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Donald P. Bellisario


Donald P. Bellisario was born in North Charleroi in Pennsylvania. His father ran the tavern, where he grew up listening to the war stories of vets returning from WWII. He had a fifteen-year career in advertising before moving to Hollywood. He broke into television as the story editor for Black Sheep Squadron (1976). His most celebrated works to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

NCIS
NCIS Writer
(2003-2017)
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap Writer
(1989-1993)
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I. Writer
(1980-1988)
JAG
JAG Writer
(1995-2005)

Filmography

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  NCIS (TV Series) (created by - 318 episodes, 2003 - 2017) (written by - 11 episodes, 2003 - 2007) (teleplay by - 4 episodes, 2003 - 2004) (story by - 3 episodes, 2003 - 2006)
- Nonstop (2017) ... (creator)
- Keep Going (2017) ... (creator)
- Off the Grid (2017) ... (creator)
- Willoughby (2017) ... (creator)
- The Tie That Binds (2016) ... (creator)
  JAG (TV Series) (created by - 227 episodes, 1995 - 2005) (written by - 15 episodes, 1995 - 2003) (story by - 5 episodes, 1996 - 2002) (teleplay by - 5 episodes, 1995 - 1997)
- Fair Winds and Following Seas (2005) ... (creator)
- Dream Team (2005) ... (creator)
- Unknown Soldier (2005) ... (creator)
- Two Towns (2005) ... (creator)
- Death at the Mosque (2005) ... (creator)
  First Monday (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 2002) (story - 1 episode, 2002) (teleplay - 1 episode, 2002)
- Family Secrets (2002) ... (creator)
- Showdown (2002) ... (creator)
- Strip Search (2002) ... (creator)
- Unprotected Speech (2002) ... (creator)
- Secrets and Lies (2002) ... (creator)
 1995 Crowfoot (TV Movie)
  Quantum Leap (TV Series) (created by - 97 episodes, 1989 - 1993) (written by - 14 episodes, 1989 - 1993) (story by - 3 episodes, 1989 - 1991) (teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (story - 1 episode, 1991)
- Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 (1993) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954 (1993) ... (creator)
- The Beast Within - November 6, 1972 (1993) ... (creator)
- Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960 (1993) ... (creator)
  Tequila and Bonetti (TV Series) (created by - 12 episodes, 1992) (written by - 3 episodes, 1992)
- Mama (1992) ... (creator)
- Brooklyn and the Beast (1992) ... (creator)
- Wonderdog (1992) ... (creator)
- Fetch This, Pal (1992) ... (creator)
- A Perfect Match (1992) ... (creator)
 1988 Last Rites (written by)
  Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) (created by - 158 episodes, 1980 - 1988) (written by - 16 episodes, 1980 - 1984) (story by - 1 episode, 1985) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1984) (writer - 1 episode, 1983) (story - 1 episode, 1982) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1982)
- Resolutions: Part II (1988) ... (creator)
- Resolutions: Part I (1988) ... (creator)
- Transitions (1988) ... (creator)
- Legend of the Lost Art (1988) ... (creator)
- The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company (1988) ... (creator)
 1987 Airwolf (TV Series) (created by - 24 episodes)
- Welcome to Paradise (1987) ... (creator)
- Flying Home (1987) ... (creator)
- Poppy Chain (1987) ... (creator)
- Malduke (1987) ... (creator)
- The Puppet Master (1987) ... (creator)
 1987 Three on a Match (TV Movie)
  Airwolf (TV Series) (created by - 55 episodes, 1984 - 1986) (written by - 2 episodes, 1984)
- Birds of Paradise (1986) ... (creator)
- Tracks (1986) ... (creator)
- The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (1986) ... (creator)
- Break-In at Santa Paula (1986) ... (creator)
- Hawke's Run (1986) ... (creator)
 1984 Airwolf (TV Movie) (written by)
  Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (writer - 2 episodes, 1982) (written by - 2 episodes, 1982) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1982)
- Mourning Becomes Matuka (1983) ... (creator)
- A Distant Shout of Thunder (1983) ... (creator)
- Boragora or Bust (1983) ... (creator)
- Naka Jima Kill (1983) ... (creator)
- Last Chance Louie (1983) ... (creator)
 1980 Stone (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Death Run (1980) ... (writer)
  Battlestar Galactica (TV Series) (written by - 7 episodes, 1978 - 1979) (teleplay by - 4 episodes, 1978 - 1979)
- The Hand of God (1979) ... (written by - as Donald Bellisario)
- Baltar's Escape (1979) ... (written by - as Donald Bellisario)
- Murder on the Rising Star (1979) ... (teleplay by - as Donald Bellisario)
- The Man with Nine Lives (1979) ... (written by - as Donald Bellisario)
- The Young Lords (1978) ... (written by - as Donald Bellisario)
  Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1978) (written by - 3 episodes, 1977 - 1978) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1978)
- A Little Bit of England (1978) ... (writer - as Donald Bellisario)
- Hotshot (1978) ... (writer - as Donald Bellisario)
- The Iceman (1978) ... (written by - as Donald Bellisario)
- Forbidden Fruit (1978) ... (writer - as Donald Bellisario)
- Operation Stand-Down (1978) ... (teleplay - as Donald Bellisario)
 1978 Switch (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Coronado Circle (1978) ... (as Don Bellisario)
 1977 Kojak (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Queen of Hearts Is Wild (1977) ... (written by - as Don Bellisario)
 1977 Big Hawaii (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Gandy (1977) ... (story)
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Alternate Names:

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6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Served in the United States Marine Corps from January 1955 to January 1959 under service number 1522597. Was discharged as a Sergeant and was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. See more »

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