Sean Murray from NCIS Is Not Sick

by on February 26, 2011

in Entertainment

NCIS with Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon and Sean Murray

(L-R) Michael Weatherly, Mark Harmon and Sean Murray in NCIS

[Check out my 11/20/11 pictorial update at the bottom of this article!]

TV News: I just started watching my DVR’d episodes of NCIS starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perette and I noticed a rather gaunt Sean Murray who plays Special Agent Timothy McGee. I was concerned because if the camera puts ten pounds on you, he’s nearly non-existent! So I was worried about Sean Murray’s weight loss!

I decided to investigate using my internet forensic skills… OK, I used various terms in the Google search window. What I found out, was that, according the CBS people, Sean Murray is not ill. The official statement is that he’s been on a diet & exercise regime.

Updated: Sean Murray addressed the weight loss from his Twitter account (Gotta love the Twitter!), he said he lost 25 pounds via abstaining from alcohol, most sugar and eating organic food. OMG! No alcohol!? I’m doomed. He went on to address that if you look closely, you can watch his weight loss, via one pound at a time, over the course of season 7 of NCIS.

Wow, it’s working. Almost too well. He seems pretty gaunt, that’s for sure and it really seems like it’s beyond a normal diet plan. I have to wonder if he went vegetarian too. That could account for the quicker change that fans are noticing more than anything else. To turn vegetarian, you have to be pretty careful to maintain protein intake and other details. That’s if he did.

Sean Murray in NCIS

So that’s the deal that I can find for now on Sean Murray from NCIS.

(This could be considered a spoiler… as attested to by “:@,” or whatever he’s calling himself by.)

Speaking of NCIS, the premiere episode, titled “Spider and the Fly” was an impressive completion of the season seven cliffhanger they left us with. I was almost surprised how the team wrangled the Ambassador into shooting his own sister. Sweet, poetic justice! Just the way I like it served!

Updated: (Sean Murray’s Twitter account)

Update #2 (11/20/11) on Sean Murray’s Health:

It’s obvious from the many comments that have come in to this article, that Sean Murray has many, many fans who are very worried about him. Over the last year or so, fans have watched him as he’s lost weight, and now, with the most recent episodes of NCIS, it would seem that his voice, along with his weight, is changing. Getting raspier or less authoritative.

When he took to Twitter to mention his weight loss, it seemed innocent enough. But as fans weigh, in addition to the lack of any further press or information from the network or Sean Murray himself, I’m starting to wonder what really is up? I’d think that as fans go a little crazy being worried, that more info would be released publicly from someone.

Be it as it may, I thought I’d toss up a few images from NCIS from over the last few years for comparative purposes. For me, I’m not seeing any huge eye-opening differences between the images, but you can see there’s something up… especially in the neck region. But that difference to me, looks like a more defined set of neck muscles. check it out:

Sean Murray in 2009:

Sean Murray in NCIS fr 2009

Sean Murray in NCIS fr 2009

Sean Murray, 2010:

Sean Murray and Michael Weatherly in NCIS fr 2010

Sean Murray, 2011:

Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo in NCIS fr 2011

Heck, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this pictorial diff before now!

Well, here’s hoping that all really is well. From what I’m seeing in the comment section, you guys are great fans and care an awful lot about him. And you are worried. You’re all awesome fans!

UPDATE 4/16/12: Here’s an interesting perspective… I took a break from NCIS for a while and when I came back, and I don’t have recent memories to compare Sean now to before, he sounds like any other slightly raspy-voiced actor. With no comparisons, he looks like any other thin person and doesn’t look horrible. That’s looking at him as he is now, not comparing to what what he was.

I think we should be patient and see what comes of this because so far, nothing has come of it except noticeable weight loss.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Steven May 22, 2017 at 5:22 am

I have to agree with what most are saying, Sean has lost way too much weight. His face is gaunt and his skin looks very loose, especially around the eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had anorexia going by how much weight he has lost, but from personal experience he looks very much like I did when I had Graves Disease. It’s amazing how much weight an overactive thyroid gland will make a person lose. I’m not a doctor and I have only seen Sean in NCIS, so it’s wrong for me to suggest any potential causes for Sean’s weight loss. Graves Disease has other visible symptoms than just weight loss, and I haven’t seen any of them. I have also seen a co-worker lose that much weight a while back which was caused by a disease, but I couldn’t suggest that either.
I do hope Sean is ok, and if his weight loss is caused by an illness, then I hope he is over it very soon. If he’s lost weight for the reasons he has said, then I hope he stops before he goes any further as I would hate to see him get sick.

