David James Elliott

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David James Elliott
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[edit]

Born David William Smith[1] in Milton, Ontario, Canada, in September 1960, he was the middle child 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]

In 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Police Academy 3: Back in Training Cadet Baxter #2
1986 The Climb Otto Kempter
1987 The Big Town Cool Guy
1988 Night Friend Cab Driver
1997 Clockwatchers Mr. MacNamee
2000 Stanley's Gig Record Store Clerk
2001 The Shrink Is In Michael
2008 The Rainbow Tribe Morgan Roberts
2009 Gooby Jack Dandridge
2010 Confined Michael Peyton
2010 Terror Trap Don
2013 Rufus Hugh Wade
2014 Stranded (Dawn Patrol) Jim
2015 Battle Scars Frank Stephens
2015 Trumbo John Wayne


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Campbells Hardy Episode "First Day"
1987 Adderly Commando Episode "Year of the Tiger"
1987 Mariah Fergus Episode "Prey"
1987 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Jason Episode "The Mirror in Darkness"
1988-91 Street Legal Nick Del Gado Main character (36 episodes)
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ted Episode "In the Driver's Seat"
1989 The Hitchhiker Jason Episode "The Cruelest Cut"
1990 China Beach Mr. Green Episode "Phoenix"
1991 Over My Dead Body Larry Chadway Episode "Separation Is Murder"
1991 Her Wicked Ways Andrew TV Movie
1991 Fly by Night Mack Sheppard
1991 The Hidden Room Ron Episode "A Type of Love Story"
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Rick O'Neill Episode "The Show Mustn't Go On"
1992 Dark Justice Zachary Hamilton Episode "Needy Things"
1992 Knots Landing Bill Nolan 3 episodes
1993-94 The Untouchables Agent Paul Robbins Main character
1994 Golden Gate Tony Gennera TV Movie
1994 Seinfeld Carl Episode "The Couch"
1994-95 Melrose Place Terry Parsons 4 episodes
1995 Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story Byron Metcalf TV Movie
1995 Degree of Guilt Chris Paget TV Movie
1995-2005 JAG Harmon 'Harm' Rabb Jr. Main character
1996 Holiday Affair Steve Mason TV Movie
1998 Hercules Thor: Norse God of Thunder Episode "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods", Voice
1999 Maggie Winters Jack Episode "Girls Night Out"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Romac Episode "Star Crossed", Voice
2001 Dodson's Journey James Dodson TV Movie
2003 Yes, Dear Commander Harmon 'Harm' Rabb Jr. Episode "Let's Get Jaggy with It"
2003 Code 11-14 Det. Kurt Novack TV Movie
2005 The Man Who Lost Himself Terry Evanshen TV Movie
2006 Sixty Minute Man John Henderson TV Movie
2006 Medium Johnny Dunham Episode "Twice Upon a Time"
2006-07 Close to Home Chief Deputy Prosecutor James Conlon Main character (season 2)
2006-07 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Torbin Zixx Voice
2008 Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict Rick Hudson TV Movie
2008 The Guard David Renwald Recurring, 7 episodes
2009 Impact Alex Kittner TV Mini-Series
2009 Knights of Bloodsteel John Serragoth TV Mini-Series
2009 The Storm General Wilson Braxton TV Mini-Series
2010 Dad's Home Ben Westman TV Movie
2010 Scoundrels Wolfgang 'Wolf' West Main character
2011 CSI: NY FBI Agent Russ Josephson 2 episodes
2011 Truth Be Told Mark Crane TV Movie
2012 GCB Ripp Cockburn 10 episodes
2013 Exploding Sun Don Wincroft TV Movie
2014 Mad Men Dave Wooster 2 episodes
2014 Here's Your Damn Family
2015 Scorpion Bruce Episode "Forget Me Nots"



  1. ^ "David James Elliott". Davidjameselliottofficialsite.com. 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". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 41. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 

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