JAG ended 13 years ago but fans and critics alike continue to reference the legal drama as one of the best law shows in American T.V. history. With all of its iconic uniforms and high stakes pursuit for justice, JAG has certainly earned its place on the Best Of lists. Week after week viewers were treated to incredible performances and smart writing. It certainly was a treat.
The show follows the uniformed judges as they handle intense cases and deliver consequential verdicts. The show starred Tracey Needham, David James Elliott, Catherine Bell and a host of other incredible actors as the lieutenants and officers tasked with handing down verdicts and honoring the constitution. The show takes pride in it’s patriotism and honoring of the rule of law and that’s why fans loved it then and love it now.
Just because it’s been off the air for more than a decade doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. We think that it’s time to check back in with some of your favorite characters and the actors who played them. It’s amazing how time can change so much and also bring back happy memories. This is the cast you knew and loved then and now.
Anne-Marie Johnson as Rep. Roberta Latham
Roberta Latham was better known by her colleagues as Bobbi and she was a character on the show from season 3 until season 7. Bobbi was not a main character but she was featured in 17 episodes and during that time, Captain Harm Rabb develops a romantic interest in her. Before landing the role of Bobbi, Anne-Marie was already a well-established actress who appeared on the sketch comedy show In Living Color and the thriller film In the Heat of the Night.
Anne-Marie Johnson today
Anne-Marie’s résumé is long and illustrious, mainly due to her television career, with her appearing on such shows as That’s So Raven, Grey’s Anatomy, Days of Our Lives, and The X-Files. Seeking to make a difference in her industry, in 2005 she was elected as First National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild. These days, she continues to act and recently appeared on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. She is due to appear in the series Imposters, which is set to air in 2018.
Isabella Hofmann as Professor Meredith Cavanaugh
Meredith Cavanaugh first shows up on JAG after there is a mixup at the headquarters of the team and Admiral Chegwidden meets Meredith. While Chegwidden things that Meredith is a blind date that his friends try to set him up with, he later discovers that she was really there to discuss Mac’s little sister. It turns out that they were on a sort of date because the pair eventually get romantically involved and got engaged. They eventually call it off after it is discovered that Meredith cheated on Chegwidden.
Isabella Hofmann today
Isabella Hofmann has been acting in television shows for more than 30 years and has been featured in shows such as Suits, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: Miami. However, her appearances on these shows were just for one episode whereas she had a recurring role on JAG. While Hofmann has not had many recurring appearances on TV, she has appeared in many films such as West End and Burlesque. Her most recent appearance was in the television film Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland.
David James Elliott as Captain Harmon ‘Harm’ Rabb, Jr.
Captain Rabb, Jr. better known as “Harm,” is the only character on JAG to appear in every episode of the show. As the series’ lead, Harm searches for answers about crimes committed in the Navy along with Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie. Spoiler alert, if you don’t already know: at the end of the show, after becoming a couple, Harm and Mac get assigned to San Diego and London, respectively. They get engaged and we get a cliffhanger ending of a coin flip, to decide who gets to keep their career.
David James Elliott today
After JAG ended, David became a very sought-after man in Hollywood and was offered a number of parts in TV movies. While he is still best known for his role as Harm on JAG, Elliott has continued with his acting career and has appeared in TV movies such as Sixty Minute Man and Exploding Sun. The actor has also been featured on shows such as Mad Men and CSI: NY.
Hallee Hirsh as Matilda Grace Johnson
Matilda (who usually went by Mattie) appeared in 17 episodes of JAG starting from season nine. Mattie and Harm have a close, father-daughter like relationship and he briefly acts as her foster parent. She employs Harm at the crop-dusting company that she owns and considers him as her father figure since she is estranged from her biological father. Mattie eventually becomes paralyzed after being involved in a plane accident, with the incident bringing her even closer to Harm.
