode where Gemma and the Sons are at her father's house in Oregon, Tig offhandedly mentions to Gemma, played by Katey Sagal, (who is in hiding as a fugitive due to a federal warrant for her arrest) that in order to go unnoticed maybe she should go redhead for awhile. Gemma then states, disgustedly, that she would rather shave her head than dye it red. This is most likely a tongue-in-cheek reference to Katey Sagal's character Peg Bundy from her show Married with Children who was known for her large bouffant red hair.
The first and last episodes of season 3 are titled SO and NS, respectively, which, when put together, spells out SONS. This is also a reference to the two rings Jax is frequently seen wearing.
Season seven marks the first time Tommy Flanagan and Tony Curran have worked together since Gladiator.
When the series explores the Sons' deeper involvement with the IRA and ultimate trip to Belfast, Northern 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.
Like David Labrava, another member of the real life motorcycle club Hell's Angels appears on the show. Sonny Barger, one of the founding members of the Oakland chapter of the HA makes several cameo appearances as Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz.
In 2013, Boom! Studios began publishing a Sons of Anarchy comic book. There are 20 issues published as of October 2014.
With Michael Chiklis appearing in one of the last episodes of SOA it completes appearances of the original 4 members of the Strike Team from TV's The Shield. Vic- Michael Chiklis, Shane- Walton Goggins, Ronnie- David Rees Snell, Lem- Kenny Johnson. Not to mention many appearances from main characters from the Shield, including Dutch- Jay Karnes, Acevada- Benito Martinez, Claudette- CCH Pounder, Billings- David Marciano.
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.
Actresses Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Drea de Matteo (Wendy) share the same birthday, January 19th. Sagal is 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, Kurt Caceres and Michael Chiklis. Prior to making Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter was a writer and later also executive producer on The Shield.
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.
Stephen King's character "Bachman" is named after King's pen name "Richard Bachman."
There are actually 4 real life Hells Angels members to have parts in the seriers. "Happy" was played by real life H.A. member David Labrava. "Quinn" is a real life Angels member Rusty Coons. "Lenny the Pimp" is played by real life Angels member and long time President, Sonny Barger. And "Frankie Diamonds" is played by real life Hells Angels member Chuck Zito.
Kurt Sutter directs all of the season finales.
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson were both guest stars in season 7. Courtney Love and Manson are also a lyric to You Get What You Give by New Radicals.
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.
Carmelo Anthony (NBA player) featured in a small part in season 7
The boat owned by IRA gunrunner Cameron Hayes (Jamie McShane) is named "Dithreabhaigh", Irish for Hermit.
Despite numerous references and a large chunk of actors from The Shield appearing on this show, Katey Sagal is the only main cast member to appear on both shows. Everyone else that appeared on both were only "guest stars" on SoA. Including creator Kurt Sutter.
In season 2 ep 2 Jackson says to otto's wife, "Relax I didn't invite you here to Adriana you." This is a reference to The Sopranos (1999) and how the character Adriana is killed. Adriana in The Sopranos is played by Drea de Matteo who plays Wendy in this show.
Creator Kurt Sutter directed every season finale, all the way up to the series finale.
Gemma's birds continually change throughout the series.
Kurt Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal (Gemma) have a daughter named Esme.
The "Previously on Sons of Anarchy" in every episode is spoken by different members of the cast.
There is no improvisation on set. The scripts are followed verbatim, and any possible change is discussed with Kurt Sutter first.
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Donal Logue, who plays Lee Toric in the sixth season, has his actual birthday listed in his character's police file: February 27th, 1966.
Katey Sagal, Theo Rossi, Jeff Kober, Titus Welliver, Jon Gries, Robin Weigert, Kevin Chapman, Harold Perrineau, and Paula Malcomson all appeared on J.J. Abrams-produced Lost (2004). Incidentally, Sarah Jones starred in Alcatraz (2012), another J.J. Abrams-produced television show.
Walton Goggins plays the Venus Van Dam in several episodes, this character's name is clearly a play on Cletus Van Dam, which was an alias his character in "The Shield" amusingly used on more then one occasion.
Margret Murphy and Tara Knowles make the same reference as to why they keep the tattoo on their lower backs.
Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) appeared in Alien Vs. Predator (2004) and Johnny Lewis (Half-Sack) appeared in the sequel, Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
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It was Drea de Matteo who suggested Kurt Sutter to bring Wendy back to the show during season 4.
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Mark Boone Junior and Judith Hoag have both guest starred on HBO's "Carnivalé."
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Seasons 4 "Baby Thomas Teller" was played by girl identical twins Ella Allan and Mia Allan. Ella and Mia are mirror twins, Ella is right-handed and Mia is left-handed.
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Katey Sagal and Adam Arkin previously appeared on 8 Simple Rules.
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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.
Chibs and Tig are the only SAMCRO members to survive from the pilot episode to the end of the finale. Happy also survives the series from the pilot episode, but he was originally a member of the Tacoma charter, then he went Nomad, then finally joined SAMCRO in season 3.
Lee Toric was killed early on season 6 because the shooting of Vikings was sooner than originally expected, so Donal Logue could only do four episodes.
Jax never learned that Gemma played a key role in his father's death.
In seasons 6 and 7 Jax and a few other members wear "In Memory Of Opie" patches on the bottom left side of their kuttes
In the series finale the last words Jax says to the club are "I got this" before riding off to his death. Those same words "I got this" are also what Opie said before being killed in the prison.
Jax Teller dies at the same road, 580, as his father John Teller, crashing into a semi truck, on his father's motorcycle
Kurt Sutter had stated that he never planned to have Walton Goggins or Michael Chiklis on the show, simply because their performances/characters from The Shield would overshadow any role they had on SoA. Goggins repeatedly requested a guest appearance, to which Sutter finally replied "The only way I'll have you on this show is if you've got tits and a wig." to which Goggins replied "...alright let's do it!". As for Chiklis, Sutter decided to give him a small, but significant role in the final two episodes as the man driving the Semi that Jax crashes into, because he thought it would be poetic to have the main character from The Shield literally colliding with the main character from SoA. As both characters were the centerpiece of so much violence and death.
The only SAMCRO members that have a proper wake after they are killed are Half Sack & Opie Winston.
Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz, played by real life Hell's Angel Sonny Barger, is the only surviving member from the founding First 9.
The original "First 9" of SAMCRO are as follows: John "JT" Teller: founder, first club president, deceased; Piermont "Piney" Winston: co-founder, deceased; Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz: co-founder, alive and only surviving founding member, but incarcerated for allegedly killing three ATF agents; Keith McGee: co-founder, and then president of Belfast chapter, deceased; Wally Grazer: fifth member, deceased; Thomas "Uncle Tom" Whitney: sixth member, deceased; Chico Vellenueva: first Hispanic member of SOA and provided them with a liaison between the Mayans and SOA, deceased; Otto "Lil' Killer" Moran: not to be confused with Otto Delany, deceased; Clarence "Clay" Morrow: last of the First 9 to join, became president after JT Teller, and was succeeded by JT's son Jax Teller, deceased.
Marcus Alvarez is the only enemy of SAMCRO to survive from the first season to the end of the series. Though he did form an uneasy alliance with SAMCRO for later seasons. Ethan Zobelle was the main villain in season 2 and he managed to escape. Darby was also a villain in the first two seasons, but he reformed his ways and is only seen twice more in seasons 3 and 6.
Early in season one, after discovering that Tara still had feelings for Jax, Wendy made a statement that unknowingly foreshadowed Tara's death. The statement was Gemma would never let Tara and Jax be together, and that Gemma would kill her if need be.
In the pilot episode Jax wears a green cover foreshadowing him wearing the same exact thing to kill Marks in the series finale.
Jax makes a comment to Wendy in Season 1, saying something along the lines of, "Don't worry, I won't go all Adriana on you," referencing Drea de Matteo's character and final demise in The Sopranos. He also says this again to Luanne when he tells her about becoming partners in her porn business, she runs scared of him and he asks her, "You thought I was going Adriana you?"
Jackson "Jax" Teller died without ever knowing that his mother had some form of contribution towards John Teller's death.
Half Sack and Opie are the only characters to receive a proper wake
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Mark Boone Junior (Bobby "Elvis" Munson) and Olivia Burnette (Homeless lady/Brooke's mom) both starred in The Quick and The Dead (1995) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, and Gene Hackman.
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