Before the popular show, NCIS became a hit, there was JAG. It starred David James Elliot, Catherine Bell, and a handful of other stars. The legal drama, directed by Donald Bellisario, aired for 10 amazing seasons. When the show finally wrapped with its dramatic ending, fans of were left wondering what happened to their favorite stars.
The show had a distinct U.S. Navy theme and aired on the NBC network during the 1995-1996 season. It moved to the CBS network until it was taken off the air. JAG was seen in nearly 100 countries around the world and produced over 227 episodes during its 10-year run. It inspired shows such as NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans. So where did all the JAG stars go? We’ll show you.
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David James Elliot
Born David William Smith on September 21, 1960, the JAG star is now known as David James Elliot. He was the youngest of three boys and dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of being a rock star. His musical dreams never came true, and at the age of 19, he returned to high school to get his diploma. After high school, he attended Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and became involved in acting there.
After college, he moved to Los Angeles where he took the stage name he is now famous for. He appeared in Police Academy 3: Back in Training in 1986 and went on to act in a variety of television series including Street Legal, Knots Landing, and Melrose Place. In 1995, Elliot landed his role in JAG that he would play for 10 years. He brought to life character Harmon Rabb, Jr., the lawyer known as Harm. His tenure on JAG ended with the series finale in 2005.
Which star has appeared more behind the scenes than in front since JAG went off the air? Click ‘Next’ to see.
After appearing in the television drama JAG as Captain Bud, Patrick Labyorteaux went on to work on a variety of other projects. While he technically has only appeared on screen a couple of times since leaving JAG, you’ve likely heard his voice several times. He’s lent his voice to animated shows like Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He did make two appearances on NCIS.
Before his career on JAG, Labyorteaux was well-known as Andy Garvy on the NBC hit series Little House on the Prairie. He also starred in the 1987 comedy Summer School as football player Kevin Winchester. He played the role alongside his future JAG co-star Mark Harmon. He is married to Tina Albanese, and together they create and produce the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run which stars Scott Baio.
Why was this JAG actor forced to use his middle initial in his stage name? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
John M. Jackson
Like many of the other JAG stars, John M. Jackson made it hard to say goodbye to his character, A.J. We managed to get more of Jackson when he appeared on the JAG spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles. He has also appeared as the FBI deputy director Sam Cullen in Bones, and more recently appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In the season 10 finale of NCSI, he appeared again as Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, who had become a civilian lawyer.
Born John Murice Jackson on June 1, 1950, he was forced to use his middle name when joining the Screen Actors Guild because someone else had already registered as “John Jackson.” He started out his adulthood as a social studies teacher in Austin, Texas, but decided to further his community theater passion by moving first to New York City and eventually to Hollywood. He played a number of smaller roles before diving into roles that would make him the household name that he is today.
Which JAG actress has a successful career as a touring comedian? Click ‘Next’ to find out the answer.
Karri Turner isn’t just famous for playing the role of Lieutenant Harriet on JAG; she’s also a traveling comedian. Turner travels with two other comedian stars, Michael McDonald and Kathy Griffin. She had performed for U.S. military troops with the USO tour 13 times as of 2012. She’s also worked alongside the National Guard with the young challenge program and has assisted with the American Freedom Foundation.
Turner landed her role on JAG and stayed with the series from 1997-2005 when the series ended. She has appeared in several other movies and television shows including Godspell, Caroline in the City, The X-Files, and South Park. She began her acting career during college at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma before moving to California where she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Which actor left the television series to pursue a career in law? Click ‘Next’ to see the answer.
Born in 1968 in Lynchburg, Virginia, Chuck Carrington has held a handful of roles as an actor, but his most popular was as the heartthrob Petty Officer Jason Tiner on JAG. Carrington left the U.S. Navy-based drama during its ninth season to pursue a career in law. He attended law school after leaving the series.
Shortly after appearing in the hit television series, Carrington appeared in the independent horror film The List where he played Renny Jacobsen alongside stars Hilarie Burton and Malcolm McDowell. He most recently appeared as Dan in Shameless.
Which JAG star appeared in 76 episodes of the popular television drama? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
Born in September 1963, Scott Lawrence has been on Hollywood’s radar for several years, although he’s most well-known for his role as Commander Sturgis on JAG. Before appearing in JAG, he made his debut as the perpetrator who was defended in L.A. Law by James Earl Jones. He had a recurring role on Murphy Brown and frequently appeared on Bagdad Café. He has appeared in movies such as Doppelganger, Timecop, Turbulence, and Private Parts.
He appeared in 76 episodes of JAG and guest starred in the spin-off NCIS during season eight. In the 1990s he brought the voice of Darth Vader to life in the Star Wars video game produced by the Lucas Arts Entertainment Company. His last appearance as the voice of Darth Vader was the game Star Wars: Empire at War. He was replaced by Matt Sloan. More recently he as appeared as Maurice in The Social Network and again as a crew chief in Avatar.
Which JAG actress went on to appear as a regular in NCIS: New Orleans? Click ‘Next’ to see the answer.
Most well-know for her role as Petty Officer Jen on JAG, American actress Zoe McLellan wasted no time getting back to work when the series ended in 2005. Just like many of the other actors and actresses on the Navy drama, McLellan found herself playing a role in the spin-off series. She played the role of Meredith Brody on NCIS: New Orleans and has also appeared on other television series including The Mentalist and House.
McLellan was born in November 1974 in La Jolla, California, but was raised in Washington state. She began her acting career on television appearing in shows such as Sliders, Diagnosis: Murder, and Dungeons & Dragons. She’s also appeared in the drama series Dirty Sexy Money and several Lifetime Television movies. In 2017, she became a regular on the series Designated Survivor where she plays Kendra Daynes, White House counsel.
Which star put his decades-long career on hold to finish a promise to his parents? Click ‘Next’ to see.
Vasquez is a cousin of director and actor James Vasquez. The cousins were born and raised in Escondido, California. He has acted in a variety of movie roles, including Roadies in 2016, Shameless in 2011, and Bosch in 2014. He’s made several appearances in television series as well but is most well-known for his role as gunner sergeant Victor Galindez in JAG. He also appeared as Marcos in Acapulco H.E.A.T and directed the comedic drama Perceptions.
After having a successful acting career for nearly four decades, Vasquez put his acting career on hold in 2009 to fulfill a promise he made to his parents. He promised him that he would finish his college studies and graduate from U.C.L.A. He accomplished his promise in no time and jumped right back into acting. Most recently he’s been seen on NCIS: New Orleans and the sci-fi movie Day of Reckoning.
Which JAG actor has played the role of Robert F. Kennedy two times? Click ‘Next’ to see the answer.
Born in La Jolla, California in 1955, both his father and step-father were in the U.S. Navy, so bringing the role of Clayton Webb to life on JAG would seem to be only natural. Culp, however, has a career that spanned years before he became known for his role on the Navy-based drama. One of his earliest parts was that of Robert Campbell, the reporter that checked into the Jason murders on Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. He also played James’ father in James and the Giant Peach.
Culp has played Robert F. Kennedy twice. Once in Norma Jean & Marilyn and again in Thirteen Days. He’s also appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise as Major Hayes before his character was shot saving another crew member. He’s appeared as Rex Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives and as Jeff Haffley, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on NBC’s hit series The West Wing. In the seventh season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Culp came out on top.