JAG (military-speak for Judge Advocate General), the action-adventure
drama starring David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick
Labyorteaux and John M. Jackson revolves around the elite cadre of
Naval officers trained as lawyers, who investigate and prosecute
military crimes worldwide.
Elliott plays Lt. Cmdr Harmon "Harm" Rabb Jr., the son of a
decorated Navy pilot who is still MIA in Vietnam. Harm was a Navy
first-class flyer until he was involved in a devastating plane crash
and, no longer able to serve his country from the air, took up law and
joined JAG. Bell portrays Marine Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, also a
JAG lawyer, who bravely faces the challenges of her dangerous missions
while dealing with traditional-thinking personnel who respond to her
gender instead of her uniform. Labyorteaux is Navy Lt. j.g. Bud
Roberts, their able aide, a law school student by night, who often
surprises his superiors with the scope of his knowledge. Jackson
plays their boss, no-nonsense Adm. Chegwidden, a former Navy Seal,
who has the utmost confidence in Harm and Mac.
Elliott plays Lt. Cmdr Harmon "Harm" Rabb Jr., the son of a decorated Navy pilot who is still MIA in Vietnam. Harm was a Navy first-class flyer until he was involved in a devastating plane crash and, no longer able to serve his country from the air, took up law and joined JAG. Bell portrays Marine Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, also a JAG lawyer, who bravely faces the challenges of her dangerous missions while dealing with traditional-thinking personnel who respond to her gender instead of her uniform. Labyorteaux is Navy Lt. j.g. Bud Roberts, their able aide, a law school student by night, who often surprises his superiors with the scope of his knowledge. Jackson plays their boss, no-nonsense Adm. Chegwidden, a former Navy Seal, who has the utmost confidence in Harm and Mac.
JAG is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with
Paramount Network Television.
This Week:Harm and Mac investigate a female fighter pilot's charge of sexual harassment against her commanding officer.
The pilot, Lt. Marilyn Isaaks, claims to have been grounded for pressing charges of sexual harassment against her commanding officer, Capt. Boone (guest star Terry O'Quinn). Capt. Boone claims he grounded her because she's a bad pilot. While Harm and Mac are called in to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations, congressional intervention forces Boone to schedule Isaaks for a training flight -- an action that Harm feels will have deadly consequences.
Dee Wallace Stone guest stars as Congresswoman Adele DeLong, an advocate for widening women's role in military combat. (Repeat)
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon "Harm"
Rabb Jr./DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT
Maj. Adm. Sarah MacKenzie/CATHERINE BELL
Lt. Bud Roberts/PATRICK LABYORTEAUX
Adm. Chegwidden/JOHN M. JACKSON
Clayton Webb/STEPHEN CULP
Col. Matthew O'Hara/CARMEN ARGENZIANO
Capt. Cahill/TOM O'BRIEN
Sgt. Riske/SAL LANDI
Sgt. Garret/INGO NEUHAUS
ZNN Anchor/MELODY ROGERS
ZNN Reporter/JAY TAYLOR
Navy Attache/STEVE FLORIAN
P.O. Tiner/CHUCK CARRINGTON
President Clinton/CRAIG BARNETT
ZNN Cameraman/MITCH GIBNEY
Commander of Armed Forces/JOHN ROSELIUS
Agent Ito/KIPP SHIOTANI
Postal Driver/JODY WOOD
DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT
(Lt. Cdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.)
Prior to his role on JAG, Elliott was probably best known to television audiences for his recurring role as Terry Parsons, a charming alcoholic sex addict who has an affair with Alison on "Melrose Place," but Elliott credits his one-time gig as Carl the moving guy on "Seinfeld" for opening more doors than all his experience combined. "I had fun playing a furniture mover who dated Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character Elaine," says Elliott. "I had always mad a good living doing dramas, but I learned that if you do a comedy, the whole world can open up." And it has, with JAG.
