Who is David Bellisario? NCIS Los Angeles pays tribute

NCIS Los Angeles series 12 is in full swing with Agent Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell), Agent Hanna (LL Cool J) and the rest of the team solving head-scratching investigations left, right and centre. This latest season had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic but is now back on track with weekly episodes being shown on CBS. Fans had questions from the very beginning of the series but they weren’t about what was actually going on in the show.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS Los Angeles.

NCIS Los Angeles season 12 premiered on Sunday, January 3, earlier this year.

The episode entitled The Bear was very intense as it was up to the team to find a Russian bomber who had gone missing while flying over American soil.

Fans were delighted to see the CBS crime drama’s return but were questioning who the episode was dedicated to.

At the end of the series 12 premiere, it said the show was made in honour of David Bellisario, reading: “In loving memory of our friend, and colleague, whose gentleness and wisdom will be forever cherished.”


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NCIS Los Angeles: Who is David Bellisario? (Image: CBS)

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NCIS Los Angeles: The drama returned to CBS in January 2021. (Image: CBS)

Who is David Bellisario?

Bellisario was a long-term producer on two of the three NCIS franchise series.

According to his IMDB page, he worked on 137 episodes of NCIS and a staggering 238 of the spin-off NCIS Los Angeles.

The name may sound familiar because he was the son of NCIS creator Donald Bellisario, the man responsible for bringing the entire drama’s universe to life.

He was also the step-brother of NCIS star Sean Murray who plays original character Agent Timothy McGee.

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NCIS Los Angeles: The series 12 premiere was dedicated to producer David Bellisario. (Image: CBS)

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NCIS Los Angeles: Season 12 will conclude on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Image: CBS)

Despite being known for his connection with NCIS, Bellisario had worked on several other popular shows.

He was an associate producer on Quantum Leap and is credited with working as a coordinating producer for 44 episodes in the early 1990s.

Bellisario was behind the scenes for the iconic show Magnum PI for several years before this in the 1980s as well.

He had also been part of the team to produce drama JAG which was the gateway to NCIS’ creation.

According to Newsweek, Bellisario died on July 24, 2020, at the height of the pandemic.

He died at the age of 63 with the cause of death being brain cancer.

Bellisario had been diagnosed with the disease back in March 2019.

He stopped working on NCIS LA shortly after and continued battling cancer until his death last year.

NCIS Los Angeles season 12 will be coming to an end in just a couple of months time.

CBS has revealed the series finale release dates for the entire franchise.

NCIS LA series 12 as well as NCIS New Orleans will air their final episodes on Sunday, May 23.

NCIS season 18 will conclude a couple of days later on Tuesday, May 25.

NCIS Los Angeles is available to watch on CBS.