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Leroy Gibbs' Ex-Wives — Meet Actresses Who Played Partners of the Fan Famous NCIS Character

Bettina Dizon
Feb 14, 2020
10:41 A.M.
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Leroy Gibbs became a well-loved character in the CBS crime series “NCIS” and had several on-screen wives.

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Mark Harmon’s fictional character Leroy Jethro Gibbs was a former U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper turned special agent, who is not only good at his job but also with the ladies

Through his time in “NCIS,” Gibbs has had several relationships, including four marriages, three of which ended in divorce. Meet the actresses who played the famous character’s wives.

Mark Harmon visits at SiriusXM Studios. | Source: Getty Images

Mark Harmon visits at SiriusXM Studios. | Source: Getty Images

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AVIVA BAUMANN

On the show, Gibbs’ first wife, Shannon Fielding, only appeared in flashbacks with their eight-year-old daughter. It was later revealed that the mother and child were killed by a Mexican dealer.

Mexican actress Aviva Baumann played the agent’s wife and appeared in two other notable productions in the year 2007: “Superbad” and “Burn Notice.”

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On June 16, 2012, the actress married Ken Baumann and has since been busy spending time with her family.

MELINDA MCGRAW

Melinda McGraw played Gibbs’ second wife Diane Sterling, who drained his bank account, as she did with her next husband, and divorced the agent.

Melinda McGraw at the Wrap Party for Season 2 of "Mad Men". | Source: Getty Images

Melinda McGraw at the Wrap Party for Season 2 of "Mad Men". | Source: Getty Images

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McGraw started acting at a young age at the Boston Children’s Theater and pursued her dream at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

She has since been in several theatrical productions before appearing in the second season of “Mad Men,” which won her a Screen Actors’ Guild Award as part of the Best Ensemble Cast and an OFTA Television Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

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Her other appearances include “The Dark Knight,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “X-Files,” and “Meeting Spencer,” which won her a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Milan Film Festival.

During her time filming “Men of a Certain Age,” McGraw was able to work with some of the greatest cast members, whom she described as “terrific, hard-working, and fun.”

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JERI RYAN

After his divorce with Sterling, Gibbs married Rebecca Chase in season 12. Jeri Ryan landed the role of the third wife, who ended up cheating on him.

Apart from “NCIS,” Ryan appeared on “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Picard,” where she played the character Seven.

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When asked about what part of the character she related to most, the actress said:

“I like her struggle to fit in and find out what humanity was and how to be a part of that again. What I like now, playing her on the new series, is that she’s still kind of trying to figure out where she fits in and make sense of what humanity, and other races, are still doing to each other.”

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In 2007, Ryan married Christophe Eme, a French chef, during an intimate ceremony in the 15th century Chateau de Noirieux. The two own Ortolan restaurant in Los Angeles, where Eme is the executive chef.

KATHLEEN YORK

Gibbs’ most recent wife, Stephanie Flynn, was played by Oscar-nominated Kathleen York. The actress’ other roles include Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt in “The West Wing” and Naomi Judd in “Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge.”

Kathleen York at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards Arrivals. | Source: Shutterstock

Kathleen York at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards Arrivals. | Source: Shutterstock

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She also appeared in “Northern Lights,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “True Blood,” “In the Dark,” and “O.C.”

Apart from acting, York is an accomplished singer and songwriter, with an Oscar nomination for her song, “In the Deep,” which played in the Oscar-winning movie “Crash.”

Her other songs have been played in “Seven Pounds,” “House,” “American Idol,” “CSI: NY,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Everwood,” and several other films and shows.

To add to her list of careers, York is also a screenwriter and alumni of The Showrunner’s Training Program and has written many pilot episodes of television shows.

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