Donald Bellisario

Executive, Producer, Screenwriter
One of the most interesting creators of contemporary TV genre shows, this producer-writer-director is best known for the immensely successful "Magnum, P. I." which propelled Tom Selleck to international stardom ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1935 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (8)

NCIS 1978 - 1993, 1995 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - 1992, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Airwolf 1983 - 1986, 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Magnum, P.I. 1980 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Tequila and Bonetti 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Last Rites 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Three on a Match 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Last Rites 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tales of the Gold Monkey 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stone 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Quincy, M.E. 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV Show)

Producer

Crowfoot (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (5)

JAG 1978 - 1993, 1995 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1978 - 1993, 1995 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Magnum P.I.: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sciography 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG: Beyond the Scenes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Last Rites 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kojak (CBS) 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

One of the most interesting creators of contemporary TV genre shows, this producer-writer-director is best known for the immensely successful "Magnum, P. I." which propelled Tom Selleck to international stardom. Bellisario started his TV career after working 14 years as the creative director of an advertising agency. Breaking in as a director of TV commercials, he soon parlayed his extensive business background into an executive post at Universal TV. However more creative opportunities beckoned. By the mid-1970s, Bellisario was writing for crime dramas such as the acclaimed "Kojak", the short-lived "Delvecchio" starring Judd Hirsch, and beginning his fruitful association with the prolific writer-producer-director Glen A. Larson.

Relationships

Michelangelo Bellisario

Son
Born April 7, 1980 had a recurring role on "JAG" and played Charles 'Chip' Sterling on "NCIS"

David Bellisario Producer

Son
Works as a producer on "NCIS"

Nicholas Bellisario Producer

Son

Troian Bellisario Producer

Daughter
Played Sarah McGee on "NCIS"

Joy Bellisario-Jenkins

Daughter

Lynn Halpern

Wife

Leslie Ingham

Daughter

Vivienne Lee

Wife
Married Nobermber 27, 1998

Deborah Pratt Producer

Wife

Margaret Schaffran

Wife

Julie B Watson Producer

Daughter

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2003

Created (with Don McGill) the procedural drama, "NCIS"; also wrote and directed some episodes

1995

Created and executive produced, "JAG" (NBC); first aired on NBC from 1995-1996 and later picked up by CBS for the 1996-97 season

1989

Created and executive produced the adventure series, "Quantum Leap" (NBC); also wrote and directed

1988

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut on "Last Rites," starring Tom Berenger and Daphne Zuniga

1980

Created (with Glen Larson), executive produced "Magnum, P.I." (CBS); also wrote and directed some episodes

1979

First credit as executive producer on "Quincy, M.E." (NBC) starring Jack Klugman

1978

Produced Glen Larson's cult TV series, "Battlestar Galactica" (ABC); also wrote and directed some episodes

1978

Feature debut as production supervisor on "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack"

1977

Worked as a writer on "Kojak" (CBS)

1976

Worked as producer on Cannell's "Baa Baa Black Sheep/The Black Sheep Squadron" (NBC); also wrote and directed some episodes

1976

Worked as a staff writer for "Switch" (CBS) starring Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner; first collaboration with producer/writer Glen Larson

1972

Began entertainment career as a TV commercial director

Served as an executive for Universal TV

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