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David James Elliott

David James Elliott
File:RADM Donald Guter, JAGC, USN visited the JAG television series set, 2001-02-20.jpg
David James Elliott (left) with then Judge Advocate General of the Navy, RADM Donald Guter, and fellow actors of the series JAG, Catherine Bell and John M. Jackson
Born David William Smith
(1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 55)
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Nanci Chambers (1992-present)
Children 1 daughter, 1 son

David James Elliott (born September 21, 1960) is a Canadian American actor who was the star of the series JAG, playing lead character Harmon Rabb Jr. from 1995 to 2005.

Early life

Born David William Smith[1] in Milton, Ontario, Canada, in September 1960, he was middle of three boys. During his teenage years he was part of a band, quitting Milton District High School in his final year to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. However, at age 19, he realized this wouldn't happen and returned to finish high school.[2]

After graduating from high school, he attended Ryerson University in Toronto, auditioned for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario and was accepted as a member of its Young Company.


Subsequently moving to Los Angeles he took the stage name of David James Elliott having found there was already an actor named David Smith. He appeared in the film Police Academy 3: Back in Training in 1986, and subsequently in the television series Street Legal, Knots Landing as Bill Nolan, and in 1993's The Untouchables as Agent Paul Robbins. The following year Elliott landed a recurring role on the hit series Melrose Place, playing Terry Parsons, and a guest appearance in an episode of Seinfeld as an anti-abortion furniture mover.

He married Canadian-born actress Nanci Chambers in 1992. She also appeared in JAG as the ambitious Lt. Loren Singer. They have a daughter, Stephanie (b. March 15, 1993 in Chicago) and a son, Wyatt (b. March 3, 2003 in Los Angeles). David and Nanci both became U.S. citizens.

In 1995, Elliott landed the role he would hold for ten years, the role of Naval Aviator-turned JAG lawyer Harmon Rabb Jr. in the NBC/CBS television drama JAG. His tenure on JAG ended in 2005 with the series finale, in which Rabb proposed to his partner Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell).

In 1996, David Elliott starred in the made-for-cable movie Holiday Affair with Cynthia Gibb.[3] This is a remake of the 1949 classic Holiday Affair which starred Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. In 2005, Elliott starred in a Canadian television movie The Man Who Lost Himself, which was based on the true story of Terry Evanshen, a Canadian football player who was in a car accident and lost his memory due to severe head injuries. Nanci Chambers also appeared in this movie as a doctor. In October 2006, Elliott joined the cast of legal drama Close to Home (2005–2007) as Chief Deputy Prosecutor James Conlon. During 2008, he had a recurring role in the Canadian series The Guard. He starred in Sci Fi Channel's four hour miniseries, Knights of Bloodsteel (2009). Elliott was cast as an Internet millionaire in Terror Trap, directed by Dan Garcia. Elliott also starred in Dad's Home (2010), a widowed advertising executive who loses his job and becomes a stay-at-home dad for his two children.[4]

On March 19, 2010, Elliott replaced Neal McDonough as the male lead in the television series Scoundrels. In 2010, Elliott was cast as FBI Agent Russ Josephson on CSI: NY, a recurring role as Detective Jo Danville's (Sela Ward) ex-husband, a role which he first portrayed in January, 2011.[5]

He was an actor in Exploding Sun (2012).

Elliott also co-starred as Ripp Cockburn, the husband of Kristin Chenoweth's character Carlene, on ABC's comedy-drama series GCB.

In 2014, Elliott appeared in Mad Men (season 7) as Dave Wooster. In 2015, Elliott guest starred in the TV drama Scorpion.

In 2015, Elliott will play John Wayne in the upcoming film Trumbo.



  1. "David James Elliott". Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  2. "David James Elliott Celebrity Profile", For DJE Fans
  3. "Holiday Affair: Review". TV Guide. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  4. "David James Elliott cast in 'Bed'". Hollywood Reporter. May 14, 2009. 
  5. "Keck's Exclusives: JAG's David James Elliott Returns to CBS on CSI: NY". Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 41. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 

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