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  • David Rossi
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  • Rossi was born and raised on Long Island, New York, in the town of Commack. As a child, he was friends with a young Emma Taylor, who he refers to as the "one who got away." He was also close with Ray Finnegan, who eventually grew up to be a prominent local mobster. Rossi, however, avoided the lure of organized crime, and joined the Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major. Despite growing up on Long Island, Rossi is apparently a Chicago Cubs fan, judging by the Cubs gear in his Quantico office.
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Portrayer
Series
Spouse
  • Carolyn Rossi
  • Two other ex-wives
Nickname
  • Rossi
Name
  • David Rossi
Caption
  • Joe Mantegna as David Rossi
First
  • --10-31
  • "About Face"
Title
  • FBI BAU Supervisory Special Agent
Children
  • James David Rossi
Occupation
Family
  • Sal Rosie
Gender
  • Male
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  • Rossi was born and raised on Long Island, New York, in the town of Commack. As a child, he was friends with a young Emma Taylor, who he refers to as the "one who got away." He was also close with Ray Finnegan, who eventually grew up to be a prominent local mobster. Rossi, however, avoided the lure of organized crime, and joined the Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major. A few scenes from Rossi's early days during the Vietnam War are shown in flashback in the 2012 episode "The Fallen." In that episode, Rossi encounters his old unit commander, Sgt. Harrison Scott (Meshach Taylor), who has since become a homeless alcoholic living on the streets of Santa Monica, California. In one flashback, we learn that Sgt. Scott had to save Rossi, who had frozen at the sight of a charging Viet Cong soldier. Later on, Rossi stepped into a network of booby trap wires. Scott sent the rest of the unit back to their previous position so he could help Rossi escape. Towards the end of the episode, Rossi tells Scott that it was he who had inspired Rossi to join the FBI. After being discharged, he was recruited by the FBI. He subsequently cut most ties with his former life, not even returning to Commack for Emma's funeral in early 2009. Rossi has had an apparently illustrious FBI career and sterling reputation, even outside the BAU confines. He claims to have "written the book" on hostage negotiation, and stepped in as a negotiator in when his fellow agents Reid and Prentiss were held hostage. He takes an annual leave to do cross-country lecture and book-signing tours, which apparently attract a lot of female fans, "if Barry Manilow isn't in town." He had worked with Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) prior to his initial retirement from the Bureau. To date Rossi has been married 3 times, but has said the only people he knew how to make happy were "divorce lawyers". In season seven, it is revealed that he had a son who died soon after his birth with one of his wives Carolyn. Despite growing up on Long Island, Rossi is apparently a Chicago Cubs fan, judging by the Cubs gear in his Quantico office. It is hinted that he plays video games as Garcia mentions a report of an abducted child named "Niko Bellic", who Rossi points out to be a character from Grand Theft Auto IV.