Hallee Hirsh today
Though Hallee Hirsh is only 30 years old, she has quite the list of acting credits, as she began her career at the age of three. Hirsh has appeared on shows such as Law & Order, Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds as well as in films including 16 to Life and The Last Dinner Party. Hirsh is set to appear in the film Chasing the Rain, which is currently in post-production. The actress is married to fellow actor Ryan Martin and the couple have one child together.
Zoe McLellan as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates
Jennifer Coates made her first appearance on JAG in 2001 and remained a main character for four years. The character had a rough past as she endured a difficult childhood but joined the military in order to escape to a better life. The military was Jen’s safe haven but as the seasons progress we see that it wasn’t always safe for her. Jen gets framed for a murder she didn’t commit and almost gets sent to prison for it.
Zoe McLellan today
JAG gave Zoe McLellan the exposure she needed in order to have a lasting career in Hollywood. After JAG ended, McLellan landed her role on NCIS: New Orleans that she is best known for until today. She played the role of Agent Meredith Brody until she was written out following a two year run on the show. Zoe was married to actor J.P. Gillian until they divorced in 2016 and the year after, she began playing the role of Kendra Daynes on the show Designated Survivor.
Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Sydney Walden
Dr. Sydney Walden is Admiral A. J. Chegwidden love interest. Well, one of them anyway. Sydney first appears on the show in the fifth season and Sydney and the Admiral’s love blossoms over eight consecutive episodes making the audience yearn for more. It all comes crumbling down When Danny, Sydney’s son gets accused of robbing Chegwidden of his car. Sydney stands by her son and ends it with Chegwidden. That was the last time we have seen the actress Cynthia on screen.
Cynthia Sikes today
Though Cynthia Sikes was a successful actress, her acting career ended with her role on JAG. Prior to JAG, Cynthia was starring in all the hit television shows including the famous soap opera The Young and The Restless. However, with her time on JAG concluded, Cynthia decided to make a change in her career path and in 2017 she moved on to producing films. Her best-known film as a producer is the newly released Blade Runner 2049.
Susan Haskell as Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Parker
Cmdr. Jordan Parker has a brief love affair Harm Rabb for eight glorious episodes. However, their fire dies out when Jordan breaks it off when Harm chooses to go back to his true passion, flying. Things take a dramatic turn for the worst when Jordan is mysteriously killed in the sixth season of the show. Following her death, the JAG team tries to figure out who was behind the murder and bring them to justice.
Susan Haskell today
Susan is a two-time Emmy winning actress who has also starred on the soap opera One Life to Live as Dr. Marty Saybrooke. After her stint on the soap was over, a rumor began to go around that she was fired from it after the writers no longer knew what to do with her character. In any case, that was the end of her acting career. Regarding her personal life, Susan and longtime companion Thorsten Kaye have two children together.
Mae Whitman as Chloe Madison
In the fourth season of JAG the audience gets introduced to Chloe Madison, the most lovable and adorable little girl. At First, viewers are led to believe her to be an orphan, but as the show progresses, Mac discovers Chloe’s dad is in fact alive. Mac becomes a sort of older and protective sister to the young Chloe, even after she introduces her to her real father. They remain close for the next three seasons.
Mae Whitman today
Mae Whitman had been acting long before she arrived on the set of JAG, and over her long career, she has starred in the film Independence Day, the medical drama Chicago Hope, and has even appeared on the iconic sitcom, Friends. Before reaching the age of 30, she has already starred in almost 150 different movies, television series, and productions. Talk about an impressive résumé! Mae’s biggest credits include Arrested Development and Avatar. She is currently working on the romance musical film Valley Girl.
John M. Jackson as Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden
Admiral A. J. Chegwidden has starred on the show JAG from its pilot episode all the way until the ninth season. Chegwidden served as the Advocate General of the Navy and is one of the most respected officers. He acted as a father figure to many of the soldiers under his command. By season nine John had enjoyed the ride but he was ready to move on. His leaving the show came as a shock to the entire cast and crew; it was hard to see their friend leave.
