Dean Winters

Actor, Bartender
Brown-haired, wiry actor Dean Winters got a relatively late start in the business, going along at his younger brother's urging to an acting class at age 27. From there, he discovered a fondness for as well as a ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Battle Creek 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dream School 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

John Wick 2014 (Movie)

Avi (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999 - 2000, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Flame 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil You Know 2014 (Movie)

Jake Kelly (Actor)

Winter of Frozen Dreams 2014 (Movie)

Curtis (Actor)

30 Rock 2006, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Up All Night 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rescue Me 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2007, 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Today's Special 2010 (Movie)

Chef Steve (Actor)

Life on Mars 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Splinterheads 2009 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1994 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strip Search 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bound 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Snipes 2002 (Movie)

Bobby Starr (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullet in the Brain 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex and the City 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undercover Angel 1998 (Movie)

Harrison Tyler (Actor)

Biography

Brown-haired, wiry actor Dean Winters got a relatively late start in the business, going along at his younger brother's urging to an acting class at age 27. From there, he discovered a fondness for as well as a proficiency in the craft, and began to land TV guest roles. Among his first professional acting jobs was a recurring role on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street", playing the husband of a murdered woman. In subsequent episodes, his character confessed to the murder, and was later featured in a prison riot episode. Winters went from this Fontana/Levinson production to another, landing a regular role on the gritty HBO prison drama "Oz" in 1997. The actor played prisoner Ryan O'Reilly, a manipulative and crafty yet oddly likable inmate whose survival skills have allowed him to enjoy a virtually unvictimized existence in the hellish prison. Not a member of any of the main groups represented at Oswald Correctional Facility, O'Reilly succeeded by playing each faction off of another to achieve his desired end. Winters' performance in the program was consistently compelling, and he was given room to show his skills with his character playing integral parts in some of the series' wilder storylines. A breast cancer survivor, O'Reilly fell so hard for the doctor that diagnosed and treated him that he had his mentally challenged brother (played by his real-life sibling Scott William Winters) on the outside kill her husband. He counts among his other credits the slow murder of a fellow inmate by spiking his food with ground glass, fixing a series of boxing matches by drugging whichever combatant he bet against and insidiously overtaking the drug trade from the established dealing group. Winters' multi-dimensional portrayal of the calculating survivor has made O'Reilly a favorite character among fans despite his obvious despicable qualities, his moving depiction of O'Reilly's struggle with his genuine if twisted love for Dr. Nathan (Lauren Velez) and the fierce protectiveness of his overly trusting newly imprisoned brother Cyril (who landed in Oz because of the murder his brother ordered) serving as particularly strong examples of Winters' acting strength.

Relationships

Bradford Winters

Brother
Co-wrote an episode of "Oz" (HBO)

Scott Winters

Brother
Born in 1965 played on-screen brothers on the HBO drama, "Oz"

Blair Winters

Sister

Milestones

2008

Played Sarah Conner's love interest on several episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (FOX)

2008

Had a recurring role as Sam's father in "Life on Mars" (ABC)

2006

Played a recurring role on "30 Rock" (NBC) as Liz Lemon's former boyfriend

2004

Cast as Tommy's (played by Denis Leary) brother, Johnny on the FX drama, "Rescue Me"

1999

Guest starred as Carrie's 'F*ck Buddy' on HBO's "Sex and the City"

1999

Cast as enthusiastic new detective Brian Cassidy on the NBC drama, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

1998

Played a firefighter suspected of arson on an episode of FOX's "New York Undercover"

1997

Played manipulative and crafty inmate Ryan O'Reilly on the HBO prison drama, "Oz"

1995

Made TV debut in a recurring role on the NBC police series, "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1992

Began acting in his late 20s after being encouraged by his younger brother to come along to a drama class

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