The Whereabouts of Former NCIS Actors
As a spinoff of JAG, NCIS delivers engaging storylines with the help of an ever-growing cast of characters. The series follows a group of agents led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The show itself opened the doors to spinoff series NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
With a show of this caliber, many actors come and go as their characters leave. Take a look at the whereabouts of a select group of actors who've left their mark on the franchise — spoilers included.
In the first two seasons, Sasha Alexander portrayed agent Caitlin Todd. The actress decided to leave the series due to fatigue. While Todd died in the season two finale, "Twilight," Alexander returned for the season three episode "Kill Ari (Part II)" and the season eight episode "A Man Walks Into a Bar..."
Michael Weatherly portrayed senior field agent Anthony DiNozzo. The actor was reluctant to join the show, but a dinner with creator Donald Bellisario changed his mind. "His personality, his storytelling and his presence and everything kind of won me over," he told The Futon Critic.
Pauley Perrette won fans over as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto. One of Abby's most recognizable features is her spider tattoo. For Perrette, wearing a fake tattoo was uncomfortable. "It only takes a few minutes to do, but it feels like old chewing gum," the actress told Buddy TV.
In season 14, Jennifer Esposito joined the show as special agent Alexandra Quinn. Her stint only lasted one season; Quinn left the team to take care of her mother. "I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to work with the NCIS cast and producers," the actress told Deadline.
In season 13, Duane Henry arrived as British MI6 Intelligence Officer Clayton Reeves. The next season found Henry getting a main-cast upgrade. Reeves died in the season 13 episode "One Step Forward." His death led to Abby leaving the field and starting a charity in his name.
In season three, Lauren Holly arrived as the new NCIS director Jennifer "Jenny" Shepard. During her time as director, her illness caused concern among the team. In the season five episode "Judgment Day (Pt. 1)," Shepard dies from severe injuries after a battle with assassins.
Troian Avery Bellisario
In season two, Troian Avery Bellisario entered the series as Timothy McGee's sister Sarah. In real life, she's the stepsister of Timothy McGee actor Sean Murray. Her time on the show only lasted two episodes. Fans didn't see her again after the season four episode "Twisted Metal."
Mary Mouser was the first actress to portray Gibbs' daughter Kelly, who died in a car crash. The actress was replaced after leaving in season four, but she returned in season eight. Mouser's last appearance in the show was in the season seven episode "Mother's Day."
Darby Stanchfield portrayed Leroy Jethro Gibbs' wife Shannon in flashbacks. Her first appearance was in the 2006 episode "Hiatus (Part 1)." Along with her daughter Kelly, Shannon was killed when drug dealer Pedro Hernandez forced their car to crash. Her last appearance on the show was in a season 12 episode, "The Lost Boys."
In season nine, Melinda McGraw delivered Leroy Jethro Gibbs' ex-wife Diane Sterling to the mix. After working with the IRS for years, she landed a position in the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division. Sterling died similarly to agent Caitlin Todd in the season 12 episode "Check."
During season seven, Rena Sofer arrived as attorney Margaret Allison Hart. While Hart was sent to be a thorn in Gibbs' side, she instead fell in love with him. Sofer's last appearance was the season seven finale "Rule Fifty-One." In the season eight premiere "Spider and the Fly," viewers learned about Hart's resignation from NCIS.
Paula Newsome made her NCIS debut in the season six episode "Knockout" as Leon Vance's wife Jackie. The loving couple first met during a University of Maryland basketball game. Their love blossomed, ultimately resulting in two children. Jackie died in surgery in the season 10 episode "Shabbat Shalom."
In season nine, Matt Jones brought character Ned Dorneget to the NCIS universe. The character started out working at the evidence locker before becoming an official agent. In the season 12 episode "The Lost Boys," Dorneget is killed in a bomb attack.
In season nine, Scott Wolf portrayed Jonathan Cole, who also used the alias of FBI agent Casey Stratton. His mission was to take out as many NCIS agents as possible. In the season nine finale "Till Death Do Us Part," Cole is killed while trying to defuse a bomb.
