Samantha Ryan

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Samantha Ryan
Gender: Female   Female
Status: Alive
Portrayed by: Jamie Lee Curtis
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Psych Out (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Till Death Do Us Part (episode).
List of Appearances

Dr. Samantha Ryan is the head of DoD PsyOps Division who was in a relationship with Leroy Jethro Gibbs, an NCIS Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Dr. Ryan also participates in missions known as Military Information Support Operations (MISO), or what was previously known as PSYOPS (Psychological Operations). The purpose of PSYOPS is either to inform or at worst, manipulate a target audience (about winning "hearts and minds").



Not much of Ryan's past is known but at some point, she met and married Liam Dunham with the two having a son, Parker Wayne.

Unfortunately, the marriage didn't last long due to Dunham's criminal past and as such, Ryan divorced him, taking custody of Parker while Dunham was eventually imprisoned.

NCIS Season 9

Ryan made her debut appearance in the Season 9 episode, Psych Out (episode).

In The Tell (episode), it was revealed that she has at least one unnamed sister.

Ryan also helped the team with a case regarding Harper Dearing, a businessman/terrorist who sought revenge against the Navy for the death of his son, Evan Dearing.

Unfortunately, after Dearing arranged for the release of her ex-husband, Liam Dunham from jail, Ryan presumably resigned from her position at the DoD and fearing that her ex who had been imprisoned would come after them, Ryan along with her young son, Parker Ryan were forced to flee for good while Ryan also permanently ended her relationship with Gibbs much to Gibbs's own dismay.





  • In SWAK (episode), Tony spoke about Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish Called Wanda.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon previously guest-starred alongside one another in the film, "Freaky Friday".
  • During her numerous guest appearances on NCIS, Jamie Lee Curtis was credited as a Special Guest Star.

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