NCIS: Origins Casts Robert Taylor as Gibbs’ Dad — Plus, Two More Additions

Robert Taylor will step into the late, great Ralph Waite’s shoes by playing dad to a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs in CBS’ upcoming NCIS: Origins prequel series.

TVLine has learned that the Australian Longmire vet has been tapped to fill the recurring guest star role of Jackson Gibbs, the hard-nosed father of one-day NCIS team leader Jethro, who of course was played on the original series by Mark Harmon. (As previously announced, Austin Stowell, whose TV credits include Secret Life of the American Teenager and Peacock’s A Friend of the Family, will play the younger Gibbs in NCIS: Origins.)

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Also new to the NCIS: Origins mix is Daniel Bellomy (Power Book II: Ghost) in the recurring guest star role of Special Agent Granville “Granny” Dawson, a “probie” who’s cutting his teeth as the Evidence Custodian’s assistant, all the while itching to work his way up the ranks to field agent.

Additionally, Caleb Martin Foote (Made for Love) will fill the recurring guest star role of Special Agent Benjamin “Randy” Randolf, the agency’s all-too-lovable “golden boy.” Tasked with showing the newly minted Agent Gibbs the ropes, this father of young twins is thankfully practiced in patience.

Ordered to series in January, NCIS: Origins will be set in the early ’90s and follow a young version of Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs as a new agent at the NCIS Camp Pendleton office. The show will chronicle Gibbs’ early career as he forges his own path on a team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks (to be played by SIX‘s Kyle Schmid).

Besides Stowell and Schmid, series regulars include Mariel Molino (Promised Land) as Special Agent Lala Domingue, Diany Rodriguez (The Blacklist) as Special Agent Vera Strickland (a role originated by Nip/Tuck‘s Roma Maffia in the Season 11 NCIS installment “Under the Radar”), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Chi) as Field Operation Support Officer Mary Jo Sullivan, a “mama bear” who has wryly dubbed herself “HSIC” — Head Secretary in Charge.

Mark Harmon will not appear in the series, but he will serve as its narrator as well as executive producer. His son, Sean Harmon, who has played Young Gibbs in NCIS flashbacks and came up with the idea for the prequel, will also serve as an EP, alongside co-showrunners Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North.

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