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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{ 438 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons September 28, 2015 at 8:49 am


It is possible that people are just seeing the show for the first time in reruns. People get turned on to shows later than others. I still have to watch the entire last season of NCIS…

Any way, food for thought before you rip into anyone else.

Jana September 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

Okay people, this is getting ridiculous! I commented on this more than three (3) COUNT THEM THREE YEARS AGO! Why are we still getting comments on this idiotic theme! People, he lost weight. He had a raspy voice for awhile. People were concerned about his health. But THREE YEARS?! …going on Four! Enough already!

slowhand69 September 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

I’ve seen the progression of Sean’s weight loss, however, I am absolutely positive that there is something additional that no one seems to have noticed. Sean is either wearing caps on his front teeth or is now wearing at least a set of upper dentures. Not sure if it is due to an accident or what, but you can tell….at least I can tell. This would also account for the seemingly weaker voice as he gets used to the dentures or caps. Thoughts?

Void July 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Ya if you binge watch NCIS it does look like he loses a hell of a lot of weight very quickly but over 14 month period 25 pounds is easy. No alcohol and no sugar will do that, I lost around the same amount in six months just eating healthy

mike July 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm

the waight loss is not a concern infact a insparation if he made a how to lose waight vid i would buy it but hes acting when he talks seems monotone like hes depressed even if his voice has changed as an experianced actor he should be able to express amotion a little bit more

Pearl January 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

Glad Sean Murray is not sick. Was worried.

Jacki May 30, 2014 at 4:16 am

Count me in as one of the people just catching up on NCIS episodes and wondering if this actor was ok. I dont know why people feel the need to be so rude and get their panties in a bunch just because someone expresses concern about it. I am pleased to see that most sites I’m finding via my google search are reporting he’s ok but yeah, I’m in the middle of S8 and was starting to wonder. Anyway – will get back to the episode I was watching now and I can feel a bit more relaxed. Cheers

Bruce Simmons February 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

Hey Wishladya: GIVE IT A REST.

Maybe you’ve been seeing this for years, and maybe you want them to give it a rest. But then shouldn’t you also give it a rest or have you not considered the small detail that folks might just be seeing this for the first time.

Some people watch shows after they’ve aired, so you WILL SEE these seemingly delayed reactions from fans. I’ve seen it often, where I talk about something in an article then it fades, but then the article starts to get some traction again, because of either reruns or the DVD’s have hit the market.

Like I say in the comment rules, be good, be fair and I want this place to be a site where people can speak their minds without the fear of ridicule from others.

Viklet February 25, 2014 at 7:50 am

Personally, I have missed the dialog here, but I’m SO GLAD that Sean looks and sounds healthy now! I love McGee and am happy to see he’s maturing as a character. I love it when he gets Tony back for some of the misery he has put him through!!!

wishladya February 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

Good Lord People! This argument has been going on for well over two years! Isn’t it about time to put it to rest!? Get over it. He lost weight, his voice changed, he appears now to have gained some of the weight back and now you don’t hear the rasp in his voice. Don’t you have a life?

wishladya February 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

Good Lord! This argument has been going on and on and on and on and on and on for the last couple of years!!!!!!!! Enough already. Life goes on. Get over it!

Hazel February 25, 2014 at 7:24 am

Iam a big Ncis fan and over the last 2 years I have become an even bigger fan of McGee , but, I also noticed his appearance change. At first I was like wow he is looking really great then I saw a few episodes where not just weight loss caught my attention but his face was so pale and boney looking , I became concerned about his health. He reminded me of some of the symptoms shown by chandler from friends when he came forward and shared his problem, he had been in an accident and prescribed pain killers which he became addicted to. However this is a non related article and until Sean Murray tells us otherwise there will be a lot of stories and different versions. I just want 2 make it clear it is a concern to all his fans who love to watch him with the rest of the Ncis team , if it is just weight loss you have worked really hard and it has paid off, time for a rest or fun or both? We your fans will support u either or. I wish u all the best.

flootzavut December 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

To me, the most concerning thing was how much his voice changed, and not in a good way. Watching season 9 I almost wince because Sean Murray sounds like he’s strained his voice all the time.

No one anywhere seems to have any information that he’s sick, and I read somewhere he gave up smoking (I’d’ve thought that would have had the opposite effect, BUT your body can react strangely to things) so hope it’s just that, but to us at home he looks slender but more or less OK (if occasionally a little too thin), but he sounded awful.

I’ve yet to see season 10, though he looks healthier and less gaunt from the previews and stills I’ve seen. No idea how he sounds, not seen enough of him. From the man himself it seems there are no health issues, which is the main thing. At least he knows he has genuine fans who are concerned for his well being, I guess!

Patrick C November 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

My wife and her friend are BIG NCIS fans. I was watching it with her and froze the screen on Sean and asked her why the pupil of his right eye was larger than the other one. She hadn’t noticed it but it is pretty obvious. Is that a common condition for people to have?

Nan November 24, 2013 at 1:04 am

Okay, Grace … I’ll bite. What’s the reason???

grace November 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

There is a reason his voice got hoarse and it had nothing to do with his diet.

