Creator of JAG, NCIS
In the late 1950s, Don Bellisario spent a four-year hitch in the Marine Corps that by his own admission he thought he'd want to forget. But he never did. Instead, the determined young man from Cokeburg, Pennsylvania, used his experiences in uniform to create, write, and produce a spate of military-related hit movies and TV shows—from Air Wolf and Magnum, P.I., to JAG and NCIS—that helped pave the way for Hollywood's move toward portraying the armed forces in a favorable light. Here's his own delightful story of how his frustrations during his active-duty days turned into fond memories—and loyalty—when he got out.