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Donald Bellisario net worth: Donald Bellisario is a prolific American television producer who has a net worth of $250 million. Donald Bellisario is most famous for having created the television shows NCIS, JAG, Magnum PI and Quantum Leap. Bellisario was born on August 8, 1935 in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the Marines for four years between 1955 and 1959 before earning a bachelors degree from Penn State where he majored in journalism. Bellisario's first job after graduating was as a copywriter for an agency. In the early 1970s he moved from Pennsylvania to Hollywood to pursue his dream of screenwriting. Bellisario would go on to create some highly successful and lucrative TV shows that have earned him a fortune in syndication. Magnum PI ran for eight seasons, Quantum Leap ran four seasons, JAG ran for 10 seasons and NCIS has run from 2003 to the present. All of these shows are still aired around the world in syndication every day.
Donald Paul Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS. He has often included military veterans as characters.
Bellisario was born in Charleroi or Cokeburg, Pennsylvania (sources differ) to an Italian father Albert and a Serbian mother Dana (nA(C)e LapA?eviA?) Bellisario who was born in Gamberale, Abruzzo, Italy. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959, attaining the rank of Sergeant.[citation needed]
Bellisario earned a bachelors degree in journalism at Pennsylvania State University in 1961. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Alumnusa??the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of Penn State. In 2006, Bellisario endowed a $1 million Trustee Matching Scholarship in the Penn State College of Communications. He recalled:
Bellisario became an advertising copywriter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1965, and three years later became creative director of the Bloom Agency in Dallas, Texas. After rising to senior vice president after eight years, he then moved to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting and production.
After working under such television producers as Glen A. Larson, Bellisario adopted some of their production techniques, most notably utilizing a small pool of actors which he uses for his many productions.[citation needed]
He has created several successful TV series, including Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap,JAG, and NCIS. Less-known creations include Tales of the Gold Monkey, Tequila & Bonetti, and First Monday. He was also a writer and producer on Black Sheep Squadron and the original Battlestar Galactica. He wrote and directed the 1988 feature film Last Rites.
One common theme running through the majority of Bellisario's work is the tendency for the protagonist to be a current or former member of the United States armed forces. Examples are Tom Selleck's character in Magnum, P.I.,

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Suits star Patrick J. Adams marries Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario as he drives guests in vintage bus to the romantic camping themed ceremony

Troian wore a gold crown and veil as she was walked down the aisle by her famed producer father Donald Bellisario, 81. A loud cheer could be heard as the couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife. In various snaps shared on Instagram the ...
Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:36 pm

CBS Wins Dismissal of Key Part of 'NCIS' Spinoff Lawsuit (Exclusive)

CBS Studios has successfully knocked out a key claim in the high-profile breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by JAG and NCIS creator Donald Bellisario over profits from the spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles. In a ruling issued Aug. 4 and obtained by The Hollywood ...
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Hollywood producer gives $30M to Penn State communications

Television producer and series creator Donald Bellisario (Penn State '61) provided the commencement address at the College of Communications spring graduation ceremony on May 7, 2016. Bellisario has created some of televisions most popular series including ...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 6:50 pm

Hollywood producer gives $30M to Penn State communications

The donation from Donald Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, will be used for the College of Communications, Penn State said in a statement. The donation is the fifth-largest in the school's history. Bellisario, a longtime supporter of the university ...
Posted: April 22, 2017, 1:21 am

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This piece originally appeared on Pajiba. Donald Bellisario is 78 years old, and he’s been making TV hits for more than 30 years. Consistently. He co-created Magnum, P.I., which ran from 1980-1988; created Airwolf, which ran from 1984-1987; created ...
Posted: December 11, 2013, 5:30 pm
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