‘NCIS’: One Star Was Homeless Before Making It on the Hit Series

by Joe Rutland

“NCIS” has made stars out of a number of cast members over the years, but one of them had a long road from the street to get there.

Who is this star? British actor Duane Henry, who joined the hit CBS crime drama in its 13th season as M16 agent Clayton Reeves. That’s according to an article from Nicki Swift.

Before the success with “NCIS” that saw the actor win over a lot of fans, Henry spent a decade looking for work in London. He told CBS that while he looked for acting roles that he also worked in jobs where he sold shoes. Henry spent time working in a movie theater. He held onto these positions while also being homeless.

Henry said in 2017 that he would sleep at his aunt’s house while looking for work, too.

“That’s kind of been my whole career, technically,” Henry said. “You lose your job and you end up in different places, in the houses of friends or an old car.”

‘NCIS’ Star Approached His Living Situation With Rolling Stone Mentality

Henry said that he approached it all with a rolling stone mentality.

“It never really bothered me, and I never took my eye off the prize, that one day I could actually go to Hollywood,” he said. “It always kept a smile on my face and a fire in my heart. Then I came to America, and I was homeless until I got this gig [on ‘NCIS’], actually.”

The British actor who now lives in Los Angeles said he took some real-life experiences and added them to Clayton Reeves.

“I’ve tried to use a lot of Duane Henry in Clayton,” he said. “He’s a bit unsure in the beginning and doesn’t know what’s expected of him…I’m going into a show where I want them to accept me. I want to be a part of the family, too.”

Co-Star Pauley Perrette Offered Henry Spot At Her House

In an interesting twist, “NCIS” co-star Pauley Perrette offered Henry a place to stay.

“She got wind that I was couch surfing, and she was like, ‘Oh no, I’ve got a house for you,'” Henry said. He accepted Perrette’s offer and stayed there. She also spent time reminding Henry that “You’re filming the No. 1 show in the world.”

Perrette, who played Abby, is also no longer with “NCIS” after leaving the show. But the show goes on as it will enter its 19th season this fall on CBS. Mark Harmon returns in a number of episodes this season as Jethro Gibbs. David McCallum also returns in his role as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard. Catch “NCIS” on Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.