On another note, I have to agree with the other comments about Michael Weatherly. His new show Bull is boring and dull. Everyone I know have all said they dislike Bull and after a couple episodes they / we have stopped watching it. I doubt Bull will last very long. I even think it may not make it to season 2. Michael Weatherly should have stayed with NCIS, as Bull just might be professional suicide.

The other day we were watching NCIS and my wife pointed out Fez from That Seventies Show, and I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t spot it and had to look twice before I saw it.

Christine May 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed Sean Murray’s voice getting higher since season 7. I’m currently on season 9 and he sounds like a woman. Compared to the first 6-7 seasons, something is definitely going on here.

Doc March 21, 2017 at 3:16 am

Sorry, he’s overdone it…. looks emaciated, the male equivalent of all those ‘heroin chic’ models. Too skinny.

Ann Wheale January 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Just tell people and fans if he is ill I’m in England I know this show inside out I love it and have from day one but be honest with fans because he really looks bad sorry Sean but you do.

Xana La Fuente January 9, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Well I can attest, that I myself lost a lot of weight and my face looks older. I hate it. I had bad stomach issues they finally went away, from giving up booze. So I wonder if theres a coorelation with that. Ive been eating peanut butter at night, trying like heck to get my weight up. Once your dedicated to lifestyle changes its hard. He has a thin face, or at least not a strong jaw and so that emphasizes his gauntness. Poor guy. Its gotta be hard. Maybe he had a bad break up or death in family. Goes to show how our emotions can affect our health. Love him regardless. New show with Tony is a big yawn. And new NCIS, my God, Gibbs is wearing so much makeup he looks weird!

Linda December 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Sean looked bad enough with all the ridiculous weight loss, but the teeth thing just made him look totally horrible. He must be sick since there is no way a sane person would knowingly make himself look like he is prepared for Halloween.

ritch mckinney December 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm

I just tuned in for the first time in a long time…DAMN!!!! Guy looks like a skeleton!!! Not good!!! Take him off the show before he dies from whatever he is doing to himself…..

Lisa Nance November 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Sorry Sean looks gaunt, circles under eyes, very thin not healthy, something is going on. There are also deep creases from the nose down the cheek hollows he looks sick.

els November 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm

to mutch wait loss and he have a yellow face under hese eyes dont look so good

Red Ryder November 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Sean doesn’t look good. I want the old Sean back!

Anthony Petrelli November 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm

What is his diet?

Pamela Windecker October 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Sean looks sick now, too much weight loss. He truly looks old and his features are going. What a shame, what ever reason.

Julia D'Elia October 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

I know that when I had all my teeth pulled and got false teeth in lost a lot of weight. Went down to 110. Very thin for me at 5’8″. Fyi I wasn’t exactly try a skinny person to begin with. I also had to learn how to talk with dentures. Hope he puts some weight back on.

VickiW October 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

I agree with Lucinda’s comments. Sean has looked very young and handsome until the last 2 seasons. He looks very gaunt with deep wrinkles in his face because of the extreme weight loss. I prey he is not ill as he is one of the best reasons I watch NCIS. Please gain some weight dear Sean!!!

Lucinda October 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm

I have to agree with most of the comments. Sean looked better with more meat on his bones. I congratulate him on his efforts, but I think he has gone too far.

Steve October 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm

I really Sean would quit worrying so much about his looks he looked much better before he needs to get back to looking like the old Sean NCIS has had to many changes we don’t need anymore bad changes.

Karen Padecky September 28, 2016 at 7:21 am

Sean looks too too gaunt..I wonder if he’s anorexic? I think Mark Harmon is too thin or just looked better with more meat..He’s aged alot between season 12 and 13..

Oksana September 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

I’m watching the NCIS season premiere and he looks thinner than ever! Poor guy…

Dyan September 19, 2016 at 10:03 pm

Whatever weight Sean has lost, I think Michael Weatherly has gained. Michael had lost weight a while back, but now it looks as though he has put it back on. They both look tired.

Agt Smith September 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm

He is thinner, he had mouth work done ala the “so called over bleached teeth episode” and his pupils are huge meth? Or other drugs due to sick? Weight loss, new teeth and huge pupils 75% of time = drugs tho could be sick also. But something was clearly up…

Viklet September 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Sean looks too thin again! It makes him look sick.

Renee September 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

I think he is ill and is maybe wearing dentures or something, look at the mouth area. I recently had to have all of my teeth removed because they found tumors in my jaw bone. They removed the tumors and now I must wear dentures. I can’t get implants (even if I could afford them, lol) because they can’t drill into the bone and there isn’t enough bone left anyways. Everyone says I look much thinner, etc. but I haven’t lost a pound. Maybe this is something to consider with him as well.

Legere August 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

Sean looks old, unattractive, skinny and sick. He’s gone overboard.

