20 Years Strong: Fun Facts About the NCIS Cast That Keep the Show Fresh

Discover behind-the-scenes secrets and surprising connections between your favorite NCIS stars.

NCIS Cast Curiosities

After two decades on air, NCIS remains a television powerhouse. What's their secret? A stellar cast and crew who keep the action fresh and the drama high. Let's delve into some surprising facts about the actors behind your favorite Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents.

Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs):

Mark Harmon is Leroy Gibbs in the series
Mark Harmon is Leroy Gibbs in the series
  • More than meets the eye: While Gibbs might be gruff, Mark Harmon's backstory is anything but. He was a star college quarterback who turned down the NFL for acting.
  • Family ties: Harmon's father is Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon.
  • People's Choice: In 1986, People magazine crowned him "Sexiest Man Alive."

David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard):

NCIS star David McCallum has a famous son
Ducky is the coroner in the series
  • Hidden talents: This Scottish actor is a skilled oboist and even had a brief singing career in the 1960s.
  • From spy to ME: Before playing Ducky, McCallum was a heartthrob spy in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
  • Dedicated to the role: He trained with a real-life Chief Pathologist to prepare for the role.

Sean Murray (Timothy McGee):

Sean Murray confessed what it means to him to play the role of Timothy McGee on NCIS
Actor Sean Murray. His mother is married to the creator of the series
  • Musical mind: Murray is a passionate electronic music fan and often shares his playlists on social media.
  • Family connection: McGee's mother on the show is married to NCIS creator Donald Bellisario in real life.

Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto):

Pauley Perrette as the gothic Abby. She studied criminal science
Pauley Perrette as the gothic Abby. She studied criminal science
  • From lab coat to goth: Perrette brought the quirky forensic scientist Abby to life until her departure in 2018.
  • Real-life crime buff: Perrette has a lifelong fascination with crime and even holds a master's degree in criminal science.

Additional Facts:

  • NCIS Origins: The show stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service and focuses on crimes connected to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • Longevity: The series has maintained its popularity for 20 years thanks to engaging storylines and a talented ensemble cast.

The show has been on for 20 whole years, but somehow, the actors, producers, and writers have kept it exciting and unpredictable. Here are 10 things about the cast that you probably never knew.

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