Dean Winters

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Dean Winters
Winters in October 2010.
Born (1964-07-20) July 20, 1964 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Dean Winters (born July 20, 1964)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on the HBO prison drama Oz, and has also appeared on such television series as Rescue Me, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as the character "Mayhem" in a series of Allstate Insurance commercials. Winters co-starred with Josh Duhamel in one season of the CBS Network cop drama series Battle Creek.

Early life[edit]

Winters was born in New York City, New York. He has three siblings: actor Scott William Winters, writer Bradford Winters, and Blair Winters.[2][not in citation given] He grew up on Long Island and spent his teenage years in Scottsdale, Arizona. He attended the Jesuit Brophy College Preparatory school in Phoenix, graduating in 1982. He graduated from Colorado College.[when?][citation needed]


Winters has appeared in two of the Law & Order television series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he was a regular in the first season, and as a guest star in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Purgatory". More than ten years after his final appearance on SVU, he again portrayed Detective Brian Cassidy in the 13th-season finale "Rhodium Nights", became a recurring character in the 14th season and, in the 15th season, also became Sergeant Olivia Benson's love interest. He has also made guest appearances on Homicide: Life on the Street, Sex and the City, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami and as Dennis Duffy in 30 Rock as well as previously having an accompanying role in Rescue Me.

He starred in the 1999 romantic comedy Undercover Angel with Yasmine Bleeth and the 2002 direct-to-video horror film Hellraiser: Hellseeker. He played Tom in PS, I Love You. Winters played Detective Sam Tyler's father in the US version of Life On Mars. He also played Charley Dixon, Sarah Connor's love interest, in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.[citation needed]

Winters was cast in the ABC drama pilot Happy Town, from the creators of October Road, but was replaced by Steven Weber after shooting the pilot.[3][4]

On June 20, 2010, Winters was introduced as "Mayhem," the recurring character in a new television and radio advertising campaign for Allstate Insurance created by the agency Leo Burnett Chicago.

Winters co-starred in one season of the CBS Network cop drama series Battle Creek, playing a small town police force detective opposite Josh Duhamel, the FBI Resident Agent assigned to the town. The series was cancelled in May 2015.

Most recently, Winters has reprised his role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as The Vulture and had a supporting role as a divorce attorney on the HBO series Divorce.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2009, Winters contracted a bacterial infection and collapsed upon arrival at his doctor's office. While being transported across Central Park in an ambulance, he went into cardiac arrest for over two minutes.[5] Paramedics were able to revive him, and he was hospitalized in intensive care for three weeks.[5] Over the course of the next year, he developed gangrene, requiring the amputation of two toes and half of one thumb, and ten subsequent operations including a skin graft.[5] Winters was away from acting until 2010, when Tina Fey brought him back to 30 Rock and he started work on the Mayhem campaign.[5]



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  1. ^ "Meet Mayhem: The Man Who Made Insurance Interesting". Business Insider. Apr 19, 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dean Winters' profile at". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2009-02-22). "Slew of pilots flesh out casts". Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Guide". Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Dean Winters' amazing journey back from death". New York Post. June 18, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ravitz, Justin (2008-03-17). "Bloomberg Films '30 Rock' Cameo". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
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