David James Elliott

David James Elliott


9/21/1960, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

David William Smith



Also Known As

David James Elliot, David Smith
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Born on 21 September 1960 in Canada, David spends a considerable time of his youth on the Bahamas where his father's relatives still live, while the latter has emigrated to Canada. Rock music gets the best of David, him being lead singer of a band in high-school times.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He is featured on the cover of "Smoke" magazine, in the Summer 2007 issue.

    • In July of 2007, he was inducted to the "Milton Walk of Fame" in his hometown of Milton, Ontario.

    • David hates flying, but in the series JAG, he played an ex fighter pilot, who's addicted to flying.

    • When at home, David J. Elliott often wakes up early to make his daughter Stephanie pancakes with happy faces.

    • David James Elliott was cast in a pilot for ABC called 60 Minute Man. The drama was from Touchstone and was about a man who couldn't remember 1 hour of each day. ABC chose not to air it.

    • In 2000 JAG, which David stars in, was nominated for an E Pluribus Unum Award by the American Cinema Foundation.

    • The series JAG starring David James Elliott won the 2001 Imagen Foundation Award for Primetime Television Series.

    • The series JAG starring David James Elliott won the ASCAP Award for Top TV Series in 2000, 2003 & 2004.

    • He won a 2000 TV Guide Award as Favorite Actor in a Drama.

    • In 2001 the TV Guide Awards nominated him as Actor of the Year in a Drama Series.

    • He became interested in acting after reading King Lear in high school.

    • He was originally signed to do three episodes of Street Legal but he was kept on as a regular, and considered for a lead part in a spin-off.

    • He made his directorial debut in 2001 directing the JAG episode "Lifeline".

    • He once won a Jean Chalmers Award for Most Promising Actor.

    • Although he grew up in Ontario, he spent a lot of time in the Bahamas, where many relatives on his father's side live.

    • He spent two years as a member of the Young Company at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

    • Before acting, David once worked in a belt factory.

    • He starred in a TV movie in Canada titled The Man Who Lost Himself based on the true story of a Canadian football player who lost his memory due to severe head injury in a automobile accident.

    • After a few years on JAG David re-married his wife (in 1999) since they didn't have enough money to have a decent wedding when they originally married in 1992.

    • Both he and his wife have become naturalized American citizens.

    • He is married to Canadian born actress Nanci Chambers.

    • He had his own band in high school, dropping out for a period of time to play full time with the band.

    • He is 6' 4" tall.

    • Along with Sam Elliott, David James Elliott received an Audie Murphy Theatrical Award at the Ninth Annual Veteran Awards Ceremony in 2003.

    • David and Nanci's daughter, Stephanie, was born 15 March 1993.
      David and Nanci's son, Wyatt, was born March 3, 2003

    • He is the second of three sons of Arnold Smith, a heating and plumbing wholesaler-contractor, and his wife, Pat, an office manager.

    • He attended Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Ontario.

    • David's early interest was in music - rock 'n roll music. He was front man for a band. David briefly quit high school to play with the band full time. Went back to finish high school at 19.

    • Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [1996].

    • He is married to Nanci Chambers, who played Lt. Loren Singer on JAG.

    • David is the JAG correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight", previewing each week's new episode.

  • Quotes

    • David: I was in rock and roll for a while and I had been bitten by the performance bug, it seemed to be my calling, in my soul.

    • David: (about his military haircut for "JAG") The one upside of that short hair was I never wore a cap when I was swimming.

    • David: (about his father) I hope he would have loved it. I'm talking to him a lot, so I believe he's helping me through this. I loved my dad.

  • His look does grab your attention but...

    ...I'm glad to see him diversifying a bit. There was a brief lag of any David sightings following the demise of JAG, but he now seems to be back on multiple bandwagons, and with a vengeance!

    I did watch a couple of episodes of the Canadian made "The Guard" with David in them, but I could not get into the series in general. I did however, recently enjoy watching the TV Fantasy mini-series "Knights of Bloodsteel". Its a completely different genre for him and a seriously different, though no less compelling look! It was quite enjoyable and I do hope there is a follow-up to it because there may be some good story there for "John Serragoth" to tell.

    And, I wouldn't be averse to a "Rabb return" in a JAG TV movie, on the proviso that "Admiral Cheggwidden" also be involved...! ;o}moreless
  • "Of course I didn't wear boxers, I'm a real man"

    DJE... awesome man!

    A great actor with a pretty voice as well :o)

    You wouldn't hear me complain if he'd ever sing me a song, anyways.

    Of course, my favorite character he ever brought to life is Harmon Rabb Jr. He played him perfectly and i couldn't think of anybody who could do it any better.

    I wish he had more success in the movies, though... non of the films that he's been in (longer than two minutes), ever really became a big hit... and i know that it isn't for his acting, cause that is good :D

    As you know, he used to be in a band... Now i have heard him sing, play the guitar and the mouth harmonica... or... that's how we call it in Holland, sorry, don't know the English term... the instrument many cowboys play in those westerns... hahaha *sigh*...

    and he's pretty good at it!

    It would be cool if you'd see him use that in a film... like he used it in JAG a few times :D I think David would do it good in an action comedy drama, a man with an history and an uncertain future... he'd do great!

    DJE is also a very nice man, good for his fans, and great for his friends and family... a great dad and a good husband... i think that alone already earns him an award!moreless