Ed Norris
First appearance "The Wire" (episode 1.06)
Last appearance "-30-" (episode 5.10)
Reason/Cause End of season
Occupation Homicide detective
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 40s
Spouse None
Children None
Kill Count None
Episode Count 21 episodes
Portrayed by Ed Norris

Ed Norris is a Veteran Homicide Detective portrayed by the actor with the same name, Ed was also with the police force in real life


Norris is a homicide detective who has been in the unit for 15 years since 1991 according to Season 4.

Character summaryEdit

Season OneEdit

Norris and his squad mate Vernon Holley first appeared assigned to the case of the murder of Omar Little’s boyfriend Brandon. They recognized a connection to the recent murder of Omar’s crew member Bailey because both corpses were found in Kevlar vests. They called in their colleague Jimmy McNulty and the Barksdale detail's work secured a conviction for the murder against soldier Wee-Bey Brice.

Norris was also lead detective on the shooting of Wendell "Orlando" Blocker and Kima Greggs this time working with Detective Ray Cole. This case was also solved when Wee-Bey confessed to the shooting.

Season TwoEdit

Ed appeared briefly when investigating the shooting of a child by a stray bullet.

Season ThreeEdit

Ed attended the wake of his colleague Ray Cole.

Season FourEdit

Norris remains with the homicide unit in season four when he is the lead investigator in the politically important murder of a state's witness. He is briefly taken off the case and replaced with Greggs, now a rookie in the squad, in order to slow progress because of pressure from the Mayor. Norris is soon reinstated when this story is leaked to the press. He works alongside Greggs to maintain a coverup story that they were always working together. Norris secures an informant for the witness murder, but his attempt to break the story right before the election leads to him and Greggs being sent off to a security detail at a polling station for the day. Norris continues to pursue this lead after the election, however Greggs solves the case with a careful recanvassing of the crime scene before he is able to make progress. She earns Norris' respect with her work although he responds to the knowledge that the shooting was random with incredulity because of the political ramifications it had.


Norris is played by ex-police commissioner of Baltimore and ex-convicted felon Ed Norris. His cameo appearances are a source of irony on the show, and he is often given dialogue bemoaning the state of the Baltimore Police Department

Police Detectives & Officers

Jimmy McNulty - Kima Greggs - Bunk Moreland - Lester Freamon - Ellis Carver - Herc Hauk - Roland Pryzbylewski -Leander Sydnor - Beadie Russell - Kenneth Dozerman - Michael Crutchfield - Ed Norris - Eddie Walker - Michael Sentangelo - Bobby Brown - Lloyd Garrick - Caroline Massey - Ray Cole - Vernon Holley