Donald P. Bellisario Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameDonald Paul Bellisario
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 date are probably Magnum, P.I. (1980), Quantum Leap (1989), and JAG (1995). He has been married four times, and has seven children and eight grandchildren.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (4)

Vivienne Bellisario (27 November 1998 - present)
Deborah Pratt (30 June 1984 - 1991) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Lynn Halpern (24 October 1979 - 4 April 1984) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Margaret Schaffran (5 January 1956 - 13 December 1974) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trivia (12)

Father of Nicholas Bellisario and Troian Bellisario from his third wife, Deborah Pratt.
Father of Michael Bellisario from his second wife, Lynn Halpern.
Received his Bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University (1961). In 2001, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus -- the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of the University. In 2006, he endowed a $1 million Trustee Matching Scholarship in the Penn State College of Communications.
Served in the Marines with Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy. This was later referenced in the two-part episode entitled, "Lee Harvey Oswald" on the television series Quantum Leap (1989).
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.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2004.
His favourite of the television series that he has created is Quantum Leap (1989).
Father of David Bellisario and Julie B. Watson from his first wife, Margaret Schaffran.
Stepfather of Sean Murray (Tim McGee on NCIS (2003)) and Chad W. Murray. They are the sons of Vivienne Bellisario.
Attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.
His mother, Dana (Lapcevic), was of Serbian descent, and his father, Albert Jethro Bellisario, was of Italian descent.
Father-in-law of actor-producer Patrick J. Adams.

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