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David James Elliott Biography (ex-James Conlon, 'Close to Home')


David James Elliott Biography (ex-James Conlon, 'Close to Home')
Photo Credit: John Russo


September 21, 1960

Place of Birth:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Martial Status:

Sorry ladies, he's married to fellow JAG actress Nanci Chambers.

Notable TV and Movie Roles:

Close to Home
The Man Who Lost Himself
The Shrink Is In
Melrose Place
The Untouchables
Knots Landing
Street Legal

Trivia Fact #1:

Was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" issue in 1996.

Trivia Fact #2:

Attended Ryerson Polytechnic University.

Trivia Fact #3:

Before he became an actor, David worked in a belt factory.

Trivia Fact #4:

David was so heavily involved in a rock band that he quit high school to play with the band full time. David completed high school when he was 19.


Best known for his role on JAG, Elliott captivated audiences for ten years as navy lawyer, Lieutenant Harmon Rabb. JAG, which featured explosive action, dramatic stories, and film-quality special effects, was one of the most powerful and ambitious military legal dramas on television. The show earned numerous awards including the 2001 Imagen Foundation Award for a Primetime Television Series and the ASCAP Award for Top Television Series in 2000, 2003, and 2004. Elliott, who was the show’s stealth weapon, won the 2000 TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Dramatic Series, was nominated by TV Guide for Actor of the Year in a Dramatic Series in 2001.

David may seem like a natural in front of the camera, but he did not always aspire to be the talented actor he is today. Elliott, the second of three sons, was born in Toronto, Canada. One of his high school teachers, impressed by his reading of King Lear in a theater history class, encouraged him to consider pursuing an acting career. Despite his lack of knowledge about the industry, he took his teacher’s advice and auditioned at one of the most prestigious acting schools in Canada, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto. He claims he almost messed up his acting audition; resorting to singing and improvisation, which, according to Elliott, “miraculously” got him into the school.

One of his most memorable TV appearances was when he played “Carl the Moving Guy,” an anti-abortion furniture mover on Seinfeld. He credits that one time gig for opening bigger doors than he could ever knock down in any of his previous acting series.

In Elliott’s spare time he enjoys playing with his 2 children, reading, golfing, writing, and watching old movies. He also loves to go running and has competed in many marathons, and triathlons. Elliott recently competed in the Ford Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
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