Mark Harmon: 9 Facts About The 'NCIS' Legend

Mark Harmon has been playing "Leroy Gibbs" on NCIS ever since 2003.

10. September 2019 - 14:09 Uhr / Sarah Schulz

Who doesn't love NCIS star Mark Harmon? Despite his relatively well-known presence on your television screen, he tends to keep out of the Hollywood gossip spotlight... 

Mark Harmon is a 67-year-old American television and film actor that most people know as 'Special Agent Jethro Gibbs' on NCIS. He started his career in the film industry before focusing more on the television side of the screen. We have a few facts that you might not know about the beloved actor and we will take you through them right here... 

Mark Harmon: His Family Big In The Entertainment Business

Harmon comes from a family tree rooted in the entertainment industry. His father was an all-American football star that was drafted to the NFL and was a well-known sportscaster. Mark's sister Kristin, married Rick Nelson who was an early rock star and actor on the 1950's sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Mark Harmon's niece is actress Tracy Nelson and his nephews Matthew and Gunnar have a successful metal band, Nelson. Mark also married actress Pam Dawber!

Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon World Stunt Awards 2016

Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon and his wife Pam Dawber were married in 1987.

Mark Harmon tried out some ordinary careers as a carpenter and a national sales rep for a shoe company before deciding to try his hand in the entertainment industry!

Mark Harmon Got The Sports Gene

He excelled in sports and played football for UCLA. Mark received some offers and interest by the pros, but he turned them down to focus on his studies and get a degree in communications. 

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Mark Harmon on NCIS

Mark Harmon had his run with some very unsuccessful roles before he was cast in NCIS. For example, Emergency!, Sam, 240-Robert, Flamingo Road, Reasonable Doubts and Charlie Grace are a few of the more unsuccessful roles he took on. 

Harmon decided to stray away from becoming a movie star so he didn't have to miss out on all the moments with his family and children growing up. How sweet is that!

Mark Harmon in Summer School

Mark Harmon in Summer School

Mark Harmon starred in the 1987 comedy Summer School and he almost talked himself out of the role! He told comedy legend Carl Reiner that he was not funny enough for the role and that they should cast Tom Hanks! It's a good thing Carl Reiner knows what he's doing!

Mark Harmon: A Real-Life Hero

He saved a teenager's life! Mark Harmon rescued Colin Specht from a burning vehicle after two teens got into a terrible car accident. He smashed a window and pulled out Colin only to get on top of him and smother out the flames. Colin was badly burned, but ultimately made a full recovery thanks to our real-life hero Mark!

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette Abby in "NCIS"

Mark Harmon ("Gibbs") and Pauley Perrette ("Abby") were great together in NCIS.

Harmon ultimately got his boss and NCIS commander Donald P. Bellisario fired after stating that he couldn't work under Bellisario's chaotic management style. 

It is speculated that Mark might have been part of the reason that Pauley Perrette left NCIS...