John M. Jackson today
John may have left the set of JAG, but he didn’t stop acting. Post-JAG, John went on to play the role of Sam Cullen on the hit TV show Bones. John also agreed to act as Chegwidden once again on the spin-off series of JAG in 2013. John has also appeared on the show NCIS Los Angeles in 2017. John loves to star in crime and drama shows like Castle, Criminal Minds, CSI, and Stalker. He definitely knows what his strong suit is.
Tamlyn Tomita as Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti
Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti graced the screen of JAG for only seven episodes but she definitely made an impression. After a number of crimes perpetrated throughout Europe are blamed on the U.S. Navy, Tracy is assigned to the case and joins forces with Harm to get to the bottom of the seemingly illogical turn of events. Despite initial friction between the two, they eventually uncover the truth, with Tracy gaining Harm’s respect in the process.
Tamlyn Tomita today
Tamlyn Tomita is a famous actress who has starred in so many great movies and shows including The Joy Luck Club, The Karate Kid Part II, Living Out Loud, and famous soap operas Days of Our Lives. Most recently Tamlyn has starred on the young and hip supernatural show Teen Wolf, and on the drama series the Good doctor. Tamlyn is currently working on the film The Living Worst, which should hit the big screen sometime in 2018.
Andrea Parker as Lt. Caitlin Pike
Lt. Caitlin Pike was on the show JAG on its very first episode. Pike started out as Harm Rabb’s partner. Their relationship seemed to be that of friends who on occasion were intimate with one another, while not developing romantic feelings or entering into a romantic relationship with one another. In season six the audience cheered as Pike returned to the show, this time in order to file a complaint against one of her fellow officers.
Andrea Parker today
Andrea Parker is an incredible actress who has worked on many movies and television shows including ER as Linda Farrell and on the television series Pretender as Catherine Parker. Andrea might be most famous for playing on Pretty Little Liars as two separate characters Jessica DiLaurentis and Mary Drake. She’s also starred on the famous television show Desperate Housewives in the coveted role of Jane Carlson. Not only is this gorgeous woman a talented actress but she is also trained to be a stunt driver!
Meta Golding as Tali Mayfield
Tali Mayfield struts onto the JAG team as a freshly minted lawyer in the tenth season of JAG. It seems that Lt. Gregory Vukovi and Tali have an intimate and shared history together that begins to unfold on camera. Besides being a talented actress, this Haiti-born beauty also happens to be a talented figure skater, skating on a national level while living in 1995. She decided to leave the world of figure skating behind for a more lucrative career in Hollywood.
Meta Golding today
JAG was actually the first recurring role that Meta Golding landed. All the way from Italy Meta has integrated well into the Los Angeles life. She has starred in Dark Blue, CSI, and The Tomorrow People. Her role as Enobaria in The Hunger Games movies is her most high-profile role to date. Golding has also starred in a few episodes of Criminal Minds, and is currently working on the set of Behind the Movement, which is set to be released sometime in 2018.
Scott Lawrence as Commander Sturgis Turner
One of the main characters on JAG, Commander Sturgis Turner was portrayed by the talented actor Scott Lawrence. Turner is a submarine worker before transitioning into a lawyer. Sturgis and Harm go way back before he joins the JAG team and their friendship grows stronger both during and after work hours. Their bromance is truly fun to watch, with Harm often making fun of Sturgis for being a bit too much of a rule follower.
Scott Lawrence today
Scott Lawrence graced the screen of JAG for 76 episodes before he moved on to star in other hit television series like dramatic soap opera Desperate Housewives, suspense series American Horror Story, and additional soapy drama Nashville. Over the years. Scott has also starred on the big screen, featuring in the sci-fi Star Trek film Into The Darkness portraying the role of the U.S.S. Vengeance Officer in 2013. Most recently, Scott has starred in the television show thriller series Mr. Mercedes as Pete Dixon.
Steven Culp as Special Agent Clayton Webb
Special Agent Clayton Webb is portrayed by the actor Steven Culp who enters JAG in season two of the show. Clayton was a CIA agent who worked with the JAG team sometimes. However the CIA and JAG soon became rival groups. Mac and Clayton had an intense relationship for a while but sadly the two never got their happy ending. Clayton had to fake his own death for his job in the CIA, which frustrated Mac to no end.
