Leon Vance is a supporting character on two shows: NCIS and its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles.

He's the director of both units.

Formerly Assistant Director, Vance was named NCIS Director after the death of Jenny Shepard.

He attended the Naval War College and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, but was forced to take a medical discharge before serving due to having undergone surgery to repair a detached retina suffered during his short-lived, ill-fated boxing career.

After joining NCIS, Vance was assigned on a protection detail for a Serbian politician at a UN Summit in Prague.

The politician and Vance's partner, Neil Wilson, were killed by North Korean operative Lee Wuan Kai and he was wounded.

He spent several years chasing her down.

Leon Vance has a wife, Jackie, and two children, Kayla and Jared. He met his wife while at a University of Maryland basketball game while Len Bias was playing.

 

Leon Vance Quotes

Vance: Bad cop?
Gibbs: You've been playing good cop all this time?

Gibbs: You're superstitious?
Vance: I'm a little stitious.

NCIS Quotes

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.