As the saying goes, behind every great man is a great woman. In the case of NCIS's Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, that woman is his first wife, Shannon, portrayed by Darby Stanchfield.
We only see Shannon Gibbs in flashbacks on NCIS, as she and their daughter Kelly were killed in a car accident arranged by a drug dealer that took place over a decade before the show is set. So even though NCIS seems to be playing whenever you turn on the TV, Stanchfield's Shannon isn't as familiar as some of the other characters.
However, there's a good chance you'll know Stanchfield from somewhere else. Here's why Shannon Gibbs from NCIS looks so familiar.
NCIS has consistently ranked as the most watched drama in the U.S. but it's far from the only hit show Stanchfield has been involved with. One of her very first TV jobs was on an episode of Angel, the spin-off of beloved supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Stanchfield also had a small role on everyone's favorite boxset of the '00s, 24, playing Mandy's ill-fated neighbor Shari. Elsewhere in the early-to-mid-2000s era of her career, Stanchfield popped up on That '80s Show, Monk, It's All Relative, Strong Medicine, Without a Trace, and Nip/Tuck.
Just before landing her NCIS gig, the actress secured a job on Jericho, CBS' post-apocalyptic action-drama that ran for just two seasons before it was cancelled. Stanchfield portrayed April Green, a doctor at a medical center in the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas. Her stint lasted just over a dozen episodes, with her character's arc ending in death.
From there, Stanchfield took over the character of Amelia Joffe on General Hospital for 10 episodes in 2007, and then booked a recurring role on the iconic drama series Mad Men. She played Helen Bishop, the divorcee who scandalized '60s suburbia, for five episodes on the first two seasons of the series.
It took a while for Stanchfield to land another character who came back for more than one episode, but she worked consistently on many well-known shows. She has had one-off appearances on Bones, Private Practice, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, and even How I Met Your Mother, on which she played the snobby former tenant of Marshall and Ted's apartment. Keep watching the video to see why Shannon Gibbs from NCIS looks so familiar.
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