The NCIS cast and crew paid tribute to showrunner Gary Glasberg who passed away on September 28 during this week’s episode titled “Privileged Information.”
On Tuesday, the CBS naval crime series added an end card to the second episode of Season 14 to pay tribute to Glasberg, who died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 50.
The same tribute card used during the episode was posted over the show’s official Twitter account a day after news broke about Glasberg’s death.
It will also be aired during the next episode of NCIS: New Orleans slated for October 11 while USA Network opted to add an “In Memory Of Gary Glasberg” line during the entire NCIS marathon aired over the weekend.
How Gary Glasberg Landed A Job at NCIS
NCIS welcomed Glasberg to the team in 2009 as a co-executive producer and writer for Season 7 where he later earned the title of being an executive producer for the show.
During the show’s Season 9, Glasberg became the showrunner after Shane Brennan left to launch NCIS: Los Angeles. He and Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, later created the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans.
Earlier in his career, Glasberg wrote comic books and animations for Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Disney, Fox, and Hanna-Barbera. He also wrote for television shows such as Shark, Crossing Jordan, The Mentalist, and Bones.
His passing was sudden and shocked many of his co-workers, especially CBS and the cast of NCIS.
NCIS Cast and Crew On Glasberg’s Death
In an interview with Variety, CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller expressed his regret at the passing of the NCIS showrunner.
“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg”
Geller described Glasberg as a “cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader” and noted his most memorable characteristics as a person who emitted “warmth and kindness” by people who surround him.
In the same manner, CBS Television Studios President David Stapf revealed how the entire company was crushed by the loss of a talented and kind executive producer.
“He epitomized the word ‘mensch’ and brought kindness, integrity, and class to everything he did. His remarkable talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his ability to connect with people,” Stapf said.
“Gary was a beloved member of our family and we are so honored that he called CBS his home for so many years”
Leaving his wife, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and sons Dash and Eli, Glasberg will truly be missed with loving friends expressing their sadness for his unexpected death.
“His sense of humor and deeply compassionate nature made him a great writer, for sure, but more important, one of the greatest friends or family members you could ever hope to have,” said producer Sarah Timberman and close family friend to the Glasbergs.
“It’s hard to put into words the loss suffered by all who love him.”
Others who were able to experience working with him were also saddened by his untimely death, including Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins who had also become close to Glasberg.
“He had a good mind for puzzles and how to move a story through a great twist and keep it going,” Nevins said, recalling Glasberg’s work with him in Shark between 2006 and 2008.
He also noted how Glasberg was loved by all especially the writers with whom he shared valuable creative juice in the most generous way.
His agent, Ann Blanchard, described Glasberg as a man who “had a strong sense of being present for every person who came along in his world,” and noted how the NCIS showrunner made it a point to treat everybody equally.
“He believed everybody was deserving of his time and respect.”
The NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans cast also took to Twitter to express how they felt about Glasberg’s death.
Our hearts are collectively broken. Our #NCIS show runner and boss Gary Glasberg has passed away. In shock and sadness. There are no words.— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) September 28, 2016
What sad a day this is. Gary Glasberg was a gentle man and gentleman loved by so many people. Send your love to his family.— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) September 28, 2016
We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of our leader and friend Gary Glasberg. To my NCIS family, I wish I was with u on set today.— Rocky Carroll (@RockyCOfficial) September 28, 2016
Dear Gary Glasberg. I will so miss his intelligence, enthusiasm and joy.— Joe Spano (@FornellNCIS) September 28, 2016
Incredibly sad day for the NCIS and NCISNOLA family. He literally changed the course of my life, and was a true joy to be around. RIP Gary. https://t.co/y8tP02GNfb— Rob Kerkovich (@RobKerkovich) September 28, 2016
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