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What The Cast Of JAG Is Doing Today

JAG (short for Judge Advocate General) was like the little show that could. The series originated on NBC in the fall of 1995 and lasted only one season before being canceled. CBS swooped in and saved the show and put it on as a mid-season replacement the following year. Not only did it air for another nine seasons, from January 1997 to April 2005, it also spawned the long-running NCIS (which in turn spun off into NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans). While JAG wasn't a juggernaut in the ratings, it averaged about 12 million viewers per season while it was on the air.

The series follows the lives of members of the Department of the Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General— think lawyers in Naval uniforms. These "judge advocates" conduct investigations and are involved in representing clients in criminal cases under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The main focus of the show is Lieutenant Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr., a former Naval aviator who went to law school while recovering from surgery and then joined the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Other regulars in the show include fellow JAG lawyers Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie (USMC), Lieutenant Budrick "Bud" Roberts, Jr. (USN), and Judge Avocate General A.J. Chegwidden.

While it looked like there might have been a JAG reboot in the works at CBS after news leaked that the two leads from the show would appear in multiple episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles during the 2018-2019 season, it now looks like the idea of a new series was just wishful thinking on fans' part. While it's not likely to happen, the characters of the show continue to be beloved by many, so who knows what CBS might do in the future? With that said, let's take a look at what the cast of JAG is doing today.

David James Elliot can't stay away from Harm

David James Elliot played Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. for the entire run of JAG, appearing in all 227 episodes of the long-running series. Harm was a former Navy fighter pilot turned lawyer for the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office. Over the course of the show's 10 seasons, Elliot saw his character go from a lieutenant to a captain and even temporarily become Acting Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy.

After JAG, Elliot has kept himself busy by starring in the ABC short-lived series Scoundrels as well as guest-starring on several different shows including Mad Men and Mom. Fans of JAG no doubt know that Elliot recently appeared on three episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, reprising his role as Harm, now the Captain/XO of the U.S.S. Allegiance. Time will tell if CBS decides to reboot JAG for another run or if they'll just keep bringing Elliot back to appear on the shows spun off from JAG.

Catherine Bell is a Good Witch

Although it seems like Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie was a part of JAG for the entire series, she actually didn't appear until season two of the show. Eagle-eyed fans of JAG know that Catherine Bell was actually in the final episode of season one, playing a totally different character. Bell said after reading about the character of Mac, she decided to go for the role. MacKenzie worked alongside Harm in the JAG Corps. In classic television style, the two had a "will they or won't they" relationship in the vein of Maddie and David from Moonlighting. As the show wrapped up, the series finale left fans wondering which of the two would give up their career to follow the other as they were both offered new jobs.

Bell has worked continuously since the end of JAG. She starred in four seasons of Army Wives for the Lifetime Channel while at the same time making a series of The Good Witch television movies for the Hallmark Channel. Currently, Bell is continuing her role as Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale in the television series version of The Good Witch where she is also an executive producer on the show. Like Elliott, Bell has reprised her role as Mac on NCIS: Los Angeles. On the show, her character is now the Marine Liaison to the U.S. Secretary of State. It's there that fans find out it was Harm who gave up his career to follow Mac. Sadly, the characters have been split for several years.

Patrick Labyorteaux - Bud for life

By the time Patrick Labyorteaux started playing Budrick "Bud" Roberts, Jr. on JAG, he was a veteran film and television actor who had been acting since he was a child. Before JAG, he was probably best known as Andrew Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. Labyorteaux played "Bud" on all 10 seasons of JAG, although he only became a permanent member of the cast beginning in season two. Like Harm and Mac, Bud is also a member of the JAG Corps. His personality made his opponents underestimate him in the courtroom, much to their own detriment. Bud was so well-liked that Labyorteaux was brought back to appear on the JAG spinoff series NCIS on three different occasions.

