This character, Thomas Morrow, starred in the original “Jag” and then made the spin-off “NCIS” years later. For those of you who watched the crime show in its early days, you will probably remember Morrow.
Then, he was acting as the NCIS director. However, following the killing of one of his own, namely Caitlin Todd, Morrow resigned. His contributions to NCIS did not stop there as Special Agent Leroy Gibbs often sought out the former director. Sadly, Morrow’s contributions do end when he is killed by a sniper.
What gives every crime a measure of seriousness is when it is reported and broadcasted on the news. While Guy Ross may not have the most important role in the show, he also still adds a bit of realism to the investigations. Ross was first seen in Season 1 in the episode “One Shot, One Kill”.
He made his exit in Season 16, with his final episode being, “Toil and Trouble”. Despite being an infrequent cast member, Ross was a reporter for a whole sixteen seasons – meaning he must have been some reporter.
Kent Shocknek – Guy Ross
Some actors are doomed to certain typecasts –the tough guy, the iconic pretty woman who should just be pretty, and the nice guys. What is interesting is that Kent Shockneck typically plays the authority figure. Guess it is just the actor’s face that makes him look like the type of person a reporter would be.
While Shocknek has been on and off with “NCIS”, he garnered wider attention with his role as – you guessed it – a news broadcaster on “Bosch” and “Fast Five”. Perhaps, Shocknek should have considered a career in journalism.
Alan Dale – Thomas “Tom” Morrow
Hailing from New Zealand, you’d expect one thing from actor Alan Dale and that is for him to love sports. Well, that is true. Interestingly, growing up, Dale juggled playing rugby with acting, specifically in theater. Dale did not have much luck in New Zealand or Australia, but once he moved to the USA, his acting career picked up.
After leaving “NCIS”, Dale starred in the films “Entourage” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. A more recent production with him has been in the TV series “Dynasty” where he joined the main cast.
Jennifer “Jenny” Shepard
While this character managed to rise to the ranks of NCIS Director, there was no goal more important than uncovering the true cause of her father’s death. Her father had been Colonel Shepard who worked for the pentagon, until his supposed suicide. Not convinced that her father really took his own life, Jennifer Shepard takes on a life of fighting crime.
For some time, she serves as the NCIS director, but the shadow of her father’s death always hangs over her. Briefly, she had a romance with Leroy Gibbs, but like most of Gibbs’ relationships, it did not end too well.