The NCIS shows are renowned for having a huge array of guest stars regularly. On that note, it seems an upcoming NCIS: Los Angeles episode will as well, with its guest also regularly appearing on Chicago Med.
Per a CBS Press Release, November 21st’s NCIS: Los Angeles episode will feature Charles Malik Whitfield as Gary DeMayo. According to the release, the episode is titled “Sundown.” In it, “Sam negotiates and Rountree goes undercover, when a man takes a busload of hostages and threatens to blow it up unless his daughter’s war crimes are posthumously cleared,” the release reads. Unfortunately, that doesn’t give us much of an idea on what to expect from Whitfield’s character.
Normally, Charles Malik Whitfield stars on Chicago Med as Ben Campbell. His character meets Maggie Lockwood while both of them are receiving chemotherapy treatment. Quickly hitting it off, the two became romantically involved and eventually married one another.
Besides his Chicago Med role, you may recognize Whitfield from several other shows. He starred in Supernatural as Agent Victor Henriksen for a handful of episodes and Empire as Reverend L.C. Price. Additionally, he starred in The Guardian for 45 episodes as James Mooney.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see what his character will be doing amid the current NCIS: Los Angeles storyline.
Henry Fonda and James Garner inspired Gerald McRaney’s ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Character
Speaking of NCIS: Los Angeles storylines, Gerald McRaney’s character, Kilbride, isn’t in a good place right now. Between his retired colonel buddy selling guns to the militia and him killing a former CIA operative he trained himself, he’s a deep, ambiguous character. Speaking to NBC New York, McRaney said Henry Fonda and James Garner inspired the character.
During the interview, McRaney was asked if anyone inspired or helped him during his career. “I got to work with Henry Fonda, once, and I got to work with [James] Garner a few times on Rockford Files. For reference, Rockford Files aired from 1974 to 1980 and was a detective series. James Garner played Jim Rockford, a private investigator, while McRaney played D.A. John Pleasance.
“For different reasons, both of those men inspired me to be better at what I do.” This isn’t the first time he praised Fonda. When talking about the movie Get Low, he commended both Fonda and Sissy Spacek, who also appeared in the film. “I worked with Henry Fonda and he said of himself that he worked his tail off so that the audience wouldn‘t see the wheels turning. I think Sissy does that, too.”
High praise indeed coming from a man with nearly 106 credits for film and television appearances. Time will tell if Kilbride will be as fortunate as the man portraying him in future NCIS: Los Angeles episodes.