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Creator / Donald P. Bellisario

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"You're either you're a writer or you're not a writer. You're either born to write or you're not."

Donald Paul Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American producer, director, and screenwriter, known for creating the TV shows Magnum, P.I. (with Glen A. Larson), Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, First Monday (with Paul Levine), and NCIS (with Don McGill).

Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Most of his shows feature a protagonist or other main character who is a current or former member of the American armed forces, usually the Navy or Marine Corps; this is because Bellisario himself served in the Marines for four years. He just so happened to serve with Lee Harvey Oswald at the time, and used that in his work. Creator of the "Bellisarioverse".

Also uttered Bellisario's Maxim. He is the father of actress Troian Bellisario and the stepfather of Sean Murray (NCIS's Timothy McGeenote ).

Alternative Title(s): Donald Bellisario