‘NCIS’ Boss Rocky Carroll Talks Career Longevity in Hollywood

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Look for a major two-part storyline ahead on “NCIS,” in which “we’re going to deal with Cote de Pablo’s character, Ziva, and her father, who is the head of Mossad,” reports the series’ Rocky Carroll.  It’s so big, it will also tie in with Carroll’s other show, “NCIS Los Angeles.”

Playing NCIS Director Leon Vance, the boss on two series, “People have the idea that I practically have to Medevac from one set to the other, but it’s not that way.  The fact my shooting schedule is not nearly as grueling as others’ is what makes it possible for me to go back and forth.  I like to say I have the greatest part-time job in television,” says the amiable Carroll.

He says he feels lucky indeed, in fact.  “I’ve been in Hollywood 20 years now and I’ve done five different shows as a series regular for one network.  Not a lot of people can say that.  There are Emmy and Academy Award-winning actors who are on the Where Are They Now list who’d give their arm to be working.”

Carroll adds philosophically, “When you’re a young guy on a hot show, and you have the attention of the entire town, you think that’s the world.  Hollywood is the world’s greatest party, but one day you find out your name’s not on the guest list anymore.  Mark Harmon has been on the guest list for decades.  That’s rare.”

The well-liked veteran actor feels that career longevity hinges on this:  “You’re only as good as your reputation.  It’s a small town, and once you’ve done a few things, they already know you before go in.  If you have a great reputation – you show up on time, you’re collaborative, you do the work, you make it an enjoyable experience – that takes you a long way.  If you don’t, well, I know some of the most talented people in this industry who walk around wondering why they have trouble getting work.  It’s their reputation.  You think the heads of studios and networks don’t talk to each other about what someone’s like to work with?  They do.  It’s the same in any field.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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