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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 Chris 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: Zeljko 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.
  • 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: Said was killed off so early and out of nowhere in season six because Eamonn Walker wanted to be in Tears of the Sun.
  • 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.
  • 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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