LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Gary Glasberg, the executive producer and showrunner of “NCIS,” died in his sleep Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 50.
The New York native was also the executive producer and creator of “NCIS: New Orleans.” His additional television credits include “Shark,” “The Mentalist,” “Crossing Jordan,” “The $treet” and “Bones.”
He was married for 20 years to television producer and screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and they have two sons, Dash and Eli.
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. “NCIS” will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day,” the “NCIS” cast and crew said in a statement.
“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for “NCIS,” CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Mimi, his two sons and all his family and friends,” added Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment.
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gary Glasberg. 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. Gary was a beloved member of our family and we are so honored that he called CBS his home for so many years. Our hearts go out to his wife, Mimi, two sons, his entire family and all those who loved him,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios.