He has also made guest appearances on the spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.Tony is scripted as the senior field agent of the fictional Major Case Response Team (MCRT) led by Gibbs.In general overview, he is renowned for providing comic relief for an otherwise serious drama show, regularly spouting movie trivia, and, especially in the early seasons, being a womanizer who fears commitment.The death of Sasha Alexander's character, Ex-Secret Service Agent turned NCIS agent Caitlin Todd, in the second season finale and his relationship with Cote de Pablo's character, Mossad officer turned NCIS agent Ziva David, who is introduced in the third season, becomes fundamental to his subtle shift in attitude.The character drew mixed reactions from the audience.According to Bellisario, Tony was often criticized by the female audience at the beginning of the show's run for his chauvinism.A former police detective, he is athletic and charismatic—at least, when not being snarky/smarmy—he describes himself as a former jock, and often leads crime scene investigations; when not at work he is a movie buff.Over the course of the show, he carries a few storylines, namely an undercover assignment that carries through Season 4 and into Season 5.
By 2011, Weatherly was listed among the top 10 most popular actors on primetime television, according to Q Score.
I first met him in Australia, where he was doing the Natalie Wood story, and he was playing RJ.
Michael Weatherly was cast for the role of Tony Di Nozzo in 2003.
Series creator Don Bellisario related the events that led to Weatherly being selected: "I liked him from the first moment I met him.
An original character created by producer Donald P.
Bellisario, he is credited in 306 episodes of the series, appearing in 305.