"I really enjoy my role on JAG," Elliott comments. "It's fun to do an action show, it's fun to do all the day-to-day work an then see the end result. The military's always been fascinating to me. I even remember trying to join the Marine Corps years ago before college, but the process was going to take too long and I wanted to leave the next day. I was sort of looking for a direction and I had this romantic vision of going off to foreign lands. But it's great to play the role on TV."
Born in Toronto, Canada, Elliott's early interest was in music, not acting. At 19, he was enjoying singing in a rock band when he read King Lear in a theater history class and was encouraged to try his hand at the craft by his teacher. After a lengthy interview process, he was accepted at the prestigious Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (a Canadian arts college comparable to Juilliard) in 1983. Prior to his graduation, he was accepted to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, where he won the Jean Chalmers Award as Most Promising Actor. Shortly thereafter, he starred in the Canadian Broadcasting Company series "Street Legal" from 1985-88.
In 1990, Elliott moved to Los Angeles and was signed to a development deal with Disney. His resume quickly expanded when he guest-starred on such series as "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "China Beach," "The Hitchhiker" and "Dark Justice." In 1992, he landed a recurring roles as a pro-baseball player opposite Nicollette Sheridan on "Knots Landing" and later that year, he starred in the syndicated series "The Untouchables." Elliott also portrayed the alcoholic husband of Dottie West in the TV movie "Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story," and in the NBC mini-series "Degree of Guilt."
During JAG's recent production hiatus, Elliott completed filming the soon-to-be-released feature film "Clockwatchers," in which he stars opposite Parker Posey, Toni Collette and Lisa Kudrow. He describes the film as "funny, quirky, weird, interesting and topical," and hopes that it will be shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Elliott, who is married, has a three-year-old daughter. In his free time he enjoys playing with his daughter, golfing, fishing, running, writing and watching old movies. He also enjoys competing in marathons which, he says, "is my meditation -- I need it."
A veteran of film, television and stage, Culp was most recently featured as one of the voices in Disney's "James and the Giant Peach." He has also appeared in "Fearless," New Line's "Jason Goes To Hell," Kenneth Branagh's "Dead Again" and Disney's "Gross Anatomy."
Culp's numerous television credits feature both series and movies-of-the-week, including the acclaimed "Norma Jean and Marilyn," "A Walton Thanksgiving" and "Gore Vidal's Lincoln." His series guest-starring roles include "Touched by an Angel," "Sisters," "Dream On," "Murphy Brown" and "L.A. Law."
After graduating from The College of William and Mary, Culp went on to study English Literature at the University of Exeter in England and then pursued graduate studies in acting at Brandeis University, where he developed a love of theater. His many stage credits include "Angels in America" at A.C.T. San Francisco and "Raised in Captivity" at the South Coast Repertory. His additional roles include "Richard III" at New York's Shakespeare Festival, "Julius Caesar" at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and he has also performed at New York's Circle-in-the-Square, Playwright's Horizon, Williamstown Theatre, San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater, in which he starred in "Light Up The Sky."
(Maj. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie)
Bell plays Major Sarah MacKenzie, a buttoned-down, by-the-book young Marine Corps attorney who is the new partner of Lt. Cdr. Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott). She's tough and feisty and has risen quite high in the Marine Corps ranks for a woman, attaining the rank of Major at a very young age.
"Playing a JAG officer is incredible for me, because I've always wanted to be in the military," comments Bell. "I'm kind of a tomboy and without actually having to go to war and risk my life, I'm able to play a military character on TV. This is definitely a female part to die for!"
To learn more about military life and to prepare herself for the role, Bell spent time doing research at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base in Southern California. "I knew a bit about the Navy before I began the role, but I knew nothing about the Marines," adds Bell. "So, it was great to go to the base. I met and talked to 20 female Marine officers and got to see what they go through and learn how they feel about the Marines. There's a real sense of honor and integrity among the Marines and I got a real sense of that while I was there. And I got to see some bootcamp training and I was even drilled by a drill sergeant while I took apart and put back together an M-16. It was tough!"