Nick July 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

Exit McGee, enter Skeletor, whatever he’s done/had done unfortunately makes him look unnatural.

Suzanne June 14, 2016 at 10:48 pm

I agree with everyone who thinks McGee looks sickly he’s so thin now. I also think he got bad dental work. I see him in the first episodes and he was so much better looking!!!

Barb June 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

I was thinking that maybe he’s wearing Invisiliners or something similar. That would account for the slightly odd speech–and even some of the difficulty eating. I’ve definitely been noticing the weight loss. Sean looks too gaunt–not healthy. Maybe he got tired of all the writers’ jokes about him being tubby. It hurts guys’ feelings, too, and can certainly affect them psychologicallly.

Trsh May 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Sean looks emancipated and definitely unhealthy. It looks more like anorexia than simple weight loss. He was so handsome before.

Oksana May 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I just watched NCIS tonight and Sean Murray looks anorexic. The skin on his face looks prematurely wrinkled because there is zero fat underneath it. He looks sick.

Jean May 17, 2016 at 8:32 am

Sean looks very, very sick. It appears the first time he lost a dramatic amount of weight in 2011 he bounced back gradually and went in remission and looked healthy again. Now he appears his days are numbered. I hope there is a cure. HE IS TOO GOOD TO LEAVE US.

frankie young May 17, 2016 at 2:31 am

I just heard a sissing and then looked up to the tv. Poor guy not used to his bigger chewers yet. They are huge. I would have thought with all his money – he could have done better.

Still love them all

Carlynne Allbee May 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

I had a friend who dated a young man about the same age as “McGee” when you folks starting noticing a weight loss. Her young man, like McGee, was plump. We often refer to such a condition in young adults as baby fat. The young lady and her family did a lot of biking, including mountain biking – in the mountains – and invited the young man to join them. Trying to impress the family that he was deserving of their daughter, he valiantly joined them and managed to keep up. The baby fat melted. He now looks like McGee. Not underweight. Not sick. Not anorexic. In fact, healthier than ever. If his clothes are hanging on him, he could have a tailor fit them more like Tony’s clothes are fitted. Many men don’t like that style.

Shirley May 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Sean on 5/3/16 is looking tooooooo thin. His jacket is hanging on him, even my husband was concerned. Hoping he ( Sean) is not sick.. We feel he needs a little weight back on if he is healthy. Not a lot just not looking like he is a clothes hanger for his jacket. If he is happy and healthy i guess we will have to get use to the much thinner Timothy McGee.

Leslie April 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

I too have been concerned about his weight loss & wondering if he might be ill. I don’t know what a healthy weight would be for him since I don’t know what his numbers are for his BMI. I didn’t read in his statement that he has decide to become a vegetarian, he just stated he is eating organic food. That only means pesticide, hormone, preservative & chemical free, from soil, seed, to harvest & packaging. Animals also are fed a heathy diet hormone & antibiotic free. Usually they are also humanly raised & butchered.

Gritsrgreat April 6, 2016 at 8:26 am

I miss the old McGee. He just keeps changing his appearance. The dental work is the worst. Possibly made more noticeable by more weight loss. I worked in the dental field for many years and that is something I notice first about anyone. You can be victim of any bad procedure, he got a bad dentist who made a fortune from either crowns or overlays. He now has a lisp that comes with your anterior central incisors being too thick. Like some people that have dentures. You have to learn to talk all over again and if the fit isnt precise, it changes everything. I’m so sorry that the glitz of the film industry pushes some actors self esteem to the point of drastic weight loss and other severe changes. He is a very beloved character and Sean is a great actor. JMHO, I miss my original McGee. I’ve been an NCIS fan since day one & have suffered every heart breaking change. As I understand there is more to come. I’m so sad to see this change come. I still haven’t gotten over losing Ziva, Cote de Pablo, and now Tony, the fantastic Michael Weatherly. I love each & every character as well as the show. I watch the reruns weekly as I have a lot of time on my hands. I enjoy every episode no matter how often I have seen them. The cast dynamics are outstanding and that’s why it has worked so long! Its good, clean show and that is SO hard to find these days. Thanks for letting me vent & show my love for this show. Diehard fan!

Notna March 2, 2016 at 1:39 am

He’s bulimic or has anorexia. Hollywood star. What can I say. He lives in LA LA land.

Millie December 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

When I went on my weight list journey my co-workers said I looked sick,l lost 39 lbs and has kept it off 3.5 years.

Wendy November 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

I am an avid NCIS fan and yes, Sean has definitely had caps or dental work on his uppers. It’s very obvious. Still love the show.

Judy October 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

I agree SLOWHAND 69. Sean has definitely had some kind of work done on his teeth. It was noticeable as soon as this season started.

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