Donald P. Bellisario
Donald P. Bellisario
Celebrated Name: Donald P. Bellisario
Real Name/Full Name: Donald Paul Bellisario
Gender: Male
Age: 88 years old
Birth Date: 8 August 1935
Birth Place: Cokeburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.88 m
Weight: 80 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Margaret Schaffran (m. 1956; div. 1974) Lynn Halpern (m. 1979; div. 1984) Deborah Pratt (m. 1984; div. 1991) Vivienne Lee Murray (m. 1998)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Troian Bellisario, David Bellisario, Michael Bellisario, Nicholas Bellisario, Julie B. Watson)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Donald P. Bellisario Gay?: No
Profession: Television Producer, Screenwriter
Salary: Not Known
Net Worth in 2024: $550 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Donald Paul Bellisario is a well-known television producer and screenwriter. He is mainly known for being the creator of TV series such as Magnum, P.I. (1980) and Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982). Bellisario has also worked in the U.S. Marine Corps for some period of time. He has received many awards and recognition in the television industry and was the creator of many TV shows.

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Early Life & Biography

Bellisario was born on August 8, 1935, in the city of Cokeburg, Pennsylvania. His father was an Italian-American citizen, and his mother was Serbian-American. He received the rank of sergeant when he was in the U.S. Marine Corps from the year 1955 to 1959. He did his graduation in journalism in 1961 from the Pennsylvania State University.

After completing his degree in journalism, in 1965, he started working as an advertising copywriter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Then three years later, he became the creative director of the Bloom Agency, which is based in Dallas, Texas.

He worked for 15 years in the advertising industry and then decided to pursue screenwriting and production, so he moved to Hollywood.

Age, Height, Weight and Body Measurements

Being born on 8 August 1935, Donald P. Bellisario is 88 years old as of today’s date 18th July 2024. His height is 1.88 m tall, and weight is 80 kg.

Personal Life: wife, girlfriend, dating, divorce, kids

Donald P. Bellisario With Wife Vivienne Lee Murray
Donald P. Bellisario With Wife Vivienne Lee Murray

Bellisario has been married four times. He was first married to Margaret Schaffran in 1956 but later got divorced in 1974. The couple had four children together, David Bellisario, Joy Bellisario-Jenkins, Leslie Bellisario-Ingham and Julie Bellisario-Watson.

In 1979, he got married to Lynn Halpern. Their son, Michael Bellisario, was born on April 7, 1980. But, the couple got divorced in 1984. Bellisario married Deborah Pratt in the same year of his divorce and also had two children, Troian and Nicholas. They also got divorced in 1991. In 1998, he married Vivienne Murray and gained two stepsons, Chad and Sean Murray.


In his initial years in the television industry, Bellisario used to work under some famous television producers like Glen A. Larson and Stephen J. Cannell. He implemented the production techniques he learned after working under experienced producers. He wrote and produced Black Sheep Squadron and Battlestar Galactica. Apart from T.V. series, he also wrote and directed a feature film called Last Rites, released in 1988.

It was observed that most of the protagonists in his projects are current or former members of the United States Armed Forces. Also, several main characters in his series share 8 August as their birthday. He also formed his production company under the name “Belisarius Productions”.

He stated that according to his contract, he owns the right to create any spin-off of NCIS and that’s why he sued them. He got engaged in a dispute with an NCIS actor, Mark Harmon and later decided to retire in the year 2007.

Bellisario is also famous for his philanthropic works, and he made a huge endowment to the Penn State College of Communications. In 2017, the college’s board of Trustees also voted to change the College of communications to Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

Awards & Achievements

For making huge donations, Penn State named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 2001, and it is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a graduate. He also won the Best Television Episode award in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards for the episode “China Doll” of the series Magnum, P.I. in 1981.

In the year 2004, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was nominated for various other awards as well. He was also given a Visionary Award at the UCLA Neurosurgery Visionary Ball.

Net Worth & Salary of Donald P. Bellisario in 2024

Donald P. Bellisario Net Worth
Donald P. Bellisario Net Worth

It is estimated that the net worth of Bellisario is approximately around $550 million as of July 2024. It was accumulated throughout his career as a successful screenwriter and producer.

Donald P. Bellisario, best known for being the creator of T.V. series like Magnum, P.I., NCIS, Airwolf etc., was born on August 8, 1935. He has written and produced many popular T.V. shows. Before joining the television industry, he worked in advertisements for 15 years. He has been married and divorced several times in his personal life. He has seven children, two stepsons and eight grandchildren. He also owns a production company called the “Belisarius Productions”.


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