Great Scott! Three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd is set to guest-star on CBS’ NCIS.
TVLine has learned that the onetime Taxi driver (for which he netted two of his Emmy wins) will appear in a springtime episode of TV’s most watched drama as Joe Smith, a 95-year-old former Navy sailor who served on the USS Arizona when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Determined to have his ashes laid to rest with his fellow sailors when he dies, the “sharp, spry and unapologetic curmudgeon” becomes the focus of an investigation and confounds Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and the entire team, who are not sure if they can believe him.
In addition to his two wins for playing Taxi‘s Rev. Jim Ignatowski, Lloyd in 1992 made Emmy history when he won Best Dramatic Actor for Disney’s Road to Avonlea, besting a field of series regulars with his guest-starring appearance. (The following year, the Emmy rules were changed to add a Guest Appearance category.)
Lloyd’s more recent TV credits include a Season 2 episode of NBC’s A.P. Bio, an arc on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and an appearance on ABC’s Roseanne revival, while his film roles include, of course, the Back to the Future franchise.
NCIS Season 17 is airing Tuesdays at 8/7c.