René Benoit

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René Benoit
D     E     C     E     A     S     E     D
Gender: Male   Male
Died: September 2007
Status: Deceased- died after being shot in the head by NCIS Director Jenny Shepard.
Portrayed by: Armand Assante
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Blowback (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Bury Your Dead (episode).
List of Appearances

René Benoit, also known as La Grenouille ("the Frog" in French), was a French national and an illegal arms dealer whom Jenny Shepard spent over a decade trying to catch as she believed that he had murdered her father, Colonel Jasper Shepard, and later developed an obsession with capturing him, even recruiting NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo to go undercover and form a relationship with René's daughter, Dr. Jeanne Benoit.



Much of Benoit's past remains shrouded in mystery but what is known is that he was born in France and that he had three children.

At some point, Benoit opted to become an international arms dealer with Benoit himself becoming one of the biggest arms dealer in the world and earning the nickname, "La Grenouille"/the Frog.

NCIS Season 4

NCIS Season 5

In the Season 5 premiere episode, Bury Your Dead (episode), it was revealed that René Benoit knew about Tony's undercover operation and also about Tony's true identity.

He forced Tony to talk to Jeanne with Tony reluctantly divulging everything which left Jeanne in a state of denial and disbelief.

Hours after his driver, Henri Rousseau had been killed in an explosion, La Grenouille visited Jenny Shepard and admitted that he had paid Jenny's father, Colonel Jasper Shepard to take a bride.

La Grenouille sought protection from his enemies due to the fact that he could also no longer trust Trent Kort but Jenny personally refused the request out of spite.


La Grenouille's body in the river. From the Season 5 premiere episode, "Bury Your Dead".

At the end of the episode, La Grenouille's body was seen floating in a canal with a single gunshot wound in the center of La Grenouille's forehead.

La Grenouille's remains were later removed from the canal and an autopsy performed on his remains.

Jeanne was interviewed and told the FBI that she'd seen DiNozzo kill her father.

As such, in Internal Affairs (episode), the entire NCIS Major Case Response Team fell under investigation for the crime with FBI agent Tobias Fornell being given the task of interviewing all the members of the team while then Assistant Director Leon Vance oversaw things.

Upon a further interrogation which Jenny personally conducted, Jeanne admitted that she hadn't witnessed the killing.

Jenny was later suspended from her duties, resulting in Vance becoming the acting Director of NCIS.

CIA agent Trent Kort brought the investigation to a halt by claiming that the agency was responsible for La Grenouille's death in a "sanctioned" action. Gibbs was not convinced, continued investigating, and found forensic evidence suggesting that Director Shepard had been the one who had killed La Grenouille but he buried the evidence. It is proven that La Grenouille's assassin used Director Shepard's gun to kill him. Shepard, however, claimed that La Grenouille took the gun when he left her home.

While Kort confessed to murdering La Grenouille, it was further suggested that Shepard herself killed La Grenouille when Gibbs remembered that he saw La Grenouille put her gun on the table before he left.

In Judgment Day Part 1 (episode), after receiving the file from Fornell, Gibbs examined the evidence once again and after glancing at a single bullet later discovered that the bullet which had a mark on it was a match to shell casings found at the crime scene, confirming his theory that it had been Jenny, not Kort who had killed the Frog, although Gibbs was not able to talk to Jenny as she later died from wounds sustained in a gunfight at a diner in the Mojave Desert, which occurred in May 2008.


In Loose Cannons (episode), a bullet found in a dead criminal's spine was discovered to be tied to Rene Benoit.



Benoit was a tall man in his late fifties, early sixties with slightly gray/silver hair and brown eyes.



Jeanne Benoit


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