Michael Weatherly Jr.: From Anthony DiNozzo in 'NCIS' to Dr. Jason Bull
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Michael Weatherly Jr., born on July 8, 1968, is an American actor, producer, director, and musician best known for his roles as special agent Anthony DiNozzo in the television series NCIS and Dr. Jason Bull in Bull. With a career spanning decades, Weatherly has become a prominent figure in television, showcasing his versatility across various genres.

 

Weatherly's Early Life and Education

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Michael Manning Weatherly Jr. was born on July 8, 1968, in New York City to Patricia Ruth (née Hetherington) and Michael Manning Weatherly Sr. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, where he spent his childhood. Weatherly attended Fairfield Country Day School and later graduated from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts in 1986. His educational journey continued with stints at Boston University, Menlo College, American University, and The American University of Paris. However, Weatherly ultimately decided to leave college to pursue his passion for acting. This decision led to a falling out with his father, who had made his fortune as the American importer of the Swiss Army Knife, resulting in Weatherly being disinherited from the family fortune. Interestingly, this personal experience was later incorporated into the background of his character Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS.
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Weatherly's Early Career on 'The Cosby Show' and 'Loving'

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Michael Weatherly's acting career began in the early 1990s with small roles on popular television shows. His first credited TV appearance was on "The Cosby Show" in 1991, where he played an uncredited role as Theo Huxtable's roommate. This brief appearance, though non-speaking, marked the beginning of Weatherly's journey in the entertainment industry. Following this, he landed a more substantial role on the soap opera "Loving," where he portrayed Cooper Alden from 1992 to 1995. These early experiences provided Weatherly with valuable screen time and helped establish his presence in the television landscape, setting the stage for his future success in more prominent roles.
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Breakout Role as Logan Cale in 'Dark Angel'

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Michael Weatherly's breakout role came as Logan Cale in the science fiction series "Dark Angel," which aired from 2000 to 2002. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, the show starred Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role, with Weatherly playing the second most prominent character. As Logan Cale, Weatherly portrayed a cyber-journalist and ally to Alba's genetically enhanced protagonist. His performance in "Dark Angel" earned him critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including two Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor on Television in 2001 and 2002, and a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Actor in 2001. The series, set in a dystopian 2019, allowed Weatherly to showcase his acting range and helped establish him as a recognizable television star.
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14 Years as Tony DiNozzo on 'NCIS'

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Michael Weatherly's most iconic role came as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on the hit CBS procedural "NCIS," which he played for 13 seasons from 2003 to 2016. DiNozzo was a key member of the Major Case Response Team under Leroy Jethro Gibbs, known for his wit, charm, and investigative skills. Weatherly's portrayal of DiNozzo was integral to the show's success, with his character developing a particularly close relationship with fellow agent Ziva David. After 13 years, Weatherly decided to leave NCIS, citing a desire for new challenges and missing the dynamic with Cote de Pablo's Ziva after her departure. His exit was written into the show, with DiNozzo leaving to raise his daughter with Ziva. Despite his departure, Weatherly has since teased a potential return, with NCIS showrunner Steven D. Binder expressing enthusiasm for a possible DiNozzo comeback.
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Michael Weatherly: Actor Profile

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Weatherly's Awards and Nominations

Michael Weatherly has received several award nominations throughout his career, primarily for his roles in television series. Here is a summary of his major award nominations:
AwardCategoryWorkYearResult
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionDark Angel2001Nominated
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesDark Angel2002Nominated
Teen Choice AwardTV - Choice ActorDark Angel2001Nominated
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Younger Lead ActorLoving1995Nominated
Soap Opera Digest AwardHottest Male StarLoving1994Nominated
While Weatherly has not won major acting awards, his performances have garnered recognition from both critics and fans, particularly for his work on "Dark Angel" and "Loving". Additionally, he has been invited to present at prestigious events such as the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and the 40th People's Choice Awards in 2014, further acknowledging his status in the television industry.
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Weatherly's Film and TV Roles

Michael Weatherly has had a diverse career in both television and film. Here's a concise overview of his notable works across different mediums:
MediumNotable Works
Television SeriesNCIS (2003-2016, 2024), Bull (2016-2022), Dark Angel (2000-2002), Loving (1992-1995), The City (1995-1996), Significant Others (1998)
FilmsThe Last Days of Disco (1998), Gun Shy (2000), Her Minor Thing (2005), Charlie Valentine (2009)
TV MoviesThe Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004), Cabin by the Lake (2000)
DirectingNCIS episodes: "One Last Score" (2011), "Seek" (2013), Bull episodes (2019-2021)
DocumentaryJamaica Man (2017) - Director
Weatherly's career has been primarily focused on television, with long-running roles in popular series like NCIS and Bull. He has also appeared in several films and directed episodes of shows he starred in. His directorial debut in film came with the documentary "Jamaica Man" in 2017.
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Michael's Directing and Producing Career

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Michael Weatherly has expanded his career beyond acting to include directing and producing. He directed multiple episodes of both "NCIS" and "Bull," showcasing his talents behind the camera. Notably, Weatherly directed the "NCIS" episodes "One Last Score" (2011) and "Seek" (2013). In 2017, he produced and directed the documentary "Jamaica Man," which explored the life of British expatriate Nigel Pemberton. The film received critical acclaim, winning "Best Documentary Portrait" at the 2017 Doc LA - Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival and "Best Documentary" at the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival. Weatherly's directorial work demonstrates his versatility in the entertainment industry and his ability to excel in multiple aspects of production.
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Michael Weatherly: Versatile TV Star (Interviews)

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Weatherly's Personal Life and Relationships

Michael Weatherly has been married to Dr. Bojana Jankovic, an award-winning physician specializing in internal and integrative medicine, since 2009. The couple met by chance at a bar in Vancouver in 2007, with Weatherly describing it as love at first sight. They have two children together, daughter Olivia and son Liam. Prior to his current marriage, Weatherly was married to actress Amelia Heinle from 1995 to 1997, with whom he has a son named August. He was also notably engaged to actress Jessica Alba from 2001 to 2003. Weatherly has expressed that his marriage to Jankovic and his children are the things he's proudest of, stating, "My kids and my marriage are the things I'm proudest of".
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