NCIS LA’s Nell and Kensi stars lead tributes as show’s director Terrence O’Hara dies
NCIS LA and NCIS director Terrence O’Hara died at the age of 76 on Monday, December 5, his daughter confirmed in a heartbreaking Instagram post.
Terrence O’Hara was a firm fixture across the NCIS universe, lending his directing talents to both the flagship CBS drama and spin-offs NCIS Los Angeles and NCIS New Orleans. His death was announced by his daughter Maddie on Friday, December 9 and a number of actors O’Hara has worked with have led tributes to mourn and celebrate the gifted director.
O’Hara’s daughter penned in a lengthy statement on Instagram: “On Monday, December 5th, my dad passed away. I never thought I’d be writing those words— it’s surreal.
“I’ve always imagined him walking me down the aisle, watching his grandkids grow up, and getting old at the lake with my mom. But cancers a b***h, and his life was cut too short.”
The youngster revealed her dad had been battling cancer for five years, “working, fighting, and smiling through it”.
“God I miss this man, we had so much more to do together. I miss his hugs, I miss seeing him every day, I miss everything about him,” she continued.
She signed off: “Dad- I love you more than you can ever imagine; your support, guidance, and love has given me the world, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I know you’re dancing and directing and laughing up a storm now.”
A number of fans of O’Hara’s work quickly shared their messages of condolences, including some of the stars he worked closely with over the years.
Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi Blye in NCIS LA, replied to the post: “A mentor, friend and greater encourager.
“Sailor mouth and all… which was actually what I looked forward to when I knew he was directing us next. The best. Truly the best. And such a proud pops of yours… To Big T,” she added alongside a love heart emoji.
Elsewhere, Renee Felice Smith, who played Nell Jones in CBS’ NCIS LA, echoed: “Your dad was my absolute favorite,” she said, followed by a series of love heart and praying emojis.
The Blacklist stalwart Hisham Tawfiq also weighed in: ”Condolences to you and your family. Great man.”
While Grimm actor David Giuntoli added: “I’m so sorry Maddie. Your father was an extraordinary man. He touched so many lives.
“Gave and received so much respect on set. I will miss him dearly. All of my love to you and your family.” (sic)
And fellow Grimm star Elizabeth Tulloch paid tribute: “We are so sorry Maddie. We loved him so much,” followed by a love heart emoji.
O’Hara had become a familiar figure behind the scenes of the NCIS universe having director almost 90 episodes across LA, NOLA and the flagship series.
He also directed a number of episodes of NBC’s James Spader-led thriller, The Blacklist.
As well as the aforementioned Grimm, O’Hara also worked on Rosewood, Lie to Me, King & Maxwell and The Finder.
O’Hara’s last NCIS episode came at the end of season 19 after he directed episode 21, Birds of a Feather.
His final NCIS LA episode was in season 13 where he directed episodes 11 and 13.
CBS has a three-way historic crossover event in the pipeline on January 9 as NCIS, NCIS LA and NCIS Hawaii join forces.
NCIS season 20 returns to CBS on Monday, January 9. A UK release date is yet to be announced.