- Began acting in plays as a kid and did theater in college.
- Visited New York City while in college to interview for jobs on Wall Street, but also used the time to go on auditions.
- Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
- Often portrays some type of authority figure. Was cast as a cop in Lethal Weapon 2, a commanding officer in Starship Troopers, and a state trooper in Little Miss Sunshine, among others.
- Has created several videos parodying his cop persona, including a fictional show called Cop Talk and one that pokes fun at his character in the AMC series Breaking Bad.
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Bridget — Wife
- Jack Norris — Father
- Rosie Norris — Mother
- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1985)
- Birth Name: Dean Joseph Norris
- Birth Place: South Bend, IN
- Birthday: April 8, 1963, Aries
- Profession: Actor
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