Chrissy October 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thank you Bruce Simmons for posting this. I am reading the comments and shaking my head. I don’t understand why people have to be so testy towards each other in the comments section. I wonder if they would be so rude face to face. I mean, we all have a common concern about this actor, or we wouldn’t be here. I wonder what else we have in common?

Anne July 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Recently I watched a young Sean in Season Six of JAG. He was as thin then as he is now and very adorable, although I think that the character added by age makes him more interesting now.

Bruce Simmons July 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I’m not clear why you need to be obstinate about the issue, but being married to a vegetarian, I GET WHAT YOU ARE SAYING Marijke. For a second, I thought I had only spent a moment correcting your assertion about my statement in the article.

Thanks for visiting.

Marijke July 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

You also don’t have to be careful about your protein intake.
As I said before many vegetables have more protein than meat.

bruce July 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

I never said anything about having a hard time consuming enough protein.

I said…

To turn vegetarian, you have to be pretty careful to maintain protein intake and other details.

I am married to a vegetarian. I know the processes involved.

Marijke July 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

The reason I was and still am worried us not his weight loss but the combination of loosing all this weight, turning extremely pale and looking exhausted.
Also Bruce, it’s an absolute false information to say that vegetarians could have a hard time consuming enough protein. The average American meat eater actually consumes way too much protein. Plus, many vegetables and tofu contain way more protein than any meat.

lynda knight June 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

what an earth is goingon with this site???going on about dicks and that- sigh.oh well time to go bye all had a good time but cant be arsed with wierdos x

Bruce Simmons June 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

For those of you subscribed to this thread, you saw something that is no longer in the comments. That’s how you get added to the spam filter. -Bruce

mary June 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

P.S oh btw did anyone even bother to comment on his great new look. change of wardrobe makes a difference

mary June 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I think he looks a lot hotter now that he is thin…..wowsa…..he is a real hottie comparatively to back then. A gorgeous hunk like him can come and see me anytime.

lynda knight May 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

so you all think sean looks better then??good we have cbs channel here in spain and we have seen him plump a bit thinner but not the flacco seies yet.sorry flacco is thin.spanish. its still a good series and hasnt got rusty yet.this sight IS about Sean, isnt it??only i thought i was on a sight like face book for a while… there going to be a last series, does anybody know???

Gary May 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I realize that some people enjoy putting others down, and it would be easy to get caught up in a dueling match on here. But I choose to take the high ground. I don’t need to talk down to others to make myself feel good, or to feel important in the realm of things. And although I may be “UNimportant in the realm of things”, at least I don’t attack perfect strangers and talk down to them. I came to this website to express my concerns for Sean Murray, and in return I get sarcastic remarks for doing so. I hope it makes you feel good about yourself, because it makes me feel good that I have brought some pleasure into someone’s life.

Monica May 27, 2013 at 7:09 am

So now he’s a crybaby, Barbara, really, you should read your own comments and look in the mirror…

Barbara May 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Oh Gary, Gary, grow up….to get onto the police force one has to take a number of tests….you failed !!! My last issue with you. Certainly a lot more important things going on in this country than spending time answering the fool questions of someone so unimportant in the realm of things……Let’s take on the injustices in the world and leave the moaning to the cry babies….Have a nice day Gary. Goodbye.

C.G. May 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I don’t think he sounds or looks well, and since the camera adds weight, he probably looks worse in person.

Monica May 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

Thanks Bruce!

Gary, I also don’t understand the ‘message police’ mentality…

😉 Have a nice day all!

Bruce Simmons May 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

Ah, remember, this is a place folks can express their opinions. And it might be a bit crazy to expect someone who wants to reply to an article, and then, read all the comments.

This site owner has been known to step in from time to time and squelch over enthusiastic comment “discussions” or exchanges, as well as flag some commentors if they get out of hand in a repeated fashion of any kind of name calling.

I’m not calling anyone out with this reminder. Just reminding. I’d like this site to be a place folks feel free to express their thoughts. I’d like to not see that squelched.

Thanks gang!

Gary May 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

This message is for Barbara:

With all due respect ma’am, I admit I did not read every single comment in this forum before posting my comments/concerns. So the answer to “Where have I been?” is a non-issue. I will take your advice though, and “Give it a rest”, but I must ask one question first…. Who voted you in as “Message Police”? The last time I looked we still have freedom of speech in this country, at least for now. Have a nice day.

Monica May 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

It’s really OK Gary that you just noticed…obviously many people have been wondering. It seems to have stablized a bit with Sean, and as of 2013 season he seems to be healthier which is a relief. I think people became alarmed over the past two or three seasons. His voice is still different. For me, it is not just that but that his character changed too–I mean, it is only logical that ‘probie’ would grow up, but it’s more than that. The character of McGee became so different that I missed McGee, even though he was there!

Alan White May 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I would like to know why Sean is wearing so much blue eye makeup.

Barbara May 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Where have you been Gary? Give it a rest….I’m sure if you read the past notes and emails, you will understand my comment…

Gary May 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I am watching an NCIS episode from 2012 as I am typing this, and McGhee’s (Sean Murray) weak voice prompted me to search for answers about the possibility of him being sick. I had seen his weight loss progress over the past few years, but I know by the sound of his voice he seems to be in a weakened state. I have experienced this myself, and this could indicate something being wrong, healthwise. I sincerely hope Sean Murray is okay and that his health is not an issue.

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