Dean Joseph Norris (born April 8, 1963) is an American actor, best known for portraying DEA agent Hank Schrader on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013) and town councilman James "Big Jim" Rennie on the CBS series Under the Dome (2013–2015). He has appeared in films such as Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Total Recall (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Starship Troopers (1997), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Evan Almighty (2007), and Sons of Liberty (2015).
Norris was born in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Rosemarie "Rosie" (Lacay) and Jack B. Norris, a furniture store owner. His maternal grandparents were Hungarian. He graduated from Clay High School in 1981, where he says he was a straight-A student, and also class valedictorian. While in high school, he was a member of the cast of the WNDU-TV/JA show Beyond Our Control. He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in social studies. He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for one year.
Norris starred in Tremors: The Series and the film Without Limits. He has had guest spots in other television series including NYPD Blue, The X-Files, The West Wing, and Lost, and has appeared in films including Gattaca and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Norris is best known for his role as DEA agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad, which he played from the show's premiere in 2008 to its final season in 2013. Norris' performance on Breaking Bad has received critical acclaim. He also starred in the CBS series Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. He plays selectman James "Big Jim" Rennie, the only town council member in the area which is cut off from the rest of the United States; Rennie initially seems to do the right thing in getting the town accustomed to the separation, but he soon starts to abuse his power.
Norris has two sisters. He lives with his wife Bridget and their five children in Temecula, California.