‘JAG’ alum David James Elliott extends his ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ visit


Actor is in CBS show’s season finale — and its fall opener, too

David James Elliott

What already has been a “JAG” homecoming for David James Elliott is about to become even more of one.

After starting a reprise of his former series role as Navy man Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr. on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the actor continues it by being alongside another “JAG” alum – Catherine Bell, back as Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie – in the current CBS adventure-drama’s 10th-season finale Sunday, May 19. And it won’t end there for Elliott:  He’ll carry his return as Harm into the first new episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” when it starts its 11th year this fall.

Happy that his character has evolved into a superior officer aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the friendly Elliott allows that he “would certainly be open to” a full-fledged “JAG” series revival, “especially in light of the fun time that I’ve had doing this, and certainly if Scott (R. Scott Gemmill, another ‘JAG’ veteran who’s now an ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ executive producer) was involved. Hey, we’ll put that out in the universe and see what happens.”

Elliott has done other series since “JAG” – including “GCB,” “Secrets and Lies” and Netflix’s now-running “Spinning Out” – but he confirms the role of Harm has remained his principal calling card.

“It was a 10-year run,” he reflects, “so that’s a lot of episodes and a long time, and a lot of people really dedicated themselves to the show and the character. Ten years is a long time to dance in one arena, so it also was fun to go out and have new experiences and chase different things. I’ve done some comedy and I had the chance to play some darker characters, so I got to stretch my legs and that was fun.

“I had two episodes off from ‘Spinning Out,’ so that allowed ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ to happen,” adds Elliott. “It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been a blast.”


Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1960

Birthplace: Milton, Ontario, Canada

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Married to actress Nanci Chambers; they have two children.

Other television credits include: “Impulse,” “Mom,” “Scorpion,” “Mad Men,” “GCB,” “Truth Be Told,” “CSI: NY,” “Scoundrels,” “The Storm,” “Knights of Bloodsteel,” “Impact,” “The Guard,” “Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict,” “Close to Home,” “Medium,” “The Stranger I Married,” “Code 11-14,” “Dodson’s Journey,” “Holiday Affair,” “Degree of Guilt,” “Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story,” “Melrose Place,” “Seinfeld,” “The Untouchables,” “Knots Landing,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “China Beach,” “Street Legal”

Movie credits include: “Trumbo,” “Terror Trap,” “Clockwatchers,” “The Big Town,” “The Climb,” “Police Academy 3: Back in Training”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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