Gil Grant was born in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating from Rincon High School, he attended the University of Arizona while working full time at KVOA-TV as a camera operator, eventually directing the evening news. He graduated from the U of A with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Landing a job at KPNX-TV in Phoenix (then KTAR), he wrote and directed commercials during the day, while writing screenplays at night. His break came when he sold a script to a new NBC sitcom, OPERATION PETTICOAT. Based on a Cary Grant, Tony Curtis film about a pink submarine in World War II, the series starred John Astin, as well an 18 year old Jamie Lee Curtis, in one of her first roles.
After “Petticoat”, Gil spent three seasons writing for the hit ABC comedy/drama EIGHT IS ENOUGH, after which he was put under contract to Paramount where he wrote and produced the series THE POWERS OF MATTHEW STAR, starring Lou Gossett, Jr. It was during this time that he began to create shows of his own.
“HULL HIGH”, was a high school musical that Gil developed for NBC that drew upon his days at Rincon. It was hailed by critics as a show ahead of its time. Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortege of “High School Musical” fame, it was – by 16 years! He then created “COVINGTON CROSS”, a medieval drama for ABC. It was set in the 1400’s and shot entirely on location in England. “MCKENNA”, also for ABC, was a show about a wilderness outfitter family shot in New Zealand and Oregon, and starred Chad Everett, Eric Close and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Frustrated by the vagaries of Network Development, Gil turned to the world of first run syndication and found success. “RELIC HUNTER” starred Tia Carrere playing a female Indiana Jones. Shot in Toronto and Paris, the campy action hour ran three seasons and was particularly popular in Europe and Canada.
Gil came back to Network Television in 2001, when he was offered a job too good to turn down…the opportunity to write and produce for the second season of the FOX breakthrough drama “24”.
The next year, Paramount Television and CBS lured him away to launch a spin-off of their military hit JAG. NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service – the cops for the Navy and Marine Corps. A procedural crime drama, Gil helped creator Don Bellisario take “NCIS” away from the JAG mold, infusing it with humor and fast paced story telling and building with into a top ten show when he left after season three. Now going into its ninth season, NCIS is the number one scripted drama on network television.
In 2007, Gil developed, wrote and executive produced “PAINKILLER JANE” for the Sy-Fy Channel, starring Kristanna Loken. The following year, he wrote and produced “ARMY WIVES” for Lifetime.
In 2009, he helped launch the NCIS spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles” starring Chris O’Donnell and L L Cool J. While writing and serving as Consulting Producer, he found time in 2010 to Executive Produce “XIII: The Series,” for the prodigious French cable channel Canal+ starring Stuart Townsend.
Today, in addition his “NCIS:Los Angeles” duties, Gil is developing a television series based on the Science Fiction film “GATTACA” for Sony Television.
Gil lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his two children. He is a longtime member of the Writer’s Guild of America, , the Writer’s Guild of Canada, The Academy for Television Arts and Sciences, and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts.