Fast Facts

  • Got the acting bug when he performed in a second-grade Christmas play.
  • Sang in punk-rock bands in high school and college.
  • Appeared in several high-school productions and continued studying acting in college.
  • Performed with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for two years.
  • Early break in show business came when he was cast as a drummer in the short-lived WB series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.
  • Cofounded and performed with the sketch-comedy group the Norm.
  • Film debut was in the American Idol-inspired From Justin to Kelly in 2003.
  • Biggest break came when he earned what was supposed to be a onetime guest appearance on NCIS in 2004 as an assistant medical examiner; his Jimmy Palmer character wound up becoming a regular.
  • Routinely volunteers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


  • Kelly Dietzen — Wife


  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (BFA in Acting)

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  • Birth Place: Barrington, IL
  • Profession: Actor

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