JAG was so beloved that not only did it run for ten seasons (a real feat for any television show) but it launched not one, not two, but three! spin-offs. And while we all love seeing the original cast of JAG reprise their roles on NCIS or NCIS: Los Angeles, most of the cast have had careers outside the fictional Naval courtroom, so we caught up with all the fan favorites to see where they landed.
1. John M. Jackson
Although he was only initially brought on board JAG as a recurring character, John M. Jackoson’s portrayal of Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden was so well received, A.J., often referred to as the “Old Man,” was made a series regular. He has brought the character back on NCIS and its subsequent spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles.
Clearly a fan of more serious fare, Jackson’s post-JAG career boasts credits on some of the biggest TV dramas of today, such as Grey’s Anatomy, CSI and Criminal Minds. In 2017 Jackson starred alongside Captain America himself Chris Evans in the critically acclaimed film Gifted.
2. Karri Turner
As arguably her most recognizable role to date, Karri Turner’s Lieutenant Harriet Sims didn’t appear on JAG until the second season. Her debut was obviously memorable, because Turner appeared on the show as a recurring character and Bud Roberts Jr.’s love interest throughout the rest of the show’s run.
Turner’s time on JAG must have left a lasting impression, because after the show wrapped she decided to work with the actual U.S. troops through the American Freedom Foundation and the National Guard Youth Challenge. Turner traveled along with comedians Kathy Griffin and Michael McDonald to perform standup for the American soldiers stationed in Iraq, completing a total of 13 USO tours by 2012.
3. Chuck Carrington
While JAG frequently dealt with weightier issues, some of them even ripped from real headlines, Petty Officer First Class Jason Tiner was often the comic relief the otherwise heavier TV drama needed. Played by Chuck Carrington starting in the second season, Jason Tiner is easily his most recognizable role.
Carrington continued acting after the ninth, and his last season on JAG aired, appearing on TV in a variety of shows such as Blue Bloods, White Collar, and for a brief story-arc on the acclaimed Showtime series Shameless. Most recently Carrington wrote, produced and starred in the 2017 redemption drama movie Cowboy Drifter.
4. Scott Lawrence
He may have been a later addition to the cast, but Scott Lawrence’s Commander Sturgis Turner became an integral part of JAG, appearing as a main character from season seven on. Starting out as an old friend of Harmon’s, Sturgis Turner’s storyline saw quite a few twists and turns, showcasing the actor’s range.
It’s that very versatility Lawrence displayed on JAG that landed the actor parts in some of the more celebrated films of the 21st Century. Lawrence’s credits now include roles in Cloverfield, Avatar, The Social Network and Star Trek Into Darkness. Next up you can catch Lawrence alongside Toni Collette in the new Netflix series Unbelievable.
5. Zoe McLellan
Emerging from a troubled past and conflicted start, Petty Officer Jen Coates, played by Zoe McLellan, became one of the more popular characters to join the JAG cast mid-series. By the tenth and final season of the show McLellan had been brought on as part of the main cast.
Soon after, McLellan made her way to the main cast of another show, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money for two seasons. Since then, McLellan has had some more minor roles on major network shows such as House, Suits, and Law & Order: SVU. Finally, McLellan landed another main role in 2017, this time opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the action drama Designated Survivor.
6. Randy Vasquez
Even though he was often on the other side of an argument against Petty Officer Jason Tiner, Gunnery Sergeant Victor Galindez came to the rescue of the JAG team when the time came. Randy Vasquez’s role as Victor Galindez was more than just as a recurring character, but was an important addition representing the many Hispanic men and women who serve in the U.S. Marines and Navy.
Since appearing on JAG, Vasquez has had no trouble finding work, appearing in the Amazon Prime drama Bosch, the 2019 mini-series Quest and more. Vasquez is showing no signs of slowing down, with two more films set to be released in the next two years.
7. Trevor Goddard
It takes talent to convincingly put on an accent that’s not your own, but English actor Trevor Goddard clearly had what it took to play Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Michael “Mic” Brumby. Mic came to JAG as part of an exchange program, and eventually served as the main romantic rival to Harm when both were vying for Mac’s affections.
Eventually Mic became engaged to Mac, although their relationship ultimately wouldn’t last. Mic went back to Australia, and Goddard left the series. Immediately after he landed a part in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but sadly passed away soon after finishing the film.
8. Steven Culp
As one of the more enduring actors to have appeared on JAG, Steven Culp came with a lot of acting credits before taking on the role of CIA Officer Clayton Webb, having appeared on L.A. Law and Murphy Brown. And so after JAG aired its last episodes, Culp had no problem getting cast.
Culp has continued to make memorable appearances on shows such as the critical and at this point dare we say iconic Aaron Sorkin drama The West Wing, in addition to perhaps is most recognizable role as Rex Van de Kamp on the soapy and deviously fun Desperate Housewives.