Robert Patrick portrayed Colonel Merton Bell in season seven. Bell's hatred for Gibbs led him to send henchmen to attempt to take out Mike Franks. While Patrick only appeared in the episode "Outlaws and In-Laws," the character had a plethora of offscreen action throughout the season.
In the season eight episode "A Man Walks Into a Bar...," Wendy Makkena debuted as Caitlin Todd's older sister Rachel Cranston. Because of her work as a psychologist, Cranston was given the nickname "Dr. Kate's Sister." Her last appearance was in the season 11 episode "Double Back."
In season 12, Jamie Bamber appeared as Ellie Bishop's husband Jake Malloy. Their relationship, however, began to deteriorate over time. Things got bumpy when Jake revealed he had an affair. His last appearance was in season 13's "Spinning Wheel," which found the couple announcing their divorce.
Alan Dale arrived in the first season as NCIS director Thomas Morrow. The season three premiere "Kill Ari (Part I)" finds Morrow vacating his title to work for the Department of Homeland Security. In the season 13 episode "Return to Sender," Morrow died from a sniper attack.
In season 10, Colin Hanks showed up as Department of Defense investigator Richard Parsons. The character originally had a vendetta against Gibbs until the agent defended him in battle. His last appearance was in the season 10 episode "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
Joel Gretsch arrived on the series as agent Stan Burley during season one. The character was an old partner of Gibbs before DiNozzo stepped in. Following the season, Burley vanished until the season nine episode "Playing With Fire." His last appearance was in the season 13 episode "Saviors."
In season one, Jessica Steen arrived as criminal profiler Paula Cassidy. The profiler had a fling with DiNozzo, but the two called it quits in season two. In season four's episode "Grace Period," Cassidy sacrificed herself to protect the team.
Tamara Taylor first portrayed special agent Cassie Yates in the season two episode "SWAK." The character learned her moves from late special agent Chris Pacci. The character appeared again in the season three episode "Jeopardy." In the episode, she helped the team save then-NCIS director Jennifer Shepard from a hostage situation.
Muse Watson made his debut as Gibbs' former mentor Mike Franks in the season three episode "Hiatus (Part 1)." In the season eight episode "Swan Song," Franks was killed outside of Gibbs' home. His last appearance (in flashback form) was in the season 15 episode "Voices."
Jonathan LaPaglia debuted as agent Brent Langer in the season five episode "Tribes." In the episode, Langer helps the team hunt a terrorist recruiter. Unfortunately, the character was killed by agent Michelle Lee in the season six episode "Last Man Standing." Langer was taken down because he learned about Lee being a mole in the team.
Diane Neal made her debut as special agent Abigail Borin in the season seven episode "Jurisdiction." Before being an agent, Borin toured Iraq as a sergeant. The character jumped to the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans for her final on-screen appearances.
Marisol Nichols played agent Zoe Keates in the season 12 episode "Parental Guidance Suggested." The character begins a relationship with DiNozzo, who worked with her at the Philadelphia Police Department. Her last appearance was season 12's "No Good Deed." In season 13, Keates' breakup with DiNozzo came to light.
In season 14's episode "What Lies Above," French Stewart portrayed murderer Paul Triff, and his last appearance was in the season 15 episode "Keep Your Enemies Closer." In this episode, Triff was allowed to live in his own home in exchange for information on his former cellmate. During this time, Triff was locked in a cage.
Richard Schiff portrayed businessman Harper Dearing in season nine. Dearing wanted to avenge his son's death by attacking the Navy and planted a bomb at the NCIS headquarters, which led to a standoff with Gibbs. Schiff died at the hands of Gibbs in the season 10 premiere "Extreme Prejudice."
Jamie Lee Curtis
In season nine, Jamie Lee Curtis was introduced as PsyOps director Samantha Ryan. The character was romantically involved with Gibbs, which led to some speculation from the team. Curtis ended her five-episode stint on the series with season nine's finale, "Till Death Do Us Part."
In season seven, Meredith Eaton appeared as Carol Wilson. On the show, the immunologist was great friends with Abby. Eaton also portrayed the character in a 2014 episode of NCIS: New Orleans. When officers found someone dead from the bubonic plague, Wilson got the call.