Steven Culp today
Steven Culp is a successful Hollywood actor who has starred in some of the greatest crime shows of all time including Body of Proof, NCIS, CSI, and Law & Order. When he isn’t off investigating crimes and bringing criminals to justice, Steven is most famous for his role on Desperate Housewives, where he portrayed the elitist, philandering Rex Van de Kamp. Most recently, Steven has been acting on the a sci-fi comedy hit show The Orville.
Karri Turner as Lieutenant Harriet Beaumont Sims-Roberts
Lieutenant Harriet Beaumont is a southern belle who comes from old money, and a lot of it, which might be why she was made fun of for enlisting in the army. Harriet actually had a history with her partner on JAG Bud Roberts. The two served together on the Seahawk and when they finally got to work together on JAG, they were also given the chance to work on their relationship, which quickly blossomed into a romantic relationship.
Karri Turner today
Karri Turner is an experienced actress who has been on stage, the big screen and on television shows since 1994. This Texan was born and raised in Arkansas and featured on quite a few hit shows including The X-Files, Caroline in the City, and South Park. A former member of the famed improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings, Turner has also entertained American troops by going on the U.S.O. tour with her sharp comedic timing and original sketches.
Daphne Ashbrook as Annie Pendry – Then
The much-loved character Annie Pendry on JAG was portrayed by Daphne Ashbrook in JAG’s third season. Annie’s son goes on a school field trip when her stumbles upon a murder. Being a former girlfriend of Harm’s, Annie pleads with him to help keep her family safe. This dramatic episode is an all-time favorite among fans, with the high ratings to prove it. This is in no small part thanks to Daphne Ashbrook’s nuanced performance, which makes for a compelling character and a riveting storyline.
Daphne Ashbrook today
Daphne Ashbrook started her long as an actress at the age of six. She is a talented performer who has acted on the best of the best television shows back in ’80s and ’90s namely McCormick, Hardcastle, Knight Rider, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, the O.C. and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. More recently, Daphne has starred in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, and Without a Trace. Formerly married to actor Lorenzo Lamas, with whom she shares a daughter, Ashbrook is currently married to producer and director David Vito Gregoli.
Patrick Labyorteaux as Bud Roberts Jr.
Patrick Labyorteaux stars in a whopping 208 episodes of JAG (the second highest of any cast member on the show), as Bud Roberts Jr. Considered to be one of the best trial lawyers on the team, Bud is liked by nearly everyone at JAG HQ and garners a lot of respect from the others. Many opponents underestimate Bud as he comes across as less intelligent than he actually is; however, this is a smart ploy to lull others into a false sense of security.
Patrick Labyorteaux today
Before Patrick Labyorteaux starred in JAG, he was best known for playing Andrew “Andy” Garvey in Little House on the Prairie. Add this to his roles in classic ‘80s movies such as Summer School and Heathers, and it’s clear to see this actor was destined for great things. After starring in JAG, Patrick reprised the role for three episodes of NCIS, with his most recent episode being in 2018. The star has also had a small part in the Jim Carrey movie, Yes Man, along with several roles in TV shows, such as American Crime Story, Castle, and Rebel.
Chuck Carrington as Jason Tiner
JAG fans will know the best assistant Chegwidden has ever had, and the real comic relief of the show, Jason Tiner. Played by Chuck Carrington, Petty Officer First Class Jason Tiner is the admiral’s yeoman in 102 episodes of the show – finally leaving in season 9 once he completes his law degree and gets accepted into OCS (Officer Candidate School). Tiner is known for tripping over his words more than once, which adds an element of comedy to the show.
Chuck Carrington today
Since his time on JAG, Chuck Carrington has remained fairly active over the years. He has had some small parts on TV shows such as Blue Bloods and White Collar, along with playing the character of Dan for two episodes in the US version of Shameless. More recently, he played the lead role of Caskie Jones in the low-budget movie Cowboy Drifter in 2017. Carrington did double duty on tis film, as he had also written the script for it!
