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Also Known As: David Elliott, David Smith Died:
Born: September 21, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milton, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, musician

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This tall (6'4"), muscular and square-jawed player quickly established himself as a TV star playing a dashing Navy lawyer assigned to the Judge Advocate General Corps on "JAG" (NBC, 1995-96; CBS, 1997-2005). Not just another poster boy, the stage-trained Elliott lent an air of intelligence, integrity and low-key confidence to his characterization. He proved credible playing thoughtful, action-oriented professionals on several TV series including "Fly By Night" (CBS, 1991) as a pilot for a financially strapped charter company and a likeable cop on the syndicated revival of "The Untouchables".The Toronto-born Elliott was drawn to acting after reading "King Lear" in a theater history class at age 19. He garnered positive notices as a member of Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival before segueing to Canadian TV where he enjoyed a healthy run as the star of "Street Legal" (CBC, 1985-88). Signed by Disney to a development deal in 1990, Elliott moved to Los Angeles and began doing TV guest spots. He gained notice playing a furniture mover who dates Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "Seinfeld". Elliott was also memorable in a "Melrose Place" storyline as a sex-addicted recovering alcoholic who becomes involved with...

This tall (6'4"), muscular and square-jawed player quickly established himself as a TV star playing a dashing Navy lawyer assigned to the Judge Advocate General Corps on "JAG" (NBC, 1995-96; CBS, 1997-2005). Not just another poster boy, the stage-trained Elliott lent an air of intelligence, integrity and low-key confidence to his characterization. He proved credible playing thoughtful, action-oriented professionals on several TV series including "Fly By Night" (CBS, 1991) as a pilot for a financially strapped charter company and a likeable cop on the syndicated revival of "The Untouchables".

The Toronto-born Elliott was drawn to acting after reading "King Lear" in a theater history class at age 19. He garnered positive notices as a member of Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival before segueing to Canadian TV where he enjoyed a healthy run as the star of "Street Legal" (CBC, 1985-88). Signed by Disney to a development deal in 1990, Elliott moved to Los Angeles and began doing TV guest spots. He gained notice playing a furniture mover who dates Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "Seinfeld". Elliott was also memorable in a "Melrose Place" storyline as a sex-addicted recovering alcoholic who becomes involved with Courtney Thorne-Smith.

All of these roles were warm-ups for the role that would make him famous: the Naval legal eagle Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr., the straight-laced All-American star (though the actor himself is Canadian) of the drama "JAG." As a former pilot grounded by night blindness who invesitgates and prosecutes crimes involving Naval and Marine personnel, Elliott was an easy fit for the Harm character in the series described by many as "Law & Order" meets "Top Gun." Despite Elliott's appeal in the lead role, NBC axed the series after just one 21-episode season in 1996, but the then-struggling CBS realized the show was a potentially good fit for its specific demographic and picked it up for a second season. The gamble paid off, and "JAG" quickly become one of the Eye network's most dependable ratings performers, particularly when the series was tweaked to make Harm a more well-rounded character and he was paired with a new partner (Catherine Bell) that stoked a subtext of sexual chemistry. With Elliott appealing to both men and women and series gradually developing its own engrossing mythology, it attracted a large and loyal audience that kept it on the air for several years. The series did particularly well in the immediate post-9/11 era, when support and interest in military matters were at an all-time high, and the series incorporated America's war on terrorism into its storylines. Finally, once Elliott announced his intention to leave the show following the 2004-2005 season and inked a development deal with ABC, the show cut back his screen time to experiment with a new character but the network ultimately pulled the plug on the series after ten seasons and 227 episodes.

The actor became a fixture of People's sexy celebrity lists and parlayed his "JAG" popularity into other roles, including the telepics "Dodson's Journey" (1996) and "Code 11-14" (2003), and he appeared in the occasional feature film, including "Clockwatchers" (1997) and "The Shrink Is In" (2001).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dawn Patrol (2014)
2.
 Exploding Sun (2013)
3.
 Truth Be Told (2011)
4.
 Confined (2010)
5.
 Dad's Home (2010)
6.
 Terror Trap (2010)
7.
 Impact (2009)
8.
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Played with a rock band as a teen
1979:
Became interested in acting after reading "King Lear" in a theater history class at age 19
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Joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario; won the Jean Chalmers Award for Most Promising Actor
1986:
Appeared in "B-Movie: The Play", a very successful production at the Edinburgh Festival
1986:
Starred in the CBC TV series "Steet Legal"; originally hired for a three-episode guest spot but made a regular
1990:
Signed by Disney to a development deal
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Moved to Southern California
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Began appearing in US TV guest spots
1991:
US TV-movie debut, "Her Wicked Ways", a CBS drama about TV newsroom rivalries
1991:
US series debut as a regular, "Fly By Night" (shown as part of CBS Late Night's "Crimetime After Primetime")
1993:
Cast as a regular on the syndicated revival of "The Untouchables"
1994:
Made a memorable guest appearance on "Seinfeld" as Elaine's almost perfect man
1994:
Had a recurring role on "Melrose Place" (Fox) as a sex-addicted recovering alcoholic
1995:
Starred in "Golden Gate", a busted pilot for a legal crime drama
1995:
Starred as Lt. Harmon Rabb Jr on "JAG", a military legal action series (NBC, 1995-1996; CBS 1997-2005)
1995:
US TV miniseries debut, "Degree of Guilt"
2005:
Starred in the TV-movie, "The Man Who Lost Himself" as a Canadian football player who lost his memory in a car accident
2006:
Joined the cast of the CBS crime drama "Close to Home"
2010:
Co-starred with Virginia Madsen in ABC's "Scoundrels," about a crime family who tries to go straight when the patriarch goes to prison
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Education

Ryerson Polytechnical University: Toronto , Ontario -

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wife:
Nanci Chambers. Actor. Met in 1989 when she appeared on "Street Legal"; moved in together briefly in 1989; separated when Elliott moved to L.A. to pursue career; eventually joined him at his request in L.A.; married in civil ceremony at L.A. City Hall in fall of 1991; renewed wedding vows in Santa Barbara, California in June 1999.

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father:
Arnold Smith. Heating and plumbing wholesaler-contractor.
mother:
Pat Farrow. Office manager.
daughter:
Stephanie Elliott. Born in March 1993.

Contributions

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SON: Wyatt, born on 03/03/03

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