9. Nanci Chambers
Well before she was cast as Lieutenant Loren Singer on JAG, Nanci Chambers was already connected to the show — through her marriage to main series star David James Elliott. Although life didn’t imitate art and their respective characters were never romantic interests on the show, Loren Singer played a crucial part in launching the super successful spinoff series NCIS.
When Chambers’ character was killed off, the storyline of her murder served as the backdoor pilot for NCIS. After her arc was over on JAG, Chambers stepped back from acting to raise her two children with Elliott, and focus on her environmental conservation work.
10. Andrea Thompson
Clearly not happy to only pretend to serve the American people as fictional Navy Captain Alison Krennick, actress Andrea Thompson was simultaneously pursuing a career in political journalism. Thompson eventually landed a gig as an anchor on CNN Headline News, but her broadcast career wouldn’t last all that long.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Thompson developed a distaste for political journalism and decided to return to her first love — acting. Thompson came back to acting after getting cast on the third season of 24. Since then, Thompson has had a recurring role on Heroes: Destiny, Bones and Criminal Minds.
11. Andrea Parker
Andrea Parker joined the cast of JAG before the pilot episode even aired, and was intended to take on a main role playing Commander Caitlin Pike. Pike was Harm’s first partner, except after the first episode aired, she was written out of the show in favor of another character. But Parker would be back.
Parker (and by extension Caitlin Pike) was brought back for a few more episodes throughout the show’s run. However, Parker had instead found steady work on the sci-fi series The Pretender. More recently, and more memorable with millennials was Parker’s recurring role on the popular mystery/thriller Pretty Little Liars.
12. Michael Bellisario
If the name Michael Bellisario sets off a buzzer in your brain, and not just for his portrayal of Midshipman Third Class Michael Roberts, perhaps that’s because he shares a last name with JAG’s writer and producer Donald P. Bellisario. Appearing on JAG seems like a pretty exciting way to work with your father. And incidentally, NCIS is a family affair too.
After JAG ended, Michael Bellisario went on to appear in a series of episodes on NCIS alongside his stepbrother, actor Sean Murray, who plays one of the show’s main stars Timothy McGee. Bellisario continues to explore new parts, with four different film projects currently in production.
13. Cindy Ambuehl
While almost everyone was busy rooting for Harm and Mac to get together, there had to be a few romantic foils along the way to keep things interesting, and while that may have been the purpose of introducing Renee Peterson. However, Cindy Ambuehl made the part of Renee her own, recurring as a character throughout seasons five through 8.
Later in the series it’s revealed that Renee eventually went on to give birth to twins, a nod to Ambuehl’s real-life twins with her husband and soap opera actor Don Diamont. Since becoming a mother, Ambuehl has largely left acting behind, and spends her time as a realtor in Los Angeles.
14. Terry O’Quinn
We hope Rear Admiral Thomas “CAG” Boone was able to stay retired (after retiring and returning at least once) and enjoy civilian life — certainly after what he’d been through, “CAG” had earned some relaxation. Played by Terry O’Quinn, “CAG” was a friend of Harm’s father, and a paternal figure on the show, quite a drastic difference from his more famous character.
O’Quinn has never had trouble finding work. A multi-episode stint on The West Wing had impressed sci-fi television’s star creator J.J. Abrams, who cast him as John Locke on his new show Lost. Lost made O’Quinn everyone’s favorite villain, a role seems more than happy to play.
15. Hallee Hirsh
Poor Mattie Grace Johnson, she had it rough on JAG. Estranged from her father, Mattie ends up being taken in as a foster daughter by our hero Harm. While Mattie’s fate remains unknown in the finale as a custody ruling is still unclear, actress Halle Hirsh, on the other hand, who played Mattie, has had far better luck in life.
The actress moved on from JAG to a role on ER playing Rachel Greene, daughter to one of the series’ stars. Since then Hirsh has had roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Will & Grace, and more. Currently in her early 30s, Hirsh has plenty of time to keep making a name for herself in Hollywood.
16. David Andrews
Where would JAG have been without its Judge Advocate Generals? The last JAG to serve on JAG was the secretly quite funny Major General Gordon “Biff” Cresswell, played by David Andrews. Prior to appearing on the show, Andrews had had a pretty successful career in film, and after he picked right back up where he left off.
Andrews has starred in movies like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Dear John, The Conspirator, and excitingly in the Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse action movie World War Z. On the small screen you can catch Andrews in the crime drama series Queen of the South.
17. Anne-Marie Johnson
Let’s hear it for ladies in power, like Congresswoman Roberta “Bobbi” Latham, Chairwoman of the House National Security Subcommittee and a women’s rights role model. Given such a glowing character description, it’s not hard to see why veteran television actress Anne-Marie Johnson signed up to take the role of Bobbi.
