Jackson Gibbs
D     E     C     E     A     S     E     D
Gender: Male   Male
Died: May 2014.
Status: Deceased - died from a stroke.
Portrayed by: Ralph Waite (regular Jackson Gibbs)
Clint Carmichael- (Young Jackson Gibbs in Heartland (episode)),
Andrew Lander (Young Jackson Gibbs in Better Angels (episode))
Rob Norton (Young Jackson Gibbs in Honor Thy Father (episode))
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Heartland (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Honor Thy Father (episode).
List of Appearances

Jackson Gibbs was a pilot in the United States Army Air Force and the father of Gunnery Sergeant-turned-NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.



Prior to the series, he married Ann Gibbs, and later fathered a son, naming him Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

NCIS Season 6Edit

Jackson first appeared in "Heartland". He met Ziva on the sidewalk outside the home of another townsperson, whom the team was interviewing, and they shared a polite conversation. When Gibbs exited the building, he quickly saw Jackson, and hesitantly introduced him to the team.

NCIS Season 7Edit

NCIS Season 8Edit

Jackson Gibbs was targeted by Paloma Reynosa. However, to her surprise, Jackson was ready for her and stood his ground. He aimed to kill her with his Winchester, but missed. The shot alerted the town and while Reynosa drew her sidearm, Jackson was certain that even if she shot him, his next shot wouldn't miss. She left, ordered her men to open fire, and then checked the wreckage of the store to find Jackson had gotten clear. He spent the next several months in protective custody at Gibbs's house.

NCIS Season 9Edit

NCIS Season 10Edit

NCIS Season 11Edit


  • On his Twitter, Jesse Stern revealed that actor James Garner was originally cast to play Jackson Gibbs but later suffered a stroke after reading the script for the Season 6 episode, Heartland (episode). As a result of that, Ralph Waite was given the role instead.

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