Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll currently plays bad-ass Director Leon Vance on NCIS and its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles.

Carroll's  acting career is rooted in the theater, having graduated from the famed School for the Creative and Performing Arts, earning a B.F.A.

Determined to further his acting, he attended Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.

After graduating, Carroll decided to test the waters by moving to New York City, the heart of the theater community.

As part of Joe Papp's acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival, Carroll helped to open doors for actors of color, by taking on non-traditional roles that were rarely portrayed by Black actors in Shakespeare dramas.

Rocky is also known for portraying ne'er-do-well musician Joey Emerson on the FOX comedy-drama Roc. He also had a starring role as Dr. Keith Wilkes in the TV series Chicago Hope.

Carroll has guest starred in several other TV programs including The Agency, Boston Legal, Family Law, The West Wing, Law & Order, and The Game.

His film credits include Born on the Fourth of July, The Ladies Man, Crimson Tide, The Great White Hype, A Prelude to a Kiss, The Chase and Best Laid Plans.

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Birth Date:
Roscoe Carroll

NCIS Quotes

[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.


Abby: It's okay. Breena's fine. Breathe. Good. Now hurry up and get to the hospital because Breena is in labor.
McGee: Jimmy? Did you hear what she said? She just said Breena's having a baby. I think you broke him.