Sep. 22, 2009
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60 min.
CBS TV Network

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NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: LOS ANGELES is a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security.

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Special Agent G. Callen NCIS: Los Angeles
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Chris O' Donnell (born June 26th, 1970). He is the youngest child in his family with four sisters and ...

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Special Agent G. Callen, is the Supervising Agent for a team of NCIS Special Agents working in the Office of Special Projects.

G. Callen's formative years were spent in the foster care system until he attained majority at the age of eighteen. He possesses little knowledge about his birth and infancy, this is attested to by the fact that not even he knows what his given name is apart that it begins with the letter "G".

In the episode Pushback (1.7) we learn that Callen lived in more than thirty-seven foster homes starting from the age of five, the longest he stayed in one of them was only three months. We also learn about the family he stayed with for those three months - one of them is the Russian woman who was the last person Callen saw before he was shot. He was fourteen when he stayed with them, she was four, and we know that this was in 1983, which means that he was born in 1969.


Special Agent Callen's career with NCIS has included assignments in Serbia and Russia. On two separate occassions Callen's life was saved by Leroy Jethro Gibbs once in Serbia and once in Russia. Currently, Callen is serving as a member of Special Agent Lara Macy's team attached to the Office of Special Projects. At the conclusion of episode 6.22, Legends Part Two Special Agent Callen was wounded in a drive by shooting witnessed by Special Agent Sam Hanna, the motive for the shooting has not been disclosed, however the Russian woman next to his apartment is seen to have left immediately after his shooting, smiling. In episode 6.24 entitled "Semper Fidelis" Tobias Fornell inquires after Callen and Gibbs told him that Callen's condition was still critical. Callen survived the assassination attempt and unexpectedly returned to duty four months later. Callen was not expected to return to work for another month as noted by Henrietta Lange. Following Macy's reassignment departure Callen became the senior field agent in the Office of Special Projects Los Angeles office.

In the episode Past Lives Callen resumed an old undercover identity; where he spent six month undercover and formed a relationship which the suspect's sister, Kristin who he had not seen for four years. She now has a four year old son, who Callen suspected was his. Kristin later reveals she got pregnant just after Callen left and that he is not the father.

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03x07 - Honor
Season 3, Episode 07
07x16 - Matryoshka Part 2
Season 7, Episode 16
01x06 - Keepin' it real
Season 1, Episode 06
09x06 - Can I Get A Witness?
Season 9, Episode 06
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