Who is Fred Tate? The Person NCIS Season 20 Paid Tribute To

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Fred Tate
Who is Fred Tate?

Long-running crime drama series NCIS has been a fan favorite for decades now. The series made its way on CBS on September 23, 2003. NCIS is a spinoff of JAG, and the popularity of the show has spawned several spinoffs.

NCIS has made a record by being the third longest-running scripted prime-time television series. The series was renewed for a twentieth season which has already premiered last year in September. The newest episode of the show has given tribute to their beloved crew member. Who are we talking about? Let us find out who Fred Tate is.

Who is Fred Tate?

Fred Tate was a crew member behind the scenes of the long-running crime drama series NCIS. Sadly, Tate passed away in 2022 after he reportedly suffered from pneumonia and was also diagnosed with cancer as well. An NCIS fan put up a post confirming the devastating news on Facebook.

Fred Tate

The tribute itself reads how it was issued in loving memory of their friend and colleague Fred Tate, and the entire NCIS family will miss him. The note further emphasizes just how important he was to the “NCIS” family.

While being a part of the crew, Tate was a close member of the NCIS family.  Apart from being a part of the crew team, Fred also took on the role of Charles Harrow in the series opposite Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David. While Fred was a crew member on NCIS back when the show first started, he later appeared as a stand-in for David McCallum’s Ducky Mallard as well.

Apart from NCIS, Fred Tate has other acting credits, including The General’s Daughter, which starred John Travolta. Fred Tate has also worked as a decorator, earlier working in the art and sound departments while also being enlisted as a worker in the transport department on the 1988 film Midnight.

Also, read What Happened To Ziva David On NCIS? Reason Behind Her Departure In Season 11

NCIS Paid Tribute To Fred Tate

The makers of NCIS paid a heartfelt tribute to the longtime member of the NCIS family as he was honored in the thirteenth episode of season 20 that recently aired.

As the tribute started, it was dedicated to the loving memory of their hard-working crew member, who was also a good friend and colleague Fred Tate. This note was visible following the thirteenth episode of NCIS season 20, “Evil Eye,” which was a heartfelt way to honor the late Fred Tate.

NCIS fans might have seen Tate appearing on-screen in season 4, episode 14, “Blowback,” as he played the role of the character Charles Harlow. As we saw, he was an author, as he published a handful of books, including The Warren. 

Is NCIS: Los Angeles Coming To An End?

NCIS fans are in for a shock as the popular  NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles, will come to an end in May at the end of its 14th season. The news was first announced by the network as the crime drama series recently marked the 300-episode mark late in season 13. The series finale date is already revealed as it will be on May 14.

NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles

The president of CBS Entertainment, Amy Reichenbach, has issued a statement stating how NCIS: Los Angeles has been a stalwart of their lineup with characters who were a joy to watch. It was further added how the cast, producers, and crew were amazing network partners as the network praised their teamwork, talent, and spirit.

The spinoff series starred LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. LL Cool J has opened up about the upcoming end while saying how it has been an amazing run, and it has been 14 years, and it has been a thrilling ride. Co-star Daniela Ruah has also said that this is the time to move on. Fans have taken to social media as they are heartbroken with the fan-favorite spinoff coming to an end. 

Also read: Why Did Michael Weatherly Leave NCIS? Explained

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