Don says that he would love to have a television series based in Australia one day.
Don grew up listening to the war stories of veterens returning from World War II.
Don currently lives in Studio City, California.
Don was once worked as a copywriter and a creative director.
In 2006, Don made a donation of $1 million to the Penn State College of Communications Trustee Matching Scholarship.
According to Don, his hit show Quantum Leap was inspired by a novel he read in 1988 about time travel.
Don uses his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps as a base for a few of his productions.
Don worked in the advertising industry for fifteen years before he made the move to Hollywood.
Don has eight grandchildren.
Don has seven children from his first three marriages, and has frequently worked with sons David, Michael and Nicholas, and daughters Julie and Troian.
Don has been married four times; to Deborah Pratt, Lynn Halpern, Margaret Schaffran and his current wife Vivienne Bellisario.
Don's current wife Vivienne has appeared in several of his productions.
Don was nominated for an Emmy Award for the Best Drama Series (Quantum Leap) in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Don was nominated for Emmy Awards for the Best Drama Series (Magnum, P.I.) in 1982, 1983 and 1984.
Don won the Edgar Award in 1981 for the Best Television Episode. (Magnum, P.I.)
In 2001, Don was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University.
Don graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1961.
Don earned a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal while he was in the Marine Corps.
Don has a BA degree in Journalism.
Don served in the US Marine Corps from January 1955 to January 1959.
He enjoys running, playing golf and flying helicopters.
Don received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Don: My high school friends tell me I always told stories but I can't actually remember that. They think it is pretty obvious I ended up here.
Don: My shows never get trumpeted but they go on for years rather than making a big splash and disappearing.
Don: (on his $1million donation to the Trustee Matching Scholarship in the Penn State College of Communications) It's my hope that this scholarship will ease the financial burden of other young men and women who have defended our country to attain their academic goals
Don: If you look back over my career, you'll find every show I've ever made is filled with humor.
Don: (about the cast of NCIS) Lead by Mark Harmon, with Michael Weatherly who has enormous talent, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Sean Murray, and I had Sasha Alexander the first year. This is a tremendous acting group and they get along so well together its just marvellous.
Don: (about his show NCIS) I created NCIS, which is really interesting because I liked the idea of doing a show that was about the Naval Services and I was very fortunate in putting together probably the best cast I've ever assembled at one time.
Don: Growing up in a hardscrabble western Pennsylvania coal mining town, I know first hand the sacrifices that are made to give a son or daughter a university education... and as a Marine veteran who returned to Penn State with two small children and little money, I remember all too well that struggle.