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Dean Norris Has Been Cast on Law & Order: OC — as Stabler's Brother! Details

Norris has referred to Christopher Meloni as his "old bud." 

By Jackie Manno

Law & Order: Organized Crime viewers will be introduced to a very important member of Elliot Stabler's (Chris Meloni) family in Season 4. Better yet, he will be portrayed by an actor who is known for playing gritty roles. 

Dean Norris cast on Law & Order: OC

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Dean Norris is set to play Randall Stabler, Stabler's older brother in Season 4 of Law & Order: OC. Randall, now a successful real estate agent, has a strained relationship with Elliot due to a disagreement regarding their father. 

This won't be Meloni and Norris' first time working together, as they also starred alongside each other in the 2014 comedy film Small Time. In the movie, Meloni played Al Klein, a used car salesman and the father of the lead character, while Norris played Ash Martini, Klein's sales partner. 

Norris himself is eager to tackle the recurring role of Randall Stabler on Season 4 Law & Order: Organized Crime, and to work with Meloni again. "Very excited to be working with my old bud Meloni. Gonna be a fun Winter Spring in NYC," he posted on his Instagram page on December 13, officially confirming his casting on the show. 

A split of Elliot Stabler and Dean Norris

Dean Norris' TV shows

You most likely recognize Norris as DEA Agent Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad. He revived the character for its prequel series, Better Call Saul, for Season 5 in 2020. His other roles include Howard Fox is Season 5, Episode 20 of NBC's Superstore, Colonel Richard Williams on Season 10 of The Big Bang Theory, Fenton Gackland on Season 7 of Scandal, and councilman James Rennie in the sci-fi series Under the Dome.

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What else to know about Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4

Season 4 of Law & Order: OC will premiere Thursday, January 18 at 10/9c on NBC and stream next day on Peacock. 

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement in news of the show returning. “All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I'd also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”

As of right now, no changes in the casting lineup have been announced with the recurring characters. Season 3's actors included Meloni, Danielle Moné TruittAinsley Seiger, and Rick Gonzalez.

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“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

Stay tuned to learn more about the gripping plot lines that will unfold for Season 4 of Organized Crime.