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If you’re a fan of the show, here are some facts that you may not know about the cast and concept of Sons of Anarchy.
Keeping it in the family
The original concept of the show is loosely based on Hamlet: a man kills his ‘brother’, marries the brother’s wife, and feuds with the son. But did you know that the Sons of Anarchy cast are a much closer family than Hamlet’s?
Show creator, and uncredited actor of Otto, Kurt Sutter is married to singer, actress, and matriarch Gemma Teller-Morrow’s Katey Sagal. Sagal has four siblings; director Jean, who has worked on shows such as 2 Broke Girls, and Two and a Half Men; Liz, who often writes for Sons of Anarchy; Joe, or Joey, who has appeared in season 6 of Sons as Dr. Trout; and David, who is married to actress McNally Sagal, who plays hospital administrator Margaret Murphy.
Pamela Toric, the nurse who is killed by Otto in season five, is played by Karina Logue. Karina’s brother, Donal, plays Pamela’s brother, Lee. Not only that, but in Lee Toric’s police file we see that his date of birth is 27th February 1966 – the same as actor Donal Logue’s date of birth.
Most people know that before Ron Perlman was Clay Morrow, he played Hellboy, and that Katey Sagal played the mother in both Married with Children, and 8 Simple Rules… But many of the actors in Sons have crossed paths in other shows. Lost, Deadwood, and The Shield all played host to multiple members of the Sons of Anarchy regular and guest cast. And according to IMDB, and incredible 93 names overlap between the Sons of Anarchy cast and crew, and that of Grey’s Anatomy.
There are also some…interesting visuals to be found in the earlier work of some of the Sons cast. Ryan Hurst, who played Opie, can be seen in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, with short, blonde hair, and no beard – he’s barely recognisable, we suggest you Google it if you ever need cheering up. As for Charlie Hunnam, red-blooded American biker Jax Teller, he’s actually a Geordie. With an early appearance in Byker Grove, Hunnam’s big break came with the seminal Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, where he can be seen regularly snogging Aiden Gillan – later to play Petyr ‘Little Finger’ Baelish in Game of Thrones.
Look out for another instalment of Sons of Anarchy – Facts & Trivia, where we point out the real bikers among the actors.