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Breaking Bad's Dean Norris nearly found himself on Wall Street

Award-winning Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris told Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round that for a moment, he was tempted by Wall Street over Hollywood.

“I didn’t come from a whole bunch of money, so when I was graduating Harvard, it was easy to get job interviews. I graduated 1985. The crash was 1986. Investment banking was the thing if you came out of Harvard,” explained Norris. “They would fly you down, and you’d stay in a nice hotel, get up and chit-chat a little bit about commodities – then I would put on a t-shirt, go out, and do an audition.”

Does he regret not entering the Wall Street world?

“No,” said Norris. “I thought about it later, [but] when you’re that age, the chance of becoming a successful actor seemed rather distant. After I got into L.A., I was glad I did what I did.”

It was a professional decision that certainly has worked to his benefit.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Dean Norris, Jonathan Banks and Aaron Paul, winners of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Breaking Bad,' pose in the press room during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In Breaking Bad, Norris played DEA agent Hank Schrader, the brother-in-law of schoolteacher turned drug kingpin, Walter White, on the critically-acclaimed television drama, Breaking Bad. The unusual pastime of his character – brewing beer in his garage – is now the impetus behind Norris’ latest venture: Schraderbräu, a recreation of the once-fictional brew.

“Somebody came to me early on, and was talking about possibly doing a beer. I thought, ‘okay,’ and then it didn’t go anywhere,” he explained. “Then I thought, if someone is going to do it, I might as well do it myself, because I’d mainly be the person promoting it. So I went to Sony, struck a deal with them for the licensing, found a great partner...and we timed it because we knew we had some things coming out, a little thing in about a month.”

That ‘little thing’ is El Camino, a film continuation the show coming to Netflix.

“I couldn’t tell you a single thing about it,” says Norris. “But you’ll find out in about a month.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Actors Bryan Cranston (L) and Dean Norris speak at a Q & A session after a screening of "No Half Measures: Creating The Final Season Of Breaking Bad" at the The Grove's Pacific Theatre on November 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Olivia Balsamo is a writer and producer at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @BalsamoOlivia.

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