The 2007 strike of the Writers Guild limited the episode production and the fifth season of NCIS ended up consisting of only 19 episodes, instead of the 25 episodes, which actually were planned!
Did you know Cote de Pablo (center) is a real all-rounder when it comes to languages? The gorgeous actress, who was born in Chile, speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Russian fluently. Eight languages? Not too shabby!
Mark Harmon, alias "Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs" has been part of the NCIS cast from the very beginning and is the pillar of the investigative team. What many people don't know, is that he was voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 1986! He was 35 years old back then and a real heartthrob!
Michael Weatherly, who plays "Anthony 'Tony' DiNozzo" in the show, is also a NCIS veteran and an imperative part of the team. But as it turns out, the start to his career was not an easy one. His parents did not like the fact that he wanted to pursue acting and did not support him, so he had to make ends meet by working as a pizza delivery guy and a musician. Just like his character "Tony", Michael was disowned by his parents...
From 2001 to 2003, Michael Weatherly was engaged to fellow actress Jessica Alba. They even touch on this subject in a scene of NCIS, when "Tony" jokes about how he has a better chance of making out with Jessica Alba then anything exciting happening in their current case...
All NCIS fans know him only as "Timothy 'Tim' McGee". What many don't know, is that Sean Murray has been happily married to his wife Carrie since 2005 already. Also, he is the stepson of the show's creator and producer, Donald P. Bellisario!
NCIS was originally 'only' created as a spin-off to the show JAG, which ran quite successfully from 1995 until 2005 on CBS.
The beautiful Cote de Pablo had fans adoring her character "Ziva David" for many years. Nonetheless, the actress decided to leave the show with the beginning of season 11, although she was offered a substantial(!) raise...
We all know "Abby", played by Pauley Perrette, to be a rather eccentric forensics expert and IT-specialist. Some might even know that the actress likes to sleep in caskets wearing burial gowns. But she also likes to go bowling in her free time, with a bunch of nuns of all people!
Mark Harmon is not only an important actor on the show. With the start of the sixth season of NCIS he also became a co-producer!
The special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, aren't exactly tender with each other. For example, "Tim" receives a punch from "Gibbs" on what seems like a regular basis - the first time this happened was already on the fifth episode of season one!
It has become kind of hard to keep track of all of "Gibbs'" marriages! After the death of his first wife, he seems unable to sustain a relationship. He has been married three more times since - and always got divorced after a while...
Who remembers the time when "Tony" was still new to the team? Fact: When he joined the NCIS, he was still engaged to his former high school music teacher "Wendy," but he never got married. "Wendy" is actually introduced in the season nine episode Secrets.
When he joins the NCIS team, and long after that in fact, "Tony" is always called by his nicknames: either "Probie", due to his junior (probational) status on the team, or "McGeek", alluding to "McGee's" intelligence. Both creations come from "Tony".