Luis Ruiz - Main Characters - Inmates


Character: Portrayed by: Appears in seasons:
Augustus Hill Harold Perrineau 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Physically disabled—but socially astute—narrator of the show. Though he died at the end of season 5, he remained on the show throughout season 6 as the narrator.
Tobias Beecher Lee Tergesen 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Was a middle class lawyer in denial about his alcoholism until landing in prison forced him to confront himself and become self-sufficient. His character undergoes the most drastic changes throughout the seasons, during which he becomes a drug addict, falls in love with a man and converts to Islam. His relationship with Keller and blood feud with Schillinger is the series' dominant story arc, beginning in the first episode and being resolved during the series finale, when he accidentally kills Schillinger in an acted fight in a play
Vern Schillinger J. K. Simmons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, Schillinger commits atrocities against other inmates because of race, sexual orientation, or overall weakness. However, he is double-crossed by Keller and accidentally killed by Beecher during a production of the play "Macbeth"
Ryan O'Reily Dean Winters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
An Irish hoodlum who does what it takes to survive. Compared to Othello's Iago by show creator Fontana, he is responsible for almost every death in the first season.
Bob Rebadow George Morfogen 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
An elderly inmate serving life for murder. He was originally sentenced to death, but in 1965, he survived a botched execution and had his sentence commuted. He is fantastically intuitive (some think as a result of the botched execution), which in the first couple of seasons he explains by nonchalantly saying "God told me"; later he begins doubting the source and veracity of his insights.
Kareem Said Eamonn Walker 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
A brilliant Muslim leader with a powerful voice and a conviction that other people's racism will absolve him. He is responsible for the death of Simon Adebisi; however, it was ruled self-defense. He is shot and killed by Lemuel Idzik.
Miguel Alvarez Kirk Acevedo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Undergoes a process of losing masculine credibility within the Latino gang, then tries to redeem himself after cutting out a respectable prison guard's eyes. He briefly escapes from prison, but is eventually recaptured.
Cyril O'Reily Scott William Winters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Ryan O'Reily's mentally handicapped-brother, who was incarcerated after blindly following Ryan's orders to murder the husband of Dr. Gloria Nathan, with whom Ryan is obsessed. He was mentally incapacitated in a gang fight. He kills an inmate out of self-defense of his brother, but gets sent to death row and is finally executed, after a long legal battle.
Chris Keller Christopher Meloni 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
A bisexual serial killer who preyed upon gay men in the outside world while hiding his sexual orientation through a series of marriages. Perhaps the most amoral figure in the entire milieu, he is a master of emotional manipulation and only seems to really enjoy himself when those who care about him are made to suffer. His relationship with Beecher is also a big part of many episodes. He commits suicide in the series finale when Beecher told him he would never forgive him for being sent back to OZ.
Simon Adebisi Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 1, 2, 3, 4
A gigantic, deranged maniac of Nigerian descent; incarcerated for decapitating a police officer with a machete. His flirtations with insanity and religion are transient. However, Adebisi remains one of the most powerful inmates within the walls of Oz, until his death when he is killed by Kareem Said.
Samuel Gougeon Blayne Perry 2, 3, 4, 6
Prisoner 97G141. Convicted on August 5, 1997 for manslaughter. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10. Samuel Gougeon is convicted after accidentally killing a hunter. He is a background character, a Protestant who decided to become Catholic. As a Christian, Gougeon can be seen with Harden and Schirner around Emerald City. Gougeon supports William Cudney's attempt to make the inmates stop watching Miss Sally's Schoolyard. The tension grows and Emerald City is locked down for some minutes. Gougeon, Harden, and the other Christians are transferred out of Em City on orders from Martin Querns. When Querns is fired all wrongfully transferred prisoners are returned. Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier arrives during the second half and starts converting Catholic inmates. Gougeon decides to leave the flock and asks Father Mukada to convert him to Catholicism. Angry, Timmy Kirk pays James Robson and the Aryan Brotherhood to beat up Gougeon. They do so and Gougeon is sent to the hospital, badly injured. Angry, Father Mukada accuses Cloutier of asking someone to hurt Gougeon. Gougeon is back to Emerald City. To take his men out of Zahir Arif's book-binding lab, Burr Redding decides to destroy his machines. He pays guard Jason Armstrong to let him in and obligates Gougeon to destroy the machines (as punishment for Gougeon speaking about religion on the telemarketing calls). While praying, Gougeon throws some liquid in the machines, destroying them.

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