NCIS producer Gary Glasberg has passed away aged 50.
CBS said Glasberg, who also created spin-off NCIS: New Orleans, died in his sleep.
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the NCIS cast said in a statement. “
“NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”
The New York City native began his career writing comic books and working on animated series for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Disney and Nickelodeon.
He segued into drama by the early 1990s, working on the staff of such series as UPN’s Swift Justice and Mercy Point, CBS’ L.A. Doctors and Fox’s The Street.
Gary Glasberg was the showrunner for NCIS
In loving memory of Gary Glasberg. https://t.co/kubHizmQSm pic.twitter.com/ToCjFHQ4Ad
— NCIS (@NCIS_CBS) September 28, 2016
Glasberg’s reputation as a writer-producer grew as he advanced to supervising producer and co-exec producer status on such series as NBC’s Crossing Jordan, CBS’ Shark and Fox’s Bones.
He joined NCIS in 2009 and was upped to exec producer the following year. He had been showrunner of NCIS since 2011.
Last year, Glasberg created the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans, toplined by Scott Bakula.
On Glasberg’s watch, NCIS has maintained its status as TV’s most-watched drama series for the past seven years. Now in its 14th season, NCIS last season averaged 20.4 million viewers and 3.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49.
Glasberg’s survivors include his wife of 20 years, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and two sons, Dash and Eli. He is also survived by his father, Edwin Glasberg, and a sister, Mindy Glasberg.
Our hearts are collectively broken. Our #NCIS show runner and boss Gary Glasberg has passed away. In shock and sadness. There are no words.
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) September 28, 2016
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“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.”
A host of NCIS stars also took to Twitter to pay their respects.
“Our hearts are collectively broken,” actress Pauley Perrette penned. “Our NCIS show runner and boss Gary Glasberg has passed away. In shock and sadness. There are no words.
Another “NCIS” actor, Joe Spano, added, “I will so miss his intelligence, enthusiasm, and joy.
Dear Gary Glasberg. I will so miss his intelligence, enthusiasm and joy.
— Joe Spano (@FornellNCIS) September 28, 2016
“NCIS: New Orleans” actress Shalita Grant wrote, “A sad day. You touched so many lives and careers. An awesome boss and a wonderful man. May you rest in peace Gary!”
Her costar, Rob Kerkovich, added, “Incredibly sad day for the NCIS and NCISNOLA family. He literally changed the course of my life, and was a true joy to be around. RIP Gary.”
“We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of our leader and friend Gary Glasberg,” NCIS actor Rocky Carroll wrote. “To my NCIS family, I wish I was with u on set today.”
Melinda McGraw, known as Diane Sterling in NCIS wrote, “Heart broken to hear of Gary Glasberg’s passing and sending love to his family and NCIS family.”
“May prayers be with your two young boys, you changed my life. Period,” wrote NCIS actor Duane Henry.
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