Over the course of 18 seasons and over 400 episodes, NCIS has seen a slew of characters come and go. But Mark Harmon in the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs has remained a constant throughout.
Because there have been so many episodes, fans have had numerous opportunities to get to know the character and all of his quirks. There’s also a chance that some details were overlooked by fans. Everything you need to know about Gibbs, including what’s in his coffee cup, is right here.
The special agent in charge of ‘NCIS’ is a former marine.
Although the Naval Cr1m1nal Investigative Service is a civilian organization, Gibbs’ experience comes from the Marine Corps. The show has revealed that Gibbs began his career as a military police officer before becoming a scout sniper. He retired as a Gunnery Sergeant before joining NIS, the organization that evolved into NCIS.
During his time in the army, Gibbs honed his marksmanship and became a polyglot. He’s been caught on camera speaking Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and using American Sign Language.
Gibbs has a lot of rules
Gibbs has talked about his famous rules since the beginning of the series in 2003. It is unknown how many there are. But we do know that this practice was inspired by his late wife Shannon, who mentioned a set of rules she had when they met for the first time.
Gibbs rarely deviates from his rules. And he’s been known to change his mind about a rule if he breaks it and things work out. Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) broke the rule of “never get personally involved in a case,” for example. She discovered that Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) was not d3ad.
Fans learned in the season 18 finale that Gibbs’ rule number 91 was, “When you decide to walk away, don’t look back.” He attempted to do so, but the final seconds of the episode revealed that he would not be leaving just yet.
The ‘NCIS’ lead character has a thing for coffee
Gibbs always begins his day with a cup of coffee, and he is very particular about the type of coffee he consumes. When the show first aired, this was not a characteristic of Gibbs. However, as the series progressed and the writers fleshed out the character, Gibbs grew.
He’s a straight shooter with few words. Gibbs enjoys cooking steaks in his fireplace and building boats in his basement. He prefers strong, plain black coffee made at home. He’ll also buy one from a coffee vendor if necessary. The NCIS vending machine, on the other hand, is not a coffee option for Gibbs.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs has been married four times
Gibbs has had a number of ladies in his life, according to his backstory. Shannon, his first wife, was his true love, and they had a daughter named Kelly. They were k1lled in a car accident, which nearly broke the marine. He spent the next few years trying to recover from the tragedy.
Diane Sterling, who also married Tobias Fornell, was Gibbs’ second wife, and Rebecca Chase was his third wife. They divorced because she was unfaithful, and she eventually married the man with whom she had cheated on Gibbs. Stephanie Flynn, his fourth wife, lived with Gibbs during his service in Moscow. She left him because he was obsessed with apprehending serial k1ller Kyle Boone.
In season 16, it was revealed that Gibbs had been engaged for the fifth time to Ellen Wallace. According to an investigation, she was k1lled the night before the 9/11 att4cks.
The ‘NCIS’ original cast member was named after his father’s friend and business partner.
Because the name “Leroy Jethro” isn’t common, many fans have wondered how Gibbs got his name over the years. Gibbs was named after his father Jackson’s best friend, it was revealed in season 5.
Jackson Gibbs’ business partner at the Stillwater General Store was Leroy Jethro “LJ” Moore. They first met while working in the coal mines, and they both served in the Marine Corps during WWII. They eventually had a falling out after Gibbs’ mother d1ed when he was only 14 years old, but things were eventually worked out before their d3aths.
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