Why did Director Tom Morrow actor Alan Dale leave @NCIS_CBS? #NCIS

NCIS has seen a number of directors come and go over the years. So why did actor Alan Dale give up his role in the drama?

PUBLISHED: 16:29, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:29, Thu, Sep 3, 2020

NCIS' current Director is Leon Vance (played by Rocky Carroll) a stern man who likes to stick by the rules. While he has been in NCIS for several many seasons now, there were a few others who sat in his chair before him. The journey actually started with Director Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) who led the team of agents.

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS.

Although Tom Morrow was the first director at NCIS, he had been in the position for many years and a key figure in the team.

He didn't feature in every episode during his time on the show but Tom always tried to ensure his team had as much help as possible.

While he was a stickler for playing by the book, he was skilled at the political side of the job, giving NCIS an edge over other agencies like the FBI and the Secret Service on investigations.

Unfortunately, his leadership came to an end after just two seasons.

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Why did Alan Dale leave NCIS?

In series two, fan favourite Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander) was killed by rogue agent Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin).

Her unexpected death left the entire team in mourning, including Tom.

Not too long after her passing, the Director announced to Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) he had been offered the position of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and had decided to take it.

Before he left, Tom gave Kate the Medal of Freedom as a sign of respect for her commitment to NCIS.

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