8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘NCIS’ Star Rocky Carroll
6. Getting Started
While many actors seem to fall into acting, Rocky Carroll is one of those who seem to have been destined for it. In an interview in 2011, the actor revealed that his journey into acting is all because of location. “I think it has more to do with location than anything else. When I grew up in Cincinnati in 1974, the Board of Education set up the performing school, similar to the New York performing arts school and it was in walking distance from my school. So the art teacher at the elementary school that I was already going to said, ‘You’re a class clown. You’re always getting in trouble for being obnoxious. So audition for this school.’ And literally, that’s how it happened… I went in and from grade 6 through the rest of my education.”
5. Other Work
Although Leon Vance is the role many fans associate Rocky Carroll to now, that wasn’t always the case. After making his way to on-camera roles, Carroll’s big break came in the early ’90s comedy-drama series Roc which Carroll starred in as Joey Emerson, the freeloading brother of Charles ‘Roc’ Emerson. After the series ended, he lent his voice to the hugely popular animated series Gargoyles in 1995 and 1996 and once again starred on a hit series with Chicago Hope from 1996-2000 as Dr. Keith Wilkes. Of course, after getting his start on NCIS in 2008, he has now appeared in a few episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans as well.