Randy Vasquez as Victor ‘Gunny’ Galindez
Randy Vasquez was brought into the show in Season 5, after creator Donald P. Bellisario said he wanted to represent the number of Hispanics in the Marines and Navy. Victor Galindez, nicknamed Gunny, was often vying for the attention of Chegwidden, putting him at odds with Jason Tiner on more than one occasion. Gunny was moved from JAG HQ at his own request after 9/11, so he could be more active in the war on terror. He made several more brief appearances up until his departure in Season 9.
Randy Vazquez today
Vazquez had already made a name for himself before starring in JAG, in TV shows such as Love Boat: The Next Wave, First Monday, and Knots Landing. After playing Gunny, the actor had two different parts in NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, with the most recent being in 2017. Interestingly, Vazquez also played a small role on Shameless (like Chuck Carrington). His latest role is in a movie named Among Thieves, which is currently in its post-production stage.
Michael Bellisario as Michael ‘Mikey’ Roberts
Michael Bellisario played the role of Mikey, Bud’s younger brother, for 29 episodes between Season 3 and the final season. Mikey’s father kept pressuring him to join the Navy, but Bud would often stand up for his younger brother and his future. In the end, Mikey succumbed and joined the Naval Academy, but things didn’t exactly go to plan. After a gun malfunction on the USS Wake Island, Bud had to clear his brother of any wrongdoing. Michael Bellisario also played a pizza delivery boy in Season 3 and a young man in a boat in the pilot episode.
Michael Bellisario today
Eagle-eyed viewers might have recognized Michael’s surname, as it’s the same of JAD creator, Donald P. Bellisario – who happens to be Michael’s father. After his time on the show, Michael moved onto NCIS to play the lab assistant Charles “Chip” Sterling for several episodes. In 2007, he played James Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray but then went pretty quiet for a few years. Michael Bellisario has two movies in post-production currently; #211 and Elvis.
Andrea Thompson as Alison Krennick
Andrea Thompson played Captain Alison Krennick in seven episodes of the show; mainly in Season 1, but with a brief comeback in Season 9. Krennick was Harm’s direct superior, but this didn’t stop her from playing a dangerous game with him. She violated military protocols by trying to seduce Harm near the end of Season 1. In Season 10 she is named as a potential replacement for Admiral Chegwidden, but this suggestion is shot down rather swiftly.
Andrea Thompson today
Before starring in JAG, Andrea Thompson already had dozens of acting credits to her name; including big roles in Babylon 5 and a major role on NYPD Blue. From 2003-2004, Thompson played Dr. Nicole Duncan in 24 and then had a recurring role in the TV mini-series, Heroes: Destiny. Things have gone fairly quiet for the actress over the last few years, with a couple of small roles in TV shows, along with voicing Dazzle and Lady Jane in the video game, Fallout: New Vegas.
Cindy Ambuehl as Rene Peterson – Then
Playing the role of Rene Peterson for television’s hit series JAG, Cindy Ambuehl was on the show for a total of 24 episodes, between season five and eight. Ambuehl’s character Rene was the girlfriend of Harmon for a short while. The two met when Rene was shooting a Navy recruitment video, and the two fell in love. Despite a serious mutual attraction, the romance ended when it became clear that Harm was not serious about the relationship.
Cindy Ambuehl – Now
Cindy has been acting in a wide range of films and television shows, and has even appeared on the hit sitcom Seinfeld, portraying one of Seinfeld’s girlfriends is the episode titled The Burning. Ambuehl is also a successful designer of women’s fashion. One of the more interesting facts about Cindy’s life is the fact that her pregnancy with twins was actually written into an episode of JAG. In reality, the father of her twin children is the famous director Don Diamont.
Rif Hutton as Lt. Cmdr. Alan Mattoni – Then
Playing the role of Lt. Cmdr. Alan Mattoni for a total of 16 episodes of JAG, Rif Hutton had a small yet important part in the history of the series. Lt. Cmdr. Mattoni worked at the JAG court as a United States Naval Commander, and was known as a strong and opinionated lawyer. He would regularly go up in trial against Rabb, but in the end, the two always knew that they could count on each others’ friendship.
