‘NCIS’: Season 17, Episode 16 Has a Delightful Group of Guest Stars

NCIS Season 17, Episode 16, titled “Ephemera,” has an interesting plot and an entertaining guest star cast. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about the group of actors who starred alongside the main cast.

Who plays Arturo Amador in ‘NCIS’ Season 17, Episode 16?

Mark Harmon, Emily Wickersham, and Sean Murray on NCIS | Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon, Emily Wickersham, and Sean Murray on NCIS | Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images

During the opening of NCIS Season 17, Episode 16, we see retired Navy Master Chief Arturo Amador getting ready for what appears to be a date (we later find out it’s not a date). He chooses a tie, sprays some breath freshener, and feeds his dog before heading out the door. Who is this handsome gentleman?

Arturo Amador is played by actor Joe Renteria. He made his acting debut in the 1970 television series The Interns, in which he played Officer Lopez in an episode titled “An Afternoon in the Fall.” After that, he appeared in an episode of Brackens World, in which he played Ramon Delgado. He made his film debut in the 1973 movie Toke. From 2016 to 2017, Renteria had a recurring role in the series Queen of the South, in which he played Reynaldo. His other acting roles include appearances in ER, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, and Collateral Damage.

Who plays Bertha Jones-Delacroix?

K Callan attends the AFI FEST 2019 Presented By Audi | Tommaso Boddi/WireImage
K Callan attends the AFI FEST 2019 Presented By Audi | Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

Bertha Jones-Delacroix, the spunky aunt of Arturo’s fiancée, Annie, is played by actress K. Callan. She made her television acting debut in a 1962 episode of the television series Route 66. She made her film debut in the 1970 movie Joe. From 1979 to 1980, Callan appeared in the series Joe’s World, in which she played the character Katie Wabash. Her other acting roles include appearances in A Touch of Class, American Gigolo, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Who played Spencer Downing?

Gregory Itzin |  Rich Fury/Getty Images for Blake and White Films
Gregory Itzin | Rich Fury/Getty Images for Blake and White Films

Annie had a jealous brother named Spencer. He was next in line to lead his father’s company, but Annie is chosen instead. It is later revealed Spencer poisoned Annie with small doses of thallium until she died. Spencer Downing is played by actor Gregory Itzin.

Itzin made his television acting debut in a 1979 episode of Backstairs at the Whitehouse. After that, he appeared in an episode of Mork & Mindy titled “Dr. Morkenstein.” Itzin made his film debut in the movie Airplane! In 1989, the actor joined the cast of the television series The Nutt House! His other acting roles include appearances in Murphy Brown, Head of the Class, Jake and the Fatman, Matlock, JAG, and Hawaii Five-0.

Who played Deputy Director Marie Stanhope?

Arturo leaves a note and a valuable coin for his co-worker and friend Director Marie Stanhope. This character is played by actress Nike Doukas. She made her acting debut in a 1986 episode of The Twilight Zone titled “The Storyteller/Nightsong,” in which she played Heather. After that, she appeared in an episode of Falcon Crest titled “Flash Point.” Doukas made her film debut in the 1988 movie ’68. Her other acting roles include appearances in Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, and Criminal Minds.

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