Who is David Bellisario? NCIS: Los Angeles tribute stirs curiosity and fans continue to write touching posts in his name over on Twitter.

This year has taught us many things but perhaps one lesson learned is never to take TV for granted again.

In times of uncertainty, anxiety and, of course, boredom, television has always presented us with wonderful and exhilarating opportunities of escapism, inviting us to inhabit the lives of others with the push of a button.

The majority of us watch TV on the daily, so it’s important every now and then to reflect on the talents who sculpt the entertainment we consume and extend our gratitude.

However, the shows themselves often only do so in times of mourning.

Over the years, fans of NCIS: Los Angeles have praised the show over on Twitter and reached out to the cast and crew to congratulate them.

Created by Shane Brennan, the show premiered on CBS back in September 2009 and has now reached its twelfth season.

The series’ return was hailed by devoted fans but many were devastated to see the tribute to David Bellisario at the end.

So, who was he?

still from ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: CBS Television Studios et al., IMDb

Who is David Bellisario? NCIS: Los Angeles tribute explained

  • David Bellisario was the son of NCIS creator Donald P. Bellisario. He served as a producer on both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.

As highlighted by Carter Matt, he tragically passed away in the summer of 2020 after battling with brain cancer.

He was 63-years-old.

The season 12 premiere featured a title card which celebrated him as both a friend and a colleague, spotlighting the man’s “wisdom” and “gentleness”.

The previous source includes that he was also the stepbrother of NCIS’ very own Sean Murray, and the sibling of former NCIS guest star Troian Bellisario.

On IMDb, David is credited as a producer on an impressive 137 episodes of NCIS and a whopping 238 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.

However, there’s more where that came from…

What else did David Bellisario do?

According to IMDb, David previously worked as an associate producer on the iconic TV series Magnum P.I., contributing to 63 episodes between 1984 and 1987.

Moving forward, he then exercised the role of associate producer on 31 episodes of Quantum Leap, while also being credited as coordinating producer on 44 episodes between 1991 – 1993.

Continuing his journey in television, he produced the 2002 pilot of First Monday and then worked as a producer, co-producer, associate producer and coordinating producer over the years on JAG, created by Donald P. Bellisario.

As for films, it’s also worth noting that he was the co-producer of the 1995 TV-movie Crowfoot.

Fans pay tribute on Twitter

In wake of the season 12 premiere, fans have reacted to the unfortunate news on Twitter and paid tribute.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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