‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Everything to Know About the New Actor Playing Cyber Intelligence Specialist Ernie

by Jacklyn Krol

Meet the newest NCIS addition, Jason Antoon.

NCIS: Hawai’i was ordered to series last week. Actor Jason Antoon will portray the NCIS Cyber Intelligence Specialist named Ernie. According to Variety, his character is a “polyglot with a keen mind for technology, history, literature and all things Hawaiian.”

Ernie handles the technology and IT aspects of cases. He is in charge of tracing anonymous IP addresses. He is also able to do deep dives into suspects’ social media accounts and profile them.

“Ernie doesn’t have family on the island so he’s invited himself to join his Team’s families,” the outlet added.

Meanwhile, Vanessa Lachey will star as Jane Tennant, the first female SAC. She is described as confident, diplomatic, and strategic. She is also a mother who is raising her children without a husband.

Yasmine Al-Bustami will portray Lucy. Her character is the junior level of the team. “She is eager to be the first one to find that key piece of evidence, create a workaround in the bureaucracy, or tackle a suspect down a flight of stairs.”

Larry Teng will direct and executive produce the show. Matt Bosack, Jan Nash, and Chris Silber are co-writing and executive producing.

Meanwhile, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS were renewed. Unfortunately, NCIS: New Orleans is ending with its current season.

Who Is Jason Antoon?

Jason Antoon is both a television and film actor. He played Norman in Two Weeks Notice and in Minority Report he portrayed Rufus Riley. Steven Spielberg was the director that cast him as Rufus. Spielberg was amazed by his performance in the Tony award-winning musical “Contact” on Broadway.

Additionally, he was a series regular in TNT’s Claws, Kings, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and No Ordinary Family. Antoon also appeared as a guest on Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU, and Sex and the City.

He grew up in Sherman Oaks, California and is of Lebanese descent. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a BFA in Drama. At the time, he was in the same program as Suits star Gabriel Macht.

He then moved to New York and did stage shows. He was an understudy on numerous productions. In 1994, he was Steve Martin’s understudy in “Straight to New York.” In 1994, he spent most of his stage life as an understudy, most notably in Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”. He landed his breakout role in “Contact.” And he received a nomination for a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for the role.

Furthermore, in 2010 he wed his sweetheart Seana Kofoed. The couple has two children together.

Finally, in 2018 he became a fiction author. He published his novel “The Cursed Frog & Other Modern Fairy Tales for Grown Ups.”