After playing Bobbi, Anne-Marie Johnson has maintained her status as one of television’s busiest actresses, starring in shows like Bones, Boston Legal, House of Payne, Grey’s Anatomy, Days of Our Lives, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a main role on The InBetween and the list goes on and on.
18. Catherine Bell
For as much as everyone tuned in every episode to see complex criminal cases come up in the office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), they also kept coming back for the chemistry between the show’s two leads, David James Elliott, who played Harm, and his partner, Major Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie.
Bell kept working after starring on JAG, landing a lead on Army Wives from 2007-2013. Lately, Bell can be seen playing Cassie Nightingale on Good Witch, and fans can look forward to seeing her reprise her role as Mac on NCIS: Los Angeles season 11. Bell spends her time off-set as a high-ranking Scientologist, having risen to the state of “Clear.”
19. Isabella Hofmann
Actress Isabella Hofmann had made a name for herself on television long before landing the role of Professor Meredith Cavanaugh on JAG with roles in TV dramas L.A. Law, ER and The Division. In that time, Hofmann had a child with her then-partner, eldest Baldwin brother Daniel Baldwin.
After becoming a mother, Hofmann hasn’t had a regular role on television, instead starring in one-off episodes or short storylines on seemingly every major network show. Hofmann’s acting credits currently include guest roles on everything from The L Word, Grey’s Anatomy, and Suits to superhero fare like Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
20. Tracey Needham
Loyal JAG watchers who have been with the show since season one will probably remember Lieutenant, Junior Grade Meg Austin, Harm’s partner that replaced Caitlin Pike. Well if you’ve ever wondered why Tracey Needham, who played Meg only appeared in the first season, we’ve got the behind the scenes scoop.
JAG was initially canceled after the first season, and Needham quickly moved on. The show would end up being saved by CBS, where it would run for nine more seasons, only without Needham. Instead, Needham found work on The Division and a few episodes of Veronica Mars. Since then, Needham stepped away from acting in 2010 to focus on her family.
21. Jennifer Savidge
With Harm working so hard to uphold the Uniform Code of Military Justice week after week, someone had to be presiding over all these cases being brought to naval court, and that’s where judiciary Commander Amy Helfman came into the picture. When Jennifer Savidge was cast as Commander Helfman, it would actually be one of her last regular roles on television.
Since appearing on JAG, Jennifer Savidge took on the occasion guest starring role on shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the critically acclaimed television adaption of Friday Night Lights. Savidge’s most recent role was on the first season of Emmy Awards darling American Crime.
22. Meta Golding
Despite only appearing as Lieutenant Tali Mayfield in the tenth and final season of JAG, actress Meta Golding had made enough of an impression on future casting directors to go on to a successful career on both the big and small screen.
Golding has gone on to appear on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on more than one occasion, but it’s her main role as Enobaria in the enormously popular The Hunger Games film franchise which most fans will remember her from. Most recently, Golding got a recurring role on the award-winning Lee Daniels drama Empire, playing Teri opposite stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
23. Paul Collins
For a show that focused on the judicial system within the U.S. Navy, there had to be at least one superficial political puppet for our morally grounded heroes to go up against, and in JAG, that role went to Secretary of the Navy Alexander Nelson. Played by veteran actor Paul Collins, there was never any doubt that there’d be work for him in Hollywood.
Having first entered the entertainment industry in the late 1940s, and with countless acting credits to his name in addition to his role on JAG, Collins was easily cast in critically acclaimed shows such as Sons of Anarchy or Show Me A Hero.
24. David James Elliott
Coming from a distinguished line of war heroes, decorated Naval Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. was always at the center of the drama on JAG. Played by David James Elliott, Harmon (aka Harm) Rabb Jr. was the All-American all-around good guy viewers tuned in to see season after season.
After JAG aired its last episode Elliott went on to star in Close to Home. That role was followed up by recurring roles on shows like CSI: New York, Mad Men, and Scorpion. Most recently it was announced that Elliott will be reprising his most famous role as Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. for a multi-episode stint on the eleventh season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
25. Patrick Labyorteaux
Before Patrick Labyorteaux was cast in his longest running role to date as Lieutenant (eventually rising to Captain) Bud J. Roberts, Jr. on JAG, he was actually a part of another iconic show — Little House on the Prairie. Still, Labyorteaux is probably most readily recognized for his time on JAG, and that’s a-okay, since he’s more than happy to reprise the role
Like his fellow JAG actors Labyorteaux appeared in a couple episodes of the series’ spinoff NCIS. More recently Labyorteaux appeared in the sixth and final sequel of the sci-fi comedy disaster movie The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time playing none other than famed Roman ruler Julius Caesar.