Rif Hutton – Now
Rif Hutton has acted in a plethora of television shows and films, and began his career with a role on the hit 1980s show The Jeffersons. He was then in L.A. Law, You Talkin’ to Me?, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Married with Children. Rif Hutton has kept on acting even after his role on JAG, portraying characters on well known films and television series such as ER, SEAL Team, The Bernie Mac Show, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Trisha Yearwood as Teresa Coulter – Then
A surprising foray into the world of television, legendary country singer Trisha Yearwood actually appeared in six episodes of JAG as United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Teresa Coulter. An important character on the show, she was in episodes in the third to seventh season of the show where she portrayed a combination coroner and forensic pathologist. While her few appearances on the show are explained away as being due to the fact that she was in the reserves, we all know it was because she was recording music.
Trisha Yearwood – Now
When she is not acting, Trisha Yearwood is known as one of the queens of country music. She has several studio albums under her rhinestone belt, and had also been the recipient of a multitude of different music industry awards. She has three Grammys, an Emmy, an American Music Award, and several awards from the Country Music Association. She is married to country music legend Garth Brooks and lives with him and her children in Oklahoma.
Bernard White as Sadik Fahd- The
Bernard White took on the role of one Sadik Fahd in the TV series JAG. Sadik Fahd was one of the main antagonists of the televisions, show, constantly fighting against the United States and her interests in the Middle East. Considered a dangerous terrorist mastermind by the United States Government, his life was ended by Mac, after she shot him in the head and arm. Luckily for the JAG team, Fahd’s reign of terror only lasted over the course of six episodes.
Bernard White – Now
Bernard White has been cast consistently as on a whole host of television shows and films, from the beginning of his career and up until today. He has acted on such shows as Knight Rider, Days of Our Lives, Knots Landing, Touched By an Angel, and NYPD Blue. Following his stint on JAG, White took on roles in Lie to Me, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Homeland, The Good Wife, Silicon Valley, and Madam Secretary.
David Ackert as Wahib Shawaf/Captain Balducci- Then
Together with Sadik Fahd, Wahib Shawaf served as an antagonist, being designated a dangerous militant by the United States government for his attacks against United States interests in the Middle East. Oddly enough, actor David Ackert was also chosen to play the role of United States Military Captain Balducci on the show, something which had nothing to do with his role as Shawaf. Perhaps he just wowed the casting director? We guess we’ll never know.
David Ackert – Now
David Ackert has been acting for quite some time, first performing in the television show Crossroads Cafe. He then expanded his acting portfolio by appearing in shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, The Young and the Restless, and several others before he joined the cast of JAG. After he was done with his sting on JAG he took on roles in television shows such as Bones, Monk, General Hospital, and other. Ackert now runs his own consulting company, helping people in the legal, corporate, and financial world work on their business development models.
Mark Costello as Commander Onclay and General Otis Flannik- Then
Though Mark Costello only appeared on the JAG television series four times in its over 200 episode run, Costello still took on a multitude of roles on the show, appearing in one episode in seasons three, four, five and seven. Playing the role of United States Naval Commander Onclay in some episodes and United States Marine General Otis Flannik in others, Costello’s gruff acting style seemed to fit the roles perfectly.
Mark Costello – Now
A lot of people tend to confuse Mark Costello the actor with Mark Costello the author, but we are sure that he would be quick to point out that he is actually a different person. He started off his acting career by playing a part in the show Bay City Blues, then cast in a recurring part in the TV series Tribes. This was soon followed up with by L.A. Law, and Full House. He continued to act in shows such as The West Wing and Criminal Minds after JAG.
Laura Putney as Catherine Gale – Then
Laura Putney appeared as Catherine Gale in five episodes of JAG between seasons eight and nine of the show. Gale was a lawyer employed by the CIA who had a run in with the JAG team in court over a case about a lost submarine. Gale was also said to have had a romantic fling with harm. The character also cross over into the spin-off show that resulted from JAG, NCIS.
