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Kurt Sutter, the show's creator, plays Otto, the Sons of Anarchy member in prison.
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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 (though photos of him wearing his kutte can be found online and he has the death head tatted on him). 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 (Chibs) face are very real. He was jumped when he was younger and that resulted in the scars.
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. They share one child together, daughter Esme Louise Sutter was born via surrogate on January 10, 2007,
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.
In real life, many of the cast members enjoy riding motorcycles. Charlie Hunnam (Jax) rides his own bike everywhere rather than driving a car.
Tig's (Kim Coates) fear of dolls is called Pediophobia. Creator Kurt Sutter suffers from it in real life.
SAMCRO Stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original
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.
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.
It took some time for Ron Perlman, who plays Clay Morrow, to be cool with his Harley - initially, he was afraid of it.
David Labrava (Happy) tattoos are all his own even the smiley face on his arm which is the reasoning for his Characters name
Dave Navarro, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, and Henry Rollins all appeared on Sons of Anarchy.
The final episode aired on December 9, 2014. The next day the creator, Kurt Sutter released a book about the show.
The actors who play Nurse Toric (Karina Logue) and her US Marshal brother Lee Toric (Donal Logue) are also siblings in real life.
Kurt Sutter has stated several times that the homeless woman, played by Olivia Burnette, 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.
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).
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.
There are actually 4 real life Hells Angels members to have parts in the series. "Happy" was played by real life H.A. member David Labrava. "Quinn" is a real life Angels member Rusty Coones. "Lenny the Pimp" is played by real life Angels member and long time Oakland President, Sonny Barger. And "Frankie Diamonds" is played by real life Hells Angels member Chuck Zito.
Katey Sagal's (Gemma) son in real life is named Jackson. Her character Gemma is mother to Jackson 'Jax'.
There is no improvisation on set. The scripts are followed verbatim, and any possible change is discussed with Kurt Sutter first.
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 (2002). 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.
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."
"Jesus Christ" has been said 244 times on the show, counted by a fan.
The "Previously on Sons of Anarchy" in every episode is spoken by different members of the cast.
Kurt Sutter directs all of the season finales.
Season seven marks the first time Tommy Flanagan and Tony Curran have worked together since Gladiator (2000).
The first and last episodes of season 3 are titled SO and NS, respectively, which, when put together, spells out SONS (Sons of Anarchy: So (2010) Sons of Anarchy: NS (2010)). This is also a reference to the two rings Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is frequently seen wearing.
Charlie Hunnam was cast to play Christian Grey on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) however could not commit to the role due to scheduling problems with Sons of Anarchy (2008). He also felt immense pressure having to transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in a matter of 48 hours after finishing shooting Sons at 11pm. Thus Hunnam chose to fully commit to his role of Jackson Teller.
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.
There's a book made by the Sons of Anarchy writer, Kurt Sutter. The book is called "The Life and Death of SAMCRO". The Life and Death of SAMCRO can be referenced in the first and second season of Sons of Anarchy.
In 2013, Boom! Studios began publishing a Sons of Anarchy comic book. There are 20 issues published as of October 2014.
Gemma's (Katey Sagal) birds continually change throughout the series.
Actresses Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Drea de Matteo (Wendy) share the same birthday, January 19th. Sagal is 18 years older.
Sometimes they used a Go-Pro to film the chase scenes
A lot of Deadwood (2004) actors have also been cast in Sons of Anarchy, including Cleo King, Dayton Callie, Keone Young, Kim Dickens, Paula Malcomson, Ray McKinnon, Robin Weigert, and Titus Welliver.
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 (2002). 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.
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 (2002) amusingly used on more then one occasion.
A long range of actors from The Shield (2002) appear in Sons of Anarchy (2008) 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.
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.
Stephen King character "Bachman" is named after King's pen name "Richard Bachman."
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.
Despite numerous references and a large chunk of actors from The Shield (2002) 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.
David Labrava's name "Happy" comes from the fact that he has a happy face tattooed on his rib cage every time he kills someone. He has eighteen.
Katey Sagal, Theo Rossi, Jeff Kober, Titus Welliver, Jon Gries, Robin Weigert, Kevin Chapman, Harold Perrineau, Kim Dickens, Keir O'Donnell, and Paula Malcomson all appeared on the J.J. Abrams-produced Lost (2004). Incidentally, Sarah Jones starred in Alcatraz (2012), another J.J. Abrams-produced television show.
Theo Rossi (Juice) and Maggie Siff (Tara) both appear in Grey's Anatomy (2005).
