Drastic changes in NCIS stars actors through the years
We all enjoy watching NCIS, the action police TV show revolving around a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service which delves into crimes involving the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. After sixteen seasons and a couple of spinoffs, the series has earned a place as one of the most popular on the TV.
Its cast is composed of talented and reputed actors and actress that have been able to entertain us with not only their intriguing cases but also their personal lives. By the way, have you ever been curious about what these stars were doing for a living before the show? We bet you have! So keep on reading and discover all the details.
1. Mark Harmon
One of the most famous representatives of the series is, without a doubt, Mark Harmon, better known in the show as the gray-haired and charismatic Leroy Jethro Gibbs. When we hear NCIS, he's the first one that comes to our minds. But it turns around that his stepping stone to stardom was not precisely in acting.
Mark is the son of a famous soccer player, Tom Harmon, so at first, he considered pursuing a career in sports. But when he thought things through, he realized soccer was not his thing. A reported asked Harmon what he could have been if acting hadn't worked out, and he said carpentry. Yes! We are not mistaken!
He really liked the activity and tried to do it but couldn't get hired. Then, he went to another field: sales. The Californian boy worked as a national sales representative for a shoe company before appearing on TV for the first time on a Kellogg's commercial along with his famous dad.
But it was after that TV advert that he landed his first role as an actor, and it was all thanks to her sister Kristin's in-laws. Mark appeared on a few episodes of Ozzie's Girls and had some guest parts in Adam-12, Police Woman, and Emergency! in mid-1975, hence starting to build his career in Hollywood.
2. Michael Weatherly
As a teenager, Michael wanted to be a baseball player and later a stuntman. But it seems that his desires took a drastic turn. Later on, his interest was acting, and he even dropped out of college to pursue a career in the field. His dad was not very happy about it, hoping his son would choose a more serious job.
Michael's decision led him to be disinherited from his family fortune since his dad wanted him "to earn his way in the world". So while success arrived, Weatherly worked in myriad jobs far from acting. He was a shoe salesman, a pizza delivery guy, and even worked at ABC's video library.
His first opportunity as an actor was a minor television role on The Cosby Show. However, his breakthrough came thanks to his part as Logan Cale in Dark Angel, which earned him three award nominations. Therefore, when it was time to audition for NCIS, he got the role hands down.
3. Pauley Perrette
Abby, as we known her in the show, wanted three things when she was younger: to be part of a rock band, to be an FBI agent and to work with animals. Surprisingly, she has made her dreams come true... well, in a way. Pauley graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in criminal justice (does it sound familiar?).Her career ambitions were fully satisfied with her role as the forensic scientist on the show NCIS. But before landing that role, she worked as a bartender in NY, a Taco Bell employee, and a cook on a Manhattan dinner cruise boat. Suddenly, Perrette was offered to work as an actress and a singer in LA.
As an actress, she appeared in several commercials, music videos, and short films. She also did voice-overs and had numerous guest appearances in programs like Frasier and 24. In music, she was the lead singer of grunge all-female band called Lo-Ball. Now that she's done with NCIS, she wants to devote her time to animal rights.
4. David McCallum
The Scottish-American actor was born to two musicians. His mom, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, and his dad, David McCallum, was an orchestral violinist. It was evident they wanted their son to follow in their footsteps. David Jr. did play the oboe, but it wasn't something that interested him much.
It was at the tender age of 8 that he knew acting was the way to go. He participated in a skit of Shakespeare's King John as the Little Prince, and the play was so successful, and he felt so amazed at the applauses and ovations that he decided to become an actor since that moment.
"I found a place where I wanted to be: on a stage, with the lights and makeup and the people. I'm exactly the same to this day; the feeling has never left," said David. In 1946, he started doing boy voices for the BBC radio repertory company and participated in British films until he got a part in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
He was the Russian agent Illya Kuryakin and had so much chemistry with the star of the show, Robert Vaughn, that producers decided to elevate his peripheral role to the status of co-star. Thanks to this, he became a sex-symbol and girls went crazy over him. Surprisingly, David did not repeat this popularity until NCIS.
5. Sean Murray
Sean's case was entirely different from the rest because people said he got help to make his way to Hollywood. His mom got married to American television producer and screenwriter Donald P. Bellisario; yes, the same guy that produced Magnum P.I, Quantum Leap and NCIS.
However, Sean claims he started his acting career with small roles even before his mother's wedding. At the age of 11, he was an extra in the movie My Blue Heaven, and in 1993, he represented Thackery Binx in the famous Halloween film Hocus Pocus, just to name a few of his credits.
The actor also denied that his stepdad used his influence to help his career. In fact, he even said during an interview that he is ten times harder on him and very critical. "It's great, though, because it's for the right reasons. It's because he's passionate; he cares. That's what a writer is," explained Sean.
6. Rocky Carroll
The career of this actor is deeply rooted in theater. He graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts and then attended The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. He decided to move to NY to test the acting waters and got a part in Broadway production The Piano Lesson.
He was even nominated for a Tony Award and earned a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his fantastic role there. Carroll then resolved to try his luck on-screen with a role as Joey Emerson on the comedy-drama Roc by Fox. He also participated in Chicago Hope in 1996, where he worked along with Mark Harmon.
His part in NCIS was entirely different from the character fans were used to seeing from Carroll, but he started with a recurring role before becoming a member of the main cast. He once said that when you're the new guy, it is perfect to know the star of the show, since Mark Harmon was already his friend and former castmate.
7. Brian Dietzen
Similar to Carroll, Brian studied theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. He joined The Colorado Shakespeare Festival for two years and appeared in productions like Equus and Waiting for Godot. It was in the latter that an LA agent saw him and invited him to Hollywood.
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His first significant role there was in The WB series My Guide to Becoming a Rockstar, which was canceled after some weeks. After that, he got a part in the musical film From Justin to Kelly despite not knowing much how to sing and dance, but he became Justin Guarini's best friend.
The ultimate success came with his recurring role as Dr. Jimmy Palmer in NCIS. He was supposed to appear in only one episode, but producers liked so much the way he portrayed the character that he kept on coming back for more scenes until he became a regular member in 2012.
Wow! Who would have thought that our beloved NCIS cast went through so much before becoming the actors we all like an admire? From shoe salespeople to a cook and a bartender, most of them forged their ways to Hollywood with blood, sweat, and tears. Share this fascinating article with other NCIS fans you know!