‘NCIS’ Star Sean Murray’s Reflection on Father’s Service in Gulf War Led to Veteran Outreach

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic

Today may be Veteran’s Day, but NCIS star Sean Murray treats every day like it is. His commitment to members of the United States Military goes way back.

Most people today know actor Sean Murray for his role in the military crime drama NCIS. In the show, Murray portrays the character Special Agent Timothy McGee. He has been a part of the show now for an astounding 18 seasons.

But little does everyone know, Murray actually comes from a military family. His father was a captain in the United States Navy. The NCIS star previously told U.S. Veterans Magazine that he remembers hearing, “America is at war!” on the TV when watching the news.

“He’s talking about my father!” a young Murray said.

Nowadays, however, Murray is using his platform to help veterans and their families.

“As I get older, for me personally, I realize those ideals my father had,” he said. “I inherited that. The right way to do things.”

Not only does he want to help veterans, but he also wants to make sure their support system is taken care of as well.

“A lot of people say, ‘I support our troops,’ but they don’t realize what it takes, and the support system,” he explained. “The mothers especially, and the spouses.”

‘NCIS’ Star Can Personally Relate to Military Scenes in the Show

Sean Murray grew up as a “military brat,” according to his own words. As a result, he said that his upbringing can’t help but influence his style as an actor. And since the show he acts on, NCIS, is a military-themed show, there are a lot of moments that Murray can personally relate to.

For example, one episode touches on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Meanwhile, another episode features Murray’s character taking over a case where a military family has its houses invaded while they had a family member away on duty. Murray said that he can personally relate to the being “away” part.

“It’s funny how art imitates life,” he said. “I ended up bonding with the actor playing the teen.”

There was another episode that proved challenging for Murray as well. He says that even though he is supposed to be acting, some of the scenes felt like he was reliving moments from his past.

“A lot of the things I went through as a kid came flooding back,” he said.

In the end, the NCIS star had a final message to all of the brave men and women in the military. His message was also for all of their family members and loved ones.

“It’s important that families know how much they know they have our support,” Murray concluded. “It takes a family. I want to make people aware of that. I’m with you. Hang in there. You’re doing the best thing anyone can do, the most selfless thing. I want to say thank you to them.”