John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson


6/1/1950, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Jackson was born in Baton Rouge on June 1st 1950. He attended the University of Texas during which he worked on oil rigs in Texas and Louisiana, dug ditches, and worked in construction to help pay his way through college. Instead of serving in the military after college,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The M in John M Jackson does not stand for anything. John was forced to add the M to distinguish himself from other John Jacksons when he registered with the Screen Actors Guild.

    • John played football throughout high school. He joined the football team when he attended the University of Texas, but a knee injury ended any hopes of a career as a football player.

    • Years before he became a part of the JAG cast, John played Captain West in A Few Good Men (1992). This was only a minor role, but he took part of the character into his latter role as Admiral Chegwidden in JAG.

    • John's dream role is to play Lyndon B. Johnson.

    • John enjoys listening to jazz music in his spare time. He and his wife also enjoy going swing dancing when they are able to.

    • John used to be a baseball coach at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hill California. His son attended the school while John was a baseball coach, and ended up being coached by his dad. In 2006 John began teaching baseball at Granada Hills High School in California. He is the assistant varsity coach.

    • John coaches Pony League baseball in his spare time

    • John has a son, Conor Jackson, that plays first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks and made his first major league debut July 28,2005.

    • John used to teach Social Studies (History and Geography) at a high school in Austin, Texas.

    • John is 6'3'' tall and is married to Jana.

  • Quotes

    • John M. Jackson: I've found that, from a writing standpoint, much of the best writing is for people who are not the hero.

    • Chuck Carrington: John M. Jackson is a 6'3", 50-year-old bald man who acts like an 8-year-old. He is a comedian. He's always the center of attention. He's a big kid, and for me it's been great. Almost every scene I have done is with him. He has a great personality, and he's a joy for all of us to work with.

    • John M. Jackson: I can honestly say that my son is a friend of mine. That's a hard thing to do. It's like teaching. You want to get a good rapport with your students, but there's a line that can't be crossed. If you do cross it, the roles get gray and you don't have the same ability to teach.

    • John M. Jackson: I would like to, at some point, find a perfectly good running airplane to jump out of. I've always wanted to try it.

    • John M. Jackson: I'm still a Texan although I live here in L.A. If you're born and raised there you can't get the state out of your system. It's pretty much home.

  • I loved "The Admiral"...he WAS JAG to me. When he left the show so did I.

    "Chegwidden" kind of reminds me of "Jethro Gibbs" and both of them are my kind of character!

    I loved JAG and the Admiral was one of my favourite characters. He was like the anchor for the series, seemingly in control of an out of control group of navy-lawyer types, running interference for them and for the right. He kept "the dark side" at bay.

    I have seen a few other tid-bits of John Jackson here and there but I miss him on a regular basis and I was totally disappointed on how his departure from JAG was handled. He could have...SHOULD have...gone with a bit more flare whether "The Admiral" would have liked it or not!

    He could totally carry a series on his own and someone needs to wake up and smell the potential Emmy! At least some NCIS episodes for instance?

    Just a thought...moreless
  • He is totally believable and I miss him on the re: current shows..Why is he out of the cast?..What have I missed?....His parts were well written, his presence commmanding, he is a pro in the best sense..I want him back! Please..the chemistry was great wimoreless

    Where is THE CAG?..J JAckson is commanding, professional..fits the part to a T....and sexually appealing as well..what more can we ask...Parts were well written, and well acted, totally believable.....mature, reasonable, vulnerable Ideal! What have I missed?...and I miss Buds wife as well, why are these highly competent actors among the missing.....Thank you for continuing the series and Harm is of course highly necessary....the new guy looks and sounds too much like him...imitation is unneccessary..We have enjoyed the show for many years and like M*A*S*H, and Hill STreet Blues, one of the best TV has to offer....VIVA Dick Wolff and friends!moreless