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Where Did They Come From: The Cast of 'NCIS'

Ever wonder what your favorite 'NCIS' cast member did before the show? Find out now.

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Born to professional entertainer parents, Harmon grew up in the LA area and attended UCLA, where he was the quarterback of the football team. His starring turn as Agent Jethro Gibbs on 'NCIS' is by far his most high profile acting role.

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Perrette didn't start acting professionally until she in her mid-twenties, and she was in the biz less than 10 years before getting her long-running part on 'NCIS.' Before working as an actor, Perrette attended college as a criminal justice major.

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

After getting his acting start playing Theo Huxtable's roommate on the 'Cosby Show,' Weatherly acted on a soap opera called 'Loving' for a few years during the '90s. After that, he appeared in some moderately successful TV shows such as 'Dark Angel' before getting his role on 'NCIS.'

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Though she was born in Chile, de Pablo moved to Miami at a young age so her mother could take a job at a Spanish-language TV station. de Pablo harbored artistic ambitions as a young person, attending an arts high schools and colleges. Her initial focus was musical theater, but she eventually started working in TV.

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Another theater actor, Carroll has a BFA in acting and started out as a Shakespearean actor. He started appearing on screens in a professional capacity in the 1980s and '90s, eventually landing on big shows like 'Chicago Hope' before being cast on 'NCIS.'

David McCallum

David McCallum

After starting his life in Scotland, McCallum moved with his family to England and started his artistic career as a musician before switching to stage acting. He transitioned to film acting in the early 1950s, meaning he's been in the business for more than half a century.

Sean Murray

Sean Murray

Murray was a child actor who started his professional career in 1991; by 1993, he landed a significant part as Thackery in the classic Halloween movie 'Hocus Pocus.' By 1998, he had a part on 'JAG,' a series that led to the development of 'NCIS.'

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Born in 1977, Dietzen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree before setting off to pursue acting professionally. After an inauspicious career start in the 2003 'American Idol' movie 'From Justin to Kelly,' Dietzen bounced back with his NCIS role, which is his biggest and most successful to date.

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Both of Holly's parents are academics, and she herself graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an English degree. Her interest in acting developed while she was still college age, though her degree was in a different discipline, and her earned her first big role on soap opera 'All My Children' at age 23. Her pre-'NCIS' resume includes credits in movies and TV shows such as 'Dumb & Dumber,' 'What Women Want' and 'Chicago Hope.'

Emily Wickersham

Emily Wickersham

Wickersham was still pretty young when she got her job on 'NCIS,' but she'd already had a pretty impressive career for someone in their late 20s. Her other credits include a part in 'The Sopranos.'

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