• Brian Dietzen is an American actor best known for playing Dr. Jimmy Palmer in the ‘NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service’ TV series.
• He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre.
• Brian is married to Kelly Scooby and they have two children.
• His hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, golf, baseball, squash, playing video games, and travelling.
• He has a net worth of over $1 million and is active on social media networks, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 14, 1977
SpouseKelly Dietzen
FactStudied theater at the University of Colorado at Boulder's BFA acting program.

Who is Brian Dietzen? Wiki Bio

Brian Dietzen was born in Barrington, Illinois USA, on 14 November 1977, so under the zodiac sign of Scorpio and holding American nationality – Brian mostly became popular for playing Dr. Jimmy Palmer in the “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” TV series.

Education and early life

Brian’s parents moved to live in Colorado not long after he was born – very little is known of his mother and father, as Brian prefers to keep them away from the media’s attention.

He hasn’t talked about having any siblings, which is why he is believed to be an only child. Brian grew up wanting to become an actor. He first tried acting in elementary school, and was soon part of all the plays organized there – he continued this in high school, and after matriculation he enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre. As soon as he got his degree, Brian went on to work on his career as an actor.

Career as an actor

Brian started off on  stage, appearing in plays such as “Waiting for Godot” and “Equus” before becoming part of The Colorado Shakespeare Festival – he was part of the group for two years, before launching his career on the TV screen. His venture into the film industry began in 2002, when he was cast to play Owen in the “My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” TV series, and in the same year played David Caplan in the “Boston Public” TV series. The year 2003 saw Brian make his movie debut in “From Justin to Kelly”, actually his only role that year.

In 2004, Brian began playing Dr. Jimmy Palmer in the “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service”, and it was this role that brought him recognition in the film industry – he played a supportive character until 2012, when he was made part of the main cast, and is still shooting for the series today. In the same year, he played a ghost in the “Purgatory House” independent film. Next year in 2005, Brian appeared in the “Self-Inflicted” movie, and then took three years only focusing on appearing in “NCIS” – he won his next role in 2008 when he played a clerk in the “Hit Factor” TV series.

In 2009, he appeared in the “Nowhere to Hide” movie, and then in 2013 had his last role in a TV series when he played Mark Leighton in “Perception” – his last two appearances in movies were in “Every Second Counts” in 2015, and the “One-Minute Time Machine” short film in 2015 as well.

Love life and marriage

Brian is the kind of person who prefers to keep his personal matters to himself, and very little is known regarding his marriage. Brian met Kelly Scooby sometime in 2002 while he was still acting in theatre – it was Kelly who approached Brian after one of his performances, and the two were an instant match.

Brian Dietzen

They officially began dating about a month later, and in 2004 Brian got on his knee and asked Kelly to marry him, so… the wedding took place in Colorado that year and the two have apparently been living a happy life together ever since, as there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage. They are parents to two children but being as secretive as they are, neither Brian nor Kelly have shared any details regarding them, including their birth dates and names. Brian hasn’t talked about any other women he might have dated before Kelly, and it appears as she has been the only woman he has been interested in throughout the years.

Hobbies and interests

While his main focus is on his acting career, there are numerous other things Brian enjoys doing and is good at. Brian’s favorite season is winter, as he prefers to stay high up in the mountains rather than at the beach – he is an avid skier, while he also knows how to snowboard. He also participates at other sports with his friends and colleagues, such as golf, baseball, and squash and although he played football in high school, he completely gave up on it once he enrolled at college. He enjoys playing video games (which is not something his wife loves about him) – his favorite console is Xbox.

Both Brian and Kelly love to travel, and see this as their main hobby – they have so far been all around the US (mostly on road trips) and often upload pictures of their journeys onto their social media accounts. The two prefer to stay in natural areas including forests, mountains, and near lakes rather than to spend their time in big cities.

Appearance and net worth

Brian is currently 41 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, and is 6ft (1.83m) tall, while his weight is not known. According to authoritative sources, his current net worth has been estimated to be more than $1 million, most of which he has gathered thanks to his role in the “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service”.

Presence on the internet

Although not that popular (compared to other actors), Brian is very active on several social media networks, as he sees this to be important for his career as an actor.

He launched his Twitter account in April 2010, and has since gathered more than 200,000 followers and tweeted over 9,300 times. His Instagram account is currently followed by more than 45,000 people, while he’s uploaded over 110 pictures onto it – Brian is running a Facebook page as wel,l and it counts more than 370 fans.

General Info

Full NameBrian Dietzen
Date Of BirthNovember 14, 1977
Height1.83 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Actor, Dancer, Singer
EducationUniversity of Colorado Boulder


SpouseKelly Dietzen


MoviesFrom Justin to Kelly, One-Minute Time Machine, Purgatory House, Nowhere To Hide, Karaoke Man, Congratulations
TV ShowsMy Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, NCIS

Social profile links


1Currently working on NCIS (2003) on CBS, as "Jimmy Palmer", the M.E.'s assistant. [January 2009]
2Studied theater at the University of Colorado at Boulder's BFA acting program.
3Is a talented singer and dancer




NCIS2004-2017TV SeriesJimmy Palmer
NCIS: New Orleans2016TV SeriesJimmy Palmer
One-Minute Time Machine2014ShortJames
Perception2013TV SeriesMark Leighton
Karaoke Man2012Louis
NCIS: Special Agent DiNozzo Visits Dr. Phil2012TV MovieJimmy Palmer (uncredited)
Congratulations2012Jim Riley
Seymour Sally Rufus2011Seymour
Past Life2010TV SeriesCole
Nowhere to Hide2009Sheldon Wilkes
Destined to Fail2009TV SeriesClay
Hit Factor2008TV MovieClerk
Self-Inflicted2005William Simmons
Purgatory House2004Ghost
One on One2003TV SeriesBellhop
From Justin to Kelly2003Eddie
My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star2002TV SeriesOwen
Boston Public2002TV SeriesDavid Caplan


One-Minute Time Machine2014Short producer
Congratulations2012executive producer / producer


One Hit Wonderland2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
From Justin to Kelly2003performer: "The Luv' The Bounce", "That's the Way I Like It", "Brighter Star"




Favor2013special thanks
Part Time Fabulous2011very special thanks


NCIS - Season 13: The Difinitive Dinozzo2016Video shortHimself
The Price Is Right2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
NCIS: Season 12 - #1 Drama in the World2015ShortHimself
NCIS: Season 12 - Inside Season 122015ShortHimself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHimself
NCIS: Season 11 - Game Change2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Talk2013-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
10 Items or Less: 10 Random Looks at NCIS2013TV ShortHimself
NCIS: Season 10 - 10 Years Aft2013Video shortHimself / Jimmy Palmer
NCIS - Season 10: X Marks the Spot: A Look at Season X2013Video shortHimself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside NCIS2012TV Mini-Series shortHimself
Dr. Phil2012TV SeriesJimmy Palmer
The Morning After2012TV Series shortHimself - Guest
Casting Off2012Video shortHimself
Episode Two Hundred2012Video shortHimself
NCIS: Season 9 - Cast Roundtable2012Video shortHimself
Nine is Fine2012Video shortHimself
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin2012TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Purgatory House'2005Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

NCIS2011TV SeriesJimmy Palmer


Nominated Awards

2015FilmQuest CthulhuFilmQuest, USBest Actor - ShortOne-Minute Time Machine (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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