‘NCIS’ Star Rocky Carroll Talked Meeting Real Members of NCIS

by Samantha Whidden
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He has been a cast member of the hit CBS series NCIS since 2008, and Rocky Carroll previously opened up about what it was like meeting actual real members of the NCIS organization.

During a 2009 interview with CBS News’ Maggie Rodriguez, Rocky Carroll spoke about his interaction with real NCIS members by stating his character is based on a retired NCIS agent, Leon Carroll. “He’s our technical advisor,” Carroll explained. 

Carroll plays the role of Leon Vance in NCIS. He has made an appearance in 314 episodes of the series. Prior to joining the police procedural television series’ cast, Carroll was in various TV series, including Invasion, American Dreams, The Agency, Welcome to New York, The West Wing, Family Law, and Chicago Hope. 

‘NCIS’ Star Rocky Carroll Opens Up About How He Got Into Acting To Begin With

While chatting with The Huffington Post in 2009, NCIS castmate Rocky Carroll recalled how he got into acting, to begin with. “I think it has more to do with location than anything else,” Carroll explained. He also noted that he grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1974, the Board of Education set up a performing school. 

“It was in walking distance from my school,” the NCIS star continued. “So the art teacher at the elementary school that I was already going to said, ‘You’re a class clown. You’re always getting in trouble for being obnoxious. So audition for this school.’ That’s literally, how it happened.

Carroll then spoke about his experience in Shakespeare shows. He revealed which role is his favorite. “I think Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet would be my favorite role. I’ve never played it. But I would love to do it.”

The NCIS star goes on to state that he has been very fortunate with his acting career. He believes the primary difference between stage and screen is it’s very easy to adapt a persona or to be labeled a comedic actor or dramatic actor in the film world.

“Actors on stage, you can go from playing a myriad of roles, from Shakespeare to a Eugene O’Neil drama. And it’s the norm.”

Rocky Carroll Reveals More Details About His Relationship With Former ‘NCIS’ Star Mark Harmon

While continuing his chat with The Huffington Post, Rocky Carroll spoke about his relationship with now-former NCIS star, Mark Harmon, and how it got him into the Leon role.

“It was a series of very fortunate circumstances. My biggest ‘in’ was that I had a previous relationship with the show’s star.”

Carroll then spoke about how he and Harmon worked together on Chicago Hope prior to joining NCIS. “I had done three different shows and three different regular shows for CBS. So even though I was new to the show, there were certain aspects that I was very familiar with.”

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