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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDean Gerard Winters
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dean Winters is known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on HBO's award-winning series Oz (1997) and as Tina Fey's character's "Beeper King" boyfriend on the Emmy-winning comedy, 30 Rock (2006). His noteworthy comedic performance was recently included in Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" as well as Variety's short-list of Emmy-worthy guest performances. In addition to being featured in the film P.S. I Love You (2007) with Hilary Swank, Winters was a series regular on FX's critically-acclaimed, one-hour drama Rescue Me (2004), in which he played Denis Leary's character's brother, Johnny Gavin, an NYPD police detective.

He recurred as Lena Headey's former love interest on the Fox series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). He can also be seen as the Allstate spokesmodel character known as Mayhem.

Winters also played Detective Brian Cassidy on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Other television credits include guest-starring roles in CSI: Miami (2002), Sex and the City (1998), Third Watch (1999), The Twilight Zone (1985), Millennium (1996), New York Undercover (1994), NYPD Blue (1993) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993). Some of Winters's film projects include Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009), Bristol Boys (2006), Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002), Bullet in the Brain (2001), Snipes (2001), Undercover Angel (1999), All Shook Up (1999), Conspiracy Theory (1997), starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, Firehouse (1996), Sidney Lumet's television movie Strip Search (2004) and The Devil You Know (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sandracasst@industryentertainment.com and CHighland

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays immoral yet charming characters
Low rasping voice
scar on his chin

Trivia (14)

Of Irish and Italian descent, Dean Winters was raised in Long Island along with his younger brothers and sister ( Scott William Winters, Blair Winters, and Bradford Winters), the children of Patrick (an electronics engineer) and the late Magna Winters. Their mother died when Dean was quite young.
Attended Hommocks Middle School, which turned out Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon, as well as Dean's brother, Scott William Winters. At age 14, Dean moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where his grandparents lived and attended Chaparral High School. He later graduated from Brophy College Preparatory, a Jesuit school in Phoenix, before going on to attend Colorado College.
He said that two moments defined his path: his brother Scott William Winters dragging him down to meet famed acting coach William Esper (with whom Dean studied) and watching Sean Penn's The Indian Runner (1991).
He was one of the founding actors in the Workhouse Theater in Tribeca.
He started out on the bartending circuit working in bars and clubs around Manhattan.
Did a summer intensive at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England. His acting partner was Rashida Jones.
He studied art history in London (England) and Florence (Italy), where he studied Italian.
Died in the back of an ambulance going through Central Park in 2009 after suffering from a bacterial infection. He was brought back to life 3-1/2 minutes later by the emergency response team at Lenox Hill Hospital. In a span of two years he had 16 surgeries, lost 2-1/2 toes and half a thumb after contracting gangrene. He also had major reconstructive surgery on his left arm. He was offered the role of "Mayhem" for Allstate's ad campaign while in the hospital.
The role of "Ryan O'Reily" on Oz (1997) (HBO) was written and created by Tom Fontana for Dean. Part of Fontana's master plan was to bring Scott William Winters (Dean's brother) on "Oz" for Season 2. Brad Winters, Dean's other brother, also worked on "Oz" as a writer. Blair Winters, Dean's sister, married "Oz" producer/writer Jorge Zamacona.
While working at a bar with his brother Scott William Winters, Dean met Tom Fontana, who wrote him a part on the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) for his 30th birthday.
Credits Tina Fey with bringing his career back to life on "30 Rock" (2006).
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Rita Moreno.
Credits Rita Moreno as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Veteran Broadway/character actress Rita Moreno took him under her wing, when he was 33.

Personal Quotes (3)

Life is short, I learned the hard way.
[on being a bartender in NYC] If you left my bar with cab fare, then I failed.
I've always been drawn to stories involving brothers, which started with my first viewing of Sean Penn's The Indian Runner (1991). This subsequently led to my working with my two brothers, [Scott Winters] and [Bradley Winters]. I couldn't imagine a greater gift in the business.

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