David James Elliott is a Canadian-born actor best known for his starring role in the series JAG, playing lead character Commander Harmon Rabb Jr. (1995 to 2005.)
Born David William Smith in Milton, Ontario, Canada. (Sept. 21 1960) As a teenager he was part of a band with the dream of becoming a rock star. He quit Milton District High School in his senior year to make a go of the band. At age 19 he returned to finish high school.
After graduation, he attended Ryerson University in Toronto and then auditioned for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario. He was accepted and later won the Jean Chalmers Award, as most promising actor in 1983. Goes on to become a series regular in the Canadian drama Street Legal (1987- 1989)
A development deal with Disney takes David James Elliott (name change required for SAG) to Hollywood to pursue his acting career. Disney fell through but the ‘Never say Die’ Mr Elliott persevered and landed roles in the film Police Academy 3: Back in Training in 1986, and subsequently in television series Knots Landing, Doogie Howser and in 1993 The Untouchables as Agent Paul Robbins. The following year Elliott landed a recurring role on the hit series Melrose Place, playing “Terry Parsons”, and a guest appearance in an episode of Seinfeld and the TV mini-series Degree of Guilt.
In 1995, Elliot landed the role of Naval Aviator-turned JAG lawyer Commander Harmon ‘Harm’ Rabb Jr. in the CBS television drama JAG. For 10 years millions of viewers watched and Mr. Elliott became a household name.
Since JAG, Elliott has had starring roles in TV series Close to Home, Scoundrels and GCB; TV mini series Knights of Bloodsteel, Impact and Exploding Sun; TV movies The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story, Dad’s Home, Love Sick and feature films Gooby, The Rainbow Tribe, Confined, Terror Trap and Rufus. Recent work Battle Scars and Trumbo are set to be released in 2015.