Post-JAG, Labyorteaux guest-starred on several different television shows including Dexter, American Crime Story, and Scandal. His most recent acting credit came in 2018's The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. Not content with being in front of the camera, Labyorteaux and his wife, JAG producer Tine Albanese, created the Nick at Nite show See Dad Run starring Scott Baio, which ran from 2012-2014.

John M. Jackson couldn't stay away

John M. Jackson played Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "A.J." Chegwidden, USN on eight seasons of JAG. Chegwidden was the top lawyer for the Navy at JAG, where his official title was Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy. He was a kind of father figure to those who served under him and very loyal to his team. While maintaining a cool demeanor most of the time, Chegwidden's anger was known to be formidable. Toward the end of JAG's run, he decided to retire from service and went to work for a law firm. Jackson appeared in this capacity as Chegwidden in a 2004 episode of NCIS where he defends Special Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in an internal investigation. Jackson again reprised his role as Chegwidden on NCIS: Los Angeles, appearing as a recurring character during season 8 of the show.

Apart from his stint on NCIS: Los Angeles, Jackson has worked continuously after JAG came to an end. His other television roles include a stint on Bones as well as appearances on Without a Trace, CSI, and Criminal Minds. He also had a role on 2017's Gifted starring Chris Evans.

Karri Turner - Turned to comedy

Karri Turner played Lieutenant Harriet Sims on JAG for nine seasons. While not a part of JAG when she first appeared, she was finally transferred to the unit later in season two. Sims worked at JAG in an administrative capacity where she eventually became involved with and marries Bud Roberts, much to her wealthy parents' consternation. Because of her relationship with Roberts, Sims was moved from JAG to Office of the Naval Inspector General, where she stayed until the end of the ninth season, when she resigned due to her pregnancy with twins.

After JAG, Turner had small parts in Get Smart and in An American Carol, both in 2008. She also appeared in two episodes of Heroes in 2006. Her most recent screen credit was a small part in a season 17 episode of NCIS. (Alas, she was not reprising her JAG role.) During her break from acting, Turner tried her hand at comedy and performed for U.S. troops.

Chuck Carrington branches out

Chuck Carrington played Petty Officer Jason Tiner, USN on eight seasons of JAG. Tiner started his run on the show as Admiral Chegwidden's yeoman/assistant. Tiner was close to Chegwidden, having served him for several years, while Chegwidden considered him the best assistant he ever had. Throughout the 99 episodes the character appeared in, Tiner was the comic relief on the show, getting tongue-tied to often hilarious results. He started taking law classes in season six and by the end of season nine, he graduated law school and left the JAG office (and the show) for Officer Candidate School (OCS).

Since JAG, Carrington has been in a handful of projects. In 2007, he was in the film The List starring Malcolm McDowell. He also appeared in several television shows, including Blue Bloods, White Collar, and Shameless. Carrington's last project was 2017's Cowboy Drifter; in addition to acting, he also wrote and produced the film.

Scott Lawrence - Voice of Vader

While only becoming a full-time cast member in the final season of JAG, Scott Lawrence's character, Commander Peter Ulysses "Sturgis" Turner, was introduced as a recurring character in season seven. Turner was a member of the JAG Corps and had been a friend of Harm since they were at the Naval Academy together. While the two were great buddies during the show, their relationship was strained when Turner became Acting Judge Advocate General after Chegwidden retired.

Post-JAG, Lawrence has not stopped working. When he's not appearing in movies like Avatar, The Social Network, and Star Trek Into Darkness, you can find him on television in shows like Legion, Fear of the Walking Dead, and Mr. Mercedes. Even if you don't know Lawrence's face, you probably recognize his voice. He's voiced the character of "Jarek Yeager" in Star Wars Resistance, as well as voicing Darth Vader in several Star Wars video games including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Zoe McLellan - From JAG to two of its spinoffs

Fans of the CBS show NCIS: New Orleans are very familiar with Zoe McLellan. For two seasons, she played Agent Meredith Brody. While that show was a spinoff of JAG, McLellan didn't play the same character. In the earlier show, McLellan played Petty Officer Jennifer Coates, USN. Long before she came to JAG as the personal aide to the Judge Advocate General Chegwidden, Coates first encountered Harm and company while being court-martialed for abandoning her position. Like Scott Lawrence, McLellan joined the cast of JAG in season seven and became a full-time cast member in the show's final season.