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Katey Sagal, who plays the character of Gemma Teller, is an extremely talented vocalist. Sagal sings multiple songs throughout the series that feature on the 'official best selling soundtrack of Sons of Anarchy'.
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.
Creator Kurt Sutter directed every season finale, all the way up to the series finale.
Margaret Murphy (McNally Sagal) and Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) make the same reference as to why they keep the tattoo on their lower backs.
Kurt Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal (Gemma) have a daughter named Esme.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) both star together in Guillermo del Toro's futuristic sci fi action adventure Pacific Rim (2013).
Donal Logue , who plays Lee Toric in the sixth season, has his actual birthday listed in his character's police file: February 27th, 1966.
Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) appeared in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Johnny Lewis (Half-Sack) appeared in the sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Ron Perlman also appeared in the original Alien franchise, in Alien: Resurrection (1997). Walton Goggins who plays Venus Van Dam also appeared in Predators (2010).
John Teller and Sons of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter share a birthday; May 5. Although, Sutter was born 20 years after Teller.
Both the "byz-lats" & "one-niners" fictional gangs are in Sons & The Shield (2002).
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Mark Boone Junior and Tommy Flanagan play a part on the 1997 movie The Game (1997).
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Six of the main characters from TV series The Shield (2002) appear in Sons of Anarchy (2008) sooner or later. CCH Pounder, Walton Goggins, Michael Chiklis, Benito Martinez, Kenny Johnson, and Jay Karnes.
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Katey Sagal (Katey Sagal) and Adam Arkin (Adam Arkin) previously appeared on 8 Simple Rules (2002).
Mark Boone Junior and Judith Hoag have both guest starred on HBO's Carnivàle (2003).
In the opening credits, images of club symbols are mixed with actors' names. At first glance these appear almost random. However, if you look closely you can see the image matches the actor's character perfectly. Charlie Hunnam's (Jackson) name appears with a forearm tattoo. Drea de Matteo (Wendy) is shown next to a toy motorcycle; she is the mother of one of Jackson's children. The name Katey Sagal appears next to Gemma's heart scar. Theo Rossi's name is written on his head next to his unusual tattoo. Mark Boone Junior appears as a guitar is played (both he and his character are musicians). David Labrava's name is written next to Happy's menacing happy face tattoo which denote how many men he has killed. Tommy Flanagan (whose character has a scar) has his name written next to a knife. Dayton Callie's (the sheriff) name appears next to a cell door. Every name has a character link.
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Chuck Zito who is a former 25 year member of the HELLS ANGELS was suing FX , saying they stole his idea after a meeting he had with FX President and V. President who later decline to do a motorcycle series. A year later they were in production with Sons of Anarchy. Zito went to court after a two year battle, lost summary judgement. Kurt Sutter hired Chuck to play Frankie Diamonds in the 5th season of Sons of Anarchy, he's a New York Nomad member who transfers to Charming.
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Tommy Flanagan & Arie Verveen also starred as outlaw comrades in Sin City (2005).
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Nero (Jimmy Smits) says his son has Spina Bífida caused by extreme drug use. Not true - it is a congenital birth defect.
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McNally Sagal (Margaret Murphy) and Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow) are sisters-in-law in real life.
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Fourteen members of the cast of Sons of Anarchy (2008), also played in the HBO series Deadwood (2004). The list includes Tony Swift (Prospector/Biker), Tim DeZarn (Townsman/Nate Meineke), Kevin P. Kearns (Pasco/Luke), Dan Hildebrand (Shaughnessy/Tim Driscoll/Sean Casey), Julie Ariola (Countess/Mary Winston ), Cleo King (Aunt Lou Marchbanks/Neeta), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter/Chief Wayne Unser), Paula Malcomson (Trixie/Maureen Ashby), Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane/Ally Lowen), Titus Welliver (Silas Adams/Jimmy O'Phelan), Jamie McShane (Ned Mason/Cameron Hayes), Ray McKinnon (Reverend H.W. Smith/Lincoln Potter), Jim Cody Williams (Terrence/Uncle Vinky). Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs/Colette Jane).
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Frankie Diamonds (Chuck Zito) built his own Harley Davidson Chopper to use on the 5th season of Sons of Anarchy. The bike was to radical to use on the show since everyone else was riding black FXRs or Dyna Glides. Kurt Sutter wrote the chopper known as the"Beast from the East" into two episode's of the series. The "Beast from the East can be seen on "Before the Anarchy" on YouTube.
