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David James Elliott Facts

Updated on December 19, 2017

Learn more about the talented star of the popular series, JAG

David James Elliott's real name is actually David William Smith. He was born in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1960. He is best known for playing the character of Commander Harmon Rabb Junior on the TV series JAG which ran from 1995 to 2005.

David James Elliott has been married to actress Nanci Chambers since 1992. They have 2 children - a daughter Stephanie (b Chicago 1993) and a son Wyatt (b Los Angeles 2003). Both David and Nanci were born and raised in Canada. And they are both also naturalized citizens of the USA.

Photo from David James Elliott's official site. All Rights Reserved by David James Elliott.

David James Elliott Biography

David is the middle of 3 sons. His brothers are Michael and John Smith. His father Arnold Smith was born and raised in the Bahamas and David spent a lot of time in that country as a child. His mother Pat is an office manager.

David attended Milton District High School (just 40 miles from Toronto). He briefly dropped out of school to play music and then later returned and eventually graduated high school in 1980. David then enrolled at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (before it became Ryerson Technical University) in Toronto where he studied Theatre, graduating in 1983.

David then spent the next 2 years honing his acting skills at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival

David is 6 feet 4 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

The photo is an early (pre-JAG) Agency casting photo

David Elliott - Before JAG

David's first Hollywood acting job, was a small part in the comedy movie - Police Academy 3; Back in Training. He plays Cadet Baxter. He was also listed as David Elliott. After Police Academy, most of David's work was in Television. He even did one episode of China Beach (a series that I rather liked).

In 1988 he auditioned for and won the role of Nick Delgado on the Canadian TV series Street Legal (which originally ran from 1987 to 1994). David only stayed for 36 episodes - assuming one episode per week - that's about 8 months.

The next stop was 4 episodes on Knots Landing - the soap opera spin-off from Dallas - and then in 1993 David hit the big time with a starring role in the TV series The Untouchables alongside Tom Amandes and John Rhys-Davies.

After the Untouchables, David then won a small (4 episode) role on the TV series Melrose Place (starring Courtney Thorne Smith) as Terry Parsons, an NFL quarterback with a sex addiction. By this time he calling himself David James Elliott, not just as David Elliott. (see video clip).

During all this time, David also guest starred in other TV series - including Seinfeld as Elaine's boyfriend - and also a number of TV movies.

Finally in 1995, David won his big chance. He auditioned for and won the starring role of Commander Harmon Rabb junior on the new TV series JAG (which stands for Judge Advocate General Corps), a role that David relished and starred in, for the next 10 years.

The photo above was taken during the JAG Pilot episode filmed in 1995. It's a screen capture from the DVD from the JAG Archives

David James Elliott - After JAG

David has continued working in television. Even while he was working on JAG, he continued to make TV movies. Many of these movies were either romantic dramas or family movies and frequently involved children. He has also starred in several TV series since 2005 after JAG ended.

The first TV series that David was in after JAG was called Close to Home, and not surprisingly, it was another legal drama.

Then in 2008 he guest starred on Search and Rescue (aka The Guard in Canada) for 7 episodes. This was a series about a Canadian Coastguard search and rescue squad.

Next up was a Fantasy Mini Series in 2009 called Knights of Bloodsteel, and in 2010 he was called in to replace the lead actor on a new TV series called the Scoundrels. (see video below)

The photo above was taken during the JAG 10th season episode, Dream Team filmed in 2005. It's a screen capture from the DVD from the JAG Archives

Interview with David James Elliott in June 2010

David talks about his new TV series - Scoundrels, his new Hallmark Movie and his family's trip to the Amazon.

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      4 years ago

      I remember him on the school bus in 1981 in Milton when I went to school and he was talking about being a Actor then. His girlfriend was D.Ann C. I will not say the last name but he would know who I am talking about The bus driver was Joanne. Those days seem like yesterday.

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      7 years ago

      If...reincarnation exists, I want to look like DJE when I come back. Thanks for the Bio.

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      7 years ago

      i love DJE

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      JeanJohnson LM 

      8 years ago

      I remember seeing this actor on the show JAG and on a few other small roles before. I've always enjoyed his acting!

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      rorymullen lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice Lens and DJE looks like a decent actor. Keep up the great work and this Lens has a lot of potential.


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