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Brian Dietzen Biography

Birth Place:
Barrington, Illinois, United States

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