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In Season 3, when Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is woken at noon by Kellan Ashby (James Cosmo), you can spot that on the cigarette he lights, the logo is an eagle. Making it American Spirit.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kurt Sutter revealed in an interview that he realized Tara (Maggie Siff) had to die when shooting season 2. The reason for this was that when facing the final season, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) had to be a man completely devastated, without supports.
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.).
Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) and Tig (Kim Coates) are the only SAMCRO members to survive from the pilot episode to the end of the finale. Happy (David Labrava) 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.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) never learned that Gemma (Katey Sagal) played a key role in his father's death.
In season 2 ep 2, Sons of Anarchy: Small Tears (2009), Jax (Charlie Hunnam) says to Otto's (Kurt Sutter) 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.
Lee Toric (Donal Logue) was killed early on in season 6 because the shooting of Vikings (2013) was sooner than originally expected, so Donal Logue could only do four episodes. It was planned for him to have a larger part.
In the series finale, Sons of Anarchy: Papa's Goods (2014), the last words Jax (Charlie Hunnam) says to the club are "I got this" before riding off to his death. Jax also says the same phrase to Chibs (Tommy Flanagan), Tig (Kim Coates), and Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) before using a snow globe to crush in the skull of the prison guard captain who oversaw and orchestrated the death of Opie (Ryan Hurst). Those same words "I got this" are also what Opie said before being killed in the prison.
Early in season one, after discovering that Tara (Maggie Siff) still had feelings for Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Wendy (Drea de Matteo) made a statement that unknowingly foreshadowed Tara's death. The statement was Gemma (Katey Sagal) would never let Tara and Jax be together, and that Gemma would kill her if need be.
In seasons 6 and 7 Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and a few other members wear "In Memory Of Opie" patches on the bottom left side of their kuttes.
The only SAMCRO members that have a proper wake after they are killed are Half Sack (Johnny Lewis) & Opie Winston (Ryan Hurst).
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.
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".
Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal are the only actors to appear in all 92 episodes. Although Sagal spent the finale as a corpse.
Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz, played by real life Hell's Angel Sonny Barger, is the only surviving member from the founding First 9.
Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) dies on the same road, 580, as his father John Teller, crashing into a semi truck, on his father's motorcycle.
Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) is the only enemy of SAMCRO to survive from the first season, to the end of the series. Although, he did form an uneasy alliance with SAMCRO for later seasons. Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin), the main villain in season 2, managed to escape the club. However, while Gemma was on the run, a news clip plays while she is at the motel, showing that the plane Zobelle was on had crashed, most likely killing him off screen. Darby (Mitch Pileggi) 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, parting on good terms with the club.
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 (2002) 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 (Charlie Hunnam) 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 centrepiece of so much violence and death.
In the episode where Gemma and the Sons are at her father's house in Oregon, Tig (Kim Coates) 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 (1986) who was known for her large bouffant red hair.
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: Sons of Anarchy: Lochan Mor (2010) (Big Pond/Lake) (S3/E8), Sons of Anarchy: Turas (2010) (Journey/Tour) (S3/E9), Sons of Anarchy: Fírinne (2010) (Truth) (S3/E10), Sons of Anarchy: Bainne (2010) (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 Sons of Anarchy: Na Triobloidi (2009) 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.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) only wears motorcycle boots in the first and last episodes of the series. The rest of the series he wears white sneakers.
Chief Wayne Unser's Dayton Callie name has a hidden meaning... unless you speak German. The word "Unser" in German means "ours", which lines up with the fact that he was SAMCRO's inside man in the Charming police department.
In the pilot episode Jax (Charlie Hunnam) wears a green cover, foreshadowing him wearing the same exact thing to kill Marks (Billy Brown) in the series finale, Sons of Anarchy: Papa's Goods (2014).
Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam) died without ever knowing that his mother (Katey Sagal) had some form of contribution towards John Teller's death.
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.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) 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 character and final demise in The Sopranos (1999). He also says this again to Luanne (Dendrie Taylor) 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?"
It was Drea de Matteo who suggested Kurt Sutter to bring Wendy back to the show during season 4.
Half Sack (Johnny Lewis) and Opie (Ryan Hurst) are the only characters to receive a proper wake
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.
Frances Fisher (who played Honey, 2010) and Jason Barry (who played Declan, 2014) previously starred together in James Cameron's Titanic (1997). Fisher played Kate Winslet's mother, Ruth, and Barry played Leonardo DiCaprio's friend, Tommy.
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Roughly 304 deaths (including those of main characters and extras) are shown on screen during the entire series, as counted by a fan. 75 of these deaths happened during the first 3 seasons.
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