‘NCIS: LA’ Star Eric Christian Olsen Posts Heartwarming Reaction to Sweet Birthday Tribute Video

by Suzanne Halliburton

NCIS: LA fans adore Eric Christian Olsen, who plays slightly goofy, surfer dude, former lawyer/cop turned federal agent Marty Deeks on the hit show.

His fans thanked him with a birthday video earlier this week. An Eric Olsen fan account on Instagram posted the video clip. And Olsen said he really appreciated their efforts to make his 44th birthday so special.

“I watched the whole video and thank you to everybody that took part,” the NCIS: LA star posted as part of his Instagram stories. “What a wonderful gift. And special thank you to Eric Olsen fans.”

Olsen turned 44, Monday. The caption of the birthday clip:

“I can’t thank you enough for being a constant inspiration to me, and for all the love and support you have given me throughout the years. You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me.
Becoming your fan was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m so glad you’re one of the people I look up to the most. Some of your friends, fans and family joined me to shower you with love on this special day.”

Deeks Saw Major Change On NCIS: LA Season 12

NCIS: LA wouldn’t be the same without Eric Olsen as Marty Deeks. He’s definitely a fan favorite. Olsen joined the cast of the show as a full-time cast member in season two. In the opening season of 2009-10, Deeks was only in two episodes.

Deeks went through some major changes on NCIS: LA this season. The character was the liaison between the LAPD and the NCIS office. However, his job was cut and Deeks was furloughed. Additionally, he was too old to go through training to become an NCIS special agent. But Hetty used her contacts and found him a spot in the NCIS training academy.

As this NCIS: LA season closed, a Russian crime gang kidnapped Deeks while he was hanging out at the beach. But because it’s Deeks, even a kidnapping was comical. The recently deceased leader of the Russian gang told its members he wanted Deeks to run it. The kidnappers put a hood over Deeks’ head, and while sitting in an open jeep, the group went through a drive-thru to pick up some food.

Deeks partner on NCIS: LA is Kensi Blye portrayed by Daniela Ruah. The two fell in love and were married on the show. However, in real life, Ruah is Olsen’s sister-in-law. She’s married to David Olsen, Eric’s older brother who also plays his stunt double on the show.