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David Stephen Rossi is a fictional character in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Joe Mantegna. He is a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, and has appeared from the episode “About Face”, which was originally broadcast on October 31, 2007, during the show's third season. He is also portrayed as a younger man by Robert Dunne, in flashbacks as a Marine infantry private in Vietnam in 1969 and in his earlier years with the BAU in 1978. Rossi begins the series returning to the FBI after a lengthy period of being semi-retired, with his return due to “unfinished business”. He is shown to be emotionally tied to Aaron Hotchner, as they both worked together during the early days of the Behaviorial Analysis Unit. Rossi is also a writer, and is one of the team's senior and most decorated profilers. He replaced Jason Gideon, who was written out following Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure from the series. Mantegna has stated in an interview that the character was named after one of the policemen who had testified at the O. J. Simpson trial. Rossi's middle name, Stephen, was revealed in a flashback near the end of the tenth season episode, “Nelson's Sparrow.” After Rossi has deduced that Jason Gideon is about to become a father, Gideon asks Rossi what his middle name is. This is followed by a present-time scene where Rossi greets Gideon's son, Stephen, by name. (The “ph” spelling of the name was used in the episode's end credits.)
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Rossi was born and raised on Long Island, New York, in the town of Commack.E503 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 enlisted in the Marine Corps. He also admits in season 9, while interrogating an unsub (unknown subject), that when he was younger, he stuffed a young black boy that was on his baseball team into a locker and urinated on him at the pressure of the other team members. Details of his military service are sketchy as Rossi rarely talks about it. He served in the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring from the Corps; based on the backstory timelines, specifically the time in service required to rise to the rank of sergeant major and retire, he presumably served in the Marine Corps Reserve after joining the FBI.E703 In the Season 8 episode “The Fallen”, 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. Through flashbacks, it is shown that Scott had saved Rossi's life in Vietnam when Rossi froze at an oncoming Viet Cong soldier. It is implied that they both served in the 1st Marine Division. After being discharged from active duty, 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.E403 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.”E402E415 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”.E318 In season seven, it is revealed that he had a son who died soon after his birth with his first wife, Carolyn. In season 9, it is revealed that his second wife, Hayden Montgomery, was African American, and later in season 10 he discovers she was pregnant when they divorced, and so that he has a daughter and a grandson. Only married three times, Rossi had a bit of an affair with agent Erin Strauss, hinted at throughout the series starting early in Season 8, possibly earlier. The full details of the affair are never disclosed, however his love for her is proved in Season 8 Episode 24 The Replicator. Rossi depicts evidence of his liking for Erin throughout the episode, and when Strauss is victimized by The Replicator, it is Rossi who alerts the family and shares the same loss for a loved one. Despite growing up on Long Island, Rossi is apparently a Chicago Cubs fan, judging by the Cubs gear in his Quantico office,E319 which may be a reference to Joe Mantegna being a Cubs fan and Chicago native. 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. Also, in a season 8 episode, Rossi shows familiarity with the game “Gods of Combat”, a fictionalized PC game which corrupts the minds of several young Unknown Subjects.