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John M. Jackson

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John M. Jackson
John Murice Jackson

(1950-06-01) June 1, 1950 (age 71)
Years active1981–present
Jana Gale Hawkins
(m. 1979)
Children2 (including Conor)

John Murice[1] Jackson (born June 1, 1950) is an American actor, best known for playing Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden on the CBS series JAG[2] and also as a special guest star on its spinoff NCIS and recurring cast to its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles.

John was forced to use his middle initial "M." for his professional name because there was already a "John Jackson" registered with the Screen Actors Guild when he joined the union and SAG rules prohibit two or more members from using exactly the same name.

Early life

Jackson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He played football and basketball at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, graduating in 1968. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Jackson taught social studies at LBJ High School in Austin, Texas.


Jackson started acting in his late 20s, at a community theater. In 1980, Jackson went to New York City, and later to Hollywood, to further his acting career. He had small roles in a number of television and motion picture productions, most notably a recurring role in the series Wiseguy. In 1986, he appeared in the TV film Blind Justice, starring Tim Matheson. In 1987, Jackson had a small role in the MacGyver episode "Birth Day" as LA police sergeant Meechum who recognizes MacGyver's flag help signal, saying he does so because he spent four years in the Navy. In 1992, Jackson played Captain West, a JAG officer, in the American drama film A Few Good Men.

In 1996, Jackson took on the role of Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (the Judge Advocate General of the Navy) in JAG, which he would continue to play for nine consecutive years. Jackson was Johnny B./Eli Ferguson in The Spitfire Grill. His mother was played by Ellen Burstyn.

Jackson had a recurring role as FBI Deputy Director Sam Cullen in the first season of Fox series Bones. Jackson appeared in the series finale of Jericho as the ambassador of Texas to the Allied States of America. Jackson portrayed C-130 pilot Gus in the NBC series Knight Rider and has recently appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Jackson returned to the role of retired admiral A.J. Chegwidden, now a civilian lawyer, in the NCIS season 10 finale, broadcast on May 14, 2013 and again as a recurring character on NCIS: Los Angeles in its 8th and 9th seasons.[3]

Personal life

Jackson is married to Jana Gale Hawkins Jackson. They have a son, former Major League Baseball player Conor Jackson, and a daughter, Katherine.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Back Roads Merle Credited as John Jackson
1983 Local Hero Cal Credited as John Jackson
1985 The Legend of Billie Jean Kenny's Father Credited as John Jackson
1986 The Hitcher Sergeant Starr Credited as John Jackson
1986 Sid and Nancy Lance Boyles, M.D. Credited as John Jackson
1990 Chinatown Connection P.C. Pete
1991 Eve of Destruction Peter Arnold
1991 Career Opportunities Bud Dodge
1992 A Few Good Men Captain West
1993 A Perfect World Bob Fielder
1994 Roswell Colonel Blanchard
1996 The Spitfire Grill Johnny B. / Eli
1996 The Glimmer Man Donald Cunningham
1998 Edge City Gary
2005 Homefront Marvin Short film
2008 West of Brooklyn Mr. Jensen
2017 Gifted Judge Edward Nichols


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Murder in Texas Waiter Television movie
1982 American Playhouse Mr Goodman Episode "Seguin"
1983 Adam Det. Jim Gibbons Television film
1984 License to Kill Officer Caskey Television film
1984 Celebrity Detective miniseries
1985 Not My Kid Parent Television film
1985 Right to Kill? Social worker Television film
1985 Crime of Innocence Police Officer Television film
1986 Blind Justice Porter Television film
1986 Kate's Secret Dick Television film
1987 Stillwatch Television film
1987 Roses Are for the Rich Dr. Clyde Andrews Television film
1987 In Self Defense Pete Television film
1987 Baby Girl Scott David Television film
1987 Eye on the Sparrow Marcus (as John Jackson) Television film
1987 Beauty and the Beast Laine Keller Episode: "An Impossible Silence"
1988 Baja Oklahoma Lee Steadman Television film
1988 Probe Sgt. Greenwald Episode: "Metamorphic Anthropoidic Prototype Over You"
1988 The Town Bully Cliff Clifford (as John Jackson) Television film
1988 Go Toward the Light Dr. Paxton Television film
1988 Dead Solid Perfect Grover Scomer Television film
1987-1989 Wiseguy Daryl Elias 7 episodes
1989 Traveling Man Joe Blagdon Television film
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Mr. Bergen Episode: "Elysian Fields"
1989 Cold Sassy Tree Hoyt (as John Jackson) Television film
1989 When He's Not a Stranger Woodward University Coach (as John Jackson) Television film
1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Ray Television film
1990 Family of Spies Arthur J. Walker Episode #1.1 and #1.2
1990 Sudie and Simpson Dr. Walter Stubbs (as John Jackson) Television film
1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story Curtis Television film
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Sergeant Patterson Episode #1.1
Episode #1.2
1991 Switched at Birth Ernest Twigg miniseries
1991 Shannon's Deal Episode: "Trouble"
1991 My Life and Times Frank Harper Episode: "The Collapse of '98"
1992 Northern Exposure Larry Coe (Bob) Episode: "Burning Down the House"
1992 A Thousand Heroes Lt. Colonel Dennis Nielsen Television film
1992 An American Story Sheriff McMillan Television movie
1992 Deadly Matrimony Chief Michael Corbitt Television film
1993 Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Raymond Reid Television film
1993 The American Clock Brewster (as John Jackson) Television film
1993 A Family Torn Apart Joe Hannigan Television film
1993 Boy Meets Girl Percy Television film
1994 Dead Man's Revenge Beesly Television film
1994 On Promised Land Albert Appletree Television film
1994 Roswell Colonel Blanchard Television film
1994 Without Warning Dale Powell (uncredited) Television film
1995 The Watcher Big Mike Jackson 2 episodes
1995 Kansas Harvey Purvis Television film
1995 Sisters Det. Blake Episode: "A Tough Act to Follow"
1996 Forgotten Sins Wayne Everett Television film
1996 Dark Skies Charles Pratt Episode: "The Awakening (Pilot)"
1995-1997 Party of Five Major Chase W. Holbrook 2 episodes
1996–2004 JAG Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden 186 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Hal Deacon Television miniseries
Episode: "We Interrupt This Program"
1999 JAG Chief Petty Officer Burns Episode: "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
2003 JAG Captain Chesborough Episode: "Each of Us Angels"
2005 Ghost Whisperer Miles Jensen Episode: "Voices"
2005–2006 Bones FBI Deputy Director Sam Cullen 6 episodes
2008 Without a Trace Quentin Richards Episode: "Article 32"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Russell Huntley Episode: "Long Ball"
2011 Castle Rod Halstead Episode: "Rise"
2014 Rizzoli & Isles Howard Ames Episode: "It Takes a Village"
2017–2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden(Ret) 6 episodes


  1. ^ Texas Birth Records at list son Conor Jackson's father's name as John Murice Jackson
  2. ^ Michaels, Taylor (November 7, 2004). "What Happened to John M. Jackson's A.J. Chegwidden on "JAG" This Season?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  3. ^ Roots, Kimberly (April 12, 2013). "NCIS Exclusive: A JAG Favorite to Return in This Season's 'Nail-Biter' of a Finale". TVLine. Retrieved February 24, 2021.

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