Bravo are currently showing the second series of Sons Of Anarchy on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm. Set in the midwestern town of Charming, it follows a rough biker gang who are involved in gun-running activities, but who are also paradoxically the most effective defenders of their town.
Our friends at Holler, who are helping promote the show in the UK, have helped us put together this guide to the main characters in the show. If you missed the first series of Sons Of Anarchy, this should give you the lowdown on the main players. We’ll have more Sons Of Anarchy features for you as the show runs, so stay tuned to Unreality Shout!
Clarence “Clay” Morrow (Ron Perlman) is SAMCRO’s current president and youngest original member. He has been married to Gemma since the death of her first husband John Teller in 1993. Clay has been shown to struggle with his age and developing arthritis, frequently allowing Jax to handle Club affairs. According to Gemma, Clay has done time (as did her first husband John). The role was played by Scott Glenn in the first version of the pilot.
Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is SAMCRO’s vice president. Born in 1978 to John and Gemma Teller, he has lived his whole life in Charming. His day job is mechanic at Teller-Morrow. He has past arrests for smuggling and gun-running but has been clean since approximately 2003. Having recently discovered several of his father’s old journals and an old manuscript entitled The Life and Death of Sam Crow: How the Sons of Anarchy Lost Their Way, which collectively lay out the original manifesto for SAMCRO, he finds himself doubting the club’s direction, causing friction between him and his stepfather Clay as well as creating doubt with some of the other members. Jax has a child named Abel, who has radically altered Jax’s mentality as he begins to focus on the “big picture” and being a father to Abel in the future, making him much more cautious. Jax has romantic ties to Abel’s mother Wendy and his high school sweetheart Tara.
Bobby “Elvis” Munson (Mark Boone Junior) is SAMCRO’s secretary/treasurer. He does Elvis impersonations in Lake Tahoe. Munson is Jewish and a demolition and explosives expert. He was incarcerated for the murder of Brenan Hefner after a woman that lived in the building witnessed the killing and went to the police. He was released a few months after Jax threatened the witness into leaving California and the case against him was based completely on the witness’s testimony.
Bobby’s father was a mob accountant in Reno who kept two sets of books for the mob – Bobby apparently learned accounting from his father.
Alex “Tig” Trager (Kim Coates) is SAMCRO’s sergeant-at-arms. He is particularly close to Clay and is one of the club’s more violent members, who has on occasion mentioned disturbing parts of his past. Though respecting Jax’s intelligence, Tig questions Jax’s ability to lead as SOA enters a more brutal era in the club’s history with the Mayans and the Nords. Tig was the one who was to carry out the hit on Opie but instead mistakenly killed Opie’s wife Donna instead. Afterwards Tig seemed to be in a state of depression and seemingly let Jax beat him after Jax forced him at gun point not to kill the witness who was going to ID Bobby and Opie for the murder of Brenan Hefner.
Filip “Chibs” Telford (Tommy Flanagan) is a member of SAMCRO and extremely loyal to Jax. He is originally from Glasgow, Scotland but grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and served as a medic with the British Army however only lasted five months and was expelled after a court martial. His battlefield experience makes him the club’s medic for backroom emergency surgery. A “chib” is Scottish street slang for a blade. Chibs was seriously injured by a car bomb explosion at the club’s garage. He has an estranged wife named Fiona. They have a daughter named Kerrianne
Piermont “Piney” Winston (William Lucking) is a co-founder of SAMCRO and father to Opie. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and must carry an oxygen tank with him at all times due to emphysema. He is upset with the direction the club is going especially after Donna’s death. In the season one finale, it was revealed that he was given a copy of John Teller’s manuscript which he passed onto Jax at Donna’s funeral.
Harry “Opie” Winston (Ryan Hurst) is a member of SAMCRO and son of co-founder Piney. Best friends with Jax since childhood, Opie’s mom took him away from Piney and Charming when he was 16 but he left her and returned to his father and the club. Opie had recently been paroled from a five year stay in prison following his conviction for a botched robbery with ex-member Kyle Hobart. Now struggling to support his family earning “clean” money through his job at a local lumber mill, he faces conflicting pressure from his wife Donna, who wants him to leave the club, and from SOA members, due to his reluctance to participate in their frequently illegal activities. Facing a deteriorating marriage, he has begun to participate in all of SOA’s activities to end the “half in-half out” mentality he had taken regarding his devotion to his family and to SAMCRO. His wife, Donna was recently killed during a botched hit against him after the ATF set him up as a “snitch” against the club in an attempt to take down SAMCRO.
Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz (Theo Rossi) is the club’s hacker and intelligence officer. Though Juice displays great technical prowess, he has also proven to be somewhat simple-minded when it comes to other tasks, often garnering him hazing from the other members.
He is also in charge of club surveillance and manages some of the club’s intelligence and communication. He is seen as unreliable by Clay Morrow, the club president, and is often given menial tasks such as driving the transport truck. He sports a short mohawk and has lightning bolts tattooed on each side of his head. He is also the only known full patch member of the club not to have the club’s logo tattooed on his back.
Otto Delaney (Kurt Sutter), known as Big Otto Delaney, is a member of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club but is imprisoned in Stockton state prison. Delaney was born in Colma, California on September 29, 1963 and was a member of the Sons of Anarchy’s Charming chapter. He is currently imprisoned on charges of second-degree murder and vehicle theft but is still in contact with the club. He seems to be a powerful man on the inside and is the leader of the “Big House Crew,” a gang made up of imprisoned Sons of Anarchy. His “old lady” is Luann, (now deceased) with whom he was deeply in love. He has her name tattooed on his left arm.
Happy (David LaBrava) is a member of the Tacoma charter of the club. He stated in the episode “Better Half” that his sick mother lives in Bakersfield and that he wanted to go “nomad” (a nomad is a member of a motorcycle club with no fixed address and, thus, no charter affiliation) for awhile to take care of her. Clay’s response to that statement was “There’s always a seat at that table for you.” Happy is a ruthless killer and sports a happy face tattoo for each one of his assassinations. Like “Tig” he is looked to for the jobs that no one else has the stomach for.
In addition to the Redwood Chapter, many other members of SOA are seen throughout the series. Among them are other nomads seen with Happy while attacking Darby’s meth lab and the members of other chapters attending Donna’s funeral. Also, Clay and Jimmy O have mentioned a chapter in Belfast, Northern Ireland that helps the IRA directly with muscle; they are headed by a man named McGee.