‘NCIS’: Gary Cole Answers Whether He Feels Pressure Stepping Into Full-Time Role

by Joe Rutland

Veteran actor Gary Cole joined “NCIS” this season in a full-time role as Alden Parker. Does he feel pressure entering this spot?

Cole talked about it in an interview with TV Insider.

“I’ve done a lot of dropping into shows, [usually] as a recurring character,” he said. Examples of this would be his roles on “Suits” and “The Good wife.”

“Part of my job description is to get comfortable, whatever that takes,” Cole said. “I’m not trying to be [Gibbs]. The writers made that distinction.”

It’s hard for anyone to even fathom fulfilling the longtime role held by Mark Harmon. He played Leroy Jethro Gibbs through Season 19. While Harmon did exit, there’s always a chance he could return at some point.

“NCIS” was moved from its traditional Tuesday night timeslot to Monday nights. Catch it at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on CBS. The network reportedly moved the show so it could be a strong lead-in to its spin-off, “NCIS: Hawai’i.”

‘NCIS’ Star Offers Answer To What Is His Favorite Childhood Movie

It’s interesting to see what some actors find impressive while growing up as far as movies or TV shows.

Gary Cole mentions a Jack Lemmon flick called “The Fortune Cookie.” It starred Lemmon along with Walter Matthau. Of course, both of those stars provided their talents for “The Odd Couple.”

Well, the future “NCIS” star loved the movie and saw it when he was 10.

He spoke about the movie’s impact on him during a Q&A Cole did with Entertainment Weekly.

“I remember going to see it with my parents when I was 10,” Cole said. “I had a lot of questions about it, ’cause at the heart, it was about insurance fraud. (And) I kept asking, ‘Why is he in a wheelchair? Why are people spying on him?’ They were saying, ‘Just be quiet. Watch the movie.'”

Cole Has Discovered A New Hobby To Keep Him Busy Away From Acting

Everyone did something to keep their minds busy during the pandemic. Well, the “NCIS” star was no different. What hobby did he pick up?

“The pandemic introduced me to jigsaw puzzles,” Cole said.

Well, the actor said once he started working on the jigsaw puzzles that he just kept going. and going

“I got very deep into that,” Cole said. “I probably have 20 under my belt now.”

Where did he start acting? Cole started in 1985 as a player in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company.

He’s been a part of major movies and TV shows for the past 40 years. Once again, Cole is part of a huge series in “NCIS” and brings his talents and skills to his role as Alden.