Michael Weatherly

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Michael Weatherly
Weatherly in October 2012
Born (1968-07-08) July 8, 1968 (age 52)
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1990–present
Known forAnthony DiNozzo NCIS
Jason Bull Bull
(m. 1995; div. 1997)

Bonny Janković
(m. 2009)
Partner(s)Jessica Alba (2000–03)
RelativesAlexandra Breckenridge (niece)

Michael Manning Weatherly Jr. (born July 8, 1968)[1] is an American actor, producer, and director known for playing the role of Anthony DiNozzo in the television series NCIS (2003–2016), and earlier played Logan Cale in the drama Dark Angel (2000–2002). In 2016, he began the title role of Dr. Jason Bull in Bull, a courtroom drama.

Early life[edit]

Weatherly was born in New York City and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut.[2] His parents are Patricia (née Hetherington) and Michael Weatherly.[1][3] Weatherly is of Irish descent.[4]

Weatherly attended Fairfield Country Day School and graduated from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.[5][6] He attended Boston University, Menlo College, and American University, but left college to pursue acting.[2]

Weatherly sings and plays several instruments, including piano and guitar. He has contributed two songs to the NCIS soundtracks, "Bitter and Blue" and "Under the Sun".[7] He played in a band while pursuing his early career in New York City. Another early project was a video shoot for a karaoke CD: A Taste of Honey's version of "Sukiyaki".[8]


Weatherly began his acting career with a minor television role on The Cosby Show as Theo Huxtable's roommate. He played the role of Cooper Alden in Loving and later, The City, appearing in the role from 1992 until 1996.

Weatherly moved to Los Angeles, soon landing a role as a series regular on the FOX television series Significant Others with Jennifer Garner, though the show only lasted six episodes. He then met director Whit Stillman who cast him in the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco as Hap, opposite Chloë Sevigny. Weatherly also appeared as a conflicted warlock in the series Charmed during its first season in 1998.

His movie credits include Meet Wally Sparks with Rodney Dangerfield, Gun Shy with Liam Neeson, Cabin by the Lake, and the independent film Trigger Happy opposite Rosario Dawson.

Weatherly starred in Dark Angel for the two seasons it was on the air. This role earned him three award nominations, two Saturn Awards for best supporting actor on television in 2001 and 2002, and one Teen Choice award for choice actor in 2001.

In 2003 he appeared as Senior NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo in two episodes of the CBS series JAG, a role he continued to portray in the spin-off series NCIS. He made subsequent guest appearances on both NCIS: New Orleans (2014) and NCIS: Los Angeles (2015). Together with Pauley Perrette, who played Abby Sciuto, he is one of only two actors who have appeared in all four shows (JAG, NCIS, NCIS: LA, NCIS: NO). In 2004 he starred in the television film The Mystery of Natalie Wood, portraying Robert Wagner. Since 2010, Robert Wagner had made twelve guest appearances on NCIS as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., the father of Weatherly's character.[9]

He was a guest presenter at the Australian Logie Awards of 2007 on May 6, 2007, and was a guest on Rove Live.[10]

Weatherly made his directing debut with the season-eight episode of NCIS titled "One Last Score", which aired March 1, 2011, and also directed the NCIS season-10 episode "Seek" which aired March 19, 2013.

He portrayed Jesus Christ in a YouTube video that also featured comedian Sarah Silverman and was sponsored by a pro-choice organization.[11]

CBS announced in January 2016 that Weatherly would be leaving NCIS after 13 seasons of starring as main character Anthony DiNozzo.[12] At the same time, the network announced he would star in a new series called Bull in fall 2016, loosely based on the real-life trial consultancy of Dr. Phil McGraw.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Weatherly married his Loving/The City co-star Amelia Heinle in February 1995.[2] Their son, August, was born in 1996.[2][14] They divorced in 1997.[2]

During filming of Dark Angel in January 2000, Weatherly began a relationship with co-star Jessica Alba, leading to their engagement in 2001. The relationship ended in August 2003.[15][16]

Weatherly married internist Dr. Bojana Jankovic on September 30, 2009.[15] The couple live in Manhattan with their two children, a daughter, Olivia, and a son, Liam.[4][17]

Weatherly is the uncle of actress Alexandra Breckenridge.[10]

Sexual harassment[edit]

In January 2019, CBS made a $9.5 million settlement with actress Eliza Dushku after she was fired from a recurring role on Bull, after informing producers of Weatherly's inappropriate behavior on the set.[18] According to documents from the official mediation, Weatherly was recorded on video making comments about spanking Dushku over his knee, soliciting a threesome, alluding to sexual assault in his "rape van," and other inappropriate remarks.[19] After Dushku spoke with producers, Weatherly texted CBS Television Studios' president David Stapf saying he wanted to talk about Dushku's sense of humor, though Stapf pushed back saying "Ms. Dushku made the show better."[19] Days later, showrunner Glenn Caron terminated her expected role on the show despite opposition from studio executives.[18][19] The settlement amount was calculated to compensate Dushku for loss of earnings from her planned promotion to series regular, citing "well-developed plans" to make her a regular cast member following her three-episode guest appearance.

In December 2019 when the settlement was reported, Weatherly publicly apologized for the comments. Dushku responded that Weatherly broke the terms of their settlement by speaking to the press and characterized his apology as "more deflection, denial, and spin."[19]


Weatherly on the set of NCIS in 2008


Year Film Role
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Dean Sparks
1998 The Last Days of Disco Hap
1999 Winding Roads Mick Simons
2000 Gun Shy Dave Juniper
The Specials Verdict, Crusader Industries
2001 Venus and Mars Cody Battle Vandermeer
Trigger Happy Bill
2005 Her Minor Thing Tom Lindeman
2010 Charlie Valentine Danny Valentine


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Cosby Show Theo's Roommate Episode: "Theo's Final Final"
1992–1995 Loving Cooper Alden Unknown episodes
1995–1996 The City Cooper Alden Unknown episodes
1996 Pier 66 Decker Monroe Television movie
1997 Asteroid Dr. Matthew Rogers Television movie (NBC)
Spy Game James Cash Episode: "What Family Doesn't Have its Ups and Downs?"
1998 The Advanced Guard Kevin, Captive Television movie (Sci Fi); also known as The Colony
Significant Others Ben Chasen Recurring role; 6 episodes
Jesse Roy Recurring role; 6 episodes
1999 Charmed Brendan Rowe Episode: "When Bad Warlocks Turn Good"
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven James Horton Episode: "A Gathering Storm"
2000 Cabin by the Lake Boone Television movie (USA)
Grapevine Jack Vallone Episode: "Jack"
Ally McBeal Wayne Keeble Episode: "Sex, Lies and Second Thoughts"
2000–2002 Dark Angel Logan Cale Main role
2003 JAG NCIS Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo Jr. Episodes: "Ice Queen", "Meltdown" (NCIS backdoor pilot)
2003–2016 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo Jr. Main role (seasons 1–13)
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Robert Wagner Television movie (ABC)
2012 Major Crimes Thorn Woodson Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2014 Whose Line is it Anyway? Himself Contestant; 1 episode
Hollywood Game Night Himself Contestant; 2 episodes
NCIS: New Orleans NCIS Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo Episode: "Carrier"
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo Episode: "Blame It on Rio"
2016–present Bull Dr. Jason Bull Lead role[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Saturn Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series" – Dark Angel
  • 2002: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series" – Dark Angel

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1994: Nominated, "Hottest Male Star" – Loving
  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Younger Lead Actor" – Loving

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Choice TV Actor" – Dark Angel


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  3. ^ "Ruth Hetherington Obituary". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Kowalski, Kristine Hope (October 30, 2013). "Michael Weatherly Baby Born: NCIS Actor Welcomes a Son Named Liam". HollywoodLife.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Catlin, Roger (April 7, 2005). "After `Dark,' There's `ncis'". Hartford Courant. Hartford, CT. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Alumni Shield Award". Brooks School. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Book, Ryan (October 16, 2013). "NCIS Stars Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette Discuss Original Songs for Television Show's Soundtrack". Music Times. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Michael Weatherly - A Taste of Honey: Sukiyaki - karaoke video". Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Abrams, Natalie (November 2, 2009). "NCIS: Robert Wagner to Play Tony's Dad". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "NCIS star continues Aussie love affair". ninemsn.com.au. May 10, 2007. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Wayne McClammy (Director) (January 21, 2014). Sarah Silverman is visited by Jesus Christ. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 5, 2016). "Michael Weatherly Leaving NCIS". TVLine. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (16 March 2016). "NCIS' Michael Weatherly to Play Dr. Phil in CBS Drama Pilot Bull". tvline.com.
  14. ^ "Michael Weatherly: My Wife, Kids and Becoming a Better Man". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  15. ^ a b Wang, Cynthia (May 24, 2010). "Weatherly Report". People. 73 (20). Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Jessica Alba". People. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Leon, Anya (April 11, 2012). "NCIS: Michael Weatherly Welcomes Daughter Olivia". People. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Behind CBS's Secret $9.5 Million Settlement With the Actress Eliza Dushku". The New York Times. 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  19. ^ a b c d "Eliza Dushku: I worked at CBS. I didn't want to be sexually harassed. I was fired - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  20. ^ "NCIS' Michael Weatherly to Play Dr. Phil in CBS Drama Pilot Bull". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-04-08.

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