Photo Flash: First Look - Tony Winner Ben Vereern Guests on Tonight's NCIS

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Tony Award winner Ben Vereen guest stars as 'Lamar', Vance's estranged father-in-law on tonight's episode of CBS's NCIS titled 'Homesick.' In the episode, Director Vance struggles with forgiveness as his father-in-law makes a surprise visit to his home.

Also on the episode, after a mysterious illness strikes children from military families, Gibbs and the team investigate the cause. Meanwhile, Abby and Jimmy partner with the Naval Medical Research Center to determine the strain of illness, all in hopes of delivering a cure before the holidays. The episode airs tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

About Ben Vereen:

During his more than 40 years in the spotlight, Ben Vereen has become a mega-star of both stage and screen. His role as Leading Player in Pippin earned him a Tony, but he is probably best remembered as Chicken George in Roots, the landmark TV mini-series. His other Broadway credits include Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair, and he has guest- starred on such TV shows as Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and Law and Order, Criminal Intent. In his one-man show "Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen," in which he pays homage to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The show is yet another success for Vereen, having captivated audiences in America, Europe, and Australia.

About NCIS:

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite and NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field; and the newest member of the team, NSA Analyst Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop , a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.

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