NCIS: Los Angeles actor Chris O’Donnell is officially 51-years-old today (June 26,) and the show couldn’t help but celebrate.
After all, O’Donnell has been a mainstay of the popular program since its first episode. As G. Callen, O’Donnell gets as much or more screen-time than anyone as the LA team’s Lead Senior Field Agent.
So when the show’s official Instagram account posted a happy birthday post, many fans showed their love. Whether it was general happy birthday messages or complimenting the actor on his work and looks, the praise poured in.
“Did you know it’s Chris O’Donnell Appreciation Day? Now you do. Wishing a very happy birthday to the legend himself! #ncisla” the account wrote.
The photo of O’Donnell is a fairly pedestrian snap of Special Agent G. Callen delivering a subtle grin.
Appreciating the NCIS: Los Angeles actor isn’t exactly a difficult task. Besides being tied for the most episode appearances on the show with 280, the actor has compiled a varied, but successful career.
NCIS: Los Angeles Star Chris O’Donnell’s Career
Before his work on NCIS: Los Angeles, Chris O’Donnell was a name many already recognized. In fact, his career began in his teenage days, when he first got national attention for his work with Michael Jordan in a McDonald’s commercial.
By his late teens, folks had become even better acquainted with O’Donnell thanks to Fried Green Tomatos and Scent of a Woman. In terms of popularity, O’Donnell may have been at his biggest during the mid-1990s, when he portrayed Robin in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Some might say that he’s more relevant now with NCIS: Los Angeles, but the timeline of O’Donnell’s career can’t be summed up without his hiatus. Between 1996 and 2004, there were two breaks and a total of six years where the actor didn’t appear in a film.
However, it wasn’t anywhere close to the end. The 51-year-old found work in a wide variety of projects and roles, before the arrival of NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009. The rest is pretty much history.
Appearing in 280 episodes according to IMDB, he is only matched in appearances by LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah and Barrett Foa. All four of the actors joined the show from its first episode. It’s worth mentioning that Linda Hunt, who portrays Hetty, has 279 episodes to her name.
And, as any fan knows, the show has maintained its spot as the franchise’s most-successful spin-off. NCIS: Los Angeles’ diverse and striking cast cannot be accurately described without its leading man, Chris O’Donnell.