Mark Harmon

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Mark Harmon is an American TV Actor. Mark Harmon became popular worldwide as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit CBS series “NCIS”. Likewise, his other film credits include Wyatt Earp, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, Freaky Friday as well as Weather Girl.

Early Life

Mark Harmon was born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California, USA. He is 71 years old and is under the astrological sign, Virgo. He holds American nationality and his full name is Thomas Mark Harmon.

His father’s name is Tom Harmon and his mother’s name is Elyse Knox. And, his father was a Heisman Trophy–winning football player and broadcaster whereas his mother was an actress, model, as well as and artist. He has two older sisters whose names are Kristin Nelson and Kelly Harmon and they were actresses and painters & actresses and models respectively. Likewise, his maternal grandparents were Austrian immigrants.

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Caption: Mark Harmon’s picture when he was young with his father (Source: Pinterest)

Mark Harmon – Education

Regarding Mark’s educational background and qualifications, he graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in the year 1970. He then went on to complete a two-year associate degree at Pierce College in Los Angeles. He was able to receive offers from major college football programs and ultimately chose UCLA over Oklahoma.

And, after transferring to the University, he began at quarterback for the 1972 and 1973 Bruins. And, in his senior year, he was able to receive the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence. He even was UCLA’s starting quarterback for two seasons, but he was not picked in the 1974 NFL Draft.

Likewise, he graduated cum laude from UCLA in the year 1974 with a B.A. in Communications. Also, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame in the year 2010.

Career and Professional Life

Mark Harmon was about to pursue a career in advertising or law. However, he began his career in business as a merchandising director but soon decided to switch to acting. During his acting career, he spent much of his time portraying law enforcement and medical personnel. Also, one of his first national TV appearances was in a commercial for Kellogg’s Product 19 cereal along with his father, Tom Harmon. Finally, he was able to land his first job as an actor in an episode of “Ozzie’s Girls”. After that, he began securing many other acting roles.

Harmon appeared in episodes of Adam-12, Police Woman, and Emergency in mid-1975 and 905-Wild. He even was able to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. It was for his performance as Robert Dunlap in the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. Mark then went on to appear in three episodes of the mini-series, Centennial.

He even made guest appearances on TV series. Likewise, he starred in the prime-time soap opera Flamingo Road, in which he played Fielding Carlisle and also played the role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the series St. Elsewhere in the year 1983. He was able to become the spokesperson for Coors Regular beer, appearing in television commercials for them.

Finally, in the year 1986, his career reached several other high points. During that time, he became People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. He was able to play the lead in the TV movies Prince of Bel Air and The Deliberate Stranger. Then after, he was able to star in the 1986 theatrical film Let’s Get Harry. And also the lead role in the 1987 comedy Summer School.

Harmon also starred in Moonlighting, After the Promise, The Presidio, Stealing Home and more. Then, after a muted reception to his 1989 comedy Worth Winning, he returned to television, appearing in various television movies.

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Caption: Mark Harmon acting in a movie (Source: Yahoo News NZ)

More About his Career

Mark Harmon’s role after returning to television regular was as Chicago police detective Dickie Cobb for two seasons from 1991 to 1993 on the NBC series Reasonable Doubts. Then, in the year 1995, he was ale to star in the ABC series “Charlie Grace”. He was able to play Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan on The West Wing in a four-episode story arc in the year 2002.

He was very good in this role which helped him to gain his second Emmy Award nomination. From September of that same year, he began starring as Gibbs in the CBS drama NCIS. This role has earned him six nominations at the People’s Choice Awards including a win for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor in 2017.

Moreover, since the year 2008, he has also been a producer and executive producer. Then, again in the year 2003, he starred in a supporting role in the remake of the comedy film Freaky Friday. He went on to receive the 2,482nd star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 1, 2012.

He also began a production company called Wings Productions to produce NCIS: New Orleans in the year 2014. From the year 2018, he began working as a producer for a new CBS series, based on author John Sandford’s best-selling Prey novels. Mark was also able to direct two episodes of Chicago Hope in 1999 and 2000, and two episodes of Boston Public in 2002.

Relationship Status

Mark Harmon exchanged the wedding vows and tied the knot with actress Pam Dawber on March 21, 1987. The pair has two sons together and their names are Sean Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon. Moreover, in the year 1987, he filed for custody of his nephew Sam, Kristin’s son, on the grounds that she was incapable of good parenting.

His nephew’s psychiatrist testified that the thirteen-year-old boy depicted his mother as a dragon and complained about her mood swings and how she prevented him from being with his siblings. However, Mark later dropped the custody bid.

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Caption: Mark Harmon along with his wife, Pam Dawber (Source:

Body Measurements

Mark Harmon has a height of 6 feet and his weight is 84 Kg but his other body measurements such as his chest size and waist size are not available until now. Moreover, Harmon has blue eyes and his hair has turned grey and white as he is getting old.

Mark Harmon – Social Media

Mark Harmon is pretty active on all of his social accounts. He has garnered 7.4K followers on Instagram but his account is private. His Facebook account has 359K followers until now.

Net Worth 2023

According to celebritynetworth, Mark Harmon has a net worth of $12o million and his salary is $525K per episode. He most definitely has many other income sources as well.