After JAG ended, McLellan appeared on the ABC show Dirty Sexy Money before landing her role as Agent Brody, first on NCIS and then on its spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans. Following her much-publicized exit from that show, McLellan went on to appear on House and The Mentalist before becoming a series regular on Suits and Designated Survivor.

Randy Vasquez

Randy Vasquez had a recurring role as Gunnery Sergeant Victor Galindez, USMC on JAG for five seasons. Prior to serving with JAG, Galindez was an ex-Marine who had been a sheriff's deputy. His life a wreck, he decided to reenlist and was eventually transferred to JAG in order to manage the office. He used his investigative experience after 9/11 when he left JAG to join the hunt for Bin Laden. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario said he created the character of Galindez because they "wanted another character who was not an officer and we also wanted a Hispanic," adding, "There are a lot of Hispanics in the Marines and Navy. It was time they were represented."

Before joining the cast of JAG, Vasquez was a regular on both Love Boat: The Next Wave and First Monday. When JAG ended, he went on to guest star on shows like CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck. He had a recurring role on season one of Bosch. He's also appeared on both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, although he was a different character each time. Most recently, Vasquez has guest starred on Will & Grace and S.W.A.T.

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn appeared on JAG at different points throughout its 10-season run as Rear Admiral Thomas "CAG" Boone, USN. Harm's father was a friend of Boone's and they served together in Vietnam. Harm had to defend Boone from being court-martialed more than once. Raising in the ranks from captain to rear admiral during the show's run, Boone wasn't able to rise any higher in the ranks as he was accused, but later acquitted, of war crimes. He eventually retired from service.

O'Quinn has been acting since the early '80s so, depending on your age, you might know him as a series regular on one of several shows or from one of his earlier film roles. He was in shows Earth 2 and Millennium in the mid-to-late '90s. In terms of movies, he's been in everything from Tombstone to Primal Fear. Right before JAG, O'Quinn co-starred in three hit series: Alias, The West Wing, and Lost. His most recent roles have come as recurring characters on Hawaii Five-0 on CBS and on Emergence for ABC.

Steven Culp

Steven Culp played the recurring role of CIA Officer Clayton Webb on 41 episodes of JAG, beginning with season two all the way up through the final 10th season. Webb was often undercover and on a case where he claimed he was working for the State Department, among other agencies. He was involved with Mac both as a real couple as well as posing as one while undercover.

Culp's face is probably very familiar to you. You might remember him from other shows like ER and Star Trek: Enterprise. After JAG, he went on to appear on The West Wing (at the same time as Terry O'Quinn, no less) as well as Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, and Law & Order. One of Culp's most recent high-profile appearances came in 2014, when he played Senator Scudder in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His latest roles on television include 9-1-1 and American Horror Story.

Anne-Marie Johnson

Although only on JAG for 17 episodes between seasons 3 and 7, Congresswoman Roberta "Bobbi" Latham, played by Anne-Marie Johnson, certainly made an impact. Latham was the Chairwoman of the House National Subcommittee, as well as an on-again, off-again love interest for Harm. She also dated Harm's colleague and friend, Sturgis Turner. She was leery of the military, but not so much that she wasn't fair when it came to her dealings with them.

Johnson has had roles in television going back to the early 1970s. She is mainly known for her roles on What's Happening Now!, In the Heat of the Night, and In Living Color. After JAG, she went on to play roles on a list of shows that includes Girlfriends, That's So Raven, and Children's Hospital. Her most recent television appearances have come on The InBetween and How to Get Away with Murder.