Brian Dietzen

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Brian Dietzen
Dietzen at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2012
Born (1977-11-14) November 14, 1977 (age 41)
Barrington, Illinois, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Kelly Dietzen

Brian Dietzen (born November 14, 1977) is an American actor who has played the supporting role of Dr. Jimmy Palmer on NCIS since 2004. In 2012, he was promoted to a series regular at the beginning of the show's tenth season.

Early life[edit]

Dietzen was born in Barrington, Illinois but moved to Colorado as a child.[1] He first started acting in elementary school plays.[2] Later, he studied theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Bachelor of Fine Arts program.[3]


Dietzen has appeared in productions of Equus, and Waiting for Godot and joined The Colorado Shakespeare Festival for two years. He was cast in The WB series My Guide to Becoming a Rockstar. The part was a series regular as the drummer of the group. He later teamed up with John Riggi for a two-man show with Steve Rudnick called The Oldest Man in Show Biz.

He performed in the film From Justin to Kelly and has had a recurring role as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, a medical examiner's assistant, on the CBS series NCIS, since the first season episode, "Split Decision". Starting in season 10, 2012-2013, he is a featured cast member with Dietzen also appearing in the opening credits.

Personal life[edit]

Dietzen lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelly and their two children.


Television series[edit]

Films and television movies[edit]


  1. ^ "How Barrington native landed regular 'NCIS' role". Daily Herald. January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hometown boy makes it big in Hollywood". Daily Camera. October 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Theatre alum Brian Dietzen on the cover of TV GUIDE". University of Colorado Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance. November 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Pinchefsky, Carol (July 9, 2015). "Every Second Counts in Hilarious, NSFW Time Travel Short One-Minute Time Machine". SyfyWire. Retrieved June 18, 2017.

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