26. Tamlyn Tomita
Of all the stints to have on JAG, Tamlyn Tomita’s Lieutenant Commander Tracy Manetti at least got to travel to Europe to solve a string of murders. Joining Harm for the trip, Manetti had been planted in JAG and assigned to Harm as a spy for SecNav Edward Sheffield. Luckily she returned with a glowing review (how could she not?!).
Following her seven-episode arc on JAG, Tomita found steady work in television. Tomita was a regular on Teen Wolf, followed by the role of Tamiko Watanabe on the highly lauded The Man in the High Castle. She can currently be caught in her recurring role on The Good Doctor airing on ABC.
27. Rif Hutton
Harm and Mac had to go up against someone in Naval court, and oftentimes, that someone on opposing counsel was Lieutenant Commander Alan Mattoni. Played by Rif Hutton, Mattoni was notorious for being a bit more smug than his success rate warranted, although what did he expect going head-to-head with Harm?!
Hutton has over 150 acting credits to his name, with appearances on shows like How to Get Away with Murder, Criminal Minds and even an appearance on JAG spinoff NCIS as Marine General Phillip Braxton. In addition to all of his on-camera roles, Hutton has done extensive voice work too.
28. John DeMita
With that regulation buzzcut and gold-finish buttoned uniform as Colonel Clifford Blakely, you’d never know that actor John DeMita had never served in the Navy in real life. In actuality, DeMita is a veteran of the stage, as both an actor and director.
Prior to his four-season stint on JAG, DeMita had extensive experience doing voice work on Japanese language anime shows, video games and films. DeMita picked back up with his voice work, providing English language dubbing for shows like Naruto, Dragon Ball Super and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. His last on-screen work was actually in NCIS, as Navy Admiral Jorge Morales.
29. Dana Sparks
Before actress Dana Sparks lit up the screen as Lieutenant Commander Carolyn Imes on JAG, she was already an established actress. Sparks has played in wildly popular television series, such as Melrose Place, L.A. Law, and even the long-running primetime soap Falcon Crest. In fact, it would seem that soap operas was Sparks’ preferred place in Hollywood.
Sparks took the part of Grace Bennett on the supernatural daytime soap opera Passions, appearing on the program until its penultimate season in 2007. Although she’s most recognized for her work on Passions, Sparks has since acted in the films Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike and Good Deed.
30. Harrison Page
Rear Admiral Stiles Morris more than deserves our admiration, seeing as he was the highest ranking judge over at JAG headquarters. After more than 16 years as a judge for JAG, and in real-life after seven seasons on JAG, Harrison Page retired from Naval court and upped the ante on the new short series Players at the Poker Palace.
Page then went on to check himself into Grey’s Anatomy, before eventually landing the recurring role of Walter on the Pamela Adlon led critically acclaimed comedy series Better Things. Coming in 2020, Page will appear in the planned television adaptation of the post-apocalyptic film Fallen Cards.
31. Jade Carter
Not all of Harmon Rabb Sr.’s sons went into the Navy, Harm’s surprise half-brother, Sergei Zhukov was a Sergeant in the Russian Army. Despite how well he played a Russian soldier, Sergeant Sergei Zhukov was actually played by Canadian actor Jade Carter.
Carter was cast in a couple of episodes of the soap opera Passions (we wonder if he ran into fellow JAG actress Dana Sparks on set?) soon after wrapping up his time on JAG. Carter has also appeared in two of the three JAG spinoffs as Commander Daniel Wise in NCIS, and as Navy Lieutenant Joshua Gordon on NCIS: Los Angeles.
32. Dean Stockwell
For diehard JAG fans Dean Stockwell may only be remembered as Senator Edward Sheffield, but the veteran actor has been in Hollywood since the mid 1940s. First gaining attention for his role in the Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly musical Anchors Aweigh, Stockwell earned an Academy Award nomination for his work in 1988’s Married to the Mob.
Stockwell left his role as Senator Edward Sheffield after season ten, and switched to sci-fi favorite Battlestar Galactica, playing Brother Cavil. Stockwell’s impressive Hollywood career which has spanned more than 70 years, has slowed down since 2015 although he still pops up at sci-fi conventions occasionally.
33. John D’Aquin
Despite how often he found himself in hot water, war reporter Stuart Dunston was always diving into the action with the best of intentions. Stuart Dunston’s sometimes helpful, sometimes harmful presence is just one way of showcasing actor John D’Aquino’s versatility. His screen credits however, really say it all.
D’Aquino has appeared in more adult fare such as Dexter, Weeds, or CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, but his resume has kid-friendly fare too. He might be just as recognizable to the younger generation, thanks to his many appearances on Disney Channel shows such as Cory in the House, Hannah Montana, and K.C. Undercover.
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