David James Elliott
Was born David Smith, on September 21, 1960, in Milton (a small suburb of Toronto), Ontario, Canada.
He is the middle son of three. His father, Arnold Smith, was a heating and plumbing wholesaler-contractor and his mother, Pat Farrow, an office manager.
He quit high school and moved to Toronto to be the front man for a punk band. He returned to Milton High School when it became clear the band was not going to make it and graduated
Fall of 1980 – May 1983. David was enrolled in Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, in Toronto.
1983 -1985 David studied at the prestigious Stratford Shakespearean Festival. While part of the company, David performed in a number of stage productions along side some of the best stage actors. It was a tremendous learning experience. He was awarded the Jean Chalmers Award as Most Promising Actor in 1983.
David Smith becomes David Elliott when he joins the actors union.
1985 played the role of “Judd” in the play Oklahoma
1986/1987 played the role of “Dick”
a dim- witted stripper
in the play
B Movie:The Play.
1987-1989 Starred in Street Legal
(David was spotted by one of the producers of the CBC’s Street Legal while playing
the role in B Movie and was asked to audition for the role of “Nick Del Gado” a Toronto police detective.)
1987-1989 During these same years, David had guest appearances in; Adderly, Police Academy III, The Big Town,
Night Friends, The Climb.
1990 – David followed his dream and moved to Hollywood.
1990-1992 The development deal he had with Disney fell through so he spent these years struggling to make a name for himself in Hollywood. He had guest appearances on various television series such as China Beach, The Hidden Room, Dark Justice, Knots Landing, Doogie Howser and a recurring role in the series Fly By Night. He also had a small role in the made for TV movie Lethal Charm.
1992- A significant year for David in both his personal and professional life…
He marries actress Nanci Chambers and…lands the role of Treasury Agent Paul Robbins in the television series The Untouchables. It was filmed in Chicago which meant a ‘move’ for David and Nanci.
1993 David becomes a father with the birth of his daughter, Stephanie.
1993-1995 David without ‘steady’ work during this time appeared as a guest star in the made for TV movie, Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story and starred in the mini-series Degree of Guilt. He also had guest appearances on Melrose Place, and Seinfeld. David credits much of his later success to his guest appearance on Seinfeld noting that the phone calls started coming with “We didn’t know he could do comedy!”
1995-2005 JAG David’s big break. He lands the starring role of Harmon Rabb Jr. in the television series JAG. Through the years, the show’s ratings continued to climb and David attained much success.
Although busy with JAG, David continued to star in movies . . . and had guest appearances on other television shows.
1996- Movie- Holiday Affair.
1997- Movie- Clockwatchers
1998- David was the voice of THOR, god of Thunder, in the animated TV show Hercules.
1999 –Maggie Winters
2000– MADTV andBette where he appeared as himself playing his role of ‘Harm’.
2000- Movie – The Shrink Is In
2000 – Another animation gig has David as the voice of Romac, in the Saturday morning series Buzz Lightyear.
2001- David expands his skill base by going behind the camera to produce the made for TV movie Dodson’s Journey. This was the first project for his production company, ”Firefly Productions’. He was in front of the camera as well in the starring role as Jim Dodson. His wife, Nanci, had a small role and was part of the production.
2002- Starred in the TV movie Code 11-14.
His wife, Nanci, also had a starring role.
In 3/2001, 2/2004 and 11/2004 David demonstrated another talent by
directing three JAG episodes; Lifeline, Take It Like a Man and
There Goes the Neighborhood respectively. Behind the scenes pictures are
from the set of Take It Like a Man and There Goes the Neighborhood
At the same time, David’s personal life was just as busy…
1999- David and Nanci treat themselves to the wedding they had promised themselves seven years earlier and…
2003- David becomes a father for the second time…his son Wyatt was born in March
In Oct of 2003, David became an American Citizen.
2000- David wins FAVORITE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES at the 2nd Annual TV Guide Awards for his role as Harmon Rabb, Jr. in the series JAG,
2003- David is awarded the
Audie Murphy Theatrical Award
for his “outstanding performance in a
David has always loved running and has participated in many marathons and triathlons through the years. With JAG over, David set out to accomplish a personal dream, his goal of competing in and completing the Ironman Triathlon. In Oct. 2005 he did just that. He obtained the title of Ironman competing in the Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii.
David’s first project after JAG, was starring in the movie The Man Who Lost Himself, the Terry Evanshen story. He went back to Canada to film the movie in 6/2005 and the movie was released in 11/2005. David needed some special training for this movie as his role required him to play football.
1/2005 When David’s contract with JAG expired, he signed a developement contract with ABC. He was named as the male lead in the pilot 60 Minute Man, however the pilot was not picked up for a series.
May 2006 – David had a guest appearance on the show Medium
June 2006 – David joins the cast of Close to Home
August 2007 was a busy month. David filmed the theatrical film production The Rainbow Tribe. Distribution is expected in the summer of 2010. He also filmed the Lifetime Network movie production Secrets of a Sex Addict – April 2008.
September 2007 – David signed on to the Canadian TV series The Guard for a 6 episode guest star role. His character suffered with MS.
October 2007 – David filmed the family movie Gooby
May 2008 David filmed the mini-series Impact (June 2009). It is David’s entry into the world of Sci-Fi.
July 2008 David signs on to another Sci-Fi mini-series, this time entering the world of fantasy, in Knights of Bloodsteel. (April 2009).
In August 2008 David attended the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood for his movie The Rainbow Tribe – filming was still going on for Knights… so he was there strutting his hair extensions …
The movie won “Viewer Favorite”.
A blown out knee + surgery = no more running. 2009 was the year for Celebrity Golf …
Trimark CCGI LAPDCG TV Foundation
February 2009 – David films the mini-series The Storm (July 2009)
He re-connects with long time pal and director Bradford May.
2009 – David shows his versatility by entering the suspense/ thriller world with the movies Terror Trap and Confined.
In March 2010 David took his family to the Amazon forest in Ecuador and spent time with the Achuar Tribesman. So moved by the experience, he became involved with Amazon Watch, and his daughter started a Tee Shirt Company www.SaveOurFriendForest.com to raise awareness and monies for the Amazon Forest.
June 2010 David’s Hallmark movie Dad’s Home (filmed 2009) airs as part of the Father’s Day celebration. Once again connecting with Bradford May as the director.
David shines in this family movie about a newly widowed father who loses his job.
June 2010 – David’s new ABC show Scoundrels begins. An 8 episode summer run has Wolfgang ‘Wolf’ West (David) in jail for petty theft.
The show centers around the conflict his jail sentence has on the family as his wife tries
to take the family ‘legit’.
2011 brings a recurring role on CSI: NY and a co-star role with Candace Cameron Bure in the romantic comedy made for TV movie Truth Be Told .
A series co-star lead in the ABC hit show GCB came in 2012. The soap returns to Dallas in this wicked new drama that shows that you can go home again… but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past… David’s character was the delicious oil baron Ripp Cockburn, who is intimidating at first and second glance.
2013 – TV mini-series Exploding Sun and feature film Rufus