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JAG Star David James Elliott: His Life, Career, and Wife of 27 Years

Edduin Carvajal
Oct 06, 2019
09:00 A.M.
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David James Elliott, the Canadian actor best known as Harmon Rabb Jr. on “JAG,” has been married to Nanci Chambers, who appeared on the show as well, since 1992.


Born in September 1960, Elliott’s career began in the mid-80s when he appeared in the comedy movie “Police Academy 3: Back in Training.”

"It just became another extension of how we express ourselves."

David James Elliott on October 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

David James Elliott on October 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


David James Elliott’s career

He kept getting minor roles in films and TV shows such as “The Campbells,” “The Big Town,” and “Adderly” before landing his first main part on the CBC drama “Street Legal.”

He left the show, which became the longest-running one-hour scripted drama in the history of Canada TV, in 1991. Four years later, he got the part that skyrocketed his career in the entertainment industry: Harm Rabb Jr. on “JAG.”


His time on “JAG”

The series followed the cases that the Washington metropolitan area uniformed lawyers in the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General investigated.

Similar to what “Law & Order” does, some of the plots from the episodes were based on real-life events. Elliott’s character, Harm, was a former fighter pilot who began as a Lieutenant and ended up as a Captain.


His career after “JAG”

Elliott was part of the cast from 1995 until the show’s cancelation in 2005. After that, he has appeared in many more TV series, including “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” and, more recently, “Impulse.”

Given the fact that the original “NCIS” is a spin-off of “JAG,” Elliott’s character came back to the small screen on the 11th season of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Harm worked next to the NCIS team to uncover terror threats on military locations.


His relationship with Nanci Chambers

As per his romantic life, he has been married to actress Nanci Chambers since 1992. The couple met each other in the late 80s when Elliott was still working on “Street Legal” in Canada.

In 1990, when the actor moved to Los Angeles to look for more acting opportunities, Chambers chose to stay in Toronto.


Over time, the actor grew tired of their long-distance relationship. One day, he showed up on her doorstep and made her move to Los Angeles with him. In 1992, they tied the knot.

Even though Chamber’s career in the entertainment industry is not as popular as that of her husband, she also appeared on “JAG” as Lieutenant Loren Singer. She and Elliott have two children together: Stephanie and Wyatt.


His favorite pastime at home

Nowadays, the couple lives with their 16-year-old son, two dogs, two rants, and a lizard in an 8,000-square-foot Italian villa-style home in Los Angeles.

Talking to LA Times, Elliott confessed that cooking was his favorite pastime when he is not working. He pointed out that, since he spends a lot of time in the kitchen, the countertops were specially designed for him, a 6’4” man.


The actor added that since his father was born in The Bahamas, there were a lot of Caribbean influences growing up, especially in the kitchen. As per his cooking skills, he said that it’s all about his younger brother.

“My younger brother was training to be a chef but didn’t finish, and he taught my other brother and I. It just became another extension of how we express ourselves.”


Elliott also pointed out that he and his family are mostly vegan and that they follow a whole-food, plant-based diet.

He admitted to experimenting with sheet-pan cooking and Buddha bowls. At the moment, the actor is focused on his acting career.

Apart from reprising Harm on the latest season of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” he portrayed Alfred O'Connor on the 2019 film “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson.”

Apart from that, he also finished shooting the upcoming Netflix TV show titled “Spinning Out,” which release date has not been shared yet. In it, he will portray James Davis, the patriarch of a figure-skating family.

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