Anthony (Tony) DiNozzo
Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo comes from a wealthy family from New York. He is an only child but has been cut off from his family's fortune - similar to Michael Weatherly in real life.
He attended Rhode Island Military Academy as a teenager, and graduated from The Ohio State University, where he played basketball, with a BA in Physical Education.
He has worked in three different police departments - Peoria, Philadelphia, and Baltimore - staying in each location for an average of two years.
At the end of his stint with Baltimore homicide, he was hired by NCIS (prior to the pilot)
Tony is written as a streetwise, smart-aleck, promiscuous former homicide detective.
He is a flirt who does not respect personal boundaries, going so far as to rifle through his colleagues' possessions, both at work and in their homes, and listen in on private phone calls.
Although Tony is in his late 30s or early 40s, he is typically written as possessing a juvenile sense of humor that manifests itself in many ways - pranks, name-calling, etc.
Tony delights in quoting movies in everyday life.
Although his immature behavior often gets Tony into trouble, he also demonstrates himself to be an insightful agent when the need arises.
Tony's coworkers often display visible frustration with his antics, but just the same, throughout the series Tony has been shown to be very loyal to his coworkers at NCIS, particularly his supervisor, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Parsons: After spending a few hours in a car with him I can say that Agent DiNozzo is a capable investigator..
Ziva: More than capable. Unfortunately he can also be quite a child.
Tony: This was a mistake.
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Ziva: This is Gibbs' boat.
Abby: This is the crime scene! It was flown here on a C130 cargo plane along with two bodies and all the evidence, and now it is mine. It is all mine! So I can figure out the mystery!
McGee: What mystery? Who the dead guys were?
Ziva: Or who killed them.
Tony: Or how they ended up on the boat.
Abby: Sure, you guys should work on that! While I figure out how he got it out of the basement!
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McGee: Rule number 70 - keep digging till you hit bottom.
Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.
[voiceover] Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.McGee
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