Donald P. Bellisario is an American veteran TV producer and screenwriter, who is known to be the screenwriter of the TV series Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, Tales of the Gold Monkey and NCIS. Donald has created ten TV series, out of which CBS' NCIS is the only airing show that also stars Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon, Sean Murray. It is the seventh longest-running scripted primetime TV series in the US (16 seasons as of 2018).
Alike his enormous professional life, his love life is also equally exquisite. Donald has been married four times, and finally looks like he has settled with his fourth wife, Vivienne Bellisario. Donald, 63, and Vivienne are married for 20 years now.
Donald P. Bellisario married his fourth wife Vivienne on November 27, 1998. Vivienne was already a mother of two, Chad Murray and Sean Murray, before settling down with Donald. Vivienne welcomed Sean with a guy a named Craig Harland Murray and Chad with Rex Murray.
Following their marriage, Donald took care of two step-sons. Chad is the producer of NCIS: Los Angeles and Sean is a TV actor, who plays Timothy McGee in NCIS. Finally, Donald has settled after his share of ups and downs in his personal life.
Donald was first married to Margaret Schaffran. They tied the knot in 1956 and divorce in 1974. Donald and Margaret have four kids together, Joy Bellisario Jenkins, Leslie Bellisario Ingham, David Bellisario, and Julie Bellisario Watson.
David is a producer for NCIS: Los Angeles, while Julie is a producer for NCIS.
Donald's second marriage was with Lynn Halpern, which lasted only five years until their divorce in 1984. They tied the knot in 1979 and had a son from their relationship, Michael Bellisario. Michael has also played a character in Donald's TV series JAG.
His third marriage came with Deborah Pratt, which lasted for six years from 1984 to 1991. Donald and Deborah are parents to two children, Troain Bellisario, and Nicolas Bellisario.
@ABCFpll love how you have taken care of my daughter Troian— Donald Bellisario (@DonPBellisario) October 28, 2014
Deborah is an actress, who once appeared in TV series Airwolf. Troian has also appeared in minor roles in multiple of Donald's TV series and plays that also includes Pretty Little Liars. Troain is currently married to her longtime boyfriend and Suits star, Patrick J. Adams.
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Donald was born in Cokebury, Pennsylvania, to an Italina-American father, Albert Jethro Bellisario and Dana Bellisario. Prior to taking on the entertainemnt industry, Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years from 1955 to 1959. In 1965, Donald served as an advertising copwrtier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the 80s, Donald co-created the TV series Magnum, Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS.
Donald wrote and directed the 1988 feature film Last Rites. In 2004, Donald received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was aired in the Season 9 of JAG episode titled Trojan Horse. In 2007, Donald retired from NCIS, which had premired in 2002. However, Donald retained the title of exective producer of NCIS.
So thankful with u guys who made @ABCFpll Our Home, Thank you Guys For Being the best crew!! And for all your Love. pic.twitter.com/XCPtVPh9Rz— Pretty Little Liars (@worldwide_PLL) October 28, 2014
Donald currently runs Belisarius Productions. Over years of his involvement in the industry, Donald has managed a net worth of $30 million, as of 2018.
In 2001, Penn State named Donald a Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor given to a graduate. On October 27, 2016, Donald earned a Visionary Award at the UCLA Neurosurgery Visionary Ball and on April 21, 2017, the Pennsylvania State Univerity Board of Trusts voted to rename the college of communications as the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.