Laura Putney – Now
Besides her role in JAG, Laura Putney is best known for her role in the drama movie Cake, which stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who suffering from chronic pain after being involved in a car crash. Putney also had small roles in television shows such as the drama Mistresses and the reality show Scare Tactics. She has additionally worked as a screenwriter and written for projects such as the crime series Detective Laura Diamond and action series Lethal Weapon.
Tracey Needham as Meg Austin – Then
Tracey Needham played Lieutenant Rabb’s partner, Meg, during the first season. She was brought in after NBC producers expressed a dislike for Andrea Parker’s character, Caitlin Pike, in the pilot episode (Pike would later return as a guest star). After the series was initially canceled by NBC, Needham left the show, and when it was picked up by CBS, Catherine Bell was cast as Mac. The show would go on to become a hit, with another nine seasons. We hope Needham doesn’t regret her decision too much.
Tracey Needham< – Now
Tracey Needham is best known for her role on the ABC sitcom Life Goes On, in addition to her brief role on JAG. After she left the first season of JAG, Needham went onto appear as Candace DeLorenzo in the crime-drama series The Division from 2011 until 2003. Since then the actress has had small parts on a number of shows such as CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds and Veronica Mars. Her last on screen appearance was in the thriller The Last Harbor in 2010.
Loryn Locklin as Jill Waddington – Then
Loryn Locklin appeared as reporter Jill Waddington in JAG in three episodes from 1998 until 2004. Waddington is an investigative reporter for the comically named ZNN news channel. In one episode titled Fighting Words, Waddington accuses Major General Earl Watson of making offensive remarks about a religion while giving a sermon at church, with Mac defending Watson and saying Waddington’s remarks were not accurate. Waddington counters by providing video evidence of the speech with the offensive remark included.
Loryn Locklin – Now
Prior to appearing on JAG, Loryn Locklin starred as Dr. Sally Powers in the supernatural-thrill TV movie, Night Visions. In 1993, she starred in the sci-fi film Fortress and in 1990 appeared in the comedy film Taking Care of Business. While she was still on JAG, Locklin appeared in one episode of the sitcom Frasier and in the TV movie The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds… It Leads. Locklin has not had any acting appearances since then.
Nanci Chambers as Lt. Loren Singer – Then
Lieutenant Loren Singer is an ambitious and ruthless JAG advocate who often harms the people around her to further her own career. Due to her aggressive personality, she often butts heads with other characters including Harm who does not trust her. Singer has affairs with a number of men including Rabb’s half brother Sergei Zhukov and an unidentified man with whom she has a child. Singer was eventually murdered by Commander Theodore Lindsey who framed Rabb for the murder.
Nanci Chambers – Now
On-set romantic liaison alert! Nanci Chambers is a Canadian actress and she is best known for her role on JAG. Chambers married JAG’s star, David Elliott, in 1992, and the couple has two children together. Chambers appeared in 40 episodes of JAG from 1997 until 2003 and following that she only had three more acting appearances. These include appearances in the 2005 film The Man Who Lost Himself and in the drama series Ghost Whisperer.
Catherine Bell as Major Sarah ‘Mac’ MacKenzie
Sarah MacKenzie, or Mac as she is affectionately known, was portrayed by the gorgeous Catherine Bell on JAG. Mac had a tough childhood, which she channeled as an adult as motivation to joining the marines. At only 28 years old, portraying the role of Mac shot Catherine Bell into stardom, which led to many more television shows and feature films.
Catherine Bell today
Catherine Bell kept with the army television show theme and starred on Army Wives in 2008 as Denise Sherwood. Catherine was also cast in the blockbuster movie The Good Witch, which moved her career along even further. This one single movie turned into a franchise all with Catherine Bell at the lead playing the role of Cassie Nightingale. In 2015, the movie was subsequently turned into a television series and Catherine still stars on the show to this day.