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Meet Kelly, 'NCIS' Brian Dietzen's Wife of 15 Years

Odette Odendaal
May 22, 2019
01:08 P.M.
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If the name Brian Dietzen rings a bell, it's because he stars as Dr. Jimmy Palmer in the crime drama NCIS. Married in real life too, he considers his wife Kelly to be the best thing that ever happened to him.


Brian’s acting career and personal life took off at the same time. After he graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, he participated in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for two years before he got discovered by his agent in Denver.


An invitation to Hollywood had him pack his bags and take the leap, which paid off.

The actor met Kelly during a party in 2000, and the pair started dating soon after. Two years later Brian made his debut as Owen in “My Guide To Becoming a Rockstar,” followed by another role in a television series, “Boston Public” the same year.


In 2004, Brain landed the role of the medical examiner, Dr. Jimmy Palmer in “NCIS,” the same year he married Kelly, who is a midwife.

The couple decided to keep their private life out of Hollywood, and in doing so, they allowed their relationship and family to grow without the pressure of watchful eyes.


Living in Los Angeles, their family had grown to four members strong as they share a son and daughter. Brian appears to be as sweet as his “NCIS” character as he considers his marriage to Kelly to be the best thing that ever happened to him.

With their marriage going on 15 years, the pair are reportedly planning on having a third child, but since neither Brain nor Kelly confirmed this, fans will have to wait and see if a family of five is in the cards for them.


With a packed schedule, Brian makes the most of his annual 10-week hiatus from “NCIS” by coaching his children’s T-ball teams as well as spending well-deserved quality time with the family.

While the 41-year-old actor is most famously known for his recurring role in “NCIS,” Brian has also starred in other series like “Hit Factor” in 2008, and the 2013 series, “Perception.”


Through the years he also got cast in a few films which include “From Justin to Kelly” in 2003. “Purgatory House” came out the following year, and then the 2005 movie “Self-Inflicted” after which a few years followed before his next role in “Nowhere to Hide” in 2009.

Most recently Brian also starred in “Every Second Counts” in 2015 along with the short film, “One-Minute Time Machine” the same year.

However, the actor had to take a break from acting to undergo surgery in May 2019. A few hours after the operation, Brian Dietzen updated his fans on the outcome of his shoulder surgery.