If you’ve seen NCIS Season 1, Episode 1, you likely remember seeing a character who looks just like George W. Bush. Who is this man? Here’s everything Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about the actor who played former President George W. Bush in NCIS Season 1, Episode 1.
What happened during ‘NCIS’ Season 1, Episode 1
The very first episode of NCIS aired September 23,
2003. In this episode, Gibbs and the team are tasked with figuring out how a Navy
officer died. After the officer eats dinner with President George W. Bush, he collapses
and dies right in front of Agent Kate Todd (Sasha
Alexander). At the time, Todd is working with the Secret Service, but after
she resigns, Gibbs offers her a job working for NCIS.
Episode 1 features a much smaller team than we’re used to
seeing. Gibbs and Tony are the only agents featured. Agent Todd joins the group
during NCIS Season 1, Episode 2, titled Hung Out to Dry.
Who played George W. Bush in ‘NCIS’ Season 1, Episode 1?
The actor who played George W. Bush is the late Steve
Bridges. This isn’t the first time he played President Bush on the small screen.
In 2002, he played Bush in an episode of JAG
titled “Dangerous Game.”
Bridges was well-known for impersonating presidents and
members of the news media. Some of the people he impersonated include Barack
Obama, Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, and Rush Limbaugh. Bridges became so popular he
was invited to perform at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association
Bridges used wigs and prosthetics to create realistic
impersonations of celebrities. He became so skilled at his craft he was often cast
as George W. Bush on television shows and in movies. He also regularly appeared
on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. According to The
Associated Press, Bridges took great care to make sure his prosthetics
accurately portrayed the people he impersonated:
The makeup and prosthetics used for his Bush and Clinton routines were designed by Kevin Haney, who won an Academy Award for aging Dan Aykroyd in Driving Miss Daisy. The Obama prosthetics were created by Kazu Tsuji, who designed Jim Carrey’s Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Mari Enyart was Mr. Bridges’s makeup artist.
Steve Bridges’ movies and TV shows
Bridges made his acting debut in 1994 in an episode of the television
series Nurses titled “The One After the Earthquake.” In 2000, he
appeared in an episode of the television series The District titled “How
They Lived.” That same year, Bridges played George W. Bush in an episode of Whoopi.
He made his film debut in the 2008 movie Long Flat Balls, in which he
also played President Bush. His other acting credits include appearances in ER,
All That, and The Adventures of Umbweki.
Steve Bridges’ death
Bridges died suddenly on March 3, 2012 at the age of 48. He
was found in his home by his maid, according to The Associated Press.
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