A relative newcomer to the field of acting, Bell began her career as an actress quite by accident. While in college at UCLA, she modeled part-time while studying to become either a doctor or a biomedical engineer. She did some print work and numerous commercials in Los Angeles but her studies were interrupted when she was sent to Japan to model for several months. Although her modeling career was flourishing both in the U.S. an abroad, Bell felt hampered by her shyness. She then hired an acting coach to work with her and was immediately bitten by the bug.
Over the course of her career as an actress, Bell has been featured in numerous films including "Death Becomes Her" and in a co-starring role opposite Dolph Lungren in "Men of War." Her television credits include appearances on "Friends," "Dream On," "Misery Loves Company" and the syndicated smash, "Hercules."
Bell was born in London, England and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was three years old. She speaks fluent Farsi and enjoys sky diving, bungi jumping, kick boxing and painting. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Adam, and their Italian greyhound Leo.
(Lt. J.G. "Bud" Robert)
On television, Labyorteaux recently starred in the FOX series "The Last Frontier" and had a recurring role on the long-running series "Little House on the Prairie" as Merlin Olson's son Andy Garvey. He has had guest-starring roles on "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "Too Something," "Hope and Gloria" and "Living Single" and has also appeared in "The Captain and the Kings," "Young Joe the Forgotten Kennedy" and the cable film "Prince of Bel Air."
About his role in JAG, Labyorteaux says "I could not be more thrilled. I had done the pilot last year and was unable to do any other episodes because of other series commitments but I became a big fan of the show. I've also been a fan of Don's for years. I loved "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and I've seen every episode of "Magnum P.I."
With a strong background in comedy, Labyorteaux has written and performed with Los Angeles' famed Groundlings comedy troupe and wrote the film "National Lampoon's Last Resort." He and his brother Matthew founded the Youth Rescue Fund, a charity dedicated to helping runaway youth. In 1982, Labyorteaux went before a House Sub-Committee to plead the case of runaway teens and raised $11 million for youth shelters across America.
Labyorteaux had a co-starring role in the pilot episode of JAG and executive producer Don Bellisario liked his character so much, that he decided to bring him back as a regular during the series' second season. "I provide a little comic relief!" says Labyorteaux of his character. "As a former member of the Groundlings, comedy has always been my first love and with that frame of reference, I look forward to developing the character of `Bud.'" "Also," he continues, "I am hopeful that in at least one episode, `Bud' will get the chance to look heroic!"
Labyorteaux is single and lives in Los Angeles.
JOHN M. JACKSON
"I've played a few Navy men in my days," says Jackson, who played Demi Moore's boss in "A Few Good Men" and another Naval officer in the telefilm, "Family of Spies." "Sometimes I find it hard to do a character unless I have a desk in front of me," he jokes.
"For my current role on JAG, I spoke with many retired Navy people to find out how high-ranking Naval officers act so I could figure out how to play an admiral. And most replied, "an Admiral acts any damn way he wants to!," Jackson notes. "So that's exactly what I'm trying to do with this character."
Jackson's television credits include guest-starring roles on the series "Northern Exposure," "Sisters," "Party of Five," "Dark Skies: The Awakening" and a recurring role on "Wiseguy." A veteran of numerous TV movies, Jackson has appeared in "Memory of Evil," "The Deception," "Roswell," "Black Widow Murders," "Shattered Vows," "Switched at Birth," "Adam," "Family of Spies," "Go Towards the Light," "Blind Justice" and "Sudie and Simpson," among many others.
On stage, he has performed in "Pot Mom," "The Deal," "A Voice int he Theatre," "Gingerale Afternoon," "The Figure and Other Short Works," "The Carney Rod and Gun Club," "Ringers," "Four Corners" and "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?"
Jackson, who is married and resides in Los Angeles, coaches pony baseball in his spare time.
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