Trivia / Oz

  • The Cast Showoff:
    • muMs the Schemer wrote every one of the poems his character Poet recited.
    • The basketball tournament allows real-life pro ball player Rick Fox to show his skills.
    • The talent showcase episode showed off the pipes of a number of the cast members, almost all of whom had band or Broadway experience.
      • Bonus points to Rita Moreno (Sister Pete) who has an Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Golden Globe for her singing roles.
  • The Danza: Chris Keller is played by Christopher Meloni.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Averted. Somewhat bizarrely, the show had a long list of actors show up in the director's chair, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Matt Dillon and Rob Morrow among others, none of whom ever actually acted on the show.
  • Fake American: Said is played by Brit actor Eamonn Walker.
  • Fake Nationality: Adebisi is played by British actor Adewale Akinnouwe Agbaje of Nigerian descent.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor : According to the DVD commentary, Kristin Rohde, who plays Claire Howell, is a very sweet person, the exact opposite of Howell. The trope probably applies to several of the actors on the series.
  • Playing Against Type: Željko Ivanek asked to play a villainous character in this because he was fed up with being type-cast as dull nice guys or Reasonable Authority Figures. His subsequent career proves that it worked.
  • Power Tattoo: The "OZ" tat that we see getting done in the intro? Was actually done. On the arm of Tom Fontana, the series' creator.
  • Production Posse: A very large number of the actors from OZ also played main, recurring, or guest characters in the series/Law & Order franchise. This is likely because both series were filmed in New York rather than California, so it pulled from the same pool of actors.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Resident Manipulative Bastard Ryan O'Reily (played by Dean Winters) and his mentally retarded older brother Cyril O'Reily (Scott William Winters) are brothers in real life. Their eldest brother, Bradford Winters, was series creator/head writer Tom Fontana's main collaborator for most of the series' run, as well.
    • Terry Kinney (McManus) and Kathryn Erbe (Shirley Bellinger) were married for 13 years and have two children together.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
  • Technology Marches On : In season 3, one of the inmates writes his memoirs. He saves it on a disk, which is then intercepted. Today, the file would be sent via email or online submission form, and stored elsewhere.
    • Early in Season 5, Beecher's computer gets upgraded...to 128MB of RAM (which was slow even in 2002).
  • What Could Have Been: Tom Fontana said that Rick Fox would have been in more episodes if he'd played for New York Knicks instead of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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