‘NCIS’: Who Plays the Younger Ducky in Season 18 Flashbacks?

NCIS recently took us on a trip down memory lane. We got to see the story of how Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Ducky (David McCallum) met. Who is the actor who plays the younger version of Ducky? Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows.

‘NCIS’ Season 18 flashback

Adam Campbell on the set of NCIS | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Adam Campbell on the set of NCIS | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

NCIS Season 18, Episode 2, titled “Everything Starts Somewhere,” gave us a peek into how Gibbs and Ducky met. One sweet thing that’s mentioned is how Ducky saved Gibbs and Shannon’s relationship.

Gibbs broke up with Shannon, but Ducky convinced him to reconsider. Gibbs went on to marry Shannon and have a child. Unfortunately, Shannon and their daughter, Kelly, were later murdered by drug dealer Pedro Hernandez.

Gibbs and Ducky are so close because of their history together. Gibbs doesn’t trust many people, but he grew to trust and respect Ducky. They became good friends and that helps their working relationship today.

Who plays the younger Ducky in the ‘NCIS’ Season 18 flashback?

Mark Harmon and David McCallum | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon and David McCallum | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

The actor who plays the younger Ducky is Adam Campbell. He made his television acting debut in a 2004 episode of Commando Nanny, in which he played the role of Nick. In 2006. Campbell played Peter Jackson in the TV movie Making a Spoof. He made his film acting debut in the movie Date Movie that same year. The following year, he appeared in Epic Movie.

Campbell is also known for his appearances in Great News, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and 2 Broke Girls. He made his first appearance as the younger Ducky in 2014, during NCIS Season 12, Episode 3, titled “So It Goes.”

Mark Harmon’s thoughts on the 400th episode of ‘NCIS’

Mark Harmon says this episode, which marks NCIS’ 400th episode, is a “reward” for long-time viewers of the show.

“The fanbase of this show should like this episode,” says Harmon during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I know when [showrunner] Steve Binder wrote it, it was something he had in mind to, in some ways, reward the audience a little bit — people who have been tracking this show for as long as they had and highlighting those two characters.”

Despite delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harmon told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frasier that his goal was to move forward and try to give the viewers a performance they would enjoy. He says he wanted to “lock in” to what the show is really about.

“So much of what I do here is based on getting a script and reading it and then trying to attack it as it is as a script,” says Harmon. “The fact that we had a lot of months to think about the 400th episode with how it ended last year for us here, four shows short, think everybody was pleased to come back and try to lock into what this show was and is, and what we are trying to do.”

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